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carl becker (carlbecker) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northern Virginia
About Me 54 years old 6' at 200lbs and getting back to doing some overnight hiking.
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All Forum Posts by carl becker

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Re: Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
Absolutely ultra-indulgence. I very much enjoy my coffee, tea, hot oatmeal and hot dinner. I hike to see the country, take pictures at the magic times and be comfortable. I don't run past be...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 03, 9:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: How not to cross a river!
That is pretty sad to watch. Your group escaped the Darwin award this time. I hope you now realize how dangerous raging water can be. I suggest you edit the video with stronger language as to al...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How not to cross a river!
July 01, 6:29am

Re: Backpack Sizing
My choice would be going with a longer torso, but I think getting the correct fit is most important. I don't like weight on my shoulders. If I where you I would try both and keep the size tha...

In GEAR » Backpack Sizing
July 01, 4:54am

Re: Re: substitutes - Wool Only
I have a Icebreaker hoodie and socks. I also use minus33 tops and bottoms but don't know how they would compare to IB layers, I like them. Ibex also makes wool products but I have not used them.

In GEAR » Icebreaker 150 Legging Equivalent?
June 30, 4:06pm

Re: Pack recommendations?
I use the Aarn Marathon Magic 33. You can carry two 20 ounce bottles in each front pocket (+ other smaller items) but a 1 liter platy is to wide because of the divider. I cut the right pocket divi...

In GEAR » Pack recommendations?
June 25, 9:21pm

Re: I need new shoes?
I have found trail runners to work very well. I found some Inov-8's that fit my feet very well and are very light and grippy. I wore them for a while before hiking with them on the AT. Some ...

In GEAR » I need new shoes?
June 22, 6:06am

Re: Re: Trekking pole quandary
you might be able to modify either brand of pole depending on the total length starting and required. A dremel tool with a cut off wheel is preferred over a saw which splits the fibers. Taping th...

In GEAR » Trekking pole quandary
June 21, 12:03pm

Re: Re: Re: Trekking pole quandary
I have a set of LT4 poles. I seperate them to carry in a 62" airline spec suitcase when I fly somewhere to hike. I send them home with my small tripod by mail when my family takes the suitca...

In GEAR » Trekking pole quandary
June 21, 8:53am

Re: Dysfunctional Pack Design :)
I would not call the pack design dysfunctional. I prefer a lid with pocket for small quickly needed items. It serves me as a stuff sack. I don't care for hip pockets much though. Currently ...

In GEAR » Dysfunctional Pack Design :)
June 20, 6:23am

Re: Not sure which pack to buy?
I went through several packs before settling on a Aarn Marathon Magic 33. It is a bit heavy at over 2 pounds but has quality construction with good fabric. It carries very comfortably which is mo...

In GEAR » Not sure which pack to buy?
June 16, 6:06am

All Reader Reviews by carl becker

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Inov8 RocLite 315
I did lots of research to replace my 30 year old heavy leather boots. I tried many different boots at REI before I ordered these and have found my hiking shoe. I went one size up from my street shoes...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 16, 8:14pm

Osprey Exos 34 Exos 34
I recently looked at packs for some over night hiking. I tried the REI Flash 30, Montbell versalite 50, SMD Swift, GG Miniposa and Osprey exos 34. At 23 pounds the Osprey is by far the most comforta...

In Backpacks - External Frame
January 16, 8:03pm