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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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Cooking in Quart ziplocs and BPAs
While personally I see nothing wrong with freezer bag thickness ziplock bags, PackitGourmet has FDA approved bags suitable for boiling. Boil Safe Cooking Bags w/ Gusseted bottom

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cooking in Quart ziplocs and BPAs
March 31, 11:50am

hot knife buying advice?
If you want some advice from someone who does professional sewing: Look at the units sold by industrial sewing supply shops. They have radically different designs than the typical modified solde...

In Make Your Own Gear » hot knife buying advice?
March 25, 12:39pm

Ditto to the above, I forgot to point out that it's pretty much a cotton replacement in feel and in drying. It's still fine for summer treks where you aren't likely to encounter cooler ...

March 24, 10:36am

I've found bamboo shirts to be about the same level of anti-funk as capaline shirts that make the same claim. Wool works a bit better for me. I haven't had the same problems with wool being...

March 23, 9:19pm

MYOG Guyline Tensioners
If the thera-band is too narrow try this: Use a small section of plastic weed eater line or other thin item to serve as a "needle" to thread through the band, tape your guyline to the li...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Guyline Tensioners
March 23, 7:04pm

Colrado/Utah day trails and stores?
Since you specifically mentioned Boulder (I live a town over) I can suggest the following: The 28th street mall and across the street are a kind of outdoor haven. Right next to the Montbell flags...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Colrado/Utah day trails and stores?
March 23, 12:34pm

Valved dry bag
I've actually used this technique (more for river crossings though). It can work, but on a frameless pack I found it "rounded" my pack agressively so things fit less than ideally and ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Valved dry bag
March 19, 10:13am

Shelter use with dogs
As counter to the lightweight style of things I usually do, I've found my dog (40 lb Australian Shepherd) does much better with a fully enclosed shelter. She paces and is nervous staked out eve...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Shelter use with dogs
March 18, 4:14pm

Burning Everclear--Healthier?
Regarding "powdered cola": try Nuun's Kona Kola - it comes in tablet form and dissolves much like AlkaSeltzer leaving a fizzy cola-ish drink. It's available next to all of the spo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Burning Everclear--Healthier?
March 17, 4:18pm

BPL ultralight pillows
If you are careful with them and test them out first (I've had duds that leaked out during the night) they seem to last a while. I've used the same one for probably 30 nights so far. On the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » BPL ultralight pillows
March 17, 4:12pm

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