John Abela

HikeLighter on Facebook

If you are on facebook and would like to follow me, head over to: https://www.facebook.com/HikeLighter  I tend to be fairly active on my facebook page, often posting two or three times a week. Sometimes I talk about gear that I am working on developing, if I see a cottage company make updates to their gear I try to post about that, sometimes it is simply sharing an awesome articles or videos I have come across, sometimes it is updates on my hiking adventures, and sometimes just about what is going on in my life. I encourage everybody to follow my facebook page if you want to keep up with what is going on. Once you have clicked the “Like” button, please be sure to move your mouse over the updated “Liked” button and a menu will drop-down, and be sure to click on the “Get Notifications” option! Thanks everybody!

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February 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

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Klymit ‘Hammock V’ Pad

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Hitting the scale at 765 grams, our good friends at Klymit have gotten their new ‘Hammock V Pad‘ up for sale.

Due to the ‘wings’ (shall I call them) the pad ends up being 47 inches (119cm) wide, which puts this pad into the realm of, well, wide.

MSRP for the ‘Hammock V Pad‘ is $139.95

The bottom side (underneath) of the pad appears to have two plugs, which is typical of pads this size. I wonder if these are one way plugs or if Klymit has leased the rights to use the S2S two-way air plugs (‘multi-functional valve’ I think they like to call them these days), which honestly, every company that makes air pads should just do, they really are nice.

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September 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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[Video+Gearlist] Sept 2016 – Sub 4 BPW [e2b.88.4]

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I have posted a sub 4 pound gear list + video from a hike I just finished over on my patreon website.

It includes a lighterpack gearlist showing a breakdown of every piece of gear. I think this might be my first sub-2268 gearlist that I have released in at least two years(??)

The video is ~11 minutes in length.

Available for all patrons (only costs a buck a month)


Thanks everybody!
+John Abela

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September 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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Updates from last week (September 06, 2016)

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Hey Adventurers!

wow, it is already September… crazy!!

Here are five updates/posts/thoughts that I originally published on my Patreon page over the last week that I am making available.

Malachowski ‘Ultralight II 300 Sleeping Bag’https://www.patreon.com/posts/malachowski-ii-6637348

An impressive looking sleeping bag. By the numbers I think it has the potential to put the hurt on a number of the top cottage industry sleeping bags, and even the quilt sector.

ZPacks Product Updates (August 30, 2016) – https://www.patreon.com/posts/zpacks-product-6645439

^^^ All ZPacks users should read this post ^^^

ZPacks Tent Disclaimer Taghttps://www.patreon.com/posts/zpacks-tent-tag-6669590

Followup to the previous post about zpacks product updates.

Locus Gear offers a red colour for shelters!https://www.patreon.com/posts/locus-gear-red-6623044

Our friends from Japan have introduced red cuben fiber shelters. Looking forward to seeing a production version outside!

Soylent ‘Coffiest’ – My thoughtshttps://www.patreon.com/posts/soylent-coffiest-6620492

You all know I like my Soylent, so I decided to give the new coffee soylent a try. Interesting stuff.

If you find such updates helpful and have a buck to spare each month, please become a patron!

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September 6, 2016 at 7:09 am

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Join me on Patreon!

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Greetings Adventurers!

Well folks, I thought a long time about this… as in pretty much the entire 2016 hiking season… and decided that I would give it a go!

I have joined Patreon and am now inviting folks to become a patron and join me in something new!


There are things that I have wanted to do that my website and facebook are just not really setup to do, and Patreon seems to be the idea solution.

For a dollar, or three dollar, or ten dollar, each month (or more, hey it is totally up to you) you can help me have a bit of extra money for trail food, pay my website bills, and all that good stuff. But that is not the important part here…

What is, is that as a ‘thanks for supporting me‘ – depending on the level of patronage – you will get to have access to stuff that I will not post on my website and/or on facebook, maybe get early access to some of my articles and videos, and maybe even a place to chat with me (which you are always welcome to do so on facebook), and maybe the chance to participate in some live chat sessions (via a mobile app), and perhaps even the chance to have me call you a couple times a year and talk about your gear, or my gear, or almost anything else related to hiking — what features you get is all based on what level you support patron at, which is all explained on my main patreon page.

So how is this going to be different from my website or facebook?

