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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pennsylvania
About Me I live near Lancaster PA and do most of my backpacking in the central and north-central parts of the state.
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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Backpacking Thermometer
I have the Accurite Thermometer and it works really well. I don't know how accurate it is, but it keeps track of the 24-hour high and low for you as well (based upon when you put the battery i...

In GEAR » Is there a reliable backpackign thermometer out there?
May 08, 9:40am

Lunar Duo as a Two-Person Tent
I have a Lunar Duo and love it. Keep in mind that it expects you to use your trekking poles for support (or you can buy the optional poles from SMD). It can be a little tight side-to-side, but be...

In GEAR » Tarptent SS2 or Double Rainbow
May 07, 10:42am

Rain Gear - Try The Packa
David, I'm a big guy too - 6 feet tall and around 275. I have a Packa in eVent that I just love. It's cut very generously and has huge pit zips. It's not the lightest thing out th...

In GEAR » New Guy . . .be gentle :)
May 06, 12:00pm

Arc Blast - Dual Closure
Seth, Thanks for posting the pics. I'm about to pull the trigger on one of these as well and really like your mod to be able to close the top like a drybag (the way my SMD Swift and Starlit...

In GEAR » exos 58 vs Arc blast
May 02, 8:39am

Stoveless Breakfast
I normally don't bother lighting my stove for breakfast - my favorite cold breakfast is the Packit Gourmet Jump Start Fruit Smoothie. They're quick and only require cold water. I've...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tasty food for 1 night / 20 miles?
April 29, 5:54am

Daniel, Thanks for the photos - the prints in the snow show just how big that kitty is. You say that the photos at night are scarier than it was being there, but he was still closer than I woul...

In Post-Trip Reports » Critter Tracks On and Around Nick Eaton Ridge
April 23, 8:28am

Ultralight Designs has a couple of nice products (including the elusive folding Ti spork). Bob is great to work with. Although it doesn't appear that he carries them right now, I'm pretty...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spoon heresy
April 23, 8:17am

Dean, I have one of those knives in my "Car Camping" bin - I bought it at a kitchen store (not Williams-Sonoma, but the kind that you find in a strip mall). Note - if you find one y...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spoon heresy
April 22, 1:51pm

A spoon is the only utensil I carry. I've never needed a fork for any of my freezer-bag cooking so the Light My Fire Spork was out as overkill. Also - I never could figure out why they put a ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spoon heresy
April 22, 12:02pm

Temp for Pad or UQ
Andrew, You didn't mention what you use in your hammock for top insulation. If you use a sleeping bag that compressed insulation between you and your hammock will probably take you down at ...

In Hammocks » Temp for Pad or Under-quilt?
April 18, 9:39am

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Babione

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Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
I'm a big guy and have the Ex Light in XXL - weighs 7.8 ounces. In addition to being a great piece of insulation to wear I've found that I can use it in my hammock as an extra top quilt by op...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 03, 1:42pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just finished reading the book - it's an enjoyable and quick read. I've got two weekend trips planned this spring with guys who have never backpacked in their lives. I'm passing the bo...

In Books and Media
March 28, 5:52am