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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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REI Cruise UL 60
Tarbubble, the stow-it/kanga pocket is only found on the 60 line. I like the feature myself, having used it extensively with my Gregory Z-pack. Personally, I am thrilled that REI offers the Cru...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
September 19, 3:55pm

AT advice
I thru-hiked the AT in 1999. While gear has changed, and information has become even more accessible due to the internet, may elements remain much the same. So I'll offer a few thoughts, base...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT planning and preperation
September 16, 3:08pm

Actually airborne units expressly prohibit use of any neckwear due to the severe issues of sudden drag at 175 MPH to the throat. We always wore our dog tags on a boot and the other one in the trou...

In GEAR » Dumb question
September 11, 11:56am

Permthrine - use when in mosquito and tick country
In an age of West Nile virus in mosquitoes and Lyme Disease amongst ticks, I'll gladly accept the risk posed by permethrine. Any wilderness endeavor is based upon a foundation of risk manageme...

In Editor's Roundtable » Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers
September 06, 6:41am

what underwear does everyone use?
Unless it's pretty darned cold, nothing. What little chafing I might have gotten was never helped by any underwear I have ever tried, and usually was worse because of it. I only own a cou...

In GEAR » Dare I ask... what underwear does everyone use???
August 29, 11:39am

Re: hmmm
"i posted a link to pictures of my homemade quilts. now my post has disappeared. i assume it was removed," Reality is pretty quick to pull a link if you post it as a URL. Just insure ...

In GEAR » Practical Backpacking
August 28, 6:50am

Try your Yahoo.
I know I was an early member to sign up, but I had no problem with my yahoo e-mail. Try it. The worst that can happen is it won't let you.

In GEAR » Practical Backpacking
August 27, 4:40pm

What Does "Made in XXX" Mean Today?
To muddy the waters further, most people assume that because Nissan, Toyota, and Bridgestone tires are Japanese companies, these are Japanese products. Yet all three companies own major factories ...

In GEAR » Where are Gerber Knives Made These Days?
August 25, 11:24am

Contributions to Boy Scouts
If you arranged a gear fund with your district or council office, it should definitely be a tax-deductible contribution for any one who wanted to contribute. I know the BSA is a tax-deductible con...

In GEAR » What would you spend your bonus on?
August 25, 8:52am

What would you spend your bonus on?
I think you should spend your money on a healthy donation to the Bearpaw Ministry of Wandering Enlightenment. I'm the High Priest of the congregation of one. All donations are completely tax ...

In GEAR » What would you spend your bonus on?
August 24, 4:15pm

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am