Good question… and the main question that I have been asking myself for most of the year. I really think it will all just come down to the fact that Patreon offers the ability to have a community in a better way than my website, and outside of facebook (which I know, a lot of you are always telling me you refuse to use facebook… so here is your chance to use something other than facebook!!)

Patron, in many ways is a community that perhaps offers me/us the ability to do things that I would not use my website for, and that can be something that is not facebook. Not that I will be abandoning my website and/or facebook, but rather that I want to post more, or perhaps maybe different stuff than what I usually post on my facebook page, and stuff that would not even think about posting on my hikelighter website – which I try really hard to keep focused on articles.

Anyway, yeah, anybody that would like a bit more insight into my life, my thoughts, my writings, my adventures, and all that stuff, I invite you to head on over to my patreon page and become a patron!

If I am lucky enough to have some of you join me over there, and it actually generates some revenue, know that the funds will go right into my annual hiking budget, which, honestly, is insanely expensive, and could use whatever help it can get!

Again, my patreon page is: https://www.patreon.com/hikelighter

ps: while you are over there, you should also become a patron of Joe Brewer!

ps: yes, I am very hairy right now… getting close to one year without taking any scissors or shears to my body… why… I really have no idea… doh!

ps: to those who are anti-patreon, anti-kickstart, and as the great PMags terms it, the Go Fund-Yourself issue (which what guys like Joe Brewer and now myself are doing are far from that)… anyway… yeah, I know… really… I know… it is why I hesitated for an entire year! I just think patreon has the potential to help open up some new ways to doing things I have wanted to do. Trust me when I say it is not about the money… I came really close to just having a single patron level of $1.00 (the minimum amount you can have at patreon) but then a friend and fellow hiker that I respect brought up the issue of how insane it would be to try to call potentially hundreds of people and talk with them for an hour or two. So at some point there needed to be seperation, for my own sake, to be able to accomplish what I really want to accomplish in doing all of this… hopefully helping folks in a closer way than I can here on my website and over on facebook. If we do not try new things, and very few people are these days within the hiking community, than we are all pretty much just shooting ourselves in the foot. I like my feet… without holes in them, so I am sure there are some people out there right now with the “sigh, abela is going money hungry” thoughts in your brain… but please, purge those negative oriented thoughts from your brain… use your brain for good thoughts, not bad thoughts!

Thanks everybody!
+John Abela

Written by John B. Abela

August 26, 2016 at 2:08 am

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Massdrop x Klymit Pillow Ultra Light

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Massdrop x Klymit Static V Ultralight Pad & Pillow X UL

Greetings Adventurers!

Wanted to talk Klymit pillows for a couple of minutes, with a primary focus on the newly introduced “Pillow Ultra Light” – a collaborative pillow with Massdrop and Klymit.

At the moment Klymit has three pillows on the market:

  1. Pillow X
  2. Cush Seat
  3. Pillow Ultra Light

I have used all three of these and as one would expect, they each have their highlights.

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August 24, 2016 at 12:08 am

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Vargo ‘ExoTi50’ Backpack (pre-release interview with vargo)

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The Vargo Outdoors ‘ExoTi50’ backpack – a 50L external frame backpack — does “X” mark the spot for this second generation Vargo backpack??


Greetings Adventurers!

For the past year I have been using the Vargo ‘Ti-Arc’ Backpack, an exceptionally lightweight external frame backpack, and the first backpack from Vargo Outdoors.

A few weeks ago Vargo presented their second generation of the backpack, being called the ‘ExoTi50‘.

Very little has been known about the ExoTi50, outside of a couple of folks who took pictures of it at the OR event in SLC, which I was not able to attend.

Being a huge fan/user of the Ti-Arc, and being sponsored by Vargo Outdoors, I figured I would contact them to see if I could find out some additional on this next generation backpack.

If you have not already read it, it might be good to first meander over and read my review on the Ti-Arc, so you can fully understand some of the logic/reasoning behind some of the changes in this second generation backpack, and why I make a big, or not so big deal, out of the different changes in this next generation backpack.

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August 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

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Vargo ‘Ti-Arc’ Backpack

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Vargo 'Ti-Arc' Backpack

Greetings Adventurers!

Over the last  year I have been using the Vargo ‘Ti-Arc‘ Backpack and I have to say, I have pretty much fallen in love with it.

The ‘Ti-Arc‘ is an external titanium frame backpack, so, old school style meets up with new school hardware.

Yes, you read that right, I have fallen in love with an external frame backpack!

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Written by John B. Abela

August 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm