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Ken Helwig (kennyhel77) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
About Me A return to backpacking after a musicians life. Hiked with too much weight before finding out the "lite" side. I live in Scotts Valley which is right in the middle of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, and only 10 minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from Los Gatos. Love the Sierra's!!! Too many places to see and go!
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All Forum Posts by Ken Helwig

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Ursack Hybrid Conditionally Approved
Don't know if this is old news or not, but SEKI, Yosemite, and many others have conditionally approved The Ursack Hybrid. The Hybrid for those that do not know is the Ursack 2.0 plus the aluminum l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ursack Hybrid Conditionally Approved
December 17, 1:01pm

Nano 0
sweeeeet. I can hardly wait!!!

December 06, 7:24pm

pack evaluation
well you just might need to breakdown and purchase the packs online. I live in San Jose and have the same dilema as you. Try ULA. Brian is a fair person when it comes to returns. Same goes for Goss...

In GEAR » Hands-On Pack Evaluation???
November 29, 5:14pm

favorite stove
been switching back and forth between the Ion and the Vargo Triad. I like the Ions base for hold a Ti 400 cup, but the flame base that the Triad puts out is fantastic.

In GEAR » What is your favorite lightweight stove?
November 27, 4:20pm

WM Antelope
If you're are 5'7 then a 5'6 will not fit. On WM's site they have a 6'0 bag listed. The 5 inches that are spared can be used for placing a few objects to keep warm? Just a suggestion. I am 6'1 and ...

In GEAR » Winter sleeping bag - Help needed
November 27, 10:38am

Winter bag
I have a Western Mountaineering Antelope and absolutely love it. That bag is my go to from Nov.-early March. Mine weighs in at 2lbs 13oz. I have never been cold once in it. Keep in mind that rating...

In GEAR » Winter sleeping bag - Help needed
November 27, 8:19am

Both Western Mountaineering or Montbell make vests that are quite lightweight and warm

In GEAR » Vest?
November 27, 8:17am

center of gravity
Nice post Dan. I think my wife would agree with you. Food for thought for us out there. Now is this on a shop to shop basis? I feel that there are so many out there that are working in retail that ...

In GEAR » women's center of gravity
November 24, 5:52pm

Diminishing Gains
I think that whatever works for you do it. I have a bad back and need some comfort for sleeping. My sleeping pad is inflatable and weighs in at 18oz. Not exactly ultralight. But... I have a base we...

In GEAR » Have we hit the point of diminishing gains?
November 22, 5:13pm

Yep I will be buying one of those new ones!!!!

In GEAR » ULA New Packs for 2006
November 21, 3:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Helwig

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ULA Equipment
Been using ULA packs for years. Bought the P2, P1 and now the Conduit. All are excellent in their own way. Customer service is perfect and so is the gear. Great packs!!!

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 06, 4:58pm

Bear Boxer 101 Contender
Came home to find a rather colorful small box on my porch today. Wow it is small. I have always thought that it would be cool to have a small bear cannister for 1-2 nights of backpacking. Well here it...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 22, 6:25pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I have only taken this on one trip so far. Everything that I have read about this is true. The space (square feet) and the coverage is awesome. I did not feel claustrophobic at all. The harness is a g...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 08, 12:31pm

Down Works (Santa Cruz, CA)
I live in Scotts Valley which is 5 minutes from The Down Works. I have purchased alot of gear from them. I find them knowledgable, curtious, and priced right. Their products in their store is geared t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 26, 4:53pm

Gossamer Gear
Have used two packs of theirs, tarp, pad, stoves and clothing. No problems at all!!!! Love their stuff and they continue to do well after the change. Without hesitation, I will use them for more purch...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 24, 7:27pm

Go Lite Speed
Just bought this today with a need for a multi day pack. I like all of the extra pockets, but wish that they were just a little bigger. As for the helmet holder, this is a great feature. I will not be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 19, 4:34pm

Seychelle In Line Eliminator
I too like the idea of this filter. The problem that I have had is getting the runs too. This has now happened a few times. Wonder if the filter is working at all.

In Hydration - Water Treatment
December 10, 4:26pm

ULA Equipment P-1
I have owned a P-1 for six months now (and a P-2 for 3 years) and have come to really enjoy the qualities that make this pack a great weeklong hauler. The 1/4 length stays work well in making your pac...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 13, 10:40am

Gossamer Gear Mariposa
4200 ci with two stays. A pouch for your sleeping pad on the outside to add support to the frame, and the best part of the pack is that it weighs in at 17 oz. Other options include using clothing inst...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 04, 9:40am