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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.
CityHamden
StateCT
CountryUSofA

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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Re: pj, thanks for confirming the diff.
Brett, good idea on the gear swap suggestion. if i do so, i guess i'll call it canary yellow ("canary", that's better than "banana", right? i know it's better tha...

In GEAR » How to identify Pertex Quantum?
February 15, 11:45am

Marmot Ion - '06 vs. Earlier - there really is a difference!
Marmot Ion - '06 vs. Earlier - there really is a difference! Ok. Y'all have heard me say i have "old-timers". So, was straightening up, organizing gear & i come across t...

In GEAR » How to identify Pertex Quantum?
February 15, 10:35am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pacerpoles
Roger, IME (in my experience) they work fine for balance. No problems at all on some of the most uneven rock & root covered trails (you might recall Dale Wambaugh posted a pic of a portion of ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pacerpole 2-Section Trekking Pole REVIEW
February 15, 7:34am

Re: Re: Re: New Pack from Gossamer Gear?
Pan, I misspoke (in other words i was wrong). I didn't remember the correct weight that i was thinking of in the source that i was thinking of. The source that i was thinking of was BPL...

In GEAR » New Pack from Gossamer Gear?
February 14, 10:08am

Re: GoLite Pinnacle or Gossamer Gear Mariposa
i have a 1st generation Jam & a Mariposa, but not the Jam^2. a key feature that i look for and find nearly indispensable is a mesh front pocket for drying things (IF the rain has stopped!). ...

In GEAR » GoLite Pinnacle or Gossamer Gear Mariposa
February 14, 10:03am

Re: pj, breathability test results
I've seen it, and some others like it (which have eVENT higher up on the chart - 'bout mid-way, but above GTX XCR). I have your chart saved on my older laptop's HD, but on this one tha...

In GEAR » New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
February 14, 9:58am

Re: true true
Ok, Stephen. I'm with you. 5.5lb - 10oz = you are SUL, IMO. I've never owned a camera in my life & i'll still go with you on this one since you could leave the camera at home....

In GEAR » New Pack from Gossamer Gear?
February 14, 9:52am

Brett, here's a source of some numbers
Alan Dixon's BPL article Brett, look close at the table in the article. XCR has a ~50% higher number than i found on MB website (that's where the BDT, DTL, & XCR #'s came from...

In GEAR » New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
February 14, 3:15am

Re: pj, your source please? re:New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
Brett, my sources i did not notate in my own notes fr/whence the figures came. However, i do recall some sources. BPL wrote an OnLine article on fabrics - some number probably came from there....

In GEAR » New Mont Bell Single Wall Tents
February 14, 3:10am

Re: New Pack from Gossamer Gear?
Stephen, 5.5 is really quite light! good for you young man! you are going to be very light on your feet to say the least. However, I think we (perhaps i shouldn't be speaking for others!) ...

In GEAR » New Pack from Gossamer Gear?
February 14, 1:46am

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