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Maia
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/26/2012 16:22:38 MST Print View

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2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Favorites for 2012 on 12/26/2012 17:12:06 MST Print View

My favorite gear was gear we got our parents for Christmas/Birthdays. Our project has been to outfit them both with UL gear so they can keep hiking.

Packs - We got my mom an Osprey Exos 46. She loves it so much that she uses it for day hikes. We got my dad a Absaroka pack. For years he'd stuck to his old external frame pack because he liked the way it fit. We finally found one he liked and that was a lot lighter

Tent - We got them a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2. Mom hates tarps and we hate for them to have heavy packs.

Prolite Pads - My parents have used Wal Mart blue foam pads for years, this will be a major upgrade.

Backpacking Gear Favorite (with a replacement because it got destroyed)

Absaroka Pack

BPL Absaroka Pack - It handled close to 40 pounds well, only weighed 2 pounds and had a great pocket setup. I'd still be using it if it hadn't been run over in the parking lot. Since it was destroyed I'm including the replacement.

Pack

Chris Zimmer Custom Pack - This replaced the Absaroka. It weighs about 2 pounds and has worked well on several weekend trips. I have tested it with 40 pounds and think it can handle that weight but it would be better if the hipbelt was a bit wider and curved rather then straight.

Other Outdoor Activity

Hawks

Tomahawks - We tried these with summer campers and they were a huge hit. There's something epic about painting yourself up with warpaint that throwing "hawks" at a stump. This kid looks ready to scalp some redcoats doesn't he?

Everyday Life

Imagination - Kids don't always develop this nowadays with video games and such but some still do. Who would have thought that a funeral pyre for a pair of boxers and twelve boys standing at attention, saluting and singing "God bless my underwear" could be so funny?

Edited by Cameron on 12/26/2012 23:25:11 MST.

Robert H
(roberth)
Re: Favorites for 2012 on 12/27/2012 14:14:40 MST Print View

Just a heads up, the hyperlink to the Sole Runner FX Trainer is wrong.

alice fogel
(alicebfogel) - M
staff nitpicks on 12/27/2012 14:15:48 MST Print View

Are you telling me you have NO women on your staff? How can that be? Don't you think you might want to spread the love a little, and help bring a female sensibility not just to the office but to those hikers who have somewhat different needs because of our smaller height and weight, and various other backpacking concerns? I am just flabbergasted.

Edited by alicebfogel on 12/27/2012 14:16:41 MST.

Alex Eriksson
(aeriksson) - M

Locale: Austin, TX
^^^ This is why women's suffrage destroyed America on 12/27/2012 15:11:58 MST Print View

Know your place, maker of food and massager of man-shoulders!!






Oh god I'm totally kidding...

Seriously though, a little female (as in, a small woman) would be nice and would certainly make choosing gear for my beloved girlfriend a lot easier. You know what question I wish BPL could answer? If the Eddie Bauer Downlight Jackets are long enough to cover my 5'2" girlfriend's butt in camp when she's cold? In regular? How about petite? Long?

Just how light can someone's base weight be if you're that small? I bought her a short air mat but it's still several inches longer than she is tall. If the outdoor industry can see fit to provide all these women's specific products, it would be nice to actually get some women specific reviews (i've seen a few on BPL, I'm not hating, just saying the more the better).

In other news, the article was good but pretty lackluster on the product-front. I appreciate trying to think outside the box and give answers for things that aren't gear, but past pick lists did a much better job of opening my eyes to things I may have missed.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Favorites for 2012 on 12/27/2012 15:24:57 MST Print View

Nothing from Chris, nor Addie huh?

Actually I am surprised to see so many listed as staff.

Kinda funny actually.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: staff nitpicks on 12/27/2012 16:08:17 MST Print View

There is Addie. And many moons ago Carol Croker. She resigned.

Only male whiteys so come on all you minorities: Pile it on!! BPL is racist and sexist. Even a dog gets a job before non-white males! (of course she is a black female)


Maybe no women have applied. Maybe the ones that did apply didnt cut the mustard.

Start doing in depth reviews of womens gear and build a portfolio. Maybe it'll get you a job.

Michael Gillenwater
(mwgillenwater) - M

Locale: Seattle area
Re: Re: staff nitpicks on 12/27/2012 16:21:31 MST Print View

Here is a proposal. BPL should commission an article written for significant others (i.e., primarily wives and girlfriends, but not exclusively) explaining to them why their partners are backpacking gear obsessed. If done really well, with some humor, then it will be your most popular article ever.

Alex Eriksson
(aeriksson) - M

Locale: Austin, TX
Re: Re: staff nitpicks on 12/27/2012 16:23:01 MST Print View

"... didnt cut the mustard"

That doesn't mean what you think it means. ;-) I believe you meant, "pass muster".

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Re: staff nitpicks on 12/27/2012 16:38:33 MST Print View

Well according to Wiktionary 'cut the mustard' is idiomatic for 'suffice' or 'good enough'. Possibly derived from 'cut the muster'... so you get .5 points.

so nice try but at least colloquially, it is correct.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Re: Favorites for 2012 on 12/27/2012 17:09:17 MST Print View

Addie left early this year to take care of a growing family. I left not too long ago, but since I wasn't asked for input I doubt Addie was either. To the best of my knowledge, the only female that is part of the current "staff" is Ryan's wife, Stephanie.

In regards to the office thing, there isn't one. Everyone in the article lives, for the most part, very far apart. I guess you could call it a virtual office, if you want.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 17:22:35 MST Print View

It is unfortunate Ryan didn't put someone who cared in a position to assist the members of BPL before embracing his detachment. 2012 wasn't a great year for relations between BPL and the members.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 17:44:59 MST Print View

It sounds like Ryan needs to hire a management consultant before the business is completely dead.

--B.G.--

Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Re: Favorites for 2012 on 12/27/2012 18:08:01 MST Print View

*chuckle*

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 18:23:42 MST Print View

This is very funny in a sad way.

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
women on 12/27/2012 19:10:56 MST Print View

Any woman that wants to can submit an article proposal.

It's easy.

It's fun.

It's a way to listen to endless angst...

(I am pretty sure Endless Angst is an Emo group;-)

Ken (summmitboy)
(khmcnair) - MLife

Locale: Ottawa, Canada
Pick for 2012 - Puma Usain Bolt Lite Low Sneaker on 12/27/2012 19:56:08 MST Print View

Great travel/hut/camp shoe as an alternative to hiking boots. These are the most comfortable shoes I've every worn.

Weight: 280g/9.9oz per pair (42.5/9.5)

Price: $90 on Puma website but $62 on Amazon

Mine are darker blue than this (available in other colours)

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 22:33:23 MST Print View

> Ryan needs to hire a management consultant before the business is completely dead
And you know what is the first thing a management consultant does?
He submits his account.
(Come to think of it, that's not so silly ...)

One might be hard-pressed to define BPL as a business at the present. How about a labour of love?

Cheers

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Re 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 22:50:16 MST Print View

"One might be hard-pressed to define BPL as a business at the present. How about a labour of love?"

Long as you guys keep the lights on and the articles coming I'm happy.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re Re Re 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks on 12/27/2012 23:03:39 MST Print View

""Long as you guys keep the lights on and the articles coming I'm happy.""

Big +1


Cheers, Roger!!