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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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Lawson Equipment Cuben Hex Hammock
Please include Lawson Equipment when you're looking at Cuben tarps. He builds a hex tarp with the following dimensions: - Ridgeline - 11' - Width - 9' - Bottom Edges - 7...

In Hammocks » A New User's Look at Hammocks
July 23, 9:11am

Min Max Thermometer
Daryl, Thanks for this thread - I have one by Oregon Scientific that weighs almost 4 ounces and would love to replace it with something lighter. I really like knowing the minimum temperature so ...

In GEAR » Min Max Thermometer
July 10, 5:49am

Mike, Since you seem unsure about the hammock you might want to consider trying the Grand Trunk Ultralight - Campmor has them for just $20. You'll want to replace the suspension with some t...

In Hammocks » Switchback hammocks
July 06, 7:29pm

Carrying a Saw Backpacking
I'll admit to having a 15" Sven saw that weighs 10.6 ounces. I have some friends with whom I backpack and for them the biggest joy is getting to camp and having a fire. We don't do r...

In GEAR » Have you ever needed a SAW?
June 29, 10:37am

Wentzel Tent
To hear him tell the story it was actually pretty funny...He was originally planning on sleeping under a tarp but saw the $25 solo tent and bought it instead of the blue tarp. He stayed in the t...

In GEAR » Testing for Waterproofing
June 27, 12:20pm

Too Slow
I slept on it over the weekend and obviously missed my chance... Congrats to the buyer - this was quite a bargain!

In Gear Swap » JRB 15 deg quilt Long
June 27, 8:34am

Wentzel Tent - You get what you pay for
Be pretty careful setting it up while you're out on the trail. A friend of mine took one on the Old Loggers Path a couple of weeks ago and it worked fine the first night. The second night the...

In GEAR » Testing for Waterproofing
June 27, 8:33am

It's Scienifically Proven
Hey! I have a Te-Wa under quilt and it has made my pack lighter (by replacing a Thermarest) and my sleep more comfortable. No science...just experience.

In Hammocks » It's scientifically proven!
June 25, 6:14am

Another Wood-Burning Camp Stove
I understand there's no way to review each and every product on the market, but I was sad to see that the Antig Outdoors Woodlore Woodgas Stove wasn't reviewed. It appears similar to the B...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Wood-Burning Camp Stoves - State of the Market Report 2011
June 22, 2:48pm

Poles are required!
I get out on just 3-4 trips a year and am admittedly out of shape. Using my poles (LT4's that I set once each trip and never adjust) makes the difference for me between having an enjoyable tri...

In Philosophy & Technique » Poles are a burden?
June 16, 8:12am

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