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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pennsylvania
About Me I live near Lancaster PA and do most of my backpacking in the central and north-central parts of the state.
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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Hammock inside a tent
From an overall weight perspective, you've got to be able to achieve better results with a tarp overhead and a full net enclosure. Carrying a tent AND a hammock really seems to be overkill...

In Hammocks » hammock in, tent out?
October 08, 6:25am

Underquilt or Pad?
I tried using pads but once I tried an underquilt I never went back. Part of the reason is that my pads are all 20" wide (to fit in my pad holder on my backpacks) and 20" wasn't enou...

In Hammocks » Underquilt or Pad?
October 04, 7:59am

Bullets - Thank you
Thanks for the tip... Here's my attempt: Some of my favorite foods are from Packit Gourmet, including: Jump Start Fruit Smoothies Austintatious Tortilla Soup - The extra hot sauce and...

In User Test Forum » Bullets
October 02, 6:46am

I've used a dash as a bullet before...How did you get your pretty bullets to appear and, more importantly, will a wrapped line following the bullet automatically indent to leave the bullet stan...

In User Test Forum » Bullets
October 01, 2:53pm

Great Backpacking Meals
I'll put in my plug here for Packit Gourmet. Some of my favorites are: - Jumpstart Fruit Smoothies for breakfast - Creamy Italian Polenta with Sausage for breakfast - Austintacious To...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Mountain House Beef Stew -- not impressed
October 01, 1:51pm

Man Up
Come on - be a man and shake the canister while you're using it to keep the fuel blended. Sorry - couldn't resist...

In GEAR » blended butane failure
October 01, 7:58am

UL Tents for Two - A Phased Approach
Another option you have as you agonize over the choices would be to save some $$$ now (and carry a little more weight) and then revisit your options in a couple of years. I have a Lunar Duo and ...

In GEAR » Luxurious ultralight tents for two; price per oz
September 28, 5:52am

Two Seasons in PA
I only take backpacking trips in PA in the Spring or Fall. Basically I'm looking for temperatures in the range 20 degrees - 70 degrees. Much above or below that and I'm not going to go. ...

In Chaff » How many folk backpack all year round.
September 28, 5:43am

Watch Altimeter
As posted above, the big thing to keep in mind with a pressure altimeter is the assumption that the weather hasn't changed. I have a Nike watch with built-in compass, thermometer, and alti...

In GEAR » Altimeters
September 27, 1:15pm

Nice Flashlight
Dale, Nice looking light...I use a Fenix LD01 as my "spotter" flashlight (my headlamp is a Petzl e-Lite). Can you use a Lithium AA battery in it? If I'm carrying any extra batt...

In GEAR » Quick look: Olight i2 EOS AA LED flashlight
September 27, 7:13am

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Babione

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Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
I'm a big guy and have the Ex Light in XXL - weighs 7.8 ounces. In addition to being a great piece of insulation to wear I've found that I can use it in my hammock as an extra top quilt by op...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 03, 1:42pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just finished reading the book - it's an enjoyable and quick read. I've got two weekend trips planned this spring with guys who have never backpacked in their lives. I'm passing the bo...

In Books and Media
March 28, 5:52am