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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pennsylvania
About Me I live near Lancaster PA and do most of my backpacking in the central and north-central parts of the state.
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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MB Ex Light For Larger Guys
Oh to be able to wear a medium again (or, quite honestly, just a large or XL)... I'm a big guy - 6' and 260 pounds. I have the Montbell Ex Light in XXL and it fits me well. I wear it a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt Review
September 15, 6:27am

Lunar Duo: Partially Sealed
I'd guess that you'd be okay but if you're really concerned could you bring an extra polycro groundsheet or some other type of lightweight plastic sheeting to put over the tent if you e...

In GEAR » Lunar Duo: Partially sealed. Functional in the rain?
September 08, 12:34pm

Temps for the Montbell Ex Light
I'm pretty warm-blooded and was comfortable down to the low 20's in a setup similar to yours but without the vest or the windshell. I'd say you should be good to 20 with the vest and th...

In GEAR » temps for Montbel exlight jacket?
September 06, 7:42pm

Winter AT Thru-Hike
Hey - I live near the AT in Pennsylvania and your post intrigued me. Things were a little slow here at work today so I put together the spreadsheet below. It's probably not perfect, but it do...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter AT thru-hike advice and gear wanted.
September 06, 12:37pm

Wood Fire Burn Problems
I have the Woodlore stove from Antig Outdoors and I love it. I use it on trips where I'm cooking for at least two and need to boil about a liter of water. I usually get my liter to boil in 10...

In GEAR » Bushcooker LT1 burn problems
September 01, 10:14am

BPL Store - Bear Bag
I can't help you with the hat, but Lawson Equipment has a cuben bear bag setup that weighs just 2.9 ounces including rope, throw bag, and a huge cuben dry bag. It's much sturdier than the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » BPL store - no more gear???
August 31, 9:46am

PackIt Gourmet Ziplocs
I can attest to the sturdiness of the PackIt Gourmet Ziploc bags - although I always order my prefilled with: - Red beans & rice - Tuscan Beef Stew - Chicken & Dumplings -...

In GEAR » Looking for "FoodZips" for boil in bag meals -- either a new source or an alternative.
August 15, 1:31pm

UL Hammock Setups
I've posted this before, but it never hurts to put it out there again. Here's my current setup: - Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock - 10.8 ounces - Lawson Equipment HexaLite 11'x9'...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review
August 10, 12:56pm

Cuben Packa?
I'm afraid I'm a bit of a "Packa Junky" - I have a Silnylon one that I loan to friends and an eVent model that I use myself (but it weighs 17 ounces). I'm sure I'll be ...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket-- No Price Limit?
August 10, 5:35am

Titanium Hook Tent Stakes - Testimonial
These stakes are great - I used them for the first time in June on the Mid-State Trail here in PA. No soil - just rocks covered by a loose 1" layer of forest duff. They're great and don&...

In Gear Deals » Titanium Hook Tent Stakes
August 04, 3:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Babione

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Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
I'm a big guy and have the Ex Light in XXL - weighs 7.8 ounces. In addition to being a great piece of insulation to wear I've found that I can use it in my hammock as an extra top quilt by op...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 03, 1:42pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just finished reading the book - it's an enjoyable and quick read. I've got two weekend trips planned this spring with guys who have never backpacked in their lives. I'm passing the bo...

In Books and Media
March 28, 5:52am