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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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STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: LED Headlamps (2007)
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In Editor's Roundtable » STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: LED Headlamps (2007)
March 06, 10:37pm

Re: I made this Pack and it split wide open
I actually meant to post this shortly after the article was published. As an MYOG junkie with a fetish for streamlined packs, I rushed to follow Jay's directions as quickly as I could! In true ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 4 - Pack
March 05, 8:52pm

Re: HTML newsletter, please!
Hey Einstein, Can you tell me what you don't like about the current newsletter - i.e., what sucks? We don't sent it in HTML because not everyone's mail client can handle that. It...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » HTML newsletter, please!
March 02, 9:38pm

Re: Comparison to AquaStar
It's not a direct comparison, but check out: BackpackingLight.com AquaStar review

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
February 28, 10:42am

SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
February 27, 10:13pm

The eVENT Single Wall Tent: Here, Then Gone – What’s Replacing It?
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In Editor's Roundtable » The eVENT Single Wall Tent: Here, Then Gone – What’s Replacing It?
February 27, 10:12pm

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
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In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
February 20, 10:14pm

Podcast: Scott Williamson and Yo-Yo-ing the Pacific Crest Trail
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In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Scott Williamson and Yo-Yo-ing the Pacific Crest Trail
February 20, 10:14pm

Montane Prism Jacket REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Montane Prism Jacket REVIEW
February 13, 10:17pm

Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox, the Conclusion
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In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox, the Conclusion
February 13, 10:16pm

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