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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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The Case for a Flashlight - Part 3
The Case for a Flashlight - Part 3, More "Real" Numbers; two more comparisons with the Eos We'll continue with our comparison of a "sacred cow", viz. the PT Eos, with a...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 17, 4:35pm

The Case for a Flashlight - Part 2
The Case for a Flashlight - Part 2, Some "Real" Numbers; a comparison with the Eos Let me begin by saying that my favorite headlamps are those made by Princeton Tec. Petzl has some ...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 17, 3:07pm

The Case for a Flashlight
The Case for a Flashlight - Part 1, General Musings Why a headlamp and not a flashlight? In some respects the answer is obvious, viz. "hands free" operation. For the UL backpacker...

In GEAR » The Case for a Flashlight
February 17, 12:28pm

Re: Shoulder Pouches
Yeah, Like 'em. Great idea. Nice implementation. Good job!

In GEAR » Z-Packs "Zilch"
February 17, 12:22pm

Re: Re: Vapor Barrier Wetness
Thirty yrs ago I had two pairs of fishnet underwear (long sleeved tops & long/full-length bottoms, aka "long-johns") that were intended to be worn, as one of their uses, under non-bre...

In Winter Hiking » Vapor Barrier wetness
February 16, 9:41am

Re: Rain / Wind Layer
Yes. Wind-gear is often only partially or semi water REPELLENT. Depending upon the fabric used and how its treated to resist water penetration, wind-gear may only provide 10-20 minutes typica...

In Multiple Use Gear » Rain / Wind Layer
February 15, 4:20pm

Re: Re: pj, you find all types there.
Ben, i missed your other Post. Yes, i knew that you WEREN'T ques. my motives. w/o explicitly stating such (since i didn't want to imply that someone could mis-read that into your words),...

In GEAR » How to identify Pertex Quantum?
February 15, 12:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Replaced 2006 Marmot Ion with 2007
The late year (can't say 'bout earlier in the yr, unless the earlier '06 batches of fabric were identical to my late yr '06) '06 Marmot Ion does NOT breath at all, IMO. So, my ...

In GEAR » Replaced 2006 Marmot Ion with 2007
February 15, 12:21pm

Re: pj, paypal will mail you a check..
Brett, PayPal will mail me a check? Didn't know that. Hope they would do that faster than they resolve disputes. I'm in one now over there regarding a NEW, NEVER USED, "flawless&qu...

In GEAR » How to identify Pertex Quantum?
February 15, 12:05pm

Re: Re: pj, thanks for confirming the diff.
Ben, have you seen what USED Golite Breeze packs have gone for over there?!! Saw one go for just "south" of $200!! I also understand the limitations of selling here on BPL. Profit wou...

In GEAR » How to identify Pertex Quantum?
February 15, 11:57am

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am