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James Lantz (jameslantz) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Georgia
About Me 52 YO physician(Internal Medicine), Eagle Scout, Philmont veteran, convert to lightweight backpacking in summer of 2007.  Passions include Jesus Christ, backpacking, tennis, grilling & barbeque-ing, single malt scotch(in moderation of course) & Georgia Southern football!!!
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Footwear for Fording Creeks
I think what we are seeing here is that in warmer conditions, quick drying footwear & socks works well. However, in cold conditions/snow, keeping the feet dry might be preferable. As an exa...

In GEAR » Footware for Fording Creeks
March 18, 6:03pm

REI and Ultralight
The basic problem is one of supply & demand. On this website I think we mistakenly think there are more lightweight & ultralight backpackers than there really are. For instance, on numerou...

In Chaff » REI and Ultralight
March 09, 8:36pm

Re: Exos 34
I've used the Exos 34 for trips up to 4 days with room to spare. It would easily carry more food for longer trips with a summer gear set. I could see that a winter gear set would push its lim...

In GEAR » Hi -- question to Exos users
March 08, 9:04pm

Having the time to backpack
Jarrett, Your question made me stop & pause to consider the process I went through to free up time for diversional activities such as backpacking. I am a primary care physician, age 51 &...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Having the time to backpack
March 07, 9:42pm

Smokies Winter Gear List
All, Thanks for the info. Bluff Mountain Outfitters will actually be transporting my party to the trailhead at Davenport Gap. Sounds like maybe both the microspikes & snowshoes would be a go...

In Gear Lists » Smokies Winter Gear List
March 03, 1:26pm

Smokies Winter Gear List
All, I have been following this thread with much interest as I am planning to hike from Davenport Gap to Hot Springs March 12-14. Do you think snowshoes will be necessary or would Kahtoola Micros...

In Gear Lists » Smokies Winter Gear List
March 02, 6:17pm

Pitching My Tarp Experiment
Check out the video on Gossamer Gear's website of Glen Van Peski pitching a SpinnTwinn tarp. The secret in wind is to hold the rear of the tarp & rotate yourself until the wind is at your ...

In GEAR » Pitching My Tarp Experiment :-)
February 06, 6:22pm

Wide forefoot/toe box shoe suggestions
EJ, Since you are already familiar with Keens, you might want to try the Shellrock. They have a huge footbox as do all Keens & coupled with New Balance insoles with metatarsal support, might ...

In GEAR » Wide forefoot/toe box shoe suggestions after pinched nerve
February 06, 5:38pm

Re, Re, Re, Re: Be Prepared, not equipped.
Wow! To think that I became a smug, self-righteous, holier/better-than-thou evangelist in one day as a result of misinterpreted "Gone With the Wind" southern humor! My friends & fami...

In Editor's Roundtable » Be Prepared, Not Equipped
January 27, 9:06pm

I would save myself a lot of time & trouble & look at the MLD Superlite Bivy. It weighs 6.9 oz, has 2 available hood configurations, a side zip, silnylon bottom, Momentum top, & eVent f...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bivies
January 26, 7:51pm

All Reader Reviews by James Lantz

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Gossamer Gear
I experienced corrosion of one of my Lightrek poles' threaded aluminum bolts which holds the rubber expander to lock the 2 halves of the pole together. This made it impossible to use the pole. Af...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 17, 4:40pm

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
This is a well made, economical, & versatile bivy. However, when used with a 72" NeoAir pad it is very tight in the foot area to the point of being very uncomfortable. I am 6'1", 2...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
March 28, 6:06pm

Golite Versa Force
Brian, Thanks for your excellent initial impression discussion on the Versa Force. I owned two pair of these, one for the trail & one for my practice hikes around my hilly neighborhood. I found t...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 4:04pm

Osprey Exos 34 Large
I recently received the Exos 34 & had my first opportunity to use it on a day hike, though I had it loaded with the gear I will use on a 4 day hike on the AT around Labor Day, including food &...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 23, 7:08pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
I've spent a total of 5 trail nights on the NeoAir short. It weighs 9 oz on my scales. Very comfortable down into high 40's. Haven't had the opportunity to test lower temps yet. I'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 28, 7:29pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
Absolutely the best trekking poles I have ever used! I've got over 100 trail miles on them including 60 miles this past weekend on the AT from Standing Indian campground to Fontana Dam N.C. This...

In Trekking Poles
May 28, 7:03pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket
This is one of my most indispensible articles for cold weather backpacking. When coupled with a lightweight baselayer & a lightweight waterproof shell layer like the GoLite Virga, I have been warm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
February 21, 7:54pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I just received the Montbell UL 90 pad & pillow today. It is about 6" longer than the GG closed cell foam pad I usually use. It fits perfectly, when folded into thirds, into the external sl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 23, 8:04pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I agree with the previous posts about the merits of the Caldera Cone. So much lighter than my Primus Technotrail II! I simply roll up the cone & place it in my Snowpeak 600 Ti mug. Then, place t...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 09, 7:00pm