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All Forum Posts by Ken Bennett

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Re: Re: "R.E.I. return policy"
There is a difference between a lifetime warranty, and a lifetime no-questions-asked return policy. REI has always had the latter, and people take advantage of it by thoroughly trashing and using u...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » R.E.I. return policy
June 05, 1:10pm

Re: Getting back into backpacking -- going UL after years of carrying 50+ lb packs
Assuming you mean the ULA Circuit, not the (discontinued and frameless) Conduit. Either the Circuit or the Catalyst would be an excellent choice. I've been happy with my Circuit for 2 years now...

In GEAR » Getting back into backpacking -- going UL after years of carrying 50+ lb packs
May 23, 6:23am

Re: Sit Pads are Great!
I use one all the time. If I'm hammocking, I use a 3/4 length CCF pad inside, and that becomes my pad at breaks. If I'm tenting, I carry a separate piece of CCF as a sit pad. Just cut from ...

In GEAR » Sit Pad options?
May 16, 8:26am

Re: Re Re Need a new camera
"I checked that Panasonic out. Looks cool, any idea how it would stack up against the others I mentioned." The image quality output of most P+S cameras is about the same. There may be ...

In Photography » Need a new camera
May 10, 12:51pm

Re: Need a new camera
I like the Panasonic ZS series -- a big zoom in a tiny camera, with image stabilization and a wide angle lens. The ZS 19 is about $250 at Amazon. Decent image quality for such a small camera. The I...

In Photography » Need a new camera
May 09, 6:48pm

I've had a lot of packs, from giant heavy monsters to frameless rucks, and my Circuit is my favorite. Carries as heavy a load as I'll ever need, large enough for my "winter" gear ...

May 08, 5:54pm

Re: WIndshirt Vs. Rain jacket
I've thought about this too, in the context of summer hiking in the Southern Appalachians. A rain shell keeps me warm, but I get soaked inside from sweat. Bring the shell, or just rely on my wi...

In GEAR » WIndshirt Vs. Rain jacket
April 28, 1:37pm

+3 on the Starlite, it feels/is much larger than my Circuit, and quite comfortable in the 35+ pound range.

In GEAR » Which ULA pack when you need more volume?
April 28, 10:55am

Re: Re: Re: Compact replacement for D300 needed
Right, sorry, I overlooked your budget. My wife's G5 is quite good. We got it as an open box "like new" from Amazon for $400. The 20/1.7 is sometimes available used for a decent pr...

In Photography » Compact replacement for D300 needed
April 25, 7:46am

Re: Compact replacement for D300 needed
I use Canon cameras at work - a mix of 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV bodies - but I don't really want to haul those things for personal use or on the trail. So over the years I tried all sorts of ...

In Photography » Compact replacement for D300 needed
April 24, 7:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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Photon Freedom Micro (White)
The newest version is the Photon Freedom To The Max, which uses some sort of new technology in the LED that doubles brightness while not using any more battery power. Nice. The Doug Ritter edition ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 17, 6:10pm

Marmot Ion
I just received my Marmot Ion jacket from Campmor, and I agree with the two most recent posts. I don't think it's sil-nylon, exactly, but my hiking test had water beading up on the inside whil...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 17, 6:04pm