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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I'm the president of Slackline Express. We make slacklines (think of it as a backyard tight rope) but also manage an outsourced sewing shop for lightweight backpacking gear designers. We do industrial sewing, cutting, and assembly here in Colorado.
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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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Snowshoes for Appalachian mountains
Do you know that you'll really need 36" snowshoes from experience or are you using the manufacturer scale? Even at 220lbs (me plus lots of gear) my 30" Tubs had excessive float and th...

In Winter Hiking » Snowshoes for Appalachian mountains
January 20, 3:04pm

Anyone has experience with Garmin Oregon/Dakota?
The 450T includes topographic maps, the 450 base model does not. It's really up to your needs, but I highly suggest getting the T models. You can always download 3rd party maps (or in some case...

In GEAR » Anyone has experience with Garmin Oregon/Dakota?
January 15, 8:31pm

Anyone has experience with Garmin Oregon/Dakota
I've posted my review on here regarding the Oregon 400T for a detailed write up, but I'll suffice to say that it rocks my socks off for advanced trailblazing. I've used it extensive...

In GEAR » Anyone has experience with Garmin Oregon/Dakota?
January 15, 10:53am

tent stakes for frozen ground
Depending on the terrain, I rarely use stakes in frozen ground but instead rely on trees, stumps, roots, rocks, burried deadmans from sticks and such and any other number of alternative. Good to th...

In GEAR » tent stakes for frozen ground
January 13, 4:44pm

Solo shelter options
Lots of bikers use hammocks on long trails. That said, you can't always find suitable trees which can leave you ground camping in a bivy anyway. Depends on your area. It works well in Misso...

In GEAR » Solo shelter options
January 12, 8:07am

Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help
Eugine: Most of the devices you mentioned can use a USB mini cord for charging a microUSB hub and really short USB cables would let you charge the whole mess at once if that was your fancy. Fra...

In GEAR » Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help.
January 11, 7:25pm

Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help
Eugine, my post was targeted at Hugo's potential needs. Compared to the weight of even a minimalistic laptop, an e-book reader is significantly lighter and the battery time is measured in da...

In GEAR » Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help.
January 11, 4:16pm

Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help
As mentioned above, solar solutions are limited. While not on the market just yet, there are promises of new Hydrogen cell chargers for mobile electronics that were released at the Consumer Electro...

In GEAR » Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help.
January 11, 2:22pm

Single best piece of advice ever given? What's yours?
As hard as it is for us weekend warriors, try to spend more time on the trail than shopping for trail gear.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Single best piece of advice ever given? What's yours?
January 03, 12:12pm

Buying a new GPS, please advise
If your adding maps, might as well get the 400T. Simply put, I've changed my expectations for pathfinding after owning it for a year. I now expect to be able to navigate in the worst conditions...

In GEAR » Buying a new GPS, please advise.
December 13, 6:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Joe Kuster

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Garmin Oregon 400T
Note: This review reflects using Beta Firmware v. 2.86 released Feb 4, 2009. My wife bought me the 400T as a birthday present. Now that I've had time to use it in the field tramping around Roc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 14, 2:55pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
I tried my best to like these gloves but even treated with the utmost caution my pair only lasted 1 trip before starting to show significant wear. By the end of the second trip, I had holes in both g...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 29, 1:08am

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I have to wonder if some of the units out there are possibly defective judging from other reviews. I've had mine since they first came out and I have apparently had a radically different exper...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 17, 10:23pm

Mountain House Beef Stew
Actually, it just goes to show different tastes for different folks. After a heavy exertion day the Mountain House stew is usually one of my favorites. I have only noticed it being a bit salty wheneve...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 24, 10:13am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I've used one on six trips so far. It is definately a discussion piece and it's incredibly light weight. It took a little trial and error with it to find my comfort range, which is about half ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 07, 1:05pm

MiniBull Designs Atomic (with stand)
This is one of the first commercial alcohol stoves I've worked with. It does exactly what it says it should and it does work fairly well. It does have a higher capacity for longer burn time, it do...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 22, 9:08am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
It's non-stick titanium, how cool is that. The reality is that it does live up to most of the hype and it is a solid performer. It has a wide base and is very efficent. It is about the perfect volume ...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 22, 8:43am

Marmot Atom
At 16oz this is an excellent option for warm weather 3 season backpacking. The compressibility of this bag is phenomonal. It is unusual to find a summer oriented bag with a full hood & draft collar, m...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 22, 8:36am

Marmot Atom Mens Regular 40 Degree
Please Delete, put in wrong category

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 22, 8:33am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB. For trips where ...

In Stoves - Canister
October 04, 8:21pm