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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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Gear List
Also just curious, your bag weighs in at 54 ounces. Is it a synthetic bag or Down? You could save quite a bit and not sacrifice to much in comfort if you went with a 850 fill bag like Western Mooun...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List
January 23, 3:45pm

gear list
I was wondering what if you switched to an alcohol stove like The Vargo Triad which weighs in at a little over an ounce and switch to alcohol fuel to go with it. This could save you considerable ab...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List
January 23, 3:41pm

aqua mira
Aqua Mira now comes with a tiny mesh filter that fits conviently over the mouth of a Platypus Resevoir. The mesh filter is fine enough in the webbing that it will take out paticles an such. I too h...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira
January 23, 1:27pm

Yeah I have the Montane Smock too. This is my go to when I am above tree line and hitting some heavy winds while moving. I have the model with the chest pocket which I love. I was just wondering if...

In GEAR » Montane Superfly Question
January 23, 10:06am

Montane Superfly Question
Hi I was thinking about purchasing Montane's Superfly and was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with it. Main concerns would be breathability and waterproofness. I am also somewhate conce...

In GEAR » Montane Superfly Question
January 22, 4:26pm

When you have your list let me know if you need any advice about gear and what to choose.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just getting started
January 16, 11:10am

moisture management
Hi I have used both vapor barriers and liners. For me I really don't like bringing something extra like those two when I could double up my clothing as part of my sleep system. By using smartwool f...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag system: how best to deal with interior moisture?
January 15, 4:25pm

getting started
try this site, he has a gear weight calculator that you can download. It's great for displaying all your gear and the weights. this way you can compare your stuff as well as cu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just getting started
January 15, 9:59am

just getting started
I agree with Mark. Go through your gear first and see what you actually use and not use. I too brought way too much stuff into the backcountry. You know the, in case of emergency, etc. This would b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just getting started
January 15, 9:50am


In Gear Swap » BMW Pertex Quantum Bivy
January 12, 8:06pm

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