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Stephen Nelson (stephenn6289) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Sunshine State
About Me I am 18 years old an an avid hiker who just recently converted to the ultralight way of thinking. I hate that I live about 8 hours away from my favorite national park-Great Smoky Mountains National park. I love backpacking with my friends and family and am looking forward to what the future may bring.
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All Forum Posts by Stephen Nelson

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Thank you all very much. I am definately most interested in the popular Inov-8s. They seem more of my style. I also think that my problems were a combination of not training with a backpacking and ...

In GEAR » Hiking shoes
January 16, 4:23pm

Re: Re: TiGoat EPIC bivy pictures and details
Robert, I found it easy to get in and out of. My North face beeline sleeping bag doesn't have a zipper, so I am used to sliding in and out of it. this bivy was a perfect fit because it uses the...

In GEAR » TiGoat EPIC bivy pictures and details
January 16, 3:29pm

TiGoat EPIC bivy pictures and details
I was very excited today when my late Christmas present arrived, the TiGoat EPIC bivy. The following pictures may answer some questions that you have about it. Each picture shows teh bivy with a 30...

In GEAR » TiGoat EPIC bivy pictures and details
January 16, 2:44pm

what do you think about the new GoLite line up with the treds that act as spring to conform to the ground. Would those better than the Inov-8s?

In GEAR » Hiking shoes
January 16, 9:15am

Physical condition wasn't my problem adam, I run 4 miles a day. However, as kirk asked, the trail was extremely rocky. My shoes are a great fit, are not worn out and have served me well without...

In GEAR » Hiking shoes
January 15, 8:55pm

Hiking shoes
What kind of shoes or boots do you all use. All my research points me to trail running shoes, which are fine with me, but I am not sure where to start. My last trip was in the Appalachian foothills...

In GEAR » Hiking shoes
January 15, 3:41pm

Re: Colors?
Michael, If you go to, they show each of the colors, but you have to look at different packs to see them. I believe that grease was shown on the Ion pack. It is a true gey color...

In GEAR » New Golite Line NOW for sale
January 15, 10:36am

2 cents
I recently converted too. I started by examining weight savings to dollar ratios in a spreadsheet to see which item would save me the most weight per dollar. The main word of causion is to not exce...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » On My Way
January 14, 9:42pm

you dont have to shell out tons of cash to get a a bivy that will do the job. I am only 17, so price is important to me. I found the bivies at Tigoat ( for only $50 and they only w...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarp/Bivy advice needed.
January 14, 9:22pm

Smokies in autumn
both taken at Newfound Gap These are from my october trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In Photo Gallery » Smokies in autumn
January 14, 9:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Nelson

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Inov8 Flyroc 310
These are designed as trail running shoes, which makes them perfect for lightweight backpacking. They have lots of heel cushion, excellent grip, good fit for me, and are light. Mine are a size 13 and ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
March 22, 9:59pm

Jacks R Better Fast and very helpful
I had a lot of questions when ordering from Jacks R Better. They promptly answered 2 emails and I called them. Jack himself answered the phone and descibed everything very clearly. I placed my order a...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 27, 8:32pm

Jacks R Better Stealth
Disclaimer:this is merely first impresions, as I have yet to test this quilt in the field yet. I find the quality of this quilt to be great. It is very well designed. I own the long size and it is ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 27, 8:25pm

Gorillapod SLR
an amazingly useful and sturdy tripod for even heavy SLR cameras. It is light (5.8 oz) and very durable. I love it

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 25, 12:20pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
If weight comes before longevity, this may be the one for you. It is a good length for me (6 feet) if I place it from my shoulder to my lower back. It durability is definitley limited.

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
January 25, 12:18pm

Photon Freedom Micro (White)
This is the best light I have used. It is small, light (.4 oz), and more useful than a headlamp. Its handly clip attaches to any hat brim or shirt. It also has some amazing microprocessor features whi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 25, 12:14pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
This si the lightest and best water treatment I have used yet. It is easy(no pumping), fast (add it and go, but you still have to wait 30 min. to consume), but a little on the expensive side. Over tim...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 25, 12:12pm

MSR Whisperlite regular
My rating is $ sensitive here. It really depends on what you are looking for. What I like best about it is is high fuel efficiency and ability to cook for a large number of people (I have done 4). The...

In Stoves - White Gas
January 25, 12:08pm

North Face Beeline 900
it is one of the lightest full covering mummies available. It is very soft, light, and compressable. I like its weight a lot too, just 20.5 oz for a large size. It is a great sleeping bag.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 25, 12:05pm

Evernew .9 Liter pot
Very good pot, with some minor imperfections. I like that it is light and durable. but the handle insulator tend to burn up if you don't watch them and the lid is rather heavy. other than that it ...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 25, 12:02pm