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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
CountryUSA

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Re: Utility of a down vest
I've had great experience with Luke's Ultralight Argon down vest. This plus a Cap 4 hoody and I am pretty comfortable for a lot of what I do. I also have the down sleeves & hood and bri...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 18, 9:18am

Re: 4-season quilt?
Southeast? Like the Smokies in the winter? What part of Southeast are you talking about.

In GEAR » 4-season quilt?
September 13, 9:27pm

Ti-Bomber
Just close enough for a few pun related jokes, and (of course) not to be confused with the "Tie-Bomber", or else G Lucas would have a conniption fit.

In Gear Deals » Name the Potty Trowel
September 08, 10:49am

Re: Re: Re: winter pod system?
What pad do you use underneath your bag(s)? The R value of the pad(s) will severely impact your system's comfort range. A -20 degree bag in 0 degree weather wont perform as expected with no...

In GEAR » winter pod system?
September 04, 10:12am

Re: regular ccf pad under large inflatable pad.
I admit I could be wrong on this, but if I recall; for maximum heat resistance OVER TIME, the material with the highest "R value per Inch" should be on top. While at first glance the two ...

In GEAR » regular ccf pad under large inflatable pad.
September 02, 12:47pm

here's my ankle story
So here's my ankle story. I am certain you will get all sorts of advice, but this is what I experienced. 20+ years ago, I both did a lot of backpacking and played volleyball. Every other wee...

In GEAR » Calling out ankle woes sufferers
September 02, 10:51am

Re: Re: Re: is a knife a non-essential item?
Do you need any kind of first aid kit for your trip? If so, how much of one? Same goes with the knife. Of course if you are not alone, perhaps bring one to share so there's no redunda...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 28, 11:46am

Re: Depends on length of trip
+1 to "it depends". I have this thing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZBZ64Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which worked pretty well on it's own. I also ...

In GEAR » battery pack vs solar panel
August 26, 7:27am

Re: Paradox Rain Jacket at Costco
They are not the same jacket as was sold before. They also say "Waterproof Breathable" on the box. I picked up a pair for the kids the other day. I haven't looked at them close eno...

In Gear Deals » Paradox Rain Jacket at Costco
August 25, 9:54am

so when your vestibule just doesn't cut it...
add a Tent Wing! It says it's lightweight, too! (In 1992 standards, perhaps.)

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 21, 10:17am

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