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Ken Bennett (ken_bennett) - BPL Forum Member

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My wife has the Montbell SS UL #3, and likes it a lot. Very nice bag. The super stretch feature lets her thrash around, pull her knees up to her chest, etc.

In GEAR » Building Your Gear from Day One #2 - Sleep Bag
October 06, 7:10pm

lighter is better for base layers
150, definitely. Lighter is better for base layers in three-season conditions. I have the 150 short sleeve and long sleeve, and wear them all the time on the trail.

In GEAR » Icebreakers wool weight question
October 06, 6:48pm

suspension is key
My lovely wife spent over a year looking at lightweight packs. I think she must have tried on every pack on the market at the time (2006-07.) The ULA packs, SMD, Golite, Gossamer Gear -- basically ...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack for Women
October 04, 8:54am

re: tent size
I have a 6x10 foot tarp, and I wouldn't use it without my bivy. It's a much better size than the 5x8 I was using, especially for a tall hiker, but it's not large enough to go bivyless. ...

In GEAR » Solo Tarp without a Bivy
October 02, 7:06pm

Camera choices
Canon G-7, hoping to get a G-11 this winter. It's very heavy for a compact hiking camera (on the order of 18 ounces with a spare battery, the charger, and a spare card.) However, the image qual...

In GEAR » ... So what camera do you carry?
October 01, 8:04pm

yes to winter
I find I use my windshirt(s) more in cool to cold weather. Hiking in a light wool baselayer with a single layer nylon windshirt is good in cool blustery conditions, or cold still air. In winter, I ...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt Questions
October 01, 7:55pm

Re: comps vs Pros
I have both the XA Comps and the XA Pro 3D. I was surprised to find that I needed a half size larger in the XA Pro shoe, after buying my usual size 11 and jamming my toes on several longer hikes. ...

In GEAR » Salomon XA Comp vs. Salomon XA Pro 3D
September 30, 5:46am

Starlite is a good choice
I'd like to put in a plug for the Starlite. I've been using mine since I got it for Christmas in 2004 (nice surprise, I might add.) It carries plenty of gear, works well up to about 35 poun...

In GEAR » UL BAckpacks
September 28, 4:08pm

LL Bean
LL Bean sells some great car camping tents. They might look at the King Pine tent, if it's still available. Not cheap (way more than wally-mart/coleman prices), but well made and with a solid w...

In GEAR » Non-UL tent recommendation?
September 25, 7:05pm

solo shelters are good
Something to consider: hiking with your son, you might want separate shelters. Two big guys in a tent can be a little much. The only person I share a tent with is my lovely wife -- my hiking partne...

In GEAR » Big camping. Help with tent selection
September 20, 3:13pm

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