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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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I have the Snow Peak umbrella - weighs 144 grams (5 ounces) and really like it. It's small, pretty light, and very sturdy. The biggest challenge I've had is in attaching it to my pack s...

In GEAR » umbrella hunting
June 07, 9:13am

eVent and Pit Zips
If you can score one, The Packa in eVent comes with very long pit zips...Best of both worlds, but the large is not UL (17.3 ounces).

In GEAR » Best rain jacket for <$150
June 05, 4:10pm

Storm Pitch - 8x10 Tarp
My foray into tarping used an 8x10 silnylon tarp. Our first night out we were expecting high winds and thunderstorms. This was a pitch I'd seen in the BPL Lightweight Backpacking book: ...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 04, 8:52am

Visiting Canada
I'm afraid your sister is SOL if she can't get her passport...I have meetings there every couple of months and there are signs all over with the requirements. On a brighter note, I'...

In Chaff » Visiting Canada
June 03, 4:22pm

The mUV and Purifying Water
I just switched from an AquaStar UV filter (8.3 ounces including the bottle) to the Meridian Design mUV (2.7 ounces - no bottle). The mUV is good for up to 15 liters on a single charge...I only di...

In GEAR » Do you filter your water?
June 02, 8:09pm

Local Hiking Forums
Another resource is LocalHikes.com - It's primarily day hikes but there are some backpacking trips listed.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » list of local hiking forums
May 24, 6:56pm

Cuben Fiber Hammock Failure
I'm the gentleman Lawson is trying to protect...I was in the hammock when it failed and unceremoniously dumped me to the ground. I'm a big guy - 6 feet tall and 260 pounds. I had slept ...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Hammocks
May 24, 9:13am

Hydration Bladders
I pack mine in the side pocket of my Murmur primarily for easy access. The other thought is that a small leak in the bladder because you didn't close the cap completely could result in a lot o...

In GEAR » Hydration bladders
May 17, 2:39am

Cutting Firewood
The rules in PA are the same - you're not allowed to cut or knock down anything standing. Usually when we backpack in PA we can find plenty of firewood but breaking branches over 1" typ...

In GEAR » cutting firewood
May 15, 2:29pm

mUV Water Purifier
I'm an AquaStar user (also UV) who has migrated to the mUV because of the weight. I have a newer mUV but have only used it on a single overnighter last November. My first trip of the year ...

In GEAR » mÜV Micro UV Water Purifier
May 15, 12:26pm

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