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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arctic tent
I'm the author of the Hilleberg Kaitum review on the site, and many other shelter reviews. I've had loads of different shelters and particularly love putting bomber tents in stupid places ...

In GEAR » Arctic tent
April 05, 8:48pm

Re: Re: Our new little hiker
Congrats Sarah!

In Chaff » Our new little hiker
March 31, 8:55pm

Re: Re: Re: panniers vs trailers
Do neither! If you're here, you have truly ultralight gear in your closet. Panniers are heavy and require heavy bags. Overkill if you're carrying a tarptent, a pop can stove, and a quilt...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » panniers vs trailers
March 29, 11:50pm

Re: Re: wtb GoLite Breeze
I have one that I would sell for $700. Maybe I should bring it to the Antiques Road Show! Ha! Best of luck- I hang on my mine for the same reason you're looking for one. It was great to p...

In Gear Swap » WTB GoLite Breeze
January 25, 6:50pm

Re: Re: Re: 3 Shelter Options. Would Like Your Opinion
Lots of good options here. Here are my thoughts: The tarp/bivy is a great combination in nasty conditions- ie windblown rain. A bigger tarp or one that pitches to the ground is good too, but y...

In GEAR » 3 Shelter Options. Would Like Your Opinion
January 25, 6:32pm

Re: Re: Dialed
Mike that's very true. I actually had the bag made with snow caves inmind and that's where it's spent most of its life. And usually 1-2 nights. But the concept doesn't make much se...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben / Down Quilt
December 24, 10:40am

Re: Re: Re: "Cuben / Down Quilt" and Vapor Barriers
Thanks guys. Yeah Steve- that makes perfect sense. I'm coming from a perspective of wearing EVERYTHING in the bag and planing my insulation for the trip as a part of my sleep system. You are...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben / Down Quilt
December 22, 11:57pm

Re: Avatar
Henry and I at Lake Talapus in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness- Washington Cascades. It's a popular dayhike- pretty lake, short hike. But Henry and I found this really cool campsite that you have...

In Chaff » Avatar
December 22, 11:40pm

Re: "Cuben / Down Quilt" and Vapor Barriers
Just got a ping from a friend: "If wearing your VB beneath your insulation clothing layers whats the point of a VB quilt? The moisture is trapped closer to your skin never reaching the unde...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben / Down Quilt
December 22, 11:13am

"Cuben / Down Quilt" and Vapor Barriers
Hello all, I love this quilt concept and I've played a bit with vapor barriers so I get the value there. But I'm wondering- won't a vapor barrier base layer be important as well? ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben / Down Quilt
December 22, 10:12am

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm