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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).


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Re: layering wind shirts?
I do. For cool weather hiking I wear a Railriders Regulator wind shirt. It blocks most of the wind but lets some through. Wrist to hem side zips are backed by a mesh strip to allow ventilation. Th...

In GEAR » layering wind shirts?
February 08, 9:01am

-40 C/F
"Ukraine, Poland ... etc, this week, this year: -40 C/F" Roger: You might put a shirt on.... I'm glad to have experienced the two lines crossing (granted it was at an alpine res...

In Winter Hiking » coldest temperature you've experienced?
February 07, 3:54pm

Prolite Plus?
Any estimate of the Prolite Plus insulating value vs. Prolite? They're rather cheap right now! Spec is R2.2 on the Prolite and R3.8 on Prolite + Published SPECIFICATIONS for Regular: ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Mats - State of the Market Report 2011 Part 2: Test Results and Mini-Reviews
February 07, 9:00am

Re: Why the (Jetboil) width / height choices?
I agree it's frustrating. Jetboil originally only sold 100 gram "Jetpower" canisters. Clearly the PCS was designed with that in mind. Then they added 230 and finally 450. To me ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System Review
February 06, 3:00pm

Re: largest gas canisters which fit inside the Jetboil Sol?
I'll check tonight- but it looks like the Sol may be slightly larger inside diameter than the PCS. It always seemed that the SnowPeak 110 cans were a snug fit in the PCS but they seem much loo...

In GEAR » largest gas canisters which fit inside the Jetboil Sol?
February 06, 2:43pm

Kids vs. tents
My kids were trained from birth that the tent is there to keep rain/sun/bugs away and not for touching. They appreciate that the fabric is fragile and I will be upset if they damage it. For them,...

In Make Your Own Gear » Noseeum vs Nanoseem durability
February 06, 2:34pm

Re: What are your daily hiking mileage goals?
It depends. (?) I've done a few 20 mile days but generally like less. I don't get out too often so the first few days of a trip I prefer to take it easy. Unfortunately about the time I...

In Pre-Trip Planning » What are your daily hiking mileage goals?
February 06, 2:28pm

Re: Sierras - Onion Valley to Portal via Kearsage
I grew up at the turnoff to Onion Valley so I've done my share of trips from there. Ken is right- Center Basin creek/junction is a good spot. Vidette is a known bear haunt but other than th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierras - Onion Valley to Portal via Kearsage
February 06, 2:03pm

Re: coldest temperature you've experienced?
-40 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Two week resort ski trip over Christmas 1996. First week every morning was below -35C. A couple fine days it was hovering around -40C & F. Even fully kitted...

In Winter Hiking » coldest temperature you've experienced?
February 06, 12:40pm

Re: Why the width / height choices?
It's about 4 oz heavier- but Jetboil does have a bigger pot for the Sol. Jetboil's Sumo Ti pot is 1.8 liters and will contain a 230 or 450 gram canister attached to the stove.

In Editor's Roundtable » Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System Review
February 05, 9:31pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm