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Thomas Knighton (Tomcat1066) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southwest GA
About Me I'm new, but the idea of carrying around 50 lbs of gear is not enticing in the least. I've spent a lot of time car camping in the past, and truthfully, it got boring. I wanted something new and exciting. I wanted to see places most folks will never see because they just don't have what it takes. Backpacking is something I've always wanted to do. Now, I'm doing it!
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All Forum Posts by Thomas Knighton

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Re: Re: "Weight versus Warmth"
The 40* quilt would be lighter and cooler than the GoLite, so it would easily be a no-brainer in my mind. I appreciate the input from everyone. I'm just concerned about being able to cool o...

In Philosophy & Technique » Weight versus Warmth
October 14, 11:25am

Weight versus Warmth
First, this probably isn't the kind of question you were thinking it is. I'm in a bit of a predicament here, and I wanted to get some feedback from folks and see what folks thought of my r...

In Philosophy & Technique » Weight versus Warmth
October 14, 8:23am

Gave it a try
I just gave my Jam a re-pack and a try-on with the pad folded. It still feels just a bit odd, but that went away after a few minutes wearing it. A flat pad is definitely the way for me to go. It...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in my back
October 13, 12:17pm

Foam Pad
Thanks folks. I've tried to get it to fold flat, but so far no luck, it just keeps trying to pop to cylinder shape. However, I don't think that would be a problem in a fully packed pack. ...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in my back
October 13, 11:27am

Re: Foam pads inside
Dale, This is an original Jam also. My Ridge Rest had to ride outside the pack, there was just no way around it. With the torso length pad, I can get all my gear inside (which was preferable),...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in my back
October 13, 9:14am

Re: You're stuck
Don't sweat it Todd, I suspect as much. My next step is actually to try a GG NightLight Torso pad, since it folds up flat. However, since I'll be on the trail this time next week, I'd...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in my back
October 13, 8:55am

Foam Pad in my back
When I load up my GoLite Jam, I do as I was taught, using my foam pad as a virtual frame, and stuff the rest of my gear down inside of this. I cut down a blue foam pad to get something torso lengt...

In GEAR » Foam Pad in my back
October 13, 8:33am

Re: Really?
Synthetic might be "safer", but down is hardly "unsafe" so long as one is careful. That said, the extra weight of synthetic might be worth it for the piece of mind factor. A...

In GEAR » Sythetic Sleeping Bag & Down Allergies
October 11, 9:17am

Down Bags
When I first started researching gear, I thought I had to go synthetic on the bag because of a down allergy myself. It was quickly pointed out that the down used in sleeping bags and garments for ...

In GEAR » Sythetic Sleeping Bag & Down Allergies
October 11, 3:53am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Compact and Simple Solo Set Up
Andrew, Honestly, I have no idea how to clean it out on the trail. I primarily use mine to boil water. While I've got the non-stick, it was bought used here on BPL, otherwise I wouldn't...

In GEAR » Should I go for simply an alcohol stove or a Caldera Cone?
October 10, 5:03pm

All Reader Reviews by Thomas Knighton

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Golite Jam
I bought my GoLite Jam on closeout, since I was gearing up completely and needed to save money where I could. However, after trying the pack out, I have to say it was money well spent. I currently r...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 25, 7:19am

Petzl e+LITE
I got caught out past dark, and my e+Light really saved my butt. On maximum, it was enough to help me find my way for the next couple of miles to get to camp, and help me set up. I didn't notice...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 22, 7:37am

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
First, let me preface this by saying that I found no new information in the book really. However, that doesn't take away from the book. What I did was read it in the context to which it was inte...

In Books and Media
October 11, 7:04am

Light My Fire Spork
I bought one of these about a year ago to test as a possible piece of gear for my first backpacking trip. I promptly bought one for my wife and one for my son! These puppies are the best design out ...

In Cookware - Other
September 14, 3:37pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I purchased this DVD as a bit of a lark. I had heard some good things about it, and wanted to actually SEE some of the ultralight gear and techniques put to use. Not only that, but one of my guilty ...

In Books and Media
February 10, 7:32am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
First, there is no better book on ultralight backpacking that I've read. This book is good for the beginner who decides to start ultralight, or the experienced traditional backpacker who wants to...

In Books and Media
February 10, 7:25am

Coleman Peak 1 Microstove
Purchased partly by accident, partly by impatience, the Peak 1 Microstove is actually a pleasant surprise. It's easy to light, easy to control, fairly fuel efficient, and realitively inexpensive ...

In Stoves - Canister
January 06, 4:31pm

The Ultralight Backpacker by Ryel Kestenbaum
When I stumbled across this book at my local bookstore, I was excited beyond belief. A book on ultralight backpacking was exactly what I was looking for, and Lighten Up! was apparently sold out. &qu...

In Books and Media
January 06, 4:25pm

The Backpacker's Field Manual by Rick Curtis
Being new to backpacking, I picked up this book as a primer for my understand of the subject of backpacking. It's target audience is primarily people like me, who are new to backpacking and want ...

In Books and Media
January 02, 3:04am