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Matt Dirksen (NamelessWay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mid Atlantic
About Me Used to be very active in the outdoors prior to the kids. Worked at REI and HTO on and off from mid 80's till the birth of my first child in 2000. Now 3(kids later)we are trying as a family to get out whenever we can. Given I am carrying most of the family gear, I see huge value in packing it as light as possible. We are so much looking forward to the longer trips once again again.

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Re: Fabric with native water and wind repellency?
Years ago. VersaTech was touted as just that: a tightly woven fabric which has an inherent water/wind repellency. I have an old North Face bag made of it. I think Birlington industries makes it....

In GEAR » Fabric with native water and wind repellency?
September 24, 8:13am

Re: Shock cord loop + guyline - which bend to use?
In my recollection as a long-time Scouter, a "Sheet Bend" is good knot for ropes of different sizes or types. It is also efficient, since it doesn't waste a lot of rope. However, i...

In GEAR » Shock cord loop + guyline - which bend to use?
September 17, 2:56pm

Hudson Trail Outfitters is closing Before REI opened their first store east of the Mississippi, Hudson Trail Outfitters ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hudson Trail Outfitters is closing
September 01, 5:26am

Re: What kind of winter?
"Does anyone think this tent can be used effectively in winter?" I'm sure it can be used in the winter, but it doesn't mean it will perform well. If I wanted to "stretch&q...

In GEAR » Tent - lightweight two person double walled tent suitable for cold wet winter weather in northeast
August 26, 5:33am

Re: Rain Pants - are they worth it?
Having wet legs while moving is not the same as having wet legs while stationary. Having a plan to dry off should be just as important as trying to not get wet. The more you plan on not getting ...

In GEAR » Rain Pants - are they worth it?
August 25, 6:14am

Re: Montbell Cool Hoodie?
If you are trying to get a better solution for sun protection for your head, than I'd recommend to continue the search for a better hat first. Or an umbrella. Unless the fabric is very light...

In GEAR » Montbell Cool Hoodie?
August 23, 8:55am

Re: Re: Hilleberg Tents - Saivo for car camping?
Well on one hand: 1) you can buy three Kingdom 4's for the price of one Saivo. So just keep an extra Kingdom 4 in the car in case you have a problem with the one you are using. 2) At the ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 21, 3:43pm

Re: helios
While my wife is a retired bony person, she was always rather content with an old Arc Teryx Bora (65L). The Bora series have a very stable hip belt and nice/cushy shoulder straps. In today's...

In GEAR » pack ideas for a bony lady!
August 19, 12:29pm

Tilley Endurable
While not quite a "rain hat", per se, but I wouldn't go anywhere without it. It's important to get the hat a couple sizes larger so it fits loosely & can handle a jacket hood ...

In GEAR » Rain Hats
August 19, 7:45am

Re: Carbon Fiber Lid for the Evernew 600
In the meantime, use a piece of heavy duty foil. When your done with it, just fold it up and put it away.

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Lid for the Evernew 600
August 19, 5:28am

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