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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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Re: pj, thanks I got it..
Brett, yes pupilary response/rxn time incr. w/age. in fact, 10+ yrs ago that was my first clue that i was going to be needing bi-focals - when alternating b/t near & dist. viewing, it would t...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 21, 1:44am

Re: Re: Re: Poor door protection
My sentiments exactly. Hence my question. I'm not planning to use it even in "storm pitch" mode below +38F to +40F. Dual use on the hi-loft insulated clothing is the right path ...

In GEAR » New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
February 20, 2:49pm

Re: Re: Re: choice of tents
Richard. A tarptent is NOT the same as a tarp. Six Moon Designs single-wall tarptents are all FLOORED tents, and Henry Shires tarptents come in either FLOORED or floorless models. All of the...

In GEAR » choice of tents
February 20, 2:21pm

Re: Re: Re: fenix, photons, and rhodopsin
What you wrote is exactly right. That's what i was attempting to explain. Wasn't sure, when i read your Post, if you were correcting my poorly written explanation, or making sure...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 20, 1:29pm

Re: question for all you UV-C purifier users out there
You mentioned Nalgene, so in response since i sometimes use soft-sided, large mouth Nalgene Cantenes, here's my approach: 1. pre-filter your water through a bandana (one to several layers as...

In GEAR » question for all you UV-C purifier users out there
February 20, 12:28pm

Re: fenix, photons, and rhodopsin
Brett, L1D-CE & L2D-CE both have to MODES of operation with multiple lighting levels/settings each. Ignoring, strobing/flashing/SOS -type lighting levels (both MODES have one), these two m...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 20, 9:17am

Re: Fenix vs. photons;lumen-hrs/gram
Brett, I've become disenchanted with Li coin cell headlamps. The PT Scout being the exception due to its very long task lighting capability. Even the e+LITE has proven to be a very great d...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 20, 3:33am

Re: Poor door protection
Eric, what's your impression of the Contrail's performance in cold windy condition? Can you "batten down the hatches" enough to allow the temp inside of the Contrail to exceed th...

In GEAR » New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
February 20, 2:55am

Re: Re: Montbell Super Stretch Bag Question. Help me Please
Steve, the SS will NOT compress loft of either the jacket's insulation or the bag's insulation. It is a very gentle s-t-r-e-t-c-h (nothing at all like a rubbere band; it's so gentle th...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Stretch bag
February 20, 2:50am

Re: Montbell Super Stretch Bag Question. Help me Please
Jonathan, i don't own the #4, but i do own the #5 and the #3. I'm guessing based upon my experience w/the #3 and the #5, that the #4 would be, for me, a +35F bag with base & mid laye...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Stretch bag
February 19, 12:15pm

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am