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John Abela (JohnAbela) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale www.hikelighter.com
About Me I live in the Redwoods of Northern California. It rains here, a lot, often going 30+ days without it stopping. I love it!

I have migrated from a 35 pound BPW setup to a winter time setup of under 7 pounds, a shoulder season setup of under 5 pounds and a summer time setup of under two pounds. Check out my website http://www.hikelighter.com/ for my gear list and reading my articles, and my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HikeLighter for videos on SUL and XUL gear and whatnot.
My Website URLhttp://www.hikelighter.com/

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Re: Fold Down Coffee Drip from Snow Peak
Here is another option... I started using this a couple months ago and have fallen in love with this. Get one of these GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker and cut off most (but not al...

In GEAR » Titanium Fold Down Coffee Drip from Snow Peak
May 05, 5:25pm

@Paul, shirts with venting areas (such as the underarm and face netting fabric of the exofficio that chad linked too) can allow sun contact with skin. In order to prevent this you have to have fabr...

In GEAR » Best sun shirt
May 05, 5:15pm

Re: Best sun shirt
Hey Eric, I tend to think that the best sun shirt is one that provides high SPF/UPF and that provides high ventilation without compromising sun contact with skin. The Patagonia Sunshade does ...

In GEAR » Best sun shirt
May 05, 4:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightweight Affordable Tarps
@Lawson, Totally understand. Dave from MilesGear sells some pretty sweet tyvek bivies and I have almost ordered one a couple of times. They fall into the mid-price-range and he seems to sti...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 04, 10:36pm

Re: Re: Who makes synthetic quilts
Mountain Laurel Designs "Spirit".

In GEAR » Who makes synthetic quilts
May 04, 10:16pm

Re: Lightweight Affordable Tarps
I am wondering. Is there any demand for lightweight and affordable tarps? ... So there might be some demand for a lightweight tarp that costs $75-$125 depending on size and model. Any feedback woul...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 04, 1:47pm

WTB: Deuter Fox 30
Hello, I am looking to acquire a Deuter Fox 30 that is in good to excellent condition.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Deuter Fox 30
May 01, 7:58pm

Re: Re: "Don't buy expensive ___; put your money toward good ___."
Don't buy expensive Ti hook stakes; put your money toward good 8" long aluminium stakes. The extra two ounces are more than worth it: They can be driven into hard ground that ti stak...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 30, 4:21pm

Re: Holy shirt! looking for recommendations
Hey JR, Does a 100% merino wool shirt that has SPF even exist?? The Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Tech Top is absolutely my favorite heavy base layer and the SunPrecautions Ultra Athlete shirt is ...

In GEAR » Holy shirt! looking for recommendations
April 18, 11:37am

Re: Re: Thoughts on the Camp-Tek Microburst?
Flipping LOVE my Microburst!! I have a TaR XTherm, size large, that is just a monster to inflate... the Microburst is a MUST have for these large four-season pads! The Microburst will inflate...

In GEAR » The lost "jet engine" ground pad inflator?
April 18, 11:30am

All Reader Reviews by John Abela

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Black Rock Gear Hadron

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 02, 6:44pm

ZPacks ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp & HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter
ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp ZPacks HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter h...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
June 27, 10:34pm

Jetboil Sol Ti
Hello Everybody, I was able to acquire the new Jetboil Sol Ti recently and I have now had a chance to use it in the field - inclu...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 3:00pm