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Frank Steele (knarfster) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Arizona
About Me Scoutmaster that doesn't like to lug around a 40 lb pack any more. I have achieved at least ultra light. Pack with TT Rainbow for 2 or a tarp and bivy for solo, BA Horsethief bag and IAC pad(I need a good nights sleep) and a modified Osprey Exos 46 pack for my big 3. I am down to base of 9lbs 10 oz, lbs with all dodads and warm clothing (Ibex and Mont-Bell). With 3 days of food and necessary water I am right at 15 lbs 15 oz. A big improvement over my old 40 lb pack.
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All Forum Posts by Frank Steele

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Either you are a good shot or you are not.
@ Mark "I have seen reports where over 30 rounds were fired by police at a single target, and they all missed." I have shot at the range with several LEO who missed their targets when ...

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
August 30, 1:51pm

Nice Bug shelter
I helped him come up with that design after I bought a different product on ebay from him. Great company!

In Gear Swap » BearPaw Minimalist 1 Insect Bivy
February 15, 6:40pm

Great article
nice to see that you can drop weight without dropping loads of cash (Wish I had tried that) As for the wahhh "Walmart treats its employees bad" crowd. If they don't like their job...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
December 29, 2:55pm

BA Horsethief
I have tried a quilt (Golite), and it did not seem like sleeping in my bed at home (I also had a MB UL spiral down #3). The closest I have gotten to a "at home" experience is sleeping in...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag
October 20, 2:42pm

I went back to the Gigapower (from an even lighter Snowpeak)after reading the articles on CO2 emissions. I don't often have to cook in a vestibule, but if I do I wanted the stove with the lowe...

In GEAR » JetBoil or SnowPeak GigaPower?
October 20, 2:33pm

+1 Bear Paw tarps
They also have tarps on their web site I am really happy with the Minimalist Bug Bivy he designed for me (and now sells.)

In GEAR » I need a tarp....
October 20, 2:26pm

Re: Re: pack weight creeping up
You need to go weigh that Exos on a digital scale. Your 58 is more than 2 lbs 4 oz, heck your 46 weighs more than that, closer to 2 lbs 5 oz (Just like mine did before I started taking things off).

In Gear Lists » pack weight creeping up
September 26, 11:59am

+1 on the Starbucks' Via
I was using the Jetboil press in my Snowpeak 700, perfect fit and the lid fits too! but once I discovered Starbucks Via, there is no going back. It tastes great and the clean-up is non-existent v...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 15, 11:25am

Re: Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort: Osprey side pockets
Sorry, I find his reporting and lack of understanding tiresome.(as you pointed out the purpose of the osprey pack side pockets 2 opening could have been discovered with any casual research)

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort
September 15, 11:16am

I thought this was BPL. A 45 oz tent and a 45 oz sleeping bag? As far as the question of who still uses a internal frame pack? I use an Osprey Exos. I tried several frameless packs and they j...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1A: Testing Overview and List of Packs Tested
September 01, 10:59am

All Reader Reviews by Frank Steele

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Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I splurged and bought one of these over a synth shirt. Man was this a great choice, the shirt is soft, durable and it just breaths and breathes. I don't stink at the end of the day either. I lo...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 14, 11:43pm

Granite Gear Virga
Granite gear has improved the pack since first review. I just got one (and a free evernew titanium pot .9L for buying it !) the pack feels very durable and the compression scheme is great. Granite ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 04, 5:43pm