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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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UL60 Compressed Size
Greg, When I first used it I put it in a Sea-to-Summit 2L Ultra-Sil drybag (21 grams). It fit and wasn't much larger than my hand but I was afraid that I was compressing it too much. I'...

In GEAR » summer quilt for north east
April 29, 12:30pm

Quilt in the Northeast
I'm in PA and use a BPL UL60 Quilt during the summer. I'm very comfortable in it in just a T-shirt with temps down into the 50's. I used it two weeks ago and the temperature went down...

In GEAR » summer quilt for north east
April 29, 11:05am

Re: Hipbelt Pockets on webbing hipbelts?
I have two Gossamer Gear Large hipbelt pockets on my Murmur pack (which has a 1" belt). Gossamer Gear modified them for me to accomodate the small hipbelt (I'm significantly sewing-challe...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets
April 29, 10:57am

Re: re: Inov-8 for rocky terrain
Roheigh, I haven't tried any other Asolo boots - I put the FSN 95's on and instantly loved them. EMS sells the Superfeet custom insoles near me. I have a trip planned at the end of ...

In GEAR » Inov-8 for rocky terrain
April 22, 10:25am

Re: Re: Inov-8 Roclite 390 GTX
My Asolo's are the FSN 95 GTX "Lightweight" hiking boots. They're mid-height and have always been very comfortable. I haven't weighed them but will tonight when I get home. ...

In GEAR » Inov-8 for rocky terrain
April 22, 8:54am

Inov-8 Roclite 390 GTX
I've worn my 390's on three trips now (including this past weeknd) and am putting them on the back shelf for the rest of this hiking season. I hike mostly in northern PA - lots of rocks an...

In GEAR » Inov-8 for rocky terrain
April 22, 8:26am

Ray Jardine's Suggestions
I just got back from a weekend trip (the West Rim Trail in northern PA). I picked a site with a slight slope and tried sleeping with my feet uphill but after a couple of hours I had to flip...Some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ray Jardine's Suggestions
April 20, 8:00am

Re: Re: Ray Jardine's Suggestions
I have a weekend trip planned for next weekend and am hoping to try the one-shoulder carry for the last day of the trip. My base weight is around 8 pounds but I'm carrying all the food, fuel, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ray Jardine's Suggestions
April 10, 12:16pm

Re: re: cape
Thank you - I can't wait to try it.

In GEAR » How do you pitch your Gatewood Cape?
April 08, 7:20am

Re: Re: Re: re: gatewood set-up
Todd, That helps a lot - so your second pole is just a little taller than the tie-out loop on the Gatewood Cape, right? I was picturing my pole at full length (which obviously doesn't make se...

In GEAR » How do you pitch your Gatewood Cape?
April 07, 8:25pm

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