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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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UL Cup/Mug
The single-walled Ti mug with lid (sold separately) at REI weighs 2.54 ounces on my scale. I cut up the last three inches of one of my GG 1/8" Thinlight pads to make a cozy for it because th...

In Gear Swap » WTB: UL Titanium Cup/Mug
December 28, 6:39am

Cabela's Down Pants
Come on Brent...You know better than to post something like that without the weight. Can you let us know how much they weigh? They certainly are inexpensive and look like they'd be the perf...

In GEAR » Best Price on Down Pants
December 13, 7:13pm

PLB and Snake Bites
Nothing in these forums is ever so simple... - Hiking alone or with a group? - Miles from the nearest road or next to one? - Bushwacking or along a super trailway (i.e. the AT)? -...

In Philosophy & Technique » ACR PLB and snake bites
November 15, 10:39am

Better Rain Gear
See if you can score an eVent Packa...Between the huge pit zips and the eVent fabric you're probably getting the best option short of an umbrella.

In GEAR » Better rain gear.
September 24, 6:47pm

Soft Boiled Egg in a Paper Cup
As Travis mentioned, you can boil water in a paper cup by simply putting the cup full of water on a flat spot in the fire. The cup will burn down to the water level but the water will come to a bo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Mountain house bag as a pot?
September 16, 12:24pm

Graham FlexAir Dual-Chamber Disposable Pillows
I'm afraid you're probably SOL on this one...I ordered a case of them about a year or so ago and sold most to friends or others on BPL. I went back to the site to refer someone else and,...

In GEAR » Bifurcated disposable pillow
September 13, 1:12pm

Cleaning Camelbak before first use
Yes - Hot soapy water and rinse it well. If you have a bottle brush around it can be useful in really scrubbing it. One of the regular posters here - I think it was Ben - suggests using a cheap...

In GEAR » Cleaning Cambelbak before first use?
September 03, 3:56pm

Diaper Decor Bags as Waders
We used the Diaper Decor with our twins...Getting them out of diapers was as good as a pay raise! I've also contemplated trying to use a Diaper Decor bag to fashion waders for stream crossin...

In Multiple Use Gear » Polycryo ground sheet as a packliner?
August 30, 10:56am

David, Have you thought about the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape? It usually comes up here as a shelter that will double as raingear, but in your case perhaps it could be raingear that has the ...

In GEAR » A new cape/poncho
August 26, 6:10am

Hammock Suspension
Good questions...I use 6' whoopie slings that I purchased from With them I use webbing with 2" loops sewn into each end. Because of the variation in the diameter of tr...

In Hammocks » Hammock suspension
August 25, 1:28pm

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