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All Forum Posts by Stephen Barber

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Re: Re: Gear reviews
"You tend to trust which reviews? Any good sites for reviews and comparisons and top picks?" Generally, (here) About top picks: Always...

In On the Web » Gear reviews and comparisons' online websites
May 13, 6:07pm

Attaching bottle
I forgot to mention above that the best way to screw the bottle onto the tube when you're refilling and the tube is still connected to your pack, is to turn the bottle, not the cap. It will bec...

In GEAR » SmarTube Bottle Hydration System
May 13, 5:57pm

Re: Re: SmarTube Bottle Hydration System
Angus, I think you will like it. But like Kevin says below, you'll probably want to change the mouthpiece. I haven't tried the Osprey mouthpiece, but I'd wager it's better than the ...

In GEAR » SmarTube Bottle Hydration System
May 13, 3:52pm

SmarTube Bottle Hydration System
While this system has been mentioned several times on BPL, some folks at the SoCal GGG hadn't heard of it before, so here's a description, a couple photos and a link. The SmarTube tu...

In GEAR » SmarTube Bottle Hydration System
May 13, 1:45pm

Cajon Pass
Also a McDonalds! Enough of us live here in SoCal that I'm sure one of us could pick you up and deposit you at a train or bus station. Do you know when you'll get there? Sending a PM.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 12:14pm

re: Just wondering...
I've used this product (just got another bottle) to use on my hiking clothes. I diluted it to the 0.5% level (don't ask me the details, I don't remember math details!), soaked the cloth...

In Gear Deals » Sawyer Permethrin Spray - Low Price on Amazon
May 06, 1:47pm

re: Anyone in the greater Santa Barbara area...
I'm from a little farther south than Santa Barbara, but I've found this book to be pretty good: "Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura"

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Anyone in the greater Santa Barbara area....
April 24, 2:13pm

Re: Re: Y'all listen up, now.
When English dropped "thee/thou", "you" became both the singular and plural second person pronoun. We could no longer distinguish between singular or plural with a pronoun in th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wild Camping in the US - advice for an Englishman, please!
April 18, 11:48pm

re: GGG/SoCal
Don, it was great! Who would have thought you could watch "Vertical Limit" on a Borahgami???!!! Plus the campsite was the one place in all of SoCal that got any rain Saturday night - when...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GGG in Southern CA
April 15, 1:59pm

Re: Dehydrating vegetables
I dehydrate all my veggies at 135*F, because that's what my dehydrator instructions say! I've dehydrated all the above, plus others, and store them in freezer bags in the freezer, along wit...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrating vegetables
April 13, 3:16pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am