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2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
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Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
Favorites for 08 on 12/23/2008 22:30:11 MST Print View

1. Western mountaineering alpinelite

2. ULA catalyst

3. BPL wool hoody

So much gear so little time

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/24/2008 07:03:38 MST Print View

zpacks Blast 32 pack

Brawny windshirt

Caldera Cone stove for the mini-Trangia

Carol Corbridge
(ccorbridge) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Top 3 New Gear on 12/26/2008 09:42:22 MST Print View

1. Beartooth Merino Hoody - nice job BPL

2. Petzl E+Lite Headlamp - replaces my old Tikka

3. Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad & Cyclone SL Chair Kit - Luxury I can live with

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
my 2008 picks on 12/27/2008 22:40:31 MST Print View

Liteflux LF2 AAA powered flashlight - same weight as my e+LITE, but far, far brighter and more versatile.

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip - tough, lighter & more features than the Jam2.

Snow Peak Lite Max stove - 1.9oz/54g makes it very hard to say no to the convenience of a canister stove. Folds up well, flame can be turned down to super-low output for fuel efficiency or simmering.

Worthy mentions:

MLD Patrol shelter, in cuben - fantastic so far, but picked this up too late in the year to be a contender. Fantastic design, and I love being able to see the trees & the moon *through* the shelter.

Spark-Lite Firestarter - lighter than even a small Bic lighter, doesn't run out of gas, or stop working in the wind & sub-zero temps.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: my 2008 picks on 12/29/2008 11:18:56 MST Print View

1)Trail Designs Caldera Keg with Gram Cracker (for solo trips)
2)Trail Designs Ti-Tri Caldera for 2 litre pot
3)BPL Thoroughfare pants

Poul Kjeldgaard
(pro2type) - F - MLife
Old Canon cameras on LSD on 02/16/2009 17:03:04 MST Print View

If you add CHDK to these old Canon cameras, you wont believe what can be squeezed out of them.

RAW, All sorts of timing, PDA-functions, e-book-reading, automatic photos of lightning and a lot more.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Old Canon cameras on LSD on 02/16/2009 19:22:34 MST Print View

Hi Poul

> If you add CHDK to these old Canon cameras, you wont believe what can be squeezed out of them.

That is an utterly unreal reference! Thank you VERY much!


Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
Re: Old Canon cameras on LSD on 02/16/2009 20:44:02 MST Print View

I second Poul's recommendation of the CHDK. I am using it w/ my year old Canon SD800 and having the ability to take RAW photos is great. I am still just learning about all the features that CHDK enables. Another great thing is that it is still actively being development, so improvements happen all the time. I am excited to see how it improves in the future.

Poul Kjeldgaard
(pro2type) - F - MLife
Cameras on LSD on 02/17/2009 09:14:26 MST Print View

steroids is better (-8

But with Photoshop around, it could be true.

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Keen Ridgeline durability on 06/26/2009 00:30:09 MDT Print View

Realize it's a bit late for posting, but I just bought a pair of Keen Ridgelines on closeout, and noticed Will Rietveld had them as his pick for 08. Wondering how they've held up. Mine had busted out plastic grommets--when received--which I had replaced with brass. I'm happy with the fix (and the credit the retailer gave me which more than covered the repair cost) but wondering if Will had the same problem (it seems common) and if any other problems have cropped up. Other than this, I like the shoe.