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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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Taming Those Large Flexible Foil Windshields
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In Editor's Roundtable » Taming Those Large Flexible Foil Windshields
January 16, 9:48pm

Podcast: Sub-3 on the PCT with Glen Van Peski
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In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Sub-3 on the PCT with Glen Van Peski
January 16, 9:47pm

Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Functio
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In Editor's Roundtable » Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Functio
January 09, 11:35pm

Groovy-Biotic Cooking: Quick, Healthy Meals with an Ultralight Cook Kit
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In Editor's Roundtable » Groovy-Biotic Cooking: Quick, Healthy Meals with an Ultralight Cook Kit
January 09, 11:32pm

Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking
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In Editor's Roundtable » Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking
January 02, 9:12pm

Ultralight in the Icebox
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In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in the Icebox
January 02, 9:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: BPL 500 Titanium Pot
Hi Jason, They're pieces of one of those flexible silicon cookie sheets. I attached them to the pot with silicon gasket sealant, so they should come off fairly easily if I decide I don't...

In GEAR » BPL 500 Titanium Pot
January 02, 6:55am

Re: Re: Re: Re: BPL 500 Titanium Pot
I'm hoping that they're easy to remove and replace, just like the handles on my MSR Titan.

In GEAR » BPL 500 Titanium Pot
January 01, 11:57am

Re: Re: BPL 500 Titanium Pot
Actually, the higher cost of the handle-less pot is a reflection of the higher cost of small-batch manufacturing. BPL ordered fewer without handles than with, so the per-unit cost of the handle-les...

In GEAR » BPL 500 Titanium Pot
December 31, 4:36pm

Wingnut Adventure 2006 Backpack REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Wingnut Adventure 2006 Backpack REVIEW
December 19, 10:50pm

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