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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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I agree with Chris' comment about the hipbelt being unnecessary (it removes easily) but I use it because I've put two Gossamer Gear Large Hipbelt Pockets on it (one on each side). I've...

In GEAR » GG Murmur
May 06, 7:00am

GG Murmur
I love this pack and it does get more quiet with use. Just don't plan on putting it under your feet the first couple of times out if you're a restless sleeper!

In GEAR » GG Murmur
May 05, 8:07pm

West Rim Trail
Brad, I've done the West Rim Trail four times now - it's obviously one of my favorite hikes. It's the trail I use to introduce newbies to backpacking...spectacular views, well marke...

In Post-Trip Reports » Black Forest Trail (PA)
May 05, 6:57am

UL60 Compressed Size
Although you can't see it, it's compressed inside my Gossamer Gear Murmur pack in the photo. It really does shrink down to next to nothing - I was astounded when I first held it. I boug...

In GEAR » summer quilt for north east
April 29, 1:33pm

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

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