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eric levine (ericl) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northern Colorado
About Me My first camping was via scouting. I started backpacking in 1971, and since then have used many gear combinations. I've section hiked most of the AT and Long Trail, and now mainly take shorter trips on top of the rockies in Colorado and Wyoming. I've been hiking light since 1995, going from a 3-season base weight of 12.5 lbs to under 8 lbs.
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My PDF Gear Listbackpackweights 7&51.pdf

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All Forum Posts by eric levine

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Re: Re: snow anchors
I tried the Ursalite carabiners with some poly spectra guylines (EZC line) this year and it's superb! Quick and easy, and not enough extra weight to cause guilt.

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
January 25, 8:00pm

Re: Best lightweight winter tent?
I've had good luck with my BD (nextec)firstlight tent. Strickly 1-person in winter though. When cooking inside and at other times, I've had condensation on a wall, but never on the entir...

In Winter Hiking » Best lightweight winter tent?
January 25, 7:50pm

Re: Canister Stoves, Forum Behavior, and More
I think BPL has done a good job exploring stoves, esp. for cold weather use. I’m looking forward to Roger’s part 2 on carbon monoxide as well as more on remote canister stoves and mods. This...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
December 31, 12:02am

Sleeping bag blues
The obvious solution for inner winter condensation problems (i.e., Epic and other bags) is to use a vapor barrier, either worn as clothes or a liner. That new improved space blanket bag sold at thi...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Bivy Sack Technologies, Products, and Applications (2006)
December 13, 1:35am

Re: Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
I've used montane shirt with montbell pants with a cheap headnet. All works for me. The major problem is windshirt material is very hot hiking uphill on a hot day. In Colorado by the time cooler te...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
August 16, 2:42pm

Pack Volumes
I have never found a larger pack size a disadvantage in practice, especially when one has the option of not using a top extension or large outside pockets, as in the G5. I'm a big fan of keeping...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight Backpacks REVIEW SUMMARY
August 04, 1:30am

silnylon and misting
Jim Wood talks about waterproofness on his website, with some numbers. Myself, backpacking/hiking in the rockies, it's far from my major concern ;)

In GEAR » Silnylon "Misting" and Ray Jardine
June 07, 11:52am

Lightest radio
I believe the Sinclair AM radios are the lightest, though I can't remember how much mine weighs. (.25oz??) They don't market the FM anymore, but you may find one used. http://www.sinclair-res...

In GEAR » lightweight am/fm radio
June 06, 8:50pm

I’ve not posted here before, but I’ve have been experimenting with ultralight for the past ten years, having started backpacking in the early 70s. I presently use a Feathered Friends Wren II...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto
May 14, 2:37pm

All Reader Reviews by eric levine

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Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove
This was my first alcohol stove after the Trangia, which I used before these pepsi stoves were invented. Despite a taped seam build, this stove is very good, still doing great after 5 or more years...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 01, 12:34pm

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
As already said, the cut is a little large, and I opted for the small, which just fits me. I believe this vest is or will not be available, with a zipped version replacing it. I find this vest g...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 07, 3:26pm

Garmin Foretrex 101
I've done like Ryan, with the addition of removing the back cover and substituting clear postal strapping tape, which is what I did with my old etrex. One could even rig up a nearly weightless str...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
March 13, 10:43am

Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
I think to be consistant, one should store and eat their transfat non-ogranic peanut butter in aluminum cook and storeware. ......mmmmmm.....yummy

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 27, 2:05pm

My observation is that there are two types of lightweight backpacking flashlight users. The first are those who want a basic nighttime camp light. Lights such as the photon weigh a few grams and are s...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 10, 2:48am

Silva Type 54 Compass
The Brunton (Silva) combi 54 is the best all around compass I’ve seen. Overall, it has proven itself better than my old Suunto KB-14, commonly regarded as the most accurate sighting compass around. ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 06, 9:38pm