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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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good sense of humour there. enjoy going lite and you will enjoy the outdoors even more.

In GEAR » Have a Laugh?
January 12, 6:36pm

bear containers
I was on Ursacks site the other day. They had a press release stating that the Ursack passed all tests with flying colors. The agencies involved in giving Ursack their ok decided not to allow Ursac...

In GEAR » Bear Containers...
January 12, 2:36pm

i have thermawrap now for a year and love it. it is my go to insulating layer for most of my backcountry stuff. funny though, i just bought ny wife the wild things jacket because the price was so d...

In GEAR » opinion on wild things primaloft jacket vs. more ultralight ones ?
January 10, 1:33pm

for sale
I have used this bivy on one trip and it performed really well. Problem is is that I backpack in The Sierras and wanted a little more protection and I purchased a HS Tarptent. The Bivy is in excell...

In Gear Swap » BMW Pertex Quantum Bivy
January 05, 2:31pm

favorite 3 pieces of gear for 2004
1. ULA P-2 2. Tarptent Virga 3. Vargo Triad Alcohol Stove honorary 4th item is my Vargo Titanium Stakes.

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
December 29, 12:42pm

sleeping bags
thanks for the replies. soooo many options. I vowed this year for early season that I was not going to be cold!!!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How heavy should your bag be?
December 17, 6:39pm

sleeping bags
thanks vic, and yeah i do agree with you on everyone is different when it comes to warmth. I love my antelope when the weather dips down to 20-30 degrees but it can be a tad warm when it is warmer ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How heavy should your bag be?
December 17, 11:12am

ulite tents
Hi here is some insight on lightweight tents. I own a Henry Shires Tarptent Virga and I can tell you from experience that this tent will fill your need. It is light (see last post above) and water ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for light solo tent: your help needed
December 12, 1:13pm

sleeping bag
thanks Jason, I have looked at Moonstone bags and I do know that they are of high quality. I will investigate their bags further before arriving at a decision. I am leaning on buying the Alpinlite ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How heavy should your bag be?
December 11, 6:41pm

sleeping bags
Thanks for the reply. I have thought about buying the Ulatralite. I have tried it out at a shop and found the cut to be exact as the Highlite. WM do offer the Alpine Lite and I am thinking about pu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How heavy should your bag be?
December 11, 11:30am

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