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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I'm the president of Slackline Express. We make slacklines (think of it as a backyard tight rope) but also manage an outsourced sewing shop for lightweight backpacking gear designers. We do industrial sewing, cutting, and assembly here in Colorado.
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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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Esbit Stove: What do you use to clean your pot?
For home use, I've used oven cleaner and a propane torch. The torch is far more fun and less stinky :) Torches can have the side effect of leaving a cool blue color to your pots....

In GEAR » Esbit Stove: What do you use to clean your pot?
April 19, 9:37pm

Myths about Expensive Cross-Training Shoes
Ok, I'll toss in my 2 cents: First off, I've actually tried this since I received a pair of Vibram 5 Finger shoes to review for work. I wore them at least 3/4 of the time for 2 months. F...

In On the Web » Myths about Expensive Cross-Training Shoes
April 19, 8:50pm

Esbit Stove: What do you use to clean your pot?
I bring a tiny square of SOS pad since I might be hiking in snow or mud. Once home, I've found a blowtorch makes quick work of any remaining residues.

In GEAR » Esbit Stove: What do you use to clean your pot?
April 19, 8:35pm

Gear in "Tough Times"
Sarah, Oddly, I've found guns to be an unusually secure investment. I'm sure your husband doesn't want to part with them, but many retain their base value indefinately with light use...

In GEAR » Gear in "Tough Times"
April 17, 10:50am

Leg Layering for Spring in Rockies
I'd definately go with something quick drying if it's warmer. Zip offs or shorts are actually a good thing to consider because you can do more wading in the slush but the ambient temp keeps...

In GEAR » Leg Layering for Spring in Rockies
April 16, 9:29pm

Leg Layering for Spring in Rockies
You are on the right track, but a so much of it is temp dependant. If it's cooler, the softshells make sense. If it's on the warmer side and your fighting slush, might consider switching up...

In GEAR » Leg Layering for Spring in Rockies
April 16, 9:15pm

Shrink wrap
For a tarp: sadly no. Even if you could secure it, a single gust of wind would stretch it radically out of shape or tear it apart. For tarp materials, the fabric (or plastic) cannot stretch must...

In Make Your Own Gear » Shrink wrap
April 16, 1:53pm

Gear in "Tough Times"
I'm certain that the backpacker crowd would be closer to the 400-500 mark for typical gear selection and it actually seems like a reasonable suggestion. It could be done with less of course, bu...

In GEAR » Gear in "Tough Times"
April 16, 1:45pm

Personal Locator Beacons & Other Wireless Technologies for Backcountry Travel?
I've read through many travel emergency insurance policies and the one that is used by SPOT that you listed above seemed to be the most complete as it seemed to lack the typical abuse loopholes...

In Editor's Roundtable » Personal Locator Beacons & Other Wireless Technologies for Backcountry Travel?
April 09, 6:54pm

Marking silnylon
Personally, I use a silver sharpie, it works on pretty much everything. If your marks are in your hem, no one will know.

In Make Your Own Gear » Marking silnylon
April 08, 4:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Joe Kuster

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Garmin Oregon 400T
Note: This review reflects using Beta Firmware v. 2.86 released Feb 4, 2009. My wife bought me the 400T as a birthday present. Now that I've had time to use it in the field tramping around Roc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 14, 2:55pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
I tried my best to like these gloves but even treated with the utmost caution my pair only lasted 1 trip before starting to show significant wear. By the end of the second trip, I had holes in both g...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 29, 1:08am

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I have to wonder if some of the units out there are possibly defective judging from other reviews. I've had mine since they first came out and I have apparently had a radically different exper...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 17, 10:23pm

Mountain House Beef Stew
Actually, it just goes to show different tastes for different folks. After a heavy exertion day the Mountain House stew is usually one of my favorites. I have only noticed it being a bit salty wheneve...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 24, 10:13am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I've used one on six trips so far. It is definately a discussion piece and it's incredibly light weight. It took a little trial and error with it to find my comfort range, which is about half ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 07, 1:05pm

MiniBull Designs Atomic (with stand)
This is one of the first commercial alcohol stoves I've worked with. It does exactly what it says it should and it does work fairly well. It does have a higher capacity for longer burn time, it do...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 22, 9:08am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
It's non-stick titanium, how cool is that. The reality is that it does live up to most of the hype and it is a solid performer. It has a wide base and is very efficent. It is about the perfect volume ...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 22, 8:43am

Marmot Atom
At 16oz this is an excellent option for warm weather 3 season backpacking. The compressibility of this bag is phenomonal. It is unusual to find a summer oriented bag with a full hood & draft collar, m...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 22, 8:36am

Marmot Atom Mens Regular 40 Degree
Please Delete, put in wrong category

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 22, 8:33am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB. For trips where ...

In Stoves - Canister
October 04, 8:21pm