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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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Category Retailer
I have bought several things from Campsaver and steered several of my Scouts and their parents to them. they have good prices, very fast and affordable shipping and they have a very smooth return pro...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 19, 9:38am

Golite Jam
It looks like this thread is for the old Jam, but I don't want to confuse people looking to buy the new Jam and finding this thread. First generation pack named the Jam, weighed 22 oz, and was...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 08, 12:10pm

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
Are you kidding me? This Bivy does it all! For $45 less than the next best made bag, which doesn't have the option of an all net AND all nylon hood. Plus I only had to wait 2 days, not 2 months...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
March 27, 12:19am

Mont-Bell UL Super Stretch Down Hugger #2
I will start off by saying I am a cold sleeper. I started my Ultralight journey with a MB UL Spiral Down Hugger #3 bag, which weighed only 18.9 oz on my digital scale. I loved the weight and how com...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:53pm

IBEX Woolies Crew Long Sleeve
The IBEX Woolies Crew keeps me warm when it is cool and cool when it is warm, Amazing. The wool is even softer than on my Icebreaker 140 technical T. I love this shirt (and the pants too!)

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 22, 11:43am

Osprey Exos 58
This is a great light pack. I tried the Frame-less packs and they are not for me FOR THE RECORD - THIS IS an INTERNAL FRAME PACK, the review doesn't belong here.

In Backpacks - External Frame
March 22, 11:35am
I have had nothing but great experiences with Backcountry. I also love picking up their scratch and dent stuff off of Geartrade. Alfred, you sound like a whiner to me. 1 point because you couldn&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:48am

I bought a Contrail and didn't like the front entry. Henry gladly exchanged it for a Rainbow. Wish all companies were so easy to deal with.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:45am

e-OMC (Oregon Mountain Community) Customer Service
I ordered a pair of pants and a pair of montrail shoes. they arrived very quickly. the shoes didn't fell good and the pants were too big. I returned the shoes and exchanged the pants with no pr...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:39am

MoonTrail Customer Service
Moon trail is a great company to deal with and I love their bonus point system, Free Stuff! I always check their site first, because beyond the bonus points, they generally have lower prices than...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 22, 10:30am