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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber Mtn Sleeping Pad REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber Mtn Sleeping Pad REVIEW
May 15, 8:49pm

2007 Rab Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Rab Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW
May 15, 8:48pm

Re: Re: Re: Adjustable tieouts - criticisms
Sven, You'll find the "Recommendations for Improvement" section at the end of reviews. The "What's Good" and "What's Not So Good" sections are intended ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
May 14, 1:52pm

The Great Western Loop
Companion forum thread to Articles(s): Great Western Loop Portal Page - An entry point for all things related to this trek. Podcast: The Great Western Loop, Part 1 - Overview Podcast: The ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Great Western Loop
May 08, 8:07pm

Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
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In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
May 08, 7:49pm

Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
May 08, 7:48pm

Rab Drillium Jacket REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Drillium Jacket REVIEW
May 08, 7:47pm

Exploding Gas Canisters: The Hazard of Overheating
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In Editor's Roundtable » Exploding Gas Canisters: The Hazard of Overheating
May 01, 10:40pm

Atlas BC24 Snowshoe REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Atlas BC24 Snowshoe REVIEW
May 01, 10:39pm

Podcast: Roundtable Discussion of the Limits of Ultralight Backpacking
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In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Roundtable Discussion of the Limits of Ultralight Backpacking
May 01, 10:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm