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Re: Osprey Exos 58 - Need help with sizing or other recommendations
It's hard to tell with load lifters these days. On the classic big heavy packs, with aluminum stays that reached well above the shoulders, the load lifters would be almost even with the earlobe...

In GEAR » Osprey Exos 58 - Need help with sizing or other recommendations
January 08, 2:24pm

Re: Need Female (or knowledgable male) Input: 2013 AT NOBO Female Thru-Hiker hopeful needs advice on gear
Some ideas based on the experiences of my wife and daughter: Osprey makes terrific women's packs. Make sure she tries the Exos for a while with weight in it - it seems to be made for very sl...

In GEAR » Need Female (or knowledgable male) Input: 2013 AT NOBO Female Thru-Hiker hopeful needs advice on gear
January 05, 8:25pm

Re: WINTER HATS--- Beanie/Skull style
My lovely wife knits, and she made me a black beanie out of fingering-weight merino wool. Feels lovely, just the right weight for active hiking or wearing about town. The best part is that it makes...

In GEAR » WINTER HATS--- Beanie/Skull style
January 01, 7:23am

Re: Case for a Panasonic Lumix GX1?
Nice camera. I carried my GF1 in a small, mostly unpadded waist pack. But I had the pancake lens on it, and the zoom won't fit. I'd look for a slightly larger waist pack or one of the camer...

In GEAR » Case for a Panasonic Lumix GX1?
December 28, 6:51am

Re: re: western road trip
Getting back to the Grand Canyon for a minute, the campground at the north rim is pretty nice, and you can reserve a tent site. You don't have to hike all the way down, just the 5 miles to Roar...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
December 24, 2:45pm

Re: Re: womens packs
My wife swears by her Osprey Ariel 55. You might want the 65 for the canister. Osprey does a good job with women's pack suspension.

In GEAR » Womens Pack for ~30 lbs Loads
December 06, 6:19pm

Re: Cold Feet Sleepers - Solution Debate
I carry a small piece of closed cell foam cut from a Z-rest pad. It's large enough for me to sit on, so I can use it on breaks and in camp to keep my butt insulated from the cold ground or the ...

In GEAR » Cold Feet Sleepers - Solution Debate
December 06, 6:18pm

Re: SNP Resupply
Not much will be open in March along the trail in SNP. Skyland isn't open until the last weekend in March. During the summer, resupply and food is easy in the park -- not so much in late winter...

In GEAR » Hiking the AT in Shenandoah Spring 2013
December 04, 6:50am

Re: Exaggerated pack weights????
Easy -- the wrong stuff and too much of it. Fifteen years ago I was thrilled when I was able to get my base weight below 50 pounds. Seriously. For a weekend trip, I would have 48 pounds of base gea...

In Gear Lists » Exaggerated pack weights????
November 18, 9:31am

Re: Hallelujah!
Huh, it works. Thanks!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hallelujah!
November 14, 7:01pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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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