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Nick Smolinske (Smo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Rogue Panda Designs
About Me I'm a dirtbag desert backpacker, who also happens to make bikepacking gear for a living.
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Re: Re: Great work! But...
"Dimension Polyant's Newest Pack fabric! Light, durable, flexible and waterproof . This X-Pacâ„¢ uses the same 210d face fabric as the VX21, but has a low-friction, thicker .5mil polyester...

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 19, 8:42am

Great work! But...
So first off, great pack, and I love the wood frame idea. If your sewing is bomber and strong, who cares how it looks? Now on to the bad news . . . the shiny side of VX-21 RC should be on the i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 18, 7:50pm

Re: Franken Deuter-Exped Lightning 60
Nice job! Thanks for the tip about the titanium rotary cutter blades - I didn't know they made those. I can confirm that D40 will dull a normal rotary cutter blade in just a couple of cuts. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
April 14, 11:44pm

GG Tips
I can't comment on the pros/cons of the tips, but I have some Gossamer Gear tips for a MYOG pole project that I bailed on that I would send you for cheap . . . PM me if you're interested. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Leki vs Black Diamond Trekking Pole Tips for MYOG poles
April 13, 7:45am

A note on trail yogurt
I'd like to add a quick note on your trail yogurt recipe - the thickness of yogurt is determined by a lot of factors, one of which is how much starter yogurt you use. The less starter yogurt, ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » My delicious high calorie breakfast mix
April 01, 8:56pm

Visual Guide
There's a visual guide to identifying old singer sewing machines from craigslist photos, for just this purpose: Once you figure out the...

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing machine advice-singer?
March 30, 8:34pm

Preorders are live
Preorder pricing is live - $80 through this weekend, with a cap set at 20 bags of each type, just in case. Paypal buttons and more information are on my website.

In Gear Deals » Free Bikepacking Seatbags
March 27, 2:37pm

Re: xpac
They make a TX02 Xpac as well (OWF has it under "Misc Fabrics"), which is lighter than the TX07. One side is the raw waterproof layer, I think, so durability could be an issue.

In Make Your Own Gear » need advice for floor
March 27, 6:40am

Last I heard, it was something like 50% filler by weight (to discourage people from snorting it, apparently). So it's not actually much more efficient than just carrying liquor - unless the fi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Powdered alcohol (beverage, not fuel)
March 26, 2:14pm

Second chance
The second post is live with another chance to win.

In Gear Deals » Free Bikepacking Seatbags
March 25, 2:15pm

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