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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
CityNashville
StateTennessee
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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REI Cruise UL
I got the February 2007 Bacpacker Magazine toady and found the review I mentioned earlier (p. 91). It's called the REI Cruise UL. It appears to be very similar to the existing UL 60, with the key...

In GEAR » REI UL 60 pack
November 28, 8:45pm

Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
To chime in on what Ron said, a winter hike of the southern AT can be brutal. So many hikers assume that because it's the south, the trail will be reasonably mild in January. You can get lucky...

In Philosophy & Technique » Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
November 27, 11:09am

Re:REI UL 60 pack
Backpacker magazine is supposed to be posting a review of the new packs very soon. One of the differences is the nylon of the bag is heavier, but by removing of the the extras on the early packs, ...

In GEAR » REI UL 60 pack
November 27, 7:32am

REI UL 60 pack
It's worth noting the UL 60 has a different suspension system from the UL 45 and 30. The 60 uses two stays and has a much wider velcro, so the connection is much more solid than on the earlier mode...

In GEAR » REI UL 60 pack
November 27, 5:41am

best thru hiking book?
The Man Who Walked Through Time made me want to through-hike the Grand Canyon. Of course I'm pretty sure that with all the permit requirements nowadays, such a hike would be pretty much impossible...

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 26, 10:20am

Re: Re: wool reflections
"Merino wool can be any diameter from about 14 microns to 28 microns (or larger). The 14 micron stuff is the ultra-superfine stuff sold at mega prices to the Japanese." True about the sheep bein...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 25, 8:54am

wool vs synthetic vs silk base layers
Silk was the base layer of choice for years, if you look into mountaineers on Everest for example through both Mallory and Hillary's day. Silk wicks well and is very comfortable. Nowadays, howeve...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 24, 2:28pm

wool reflections
I'm one of those "whiners", as Vlad Putin describes us, who is not a fan of traditional ragg wool clothing because it itches. However, I've become a tremendous fan of merino wool. The differenc...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 24, 10:54am

MSR Hubba Hubba
The MSR Hubba Hubba weighs around four pounds now, if you leave the stuff sacks at home. The option for a footprint/fly only setup is there as well. It may not be the lightest option out there, b...

In GEAR » lightest tent with these 5 features?
November 21, 1:29pm

Caffiene
One of the best parts of a long-distance hike for me is NOT needing any caffiene. When I hit trails for 1-6 weeks, I make it a point to try to avoid any thing with substantial caffiene in it. I c...

In GEAR » Question about caffeine products sold on this site
November 20, 9:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am