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All Forum Posts by Ken Bennett

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Re: Wide angle m43 lens: Oly 12mm f/2.0 vs Oly 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6
I've got the Panny 14/2.5, which is an under-appreciated lens IMO. It's amazingly light, and image quality is excellent. However, it's not wide enough or flexible enough for general lan...

In Photography » Wide angle m43 lens: Oly 12mm f/2.0 vs Oly 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6
March 22, 6:58am

Re: RE: Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt
+1 on Elliot, I always take my wind pants, often as my only long pants, since I wear shorts on the trail year-round. My wife made them for me from the thru-hiker kit, using a standard DWR ripstop. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt?
March 16, 8:31pm

Re: new to backpacking. how big of a pack do I need?
Not the Hornet 46. Not with your other gear, and not for a beginning backpacker. It's a more specialized piece of kit. Something in the 60-65 liter range, with a real internal frame, less th...

In GEAR » new to backpacking. how big of a pack do I need?
March 15, 6:25pm

Re: Recommend a small pack
My daughter's problem was always her waist size -- you could pull the hip belt so the pads met in the middle, and it was still too large. Ugh. The Osprey youth pack seems well made, and cov...

In GEAR » Recommend a small pack
March 15, 5:58pm

Re: TT Double Rainbow
I carried a TT Double Rainbow as a solo tent a couple of times. Lots of room, and having two doors/vestibules was great. Not too heavy, either, but it wasn't the best 2-person tent, so I ended ...

In GEAR » Best ultralight 2 person tent for appalacian trail?
March 07, 7:33pm

Re: Not that hard to get up there in weight.
"I think a lot of people come in around 25lb base weights" When I first started thinking about cutting some of my gear weight, I was *thrilled* when I got my base weight below 40 pound...

In Gear Lists » Heavy Gear List
February 21, 6:30pm

Re: 2P 3 Season Tent Recommendations
We've used several different lightweight 2-person tents. The absolute winner, hands down, is the Six Moons Designs Lunar Duo. You have to actually sit inside it to believe the interior volume. ...

In GEAR » 2P 3 Season Tent Recommendations
February 21, 6:27pm

Re: help finding a lightweight, warm bag for my wife
My wife went through a lot of expensive bags, including the original MH Phantom 32 (not enough fill) and a Western Mountaineering Ultralite. All the bags she tried have continuous channels which al...

In GEAR » help finding a lightweight, warm bag for my wife
February 20, 2:59pm

Re: AT NOBO late Feb start
I don't think you need to buy anything. This time of year I'd want the Duomid and the Versalite. Not sure about the pad - I've not used a Neoair, and would take my Prolite 4, but if...

In Gear Lists » AT NOBO late Feb start
February 19, 3:53pm

Re: Aqua Mira Exploded
This happened to me several years ago. Temps got down into the single digits at night, the A.M. bottle cracked, and then leaked inside the pocket of a nice pair of soft shell pants. The acid ate a ...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira Exploded
February 18, 8:53pm

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