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Frank Steele (knarfster) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Arizona
About Me Scoutmaster that doesn't like to lug around a 40 lb pack any more. I have achieved at least ultra light. Pack with TT Rainbow for 2 or a tarp and bivy for solo, BA Horsethief bag and IAC pad(I need a good nights sleep) and a modified Osprey Exos 46 pack for my big 3. I am down to base of 9lbs 10 oz, lbs with all dodads and warm clothing (Ibex and Mont-Bell). With 3 days of food and necessary water I am right at 15 lbs 15 oz. A big improvement over my old 40 lb pack.
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All Forum Posts by Frank Steele

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+1 on the Big Agnes
+1 on the Big Agnes sleeping system. It is almost as good as sleeping at home. I own 3 BA bags, 2 rectangular ones for car camping and 1 "mummy" for the bag woods. The reason I say &qu...

In GEAR » Camping Luxuries
May 11, 10:32am

Hammock
Douglas, What hammock is that?

In GEAR » Cuben sleep system
May 11, 9:56am

+1 on the DR
+1 on the Double Rainbow. My son and I use it when bug season starts. It can't be beat for headroom and the 2 large vestibules and doors are great.

In GEAR » Pacific NW shelter
May 11, 9:42am

Exped is not self inflating
Don't believe what you read on REI's site, go to Expeds site. These are not self inflating. To save weight, look at kooka bay. you can email bender and ask him how much a pad with Clim...

In GEAR » Exped Vs. Big Agnes
May 11, 9:36am

Great bag
I just picked up a regular length bag to replace my Mont-Bell #2. I have had the bag into the mid 30's and it was plenty warm. just use an insulated pad. i used to think I was a cold sleeper...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Horse Theif: Long or Short?
May 11, 9:29am

Have to be two walled?
I like my TT rainbow, since it can be free standing with my poles. I never use it that way though.

In GEAR » Non-freestanding tents on unfriendly soil...
May 11, 9:22am

Dyeing
I will be dying some MH Mesa Convertible pants "green" so I an wear them as Scout Pants, Much nicer than what the BSA offers.

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyeing a backpack
May 09, 2:26pm

Depends
Depends, how compressible is your kid?

In GEAR » Kids pack recommendations?
May 09, 2:24pm

2nd on bug bivy
If the bug bivy falls through

In Gear Swap » FS: SUL Prototype Bivys
May 09, 2:14pm

Konrad, Thanks
Konrad, Thanks That link on making your own colors is awesome!

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyeing a backpack
May 07, 3:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Steele

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Campsaver.com Retailer
I have bought several things from Campsaver and steered several of my Scouts and their parents to them. they have good prices, very fast and affordable shipping and they have a very smooth return pro...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 19, 9:38am

Golite Jam
It looks like this thread is for the old Jam, but I don't want to confuse people looking to buy the new Jam and finding this thread. First generation pack named the Jam, weighed 22 oz, and was...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 08, 12:10pm

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
Are you kidding me? This Bivy does it all! For $45 less than the next best made bag, which doesn't have the option of an all net AND all nylon hood. Plus I only had to wait 2 days, not 2 months...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
March 27, 12:19am

Mont-Bell UL Super Stretch Down Hugger #2
I will start off by saying I am a cold sleeper. I started my Ultralight journey with a MB UL Spiral Down Hugger #3 bag, which weighed only 18.9 oz on my digital scale. I loved the weight and how com...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:53pm

IBEX Woolies Crew Long Sleeve
The IBEX Woolies Crew keeps me warm when it is cool and cool when it is warm, Amazing. The wool is even softer than on my Icebreaker 140 technical T. I love this shirt (and the pants too!)

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 22, 11:43am

Osprey Exos 58
This is a great light pack. I tried the Frame-less packs and they are not for me FOR THE RECORD - THIS IS an INTERNAL FRAME PACK, the review doesn't belong here.

In Backpacks - External Frame
March 22, 11:35am

Backcountry.com
I have had nothing but great experiences with Backcountry. I also love picking up their scratch and dent stuff off of Geartrade. Alfred, you sound like a whiner to me. 1 point because you couldn&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:48am

TarpTent
I bought a Contrail and didn't like the front entry. Henry gladly exchanged it for a Rainbow. Wish all companies were so easy to deal with.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:45am

e-OMC (Oregon Mountain Community) Customer Service
I ordered a pair of pants and a pair of montrail shoes. they arrived very quickly. the shoes didn't fell good and the pants were too big. I returned the shoes and exchanged the pants with no pr...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:39am

MoonTrail Customer Service
Moon trail is a great company to deal with and I love their bonus point system, Free Stuff! I always check their site first, because beyond the bonus points, they generally have lower prices than...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:30am