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James Lantz (jameslantz) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Georgia
About Me 52 YO physician(Internal Medicine), Eagle Scout, Philmont veteran, convert to lightweight backpacking in summer of 2007.  Passions include Jesus Christ, backpacking, tennis, grilling & barbeque-ing, single malt scotch(in moderation of course) & Georgia Southern football!!!
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All Forum Posts by James Lantz

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"5 day/ 4 night in NC/TN?"
Trevor, I agree with the others but for a different reason. I hiked from Davenport Gap to Hot Springs March 12-14 & the amount of blowdown & deadfall across the trail was horrible. It ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 5 day / 4 night in NC/TN?
April 14, 6:48pm

Farther doesn't necessarily mean faster
It's interesting that UL is often associated with "faster" hiking, but for me this is not the case. I always carry 11-15 lbs. depending on the season &/or food load. Sometimes I...

In Philosophy & Technique » A little UL Philosophy Help Please
April 12, 8:27pm

One insight that I would offer is not to trust the mileage on the National Geographic map elevation profile. This is the default map of the GSMNP included in AT map packets of NC & TN. As an e...

In Post-Trip Reports » 24: GSMNP Twentymile / Gregory Bald / Shuckstack Loop
April 01, 2:54pm

Various Tarps
I own both a GG SpinnTwinn & a MLD Grace Cuben Solo. A few observations: I would judge the durability to be about equal; the smaller tarp is better in wind because of less surface area; Spinna...

In GEAR » MLD Tarps
March 31, 7:33pm

24 GSMNP Twentymile/ Gregory Bald/ Shuckstack Loop
Trevor, Thanks for the pictures & narrative of what sounds like an awesome overnighter! It appears you guys didn't use bivys, & if this assumption is correct, what type of groundclo...

In Post-Trip Reports » 24: GSMNP Twentymile / Gregory Bald / Shuckstack Loop
March 30, 6:30pm

Soto OD-1R Performance
It seems to me that the Soto stove should be tested against its competitors in cold conditions at altitude or in a controlled environment to simulate these conditions to see if the manufacturers cl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soto OD-1R Canister Stove Product Review
March 24, 7:52pm

Perhaps slightly off topic, but....
Any plans to test the Soto Microregulator upright canister stove in the near future? I recently used it below freezing in snow at a modest altitude of 4500' without a windscreen & it worke...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not?
Supplement 6: Primus Eta PackLite System

March 22, 5:47pm

Virga Layering
The Virga layers nicely over my MontBell UL Inner down jacket.

In Gear Deals » Cheap Golite Jackets
March 18, 8:05pm

Xray Vision
Michael, The MontBell UL Inner Jacket has "sewn through" quilting & thus will transmit light more easily at the seams. I have used mine for 2 seasons now & for its weight, it is...

In GEAR » montbell ul down inner jacket
March 18, 7:54pm

GoLite Ultra 20
Rob, I concur with Jamie that the "old" GoLite Ultra 20 quilt is excellent. You might want to try to pick one up on the gear swap as it will sometimes come up. Though I have no experie...

In GEAR » Help me get started with Quilts
March 18, 6:41pm

All Reader Reviews by James Lantz

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Gossamer Gear
I experienced corrosion of one of my Lightrek poles' threaded aluminum bolts which holds the rubber expander to lock the 2 halves of the pole together. This made it impossible to use the pole. Af...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 17, 4:40pm

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
This is a well made, economical, & versatile bivy. However, when used with a 72" NeoAir pad it is very tight in the foot area to the point of being very uncomfortable. I am 6'1", 2...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
March 28, 6:06pm

Golite Versa Force
Brian, Thanks for your excellent initial impression discussion on the Versa Force. I owned two pair of these, one for the trail & one for my practice hikes around my hilly neighborhood. I found t...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 4:04pm

Osprey Exos 34 Large
I recently received the Exos 34 & had my first opportunity to use it on a day hike, though I had it loaded with the gear I will use on a 4 day hike on the AT around Labor Day, including food &...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 23, 7:08pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
I've spent a total of 5 trail nights on the NeoAir short. It weighs 9 oz on my scales. Very comfortable down into high 40's. Haven't had the opportunity to test lower temps yet. I'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 28, 7:29pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
Absolutely the best trekking poles I have ever used! I've got over 100 trail miles on them including 60 miles this past weekend on the AT from Standing Indian campground to Fontana Dam N.C. This...

In Trekking Poles
May 28, 7:03pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket
This is one of my most indispensible articles for cold weather backpacking. When coupled with a lightweight baselayer & a lightweight waterproof shell layer like the GoLite Virga, I have been warm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
February 21, 7:54pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I just received the Montbell UL 90 pad & pillow today. It is about 6" longer than the GG closed cell foam pad I usually use. It fits perfectly, when folded into thirds, into the external sl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 23, 8:04pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I agree with the previous posts about the merits of the Caldera Cone. So much lighter than my Primus Technotrail II! I simply roll up the cone & place it in my Snowpeak 600 Ti mug. Then, place t...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 09, 7:00pm