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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.
CityGreenbelt
StateMaryland
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Re: superlight
Given that the Superlight bivy is made from the same material as their sleeping bags, I suspect it's likely to be quite breathable. While Event is quite "vapor permeable" compared...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
April 22, 8:21am

Re: re: polyjohns
"Yeah, I know we'll be warmer with clothes - but we'd honestly rather bring a warmer, heavier bag and skip the baselayers than go with a lighter bag and be clothed all night." ...

In GEAR » Cuddling Couple Sleep System
April 21, 5:44pm

Coupling kit?
You could use the Thermarest universral coupling kit. My family has been using these things for over 20 years now and we've never had pads slip out. (with three kids, we couple five pads togeth...

In GEAR » Cuddling Couple Sleep System
April 19, 5:46am

Re: Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
If you are not into replacing any of your gear (but committed to "adding" something to your kit... Perhaps consider a thin, fleece-like blanket which can cover both you and your gear w...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 17, 5:31am

Insulation vs. thermal mass
It seems there might be some confusion between something which is highly insulative vs. something high in thermal mass. The idea that any "R value" sleeping pad is either "giving&...

In GEAR » For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
April 15, 5:33am

Re: Re: Re: For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
"This question was motivated by an employee at a major sleep pad company told me he thought he got too hot at the Grand Canyon because of his winter pad (even when removing all insulation and ...

In GEAR » For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
April 14, 9:33pm

Re: Re: Re: For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
If they all have the same surface temp., then they would all feel just as "warm" as eachother...But only for a brief moment in time. To know what happens next, one would need to both ...

In GEAR » For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
April 14, 9:02pm

Re: For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
I'd wager that if someone experiences "overheating", it's not going to be from a pad's R value, but from whatever is on top of them, due large in part to radiant heat gain, hu...

In GEAR » For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
April 14, 5:41pm

Re: Bivy under tarp -- what's the point?
In the Mid-Atlantic, I have pretty much found that a bivy is completely redundant if I am under a tarp or in any kind shelter. And as "breathable" as Argon might claim itself to be, if it...

In GEAR » Bivy under tarp -- what's the point?
April 10, 11:04am

Re: Re: Supplement vs. switch
I agree with what Mike M said. Furthermore, you could likely "push" the use of the summer quilt well into the shoulder season, depending on weather, layering etc.

In GEAR » Thinking of switching to a quilt
April 08, 7:46am

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