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carl becker (carlbecker) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northern Virginia
About Me 54 years old 6' at 200lbs and getting back to doing some overnight hiking.
My PDF Gear List3 season

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All Forum Posts by carl becker

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Re: If you could only have one...
I have a Tarptent Sublite and MDL Solomid (shaped tarp). IMHO it is hard to beat the offerings from Henry Shire for usablilty, quality, weight and price. I recently purchased Henry's Rainshad...

In GEAR » If you could only have one...
January 12, 4:44am

Re: Tent Advice!
Free standing tents not pegged or otherwise secured can be blown away by wind from storms. I would take nails and a claw hammer if I had to or screws and a screw driver.

In GEAR » Tent Advice!
January 11, 12:11pm

Re: Where do you backpack?
I have been hiking on and off for 35 years. Until recently it was heavy hiking whether day, weekend or longer. I did a lot of research and have a base weight of 12.5lbs including more than 3lbs f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where do you backpack?
January 10, 12:21pm

Re: minus 33 MW merino
I read about Minus33 here last year. I purchased some test items from Hanks and was so pleased I have purchased more. Wool can drive me crazy but Merino is very comfortable and my go to base layer.

In Gear Deals » EB FA Ultra 195 Merino Base layers 30% off- midweight 1/4 zip for $48.30
January 10, 4:58am

Re: Re: so
I live in Northen Va and have been up and down the east coast plus out west. I am impressed with the Minus 33 wool items I have. GG makes a nice set of trekking poles that I use with my TarpTent ...

In Gear Lists » Getting equipped... help!
January 07, 12:12pm

Re: primaloft / down / fleece
I use a medium weight wool pullover as a base layer under a rain/wind jacket. When it gets below 40 I either add a wool hoodie or Montbell inner down jacket depending on activity, walking or still...

In GEAR » Thermal Pro High Loft / Primaloft / Down - What to use when?
January 06, 11:00am

Re: walking sticks.
I use trekking poles with my shelters. I also carry them on airplanes. I use a two piece LT4 from Gossamer Gear. I don't adjust much when hiking though. I did look for the lightest pair for...

In GEAR » walking sticks.
January 04, 4:59am

Re: A bargain of a cup
I use a paper Star Bucks cup with lid and cardboard cozy. Before it fails I get another, out for a week I take two. Fits inside my pot, light, cheap and tastes good. Metal and coffee don't m...

In GEAR » What Cups Do You Use?
December 28, 5:53am

Re: New Stove Setup
Last year I went to REI and purchased a Soto stove. I found a pot- enough for a hot meal and drink, there that would allow a small canister to fit inside with the stove. I have started to use St...

In GEAR » New Stove Setup
December 28, 5:48am

Re: Re: Plus one on nick's comments
Nick, in my experience which is limited I have found similiar experience. Light sticky trail runners have made quite a positive impact on my hiking even on very rocky trails. I trip less and when...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
December 27, 5:12am

All Reader Reviews by carl becker

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Inov8 RocLite 315
I did lots of research to replace my 30 year old heavy leather boots. I tried many different boots at REI before I ordered these and have found my hiking shoe. I went one size up from my street shoes...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 16, 8:14pm

Osprey Exos 34 Exos 34
I recently looked at packs for some over night hiking. I tried the REI Flash 30, Montbell versalite 50, SMD Swift, GG Miniposa and Osprey exos 34. At 23 pounds the Osprey is by far the most comforta...

In Backpacks - External Frame
January 16, 8:03pm