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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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Montbell fit for big guys
I'm six feet even and tip the scales at around 260. I have a Montbell Ex Light jacket in XXL that fits well, but I've only ever had to put a Patagonia R1 & R2 under it. Montbell ret...

In GEAR » BPL and Montbell fit for big guys
March 17, 3:15pm

Thermarest Lite Seat = Awesome Pillow
Travis, I too love the Lite Seat as my pillow but use a cheap polyester book cover that I "borrowed" from my high school daughter as a pillowcase. It's one of those super-stretchy...

In GEAR » Thermarest Lite Seat= Awesome
March 13, 5:59am

Platy Hoser vs Big Zip
I'm the proud owner of both a 2L Hoser and a 2L Big Zip (along with every possible size Camelbak bladder). There is a weight difference between the two. On my scale: - 2L Hoser = 98 ...

In GEAR » Platy bottles
March 02, 7:28pm

Travel Bikes
Although not a folding bike, Freeman Transport handcrafts "transportable" bikes in the US that disassemble and reassemble with one simple tool. Just another option, but another one t...

In Other Activities » opinions on folding bikes?
March 01, 8:33pm

Susquehannock Trail
Chuck Dillon at Pine Creek Outfitters also has a guide to the Susquehannock Trail that's pretty reasonable at $11.50. Both trails are on my list to do...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Susquehannock Trail or the Quehanna Trail?
February 24, 7:21pm

Someone had posted these a year or so ago... Apologies for not imbedding it... They're cheap ($4.00) and light (53 grams on my sca...

In GEAR » Watershoes
February 06, 5:28pm

Gatewood Cape Video
Chris, Nice video. You may want to consider using your second trekking pole as a lift for one of the additional guyouts (especially in the snow). Here's a photo: I use it at my head...

In Gear Swap » Gatewood Cape video
January 31, 7:21am

Inov-8 Roclite 390 GTX
I have a pair of size 11.5 that I'd like to sell for $60 delivered. They have 30 miles on them (three 10-mile trips...I REALLY wanted to like them). They were just too narrow for my feet. ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Inov-8 Roclite 390 GTX, Size 10
January 22, 6:24pm

Solo Shelter Options
Aaron, Just because you're carrying a poncho-tarp doesn't necessarily mean that you have to use it as your raingear. If carrying the Gatewood Cape is lighter than carrying a tarp/bivy c...

In GEAR » Solo shelter options
January 13, 10:32am

Smaller Tarp
Look, if you haven't already, at the SMD Gatewood Cape. There are lots of posts around if you search. I don't have a bivy and haven't had any problems with getting wet - I simply pitc...

In GEAR » Solo shelter options
January 12, 11:42am

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