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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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mUV Failure
James, If you haven't already thrown it out, Meridian Designs has excellent customer service and would probably replace your mUV either for free or for a minimal charge. They've updat...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 6: Ultra-Violet Light Methods
November 02, 6:30am

Comfortable Compromise
I was one of those who took the "get lighter no matter what" route. After a couple trips below 8 pounds base weight I tried sleeping in a hammock. At first my pack weight shot back up f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where do you compromise?
October 23, 6:55am

Nevada may operate the same way as Pennsylvania...Here in PA we have a "State Store" system where all wine and hard liquor must be purchased from a state-owned and run store. Anyway, E...

In GEAR » Everclear 190 in Nevada?
October 20, 7:19am

Whoopie Hooks
Mark, Thanks for the explanation. It's certainly overkill (especially since there are now whoopie hooks) but for each of my five hammocks I have: 1 6-foot 1" strap with loops at bot...

In Hammocks » Dutchware products, titanium is cool
October 19, 4:40am

Underquilt for a Florida Winter
A foam pad would probably be sufficient but I personally don't find them as comfortable as an underquilt. If you go with the foam pad (which you can try pretty inexpensively) make sure it'...

In GEAR » Down or Synthetic Bottom Quilt for Florida?
October 16, 6:09am

Dutchware Whoopie Hooks
The Whoopie Hooks look really cool, but they would take away one part of my hammock adjustment: I use my tree strap and the location of my marlin spike hitch to adjust where my whoopie slings star...

In Hammocks » Dutchware products, titanium is cool
October 15, 7:29am

Te-Wa New Website
Looks good...I might have to order another quilt from you to help support your new website. The bummer about a Flash-dependent website is that it won't load on an iPhone or iPad. Thanks for...

In Hammocks » te-wa - new shiny website
October 11, 6:55am

Shelter Suggestion
Brett, It really sounds like your best bet will be a custom solution. Check out BearPaw Wilderness Designs. I've not used them myself but people really like working with them and their ...

In GEAR » Really need some shelter help.
October 10, 11:57am

Thanks for posting - I'm sure it was a disappointment to not feel well but you cannot plan for those things. It looks like you made the most of your trip in spite of the flu. I've never...

In Post-Trip Reports » Switzerland
October 09, 12:19pm

AT Four State Challenge
Is there a definitive rule that says you have to do the challenge on the same calendar day or just touch all four states in a 24-hour period? If it's just a 24-hour period I'll suggest...

In Gear Lists » AT Four State Challenge List
October 09, 10:08am

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