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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Flatirons
About Me I'm the president of Slackline Express. We make slacklines (think of it as a backyard tight rope) but also manage an outsourced sewing shop for lightweight backpacking gear designers. We do industrial sewing, cutting, and assembly here in Colorado.
CityLongmont
StateCO
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.slacklineexpress.com

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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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Utility of compass on Suunto watch
While moving the watch is usable for approximate directions, that's about it. It is also highly suseptible to interference from your pack's contents or even a belt buckle. I tried to us...

In GEAR » Utility of compass on Suunto watch
September 28, 5:58pm

To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
I've had best luck with freezer bags that have a gusseted bottom. I've used OP Sacks like that and found I was able to get more of the sauce from the bottom. They are scent proof was well s...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
September 22, 4:26pm

Lightweight alarms that Won't Turn Off until pressed
Some electronic kitchen timers do what you are looking for. They have both the countdown and alarm feature and won't turn off until shut off. Generally they are encased in bulky/heavy plasti...

In GEAR » Lightweight alarms that Won't Turn Off until pressed?
September 13, 7:35pm

Things Noone Else Packs
I believe that most of us all pack maps and some form of a compass. However, map cases are truly optional depending on your situation. I print out my custom maps on rite-in-the-rain paper with a co...

In Gear Lists » Things Noone Else Packs?
August 26, 11:34pm

Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld Color Mapping GPS Review
While I won't be upgrading for the camera, I have a Oregon 400T and have been wildly impressed considering I moved up from a Geko 301. It's one of the few things you cannot evaluate on s...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld Color Mapping GPS Review
August 12, 10:57am

One All Around Camera, Light and Professional: Does it exist?
First off, how light are you talking? Also, are you looking at DSLR or trying to go lighter in a newer digital non-slr? Does your publisher have requirements such as needing RAWs? It's worth...

In Photography » One All Around Camera, Light and Professional: Does it exist?
August 09, 11:40pm

Getting around CO without a car
FYI: a bike ride from longmont to Indian Peaks would be an elevation gain of ~5,000 feet of steady gain over 30 miles. Also, tourists regularly end up with altitude sickness just making it to t...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Getting around CO without a car?
July 26, 8:11pm

GPS Recommendations
Until very recently, I exclusively used the Geko 301. It's got all the features you are looking for, is around $100 and is possibly the lightest option that offers those functions. My only prob...

In GEAR » GPS Recommendations
July 26, 2:11pm

Getting around CO without a car
Thanks to RTD, it is possible (but not convenient) to get close to rocky mountain national park. One way is to take the Skyride from DIA to the Denver station, then a bus either Boulder or Longmont...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Getting around CO without a car?
July 26, 1:48pm

New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
The SPOT uses AA batteries, it strongly recommends lithiums. Regarding batteries: I use AA's in my Garmin GPS, SPOT, Canon Powershot and I can use the AA's to recharge the internal batt...

In GEAR » New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
July 21, 11:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Joe Kuster

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Garmin Oregon 400T
Note: This review reflects using Beta Firmware v. 2.86 released Feb 4, 2009. My wife bought me the 400T as a birthday present. Now that I've had time to use it in the field tramping around Roc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 14, 2:55pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
I tried my best to like these gloves but even treated with the utmost caution my pair only lasted 1 trip before starting to show significant wear. By the end of the second trip, I had holes in both g...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 29, 1:08am

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I have to wonder if some of the units out there are possibly defective judging from other reviews. I've had mine since they first came out and I have apparently had a radically different exper...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 17, 10:23pm

Mountain House Beef Stew
Actually, it just goes to show different tastes for different folks. After a heavy exertion day the Mountain House stew is usually one of my favorites. I have only noticed it being a bit salty wheneve...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 24, 10:13am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I've used one on six trips so far. It is definately a discussion piece and it's incredibly light weight. It took a little trial and error with it to find my comfort range, which is about half ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 07, 1:05pm

MiniBull Designs Atomic (with stand)
This is one of the first commercial alcohol stoves I've worked with. It does exactly what it says it should and it does work fairly well. It does have a higher capacity for longer burn time, it do...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 22, 9:08am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
It's non-stick titanium, how cool is that. The reality is that it does live up to most of the hype and it is a solid performer. It has a wide base and is very efficent. It is about the perfect volume ...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 22, 8:43am

Marmot Atom
At 16oz this is an excellent option for warm weather 3 season backpacking. The compressibility of this bag is phenomonal. It is unusual to find a summer oriented bag with a full hood & draft collar, m...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 22, 8:36am

Marmot Atom Mens Regular 40 Degree
Please Delete, put in wrong category

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 22, 8:33am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB. For trips where ...

In Stoves - Canister
October 04, 8:21pm