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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 3: Model Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Snow Camping
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 3: Model Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Snow Camping
April 03, 9:42pm

Mountainsmith PCT 45 Backpack REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Mountainsmith PCT 45 Backpack REVIEW
April 03, 9:41pm

Re: MYOG 5 Yards to SUL - Tarp Question
Hey Sam, I bet that Jay will chime in when he's back from his trip. I'm with Adam - I'm not quite smart enough to visualize it either. I think I mentioned this in the previous thread...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG 5 Yards to SUL - Tarp Question
March 30, 12:02pm

Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 2: Components
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 2: Components
March 27, 11:16pm

Roundtable Discussion: Winter Hiking and Camping
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In Editor's Roundtable » Roundtable Discussion: Winter Hiking and Camping
March 27, 11:15pm

Re: Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
Sam, I can't tell for sure from looking at your pictures, but I think you're going to want the other edge of the beak attached to the tarp. I made a similar tarp, though with a less dram...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
March 24, 3:40pm

Re: Article Description Doesn't Match Content
Yep, Michele, you caught us! Stay tuned for the winter article referenced in that tantalizing description - it should be coming within the next week or two.

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 23, 9:21pm

Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 20, 11:24pm

Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel<br>Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm
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Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

March 20, 11:23pm

White Box Stove REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » White Box Stove REVIEW
March 06, 10:38pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm