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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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Re: 1lb Montbell #7 bag loft: 4.5"!
Brett, As you know, I'm a big fan of "all things MB", and do own a few MB bags (both "wimpy" 725FP and ExcelLoft - all SuperStretch versions - no Alpine). So, with this...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Stretch bag
March 19, 3:09am

Re: First draft
Interesting customizations. I use 805's - not the best trail sole, IMO (807's are better), but purchased some on closeout some years ago for $30 a pair. >>"Not sure wh...

In Make Your Own Gear » make your own shoes?
March 19, 2:43am

Franco - Akto vs. Vela Mesh
Franco, Please describe your experiences with the Vela (was that the Extreme or Mesh version you've seen/used?). If you're up to it, please talk about ventilation, condensation, setup,...

In GEAR » Question for Franco the Rainbow Warrior
March 19, 2:27am

Re: Re: ultralight bivy
A couple of years ago, Ron Bell/MLD made a heavily customized Soul Bivy for me out of Epic Malibu fabric. IIRC, original estimate was 8 weeks. Turned out, IIRC, I had to wait just 9 weeks for it...

In GEAR » ultralight bivy
March 16, 2:16pm

Re: Re: Between Pack Sizes--Which?
Ben, that's a very good idea. Wish i had thought of that. Michele, i'd go with Ben's idea. Err on the side of... better fit!

In GEAR » Between Pack Sizes--Which?
March 09, 9:33am

Re: Between Pack Sizes--Which?
I have an 18" torso length. I also have a Jam pack. It fits me fine. It's a Medium. Hope it works for you.

In GEAR » Between Pack Sizes--Which?
March 09, 6:54am

Some additional observations and comments on the Article
[Please note that this is a reverse-Rating driven Post, i.e. one long post vs. three shorter ones. Dashed lines separate each sub-Post.] >>"I challenge Petzl to create a big brothe...

In Editor's Roundtable » STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: LED Headlamps (2007)
March 09, 2:52am

Re: Rhus dermatitis
I have not used it. However, for decades, when around home, my family and i have used soap and water. Works well, in my experience, when the oleoresin is washed off within 10-20 minutes of conta...

In Multiple Use Gear » KlearWater as mouthwash & skin treatment
March 08, 11:37pm

Re: Glasses or Contacts
Within the last couple of months there was another Thread about this. It had many Posts in it. No problem at all bringing this subject up. It happens all of the time with new people coming to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glasses or Contacts
March 08, 12:11pm

Re: Re: Re: When does water freeze?
Roger, you're right about the SB. i had tunnel vision and focused on the "tarp" that Christian mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to point out the frost on the SB aspect. Did...

In GEAR » When does water freeze?
March 08, 11:55am

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am