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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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.
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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
"Is there a reason why that functionality isn't available? I would have thought it would be very simple to implement." Just a guess, but for 98% of their users, it'd be useless...

In GEAR » New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
July 21, 8:22pm

Fall Ozark Gear List
I grew up outside Mountain Grove, but then lived in Springfield while in college. I moved to the Boulder area two years ago. I was pretty hessitant about UV at first too, but being able to stoop...

In Gear Lists » Fall Ozark Gear List
July 21, 4:43pm

Fall Ozark Gear List
I'm originally from south central Missouri, so I understand about the water issues. That said, pre-trip planning can make a huge difference in water needs. Go beyond looking at a map, spotting ...

In Gear Lists » Fall Ozark Gear List
July 21, 3:03pm

New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
Woo! They must have been paying attention because they actually made each of the changes I'd requested in all of the reviews that I posted sans the LCD that listed the UTM coordinates. I was...

In GEAR » New SPOT Satellite Messenger this fall
July 21, 1:27pm

ULA not shipping due to injury!
Brian, Might I suggest a UL wheelchair for day hikes / overnighters? They do make accessible trails and most are highly underutilized. Just make sure your shelter is something you can get in...

In GEAR » ULA not shipping due to injury!
July 21, 1:05pm

Fall Ozark Gear List
Areas for easy lightening: Trekking poles Switch from Heet to Denatured Alcohol (you might gain enough additional BTUs to reduce amount - that and it burns cleaner) Plan your trips to tank...

In Gear Lists » Fall Ozark Gear List
July 21, 12:38pm

Sewing waterproof zippers on an off-the-shelf pack
If you are looking for a custom pack, there are certainly places that do it. R2 used to make packs for skiing that sound exactly like what you are shopping for. There are all sorts of custom pack d...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing waterproof zippers on an off-the-shelf pack?
July 14, 3:58pm

What kind of sewing needle???
I use TH69 bonded nylon. It's highly durable and the tensile strength of a single stitch > 10 lbs. It however is not super easy to find and is only avaialble by the pound or half pound. Howe...

In Make Your Own Gear » What kind of sewing needle???
July 03, 3:44pm

Lightest water treatment/filtration
Bah, I've been using UV filters since they first came out. Keeps the water tasting as you found it, which can be good or bad depending on your source and narry a bug after hundreds of liters. S...

In GEAR » Lightest water treatment/filtration
July 03, 3:34pm

Hey JMTers, what's your FOOTWEAR?
Shiela, I use the above system here in the Rockies, often camping above 9-10K. It really doesn't change much, you'll still want dry socks to sleep in and the dry air (here anyway) only h...

In GEAR » Hey JMTers, what's your FOOTWEAR?
June 29, 8:57pm

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