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Ken Bennett (ken_bennett) - BPL Forum Member

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Re: GC List
You'll want to spend two nights in the canyon. Maybe three if you can get them. A single overnight makes for a very strenuous hike, as the second day is very long and very steep and very relent...

In GEAR » Comfort/Light Weight
January 02, 3:31pm

Re: Circuit customization/drawstring closure
Nathan has the correct answer on the custom top closure - it works fine and has a compression strap. I can't get the roll top compression of the original Circuit to work very well. Having us...

In GEAR » Help! I need a new pack
January 02, 3:21pm

Re: Re: sizes that much different in Circuit v. Starlite?
Two of the drawbacks of the Circuit that Martin mentioned can be ameliorated by asking for custom features. (Politely, of course.) After using a Circuit and an Ohm for about a year, I ordered a new...

In GEAR » Help! I need a new pack
December 27, 2:19pm

Re: Wool
I use very light wool base layers year 'round in the Southern Appalachians. For cold weather use, including three section hikes of Georgia, I carry one short sleeve and one long sleeve layer, i...

In GEAR » best base layer for an AT thru hike??
December 27, 2:11pm

Re: Re: TT Rainshadow 2 vs. SMD Lunar Duo
Hey, Chris, Quick comment, as I don't want my previous posts to be misleading -- the floor space of the Lunar Duo is only very slightly larger than the Double Rainbow, if at all (hard to rem...

In GEAR » TT Rainshadow 2 vs. SMD Lunar Duo
December 27, 2:08pm

Re: pick any two
I'm having a really hard time with the idea of a 30 liter pack for winter trips. My winter down bag in a compression stuff sack has a hard time fitting inside my Circuit - it fits, but barely. ...

In GEAR » Best Very Warm (<0) Compressible Synthetic Sleeping Bag
December 26, 7:33pm

Re: sizes that much different in Circuit v. Starlite?
I have both a Starlite and a Circuit, and the Starlite has more capacity. I think I remember reading a BPL review of the Circuit that mentions that it has a smaller capacity than advertised. All I ...

In GEAR » Help! I need a new pack
December 26, 7:29pm

Re: Great Info
Rebecca, I can't really comment on the bathtub floors, as we're pretty careful to pitch the tent on ground that won't have runoff under the tent. We get some pretty big thunderstorms...

In GEAR » TT Rainshadow 2 vs. SMD Lunar Duo
December 26, 4:14pm

Re: TT Rainshadow 2 vs. SMD Lunar Duo
We used an original Rainshadow when our daughter was younger. It easily sleeps three people with most of their gear inside (except packs.) It's a very good tent, and I expect the new version wi...

In GEAR » TT Rainshadow 2 vs. SMD Lunar Duo
December 25, 7:45am

Re: Solo Tent Feedback Request
Actually, most all of the above, though maybe it really is just a cool gadget... I have a nice tarp, a great homemade bivy, one of the original Hennessy UL hammocks, and several tarptent style s...

In GEAR » Solo Tent Feedback Request
December 21, 3:05pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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Photon Freedom Micro (White)
The newest version is the Photon Freedom To The Max, which uses some sort of new technology in the LED that doubles brightness while not using any more battery power. Nice. The Doug Ritter edition ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 17, 6:10pm

Marmot Ion
I just received my Marmot Ion jacket from Campmor, and I agree with the two most recent posts. I don't think it's sil-nylon, exactly, but my hiking test had water beading up on the inside whil...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 17, 6:04pm