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James Marco (jamesdmarco) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Finger Lakes
About Me Backpacker, hiker, cannoer, fisherman, since 1960 or so, now retired. I enjoy being outdoors and vary my gear to match what I am doing, where I am going, and who I am going with. I mostly head into the Adirondacks.
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CityIthaca
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Vintage backpack restoration, sub 2lb, need hipbelt advice.
I thing I would go for the 1/4" foam. The two part strap is kind'a odd. The upper strap looks like it does more to hug around your back than to transfer any load. Especially with a framed ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Vintage backpack restoration, sub 2lb, need hipbelt advice.
April 12, 4:57am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can't please everyone...
Calling it a UL pack is only because it weighs less than 2 pounds. I suppose in the UK it would be 1kg. I believe they use a 5kg number for defining ultralight. Anyway, if you tried to carry a 3 po...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 11, 5:26am

Re: Re: Re: Can't please everyone...
Jeffs, theoretically, these are the numbers for the categories: XSUL <3 pounds SUL <5 pounds UL <10 pounds Light <20 pounds Your are correct, these are all BASWEIGHT numbers. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 10, 5:53pm

Re: Seam sealing mix
Yes, Clifford is correct. The silicone/mineral spirits mix is actually only an emulsion. The mineral spirits does not actually dilute the caulk, it just breaks it down into small pieces. I have lef...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seam seal mix
April 10, 10:53am

Re: Bivy under tarp -- what's the point?
Yeah, generally, for the extra weight of carrying a bivy, you are better off with a larger tarp. When camping, water problems with a properly sized tarp are usually avoided(I like a larger, 1lb...

In GEAR » Bivy under tarp -- what's the point?
April 10, 7:26am

Re: Seam seal mix
Seams can be difficult. A too thick layer will simply cover them without penetrating into the threads. Too thin and it doesn't completely waterproof the threads. I use a cheap-o foam brush for ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seam seal mix
April 10, 6:13am

Re: Seam seal mix
Mineral spirits, not mineral oil. 3-5:1 for regular seam sealer. Mineral spirits (GOOD grade, not eco-friendly) and 100% pure silicone calk. 10:1 for treating floors, 20-50:1 for re-sealing ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seam seal mix
April 09, 7:38pm

Re: 12 days of food in a Bearikade Weekender?
M&Ms?? Wow, you are getting desperate. I can get my food for a week in a BV450 with no serious problems. But, I do not carry much, rarely more than 1.1-1.2 pounds per day, or, around 2200Ca...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 12 days of food in a Bearikade Weekender?
April 09, 6:01am

Re: Re: mariposa compression
Generally, with larger packs and light loads, say for an overnight or two, I just use a liner around my Sleeping Bag. This pretty much allows it to expand fairly well, filling any excess volume. Co...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 08, 5:27pm

Re: Load transfer
Well I cannot say, never used the SMD. In theory, there is likely not a lot of difference. But, I will try to underline some of the things that jump out at me. 1) Size. The Mariposa is a LOT ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 08, 1:49pm

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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Optimus/Primus? Svea 123R
The SVEA 123r is my standard stove for camping. I have spent about 40 years trying to replace the little beast. No such luck. I have found several different stoves that work well for 2-3 days (alcohol...

In Stoves - White Gas
April 19, 3:40am

Klymit Inertia X Frame
I picked up a Xframe (full size) a couple weeks ago. I took it out for 5 nights last weekend with my daughter, Brenda. I had a good trip but was unimpressed by the pad. I tried various techniques with...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 5:16am

gossamer murmur
I have used the old GG G5 pack for well beyond a servicable lifetime. Patching, reinforcing, and repatching...it finaly died and I replaced it with a 2012 Murmur, one of the first off the production l...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 25, 6:06pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
Great little piece of gear. Light, easy to use, miserly on fuel. Keeps the heat in on the pot and does a great job of boiling water. I will complain that it does not let enough heat out sometimes......

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 07, 3:50am

Thermarest Neo-Air
The NeoAir is a good pad, with a fantisticcall price. I have a medium which just fits me at 5'9". I usually inflate this fully while setting up camp, giving it a couple of breaths before slee...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 07, 3:22am