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Ken Bennett (ken_bennett) - BPL Forum Member

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All Forum Posts by Ken Bennett

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Re: D40
D40 is fine. It'll make very good photos at lower ISOs, and much better high ISO photos than a p+s camera. You'll have a lot more control over your photos, too, which is great if you want t...

In Photography » Upgrading to dslr, did i make the right choice?
October 04, 6:48pm

Re: What to focus on when pitching a tarp?
It's going to be difficult to get a completely taut pitch in a flat tarp that doesn't have catenary cut edges. That's just the nature of the thing -- pulling in one direction to get it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What to focus on when pitching a tarp?
September 30, 6:51am

Re: Recent JMT hike gear comments
Thanks for the post - glad to see it worked out well for you.

In GEAR » Recent JMT gear comments
September 30, 6:41am

Re: Know of a good trail or loop in Va mountains?
Plenty of people offer shuttle services along the AT in Virginia. You could park in Damascus and get a shuttle ~30 miles north to Massey Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park and walk back. Great sec...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Know of a good trail or loop in Va mountains?
September 28, 7:32pm

Re: need down jacket advice
"Also part of the reason to have this jacket is to boost the temp range of a 30* bag and I kinda feel like I would over heat in this jacket." Don't wear the parka to bed - instead,...

In GEAR » need down jacket advice
September 28, 7:24pm

Re: BUT...
Why in the world would one hike in one's insulation layer, down or synthetic? Hiking, at least for me, generates huge amounts of heat. I wear shorts in the winter around here, and a l/s base la...

In GEAR » Which if any Mid layer for AT in March
September 21, 6:53pm

Re: Which if any Mid layer for AT in March
I wear wool baselayers on the AT in all seasons, and it's fine. Really. Yes, the AT is wetter than Montana, and more humid (man, I was shocked at how quickly I dried off after wading around Lak...

In GEAR » Which if any Mid layer for AT in March
September 20, 7:49pm

Re: backpacking food
Looking at your food list, and depending on how many nuts you are eating, it's probably not more than 2000 kcal total per day. You're probably burning 4000+ per day, so no wonder you're...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
September 19, 6:25am

Re: 3L Pot
Have you thought about carrying two stoves and two pots? When the group gets to be 4 or more, that's when I start thinking about a larger kitchen. One giant pot will take a long time to boil, w...

In GEAR » 3L Pot
September 19, 6:16am

Re: Wool
I prefer wool inside for comfort and odor control. All my base layers are light wool. I'll wear a microfleece on top if needed, and down over that. Or just down over wool. Synthetic base la...

In GEAR » Which is warmest: Synthetic / Wool or Wool / Synthetic ?
September 04, 6:42pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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Photon Freedom Micro (White)
The newest version is the Photon Freedom To The Max, which uses some sort of new technology in the LED that doubles brightness while not using any more battery power. Nice. The Doug Ritter edition ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 17, 6:10pm

Marmot Ion
I just received my Marmot Ion jacket from Campmor, and I agree with the two most recent posts. I don't think it's sil-nylon, exactly, but my hiking test had water beading up on the inside whil...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 17, 6:04pm