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Matthew Swierkowski (Berserker) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
About Me I've been backpacking for several years, and am not an ultralight guy...I'm probably teetering on the line between light weight and traditional. I normally carry 25 - 35 lbs (total weight including food and water). I typically go on 5 - 6 trips a year consisting of weekend trips with a longer (1 - 2 weeks) one mixed in there. I have been section hiking the AT since late '07, and am a quarter of the way through it. Other than the AT and local hikes I have also hiked in the Sierras and Southern Utah.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Swierkowski

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Snow Peak Giga
I have both and prefer the Giga. The main reason is what Roger mentioned in that the flame gets focused into a small area with the PR. Not an issue for boiling water, but if you want to simmer an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pocket Rocket or SnowPeak GigaPower?
August 05, 10:53am

No Guylines?
Hmm...something sounds weird there. The loops on the tent canopy at the 4 corners should have short pieces of triptease on least that's how mine came. Those are the guy lines, and o...

In GEAR » double rainbow questions
July 27, 11:56am

Silicone Sealant
I have painted stripes across the floor of one tent (Tarptent Double Rainbow), and performed the "Jim Wood" ( sil-nylon treatment on another (Tarptent Squall). Both method...

In GEAR » Slippy Sinylon
July 24, 11:31am

Versalite or Antelope
I hesistate to recommend a particular temperature rated bag just because everyone sleeps different. I for example sleep really cold. At any rate, I would go with the higher rated bag (the Versali...

In GEAR » WM Versalite vs. Kodiak
July 24, 11:20am

Oops...I "ranted" in the wrong thread
Crap, I didn't see this thread and posted my seam sealing rant under the Tarptent vs MSR thread...sorry about that. Anyway, I think Brad summed it up really good. I have always expected to ha...

In GEAR » Tent seam sealing
July 21, 12:39pm

Seam Sealing
I stayed out of the seam sealing debate on WB, but now it's popped up here so I gotta jump in and have a little fun. What's the big deal with seam sealing? I seam sealed a Double Rainbo...

In GEAR » Tarptent vs MSR
July 21, 11:38am

Re: Which alcohol stove?
I'm partial to the penny stove, but then I've only made cat and penny stoves. The penny stove is fairly easy to make as it takes advantage of the unique structure of a Heineken can. I mad...

In GEAR » Which alcohol stove?
May 08, 10:15am

First impressions
I was very intrigued by these shoes, so I bought some. I cannot give you any input based on field experience yet, but I can give you some general info. First off, I am not sure if you are tal...

In GEAR » Salomon Fastpacker
February 27, 11:21am

Re: caribou mf.
I also have a Caribou, and I love it. For the OP I am 6'5", but fluctuate between 185 and 200 lbs. My bag is a long and weighs 23.95 oz, so that 21 oz weight you quoted is probably for t...

In GEAR » Debunking the Myth: Quilts AREN’T as Comfortable as a Sleeping Bag
July 08, 10:43am

Re: PCT vs AT terrain?
I hike primarily in the SE, and am currently section hiking the AT. So I am quite familiar with the green tunnel. I also did a trip to the Sierras last year where I was on the PCT for a short str...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT vs AT terrain?
June 27, 11:10am

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Swierkowski

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Princeton Tec EOS
I’ve been using this headlamp (both the original and newer version) for years. The reviewers above pretty much covered everything with this headlamp, so I am not going to repeat all that. It’s light...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 10:52am

Hilleberg Akto
I have used this tent many nights over the last few years. It has been my main inclement weather/winter tent, so it typically sees the worst weather I go out in. Well, let’s get right into this. ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 02, 10:50am

Tarptent Squall
I have been using this tent off and on for a few years now, and it has served me well. I use it as a solo tent. I have the original version in sil-nylon (the pre-Squall II version). I use trekking ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
March 02, 10:49am

Western Mountaineering Caribou
Since I bought this bag in 2004 (I think), this has probably been one of my most used pieces of gear. Being someone that does sound engineering on the side (as a hobby of sorts), I always feel that I...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 02, 10:47am