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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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Re: Re: Gear dogmas
Actually, amongst all self-inflatables that i've searched out, besides the BMW Torsolite and possibly the POE Uber-Lite (POE doesn't provide R-values), both quite a bit shorter than the Wmn...

In GEAR » Gear dogmas
March 06, 3:20pm

Re: re: TarpTent Website Problem???
>>"All is well." Yes, agreed - though, for me, only after a "ctrl-shift-R" hotkey combo forced refresh in Firefox. Too bad, thought i had another chance at a floor...

In GEAR » TarpTent Website Problem???
March 06, 12:47pm

Re: Lightweight 2 person bug nets
I know of heavier options, some even free-standing. I know, this doesn't help much, but maybe this will... Contact David Olsen at I would bet he could hook you up with somet...

In GEAR » Lightweight 2 person bug nets
March 06, 12:43pm

Re: Re: franco, pj, supercooled precipitation
Sorry, Brian, i've never tried it.

In GEAR » When does water freeze?
March 06, 12:35pm

TarpTent Website Problem???
Anyone else getting an old Products webpage when they go to and click on the Products link on that page? Do you see what product's pic is back, that had been removed, and what ...

In GEAR » TarpTent Website Problem???
March 06, 12:24pm

Re: Re: Bacpacker Magazine award to Big Sky
I'm with you Ben. However, if there's anyway that this can really turn Big Sky around, and our friends here can get their orders filled, then i'm all for it. If that eventuality ever...

In GEAR » Bacpacker Magazine award to Big Sky
March 06, 10:19am

Re: Re: Houdini windshirt at BackCountryOutlet
Ah...C'mon, Ben. Bright Lime will bring out the color in your eyes!! I think Franco would look good in the Fiery Orange - it'll make his cheeks look rosier! Not what I would call "...

In Gear Deals » Houdini on Sale?
March 06, 10:15am

Re: Rain falling on my head
Franco, we get that type of rain more often than we would like where i live. It's called "freezing rain" in contra-distinction from "sleet" which freezes on the way down an...

In GEAR » When does water freeze?
March 06, 6:32am

Re: I'm freezing
Franco, you didn't acutally count the words in my original Post did you? Or, are you a Savant, of sorts, like the true multi-faceted, super-genius Thomas Young? BTW, i edited my prev. Pos...

In GEAR » When does water freeze?
March 06, 4:21am

Re: Gear dogmas
Franco, it's not so much one's bias and dogma, since we all have them, as it is one's failure to be on the "look out" for and to recognize such in ourselves. I too have a lo...

In GEAR » Gear dogmas
March 06, 4:02am

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am