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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I'm the president of Slackline Express. We make slacklines (think of it as a backyard tight rope) but also manage an outsourced sewing shop for lightweight backpacking gear designers. We do industrial sewing, cutting, and assembly here in Colorado.
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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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brief survey of USGS Topo mapping GPS units
Not to completely downplay your research but I haven't found the vector based maps much of a problem since I print my own maps from the same software. It saves a lot of cash on maps and wit...

In GEAR » brief survey of USGS Topo mapping GPS units
February 02, 10:32am

REI sale score! $100 cuts 2 pounds from sleep system
Both my wife and I have sub kilo's - womens and mens respectively. They are great bags and a great value but honestly her's is warmer and has a better fit so I often take it instead of the ...

In GEAR » REI sale score! $100 cuts 2 pounds from sleep system.
January 20, 7:10pm

Repairing Big Agnes Insulated Air Core
The hot bond stuff pretty much works as advertised and I've used it to patch BA pads. That said, I've patched a LOT of pads with the standard BA repair kits and have not had many problems a...

In GEAR » Repairing Big Agnes Insulated Air Core
January 20, 7:04pm

lantern choice
I've had a LOT of peizo igniters fail on me in the field. However, if you want to add one to a device, simply buy one of those extended lighters designed for candles or bbq grills that have...

In GEAR » lantern choice
January 16, 9:21am

For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550
The 590 is sold. Next up is a CG 550 (commercial grade), also sold as a HD-110 (heavy duty). The CG 550 is the same as the 590 except that it has a few less stitch patterns and does not have ad...

In Gear Swap » For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550)
January 14, 4:17pm

5 great compacts.No excuses
I too have got to disagree with Roger on the extra dslr battery costs. I've got a half dozen from Amazon for my D60 for around $10 each and they last 500-1000 shots each. Each lithium ion batte...

In Photography » 5 great compacts.No excuses
January 14, 2:27pm

For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550)
edited: Still for sale.

In Gear Swap » For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550)
January 12, 6:29pm

For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550)
Due to a conversation on another thread I've decided to clear out a pile of sewing machines which are in used but mostly great condition. My sewing shop switched to using machines with automate...

In Gear Swap » For Sale - Singer Commercial Grade Sewing Machines (CG-590 & CG-550)
January 12, 4:56pm

PFAFF 330, Breaking needles
Mike: Ouch! Best of luck on that. Take off the top cover and check to make sure the lever is actually moving the linkages. I've seen one linkage rod rotate enough to fall out of place, of cours...

In Make Your Own Gear » PFAFF 330, Breaking needles ?
January 12, 2:44pm

I'm all up for doing self repair but just as a heads up for others reading the thread who sew, timing is easy to set on some machines (as noted above) as long as you have the proper repair manu...

In Make Your Own Gear » PFAFF 330, Breaking needles ?
January 12, 9:46am

All Reader Reviews by Joe Kuster

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Garmin Oregon 400T
Note: This review reflects using Beta Firmware v. 2.86 released Feb 4, 2009. My wife bought me the 400T as a birthday present. Now that I've had time to use it in the field tramping around Roc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 14, 2:55pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
I tried my best to like these gloves but even treated with the utmost caution my pair only lasted 1 trip before starting to show significant wear. By the end of the second trip, I had holes in both g...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 29, 1:08am

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I have to wonder if some of the units out there are possibly defective judging from other reviews. I've had mine since they first came out and I have apparently had a radically different exper...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 17, 10:23pm

Mountain House Beef Stew
Actually, it just goes to show different tastes for different folks. After a heavy exertion day the Mountain House stew is usually one of my favorites. I have only noticed it being a bit salty wheneve...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 24, 10:13am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I've used one on six trips so far. It is definately a discussion piece and it's incredibly light weight. It took a little trial and error with it to find my comfort range, which is about half ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 07, 1:05pm

MiniBull Designs Atomic (with stand)
This is one of the first commercial alcohol stoves I've worked with. It does exactly what it says it should and it does work fairly well. It does have a higher capacity for longer burn time, it do...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 22, 9:08am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
It's non-stick titanium, how cool is that. The reality is that it does live up to most of the hype and it is a solid performer. It has a wide base and is very efficent. It is about the perfect volume ...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 22, 8:43am

Marmot Atom
At 16oz this is an excellent option for warm weather 3 season backpacking. The compressibility of this bag is phenomonal. It is unusual to find a summer oriented bag with a full hood & draft collar, m...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 22, 8:36am

Marmot Atom Mens Regular 40 Degree
Please Delete, put in wrong category

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 22, 8:33am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB. For trips where ...

In Stoves - Canister
October 04, 8:21pm