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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Re: "Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW"
BTW, Brett - here's Lafuma's product page for this bag: Pro 650 Down

In Editor's Roundtable » Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW
July 18, 6:31am

Re: Why test this dud?!
All, Great comments - I think that what you're seeing here is exactly what Will points out and criticizes in his review. You'll notice that he rated the bag "Below Average." ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW
July 18, 6:28am

Re: Re: Backpacking Videos
In case you guys haven't see these, Jason Klass posted these clips to his video site recently. Hilarious stuff, especially if you've watched (and scoffed at) Man vs. Wild! Surviving a bo...

In On the Web » Backpacking Videos
July 17, 9:32pm

Ultralight Outfitters Lightning Access Backpack REVIEW (Tanya Warnecke)
Companion forum thread to: Ultralight Outfitters Lightning Access Backpack REVIEW

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Outfitters Lightning Access Backpack REVIEW
July 17, 9:17pm

Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW (Will Rietveld)
Companion forum thread to: Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW

In Editor's Roundtable » Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW
July 17, 9:16pm

Re: Please provide text for each podcast
Hey Brett - coming soon... we'll have podcast transcripts for all past podcasts (including the OR interviews) and will publish transcripts with or shortly following future podcasts. Ben

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Pre-Trip Planning and Support Logistics
July 16, 6:26am

Podcast: Married to an Adventurer - Coping Strategies for the Front Country (Carol Crooker)
Companion forum thread to: Podcast: Married to an Adventurer - Coping Strategies for the Front Country

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Married to an Adventurer - Coping Strategies for the Front Country
July 10, 8:05pm

Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids (Jay Ham)
Companion forum thread to: Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
July 10, 7:59pm

Re: Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - D
Thanks, Brett - actually, all links to previous parts had the same issue. It is now fixed!

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
Part 5: Laboratory Measurements for Solid Fuels

July 04, 8:41am

Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker REVIEW
Companion forum thread to: Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker REVIEW

In Editor's Roundtable » Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker REVIEW
July 03, 8:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm