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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Make Your Own Gear: Sealing Silnylon Seams
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In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Sealing Silnylon Seams
September 04, 8:24pm

Re: Question for Benjamin Smith
Hi Roger, www.thru-hiker.com used to have it. I just checked, and they no longer do. I'm not aware of a good source for DIYers anymore. I like the fabric - it's sturdy, has a good coatin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 4 - Pack
September 01, 9:19pm

Re: Editors?
Hi Fenrir, Thanks for pointing out the repeated phrase - it's been fixed.

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
August 29, 5:45am

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW
August 28, 9:35pm

Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
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In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
August 28, 9:34pm

Re: Sink his raft
Hey guys, I'll reply to this thread too (there was another one with similar comments). The gearlist is in my hands - the hangup at this point is ME. Sorry it has taken so long!

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light
August 27, 6:27pm

Re: Impossible UL Denali List?
Hi Robert, Don't blame Matt and Agnes for our slowness! I happen to have their gearlist in my hot sweaty hands - and it's my fault it hasn't published yet. Hold tight...

In Gear Lists » Impossible UL Denali List?
August 23, 7:38pm

Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Survival of the Fittest?
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In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Survival of the Fittest?
August 23, 10:50am

Black Diamond Guiding Light Tent REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Guiding Light Tent REVIEW
August 23, 10:48am

Re: Pertex VS Momentum
Hi Sharon, Coupla things: First, see this thread for a discussion of the Pertex source you list. Pertex is a company that makes a pretty wide range of technical fabrics, and what is listed on...

In Make Your Own Gear » Where to buy Pertex Quantum... or the equivalent of...
August 21, 10:03am

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm