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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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Northeast Trip - November 13-16, 2014
Andy, I can confidently tell you that the pace will be 2.0 mph if we're trying to stay relatively together as a group. That includes breaks (but not lunch - lunch is extra). Mark and I hav...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Northeast trip -- November 13-16, 2014
September 03, 11:41am

ZPacks U/Q
Thanks for the posting...I was just about to buy a new U/Q that would take me down into the low 20's and this design looks about perfect! I really like the idea of the waterproof/windproof Cub...

In Hammocks » ZPacks U/Q
September 03, 6:39am

Knife or Multi-Tool?
The only thing I carry is my Swiss Army Clipper: It weighs just 37 grams (1.3 ounces) and has everything I've ever needed while on maintained trails. I really like the nail clipper func...

In GEAR » Knife or multi-tool
September 03, 6:31am

I'm a big guy and just purchased, for $19.99 each, a nice down vest and a softshell jacket. The softshell isn't super light (I haven't weighed it yet), but for less than $20 it was a s...

In GEAR » Costco?
September 02, 10:42am

Northeast Trip - November 13-16, 2014
I'm in!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Northeast trip -- November 13-16, 2014
September 02, 7:49am

GG LT4's
I've had the LT4's since they came out. The original version didn't offer straps and I've never missed having them. I'm a big guy - 270 lbs - and I've never had any slip...

In GEAR » GG Trek Poles
August 29, 3:03pm

35L Ultralight Pack for $30
Thanks for the post - I ordered two of them yesterday (one red and one green) for my 8 year-old twin girls. I figured I had nothing to lose and they'll be excited to have new packs. For my ...

In GEAR » 35L Ultralight Pack for $30 - First Impressions
August 28, 5:55am

Trekking Pole Point Down - Keep Water Out
One other point in favor of the "Point Down" approach...If you have adjustable poles (I have GG LT4's) water can run down the pole and enter it if you've got the handle on the gro...

In GEAR » Tarp Pitch - Trekking Pole point UP or DOWN
August 24, 7:19am

Point Up or Point Down?
I had grommets installed in the corners of my tarp when I had it made to facilitate the "Point Up" model (my Lunar Duo has grommets and a protective piece of strapping over the point). I...

In GEAR » Tarp Pitch - Trekking Pole point UP or DOWN
August 23, 3:37pm

Underquilt - Top Quilt Warmth Ratio
My experience with under quilts comes from hammocking in Pennsylvania in temperatures from the upper teens through the 70's. For me the underquilt is the most important component of my sleep i...

In Hammocks » pad/underquilt combo
August 18, 3:32pm

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