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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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Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 2 - Using an Igloo as a Backcountry Shelter
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In Editor's Roundtable » Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 2 - Using an Igloo as a Backcountry Shelter
February 13, 10:16pm

Re: Re: Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox, the Conclusion
Thanks John! Double whammy on that one - the podcast is coming!

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox, the Conclusion
February 07, 4:17am

GoLite Jam2 Backpack REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Jam2 Backpack REVIEW
February 06, 9:42pm

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 06, 9:41pm

Ultralight in the Icebox: Post-Trip Report
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In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in the Icebox: Post-Trip Report
February 06, 9:41pm

Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 1 - Technique
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In Editor's Roundtable » Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 1 - Technique
February 06, 9:40pm

Re: Modifying an existing pack
Aaron, If you're going to go to that much trouble, you might check out Jay's new MYOG article, published just a few minutes ago. He tells how to build a SUL pack - 3.1 oz in spinnaker fa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modifying an existing pack
January 23, 10:06pm

GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW
January 23, 10:00pm

Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
January 23, 9:59pm

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 4 - Pack
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In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 4 - Pack
January 23, 9:57pm

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