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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: 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

Re: One Lens for 5D II for JMT, 17-40 or 24-105
My 24-105 is my most used lens. It's plenty wide enough for all but special-purpose photos, the IS works very well, and it's sharp, light (ish), and and compact.

In Photography » One Lens for 5D II for JMT, 17-40 or 24-105
July 19, 5:35pm

Re: Backpack questions
A base weight of 18-20 pounds means a total pack weight of ~30 with 3 days of food and some water. For me, anyway, that is not comfortable in a frameless ruck like the Jam. I'm good to 20-22 po...

In GEAR » Backpack questions
July 15, 7:59am

Re: wow...
Two comments: 1. While I understand the button down shirt, I find my wind shirt replaces it pretty well for backcountry use. I wear a light wool base layer (l/s or s/s), then put a wind shirt ov...

In Gear Lists » synthetic mid-layer and other dilemmas
July 13, 7:44pm

Re: Bummed
Thanks Warren. My Comp 5 GTX have another season left in them (this coming winter,) but my mesh shoes are worn out. I'm going to try the Comp 6's again, this time with some very thin socks ...

In GEAR » Trying something new - trail runners
July 13, 7:28pm

Re: Salomon XA's
Love the quick lace system. One of the main features of the shoe for me. It's much easier to tweak the tightness of the shoe than with normal laces -- a simple pull of even a millimeter or two ...

In GEAR » Trying something new - trail runners
July 13, 7:24pm

Re: Cool
" I really like the XA 5; haven't tried the XA 6. " Been wearing the XA Comp series for years. Just got a pair of the XA Comp 6 and took them on a hike in June. If anything they se...

In GEAR » Trying something new - trail runners
July 11, 8:09pm

Re: Help with wife's gear.
First, I'd be prepared for temperatures below freezing if you plan to spend the night at the North Rim. For my wife, that means a 20-F bag and some warm sleeping clothes. (We had frost on our t...

In Gear Lists » Help with wife's gear.
July 04, 1:32pm

Re: How to wash dishes clean, light, and efficient (microfibre towel, sponege, bandana or soemthing else)?
I make a small scrubby out of a piece of nylon mesh bag, like an onion bag from the grocery store. It scrubs well, shakes dry, doesn't grow nasties, and won't register on my scale. A tiny d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to wash dishes clean, light, and efficient (microfibre towel, sponege, bandana or soemthing else)?
June 25, 2:47pm

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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