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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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Nice. Looks useful for larger projects. For smaller stuff I like to use hardboard (also available at Home Depot). You need a jigsaw to cut it but it stands up to repeated use with a rotary cutte...

In Make Your Own Gear » Template/Pattern Material
July 23, 11:04pm

Food processor
I once heard a story of a guy who did a long (multi-week) caving expedition with a one-gallon container for his food storage. Apparently he emptied freeze-dried meals into his food processor, powd...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volume: Repacking MH vs. selfmade meals
July 23, 10:50pm

Couscous and Potatoes
Couscous is more or less pre-cooked (at least, the stuff in grocery stores in the US is - the real deal might be different). Instant mash potatoes are pre-cooked for sure. I've brought the fl...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » potential cooking-optional foods
July 23, 10:45pm

I had the same issue and decided to just get the Exped air pillow (non-UL version). It's not like I have a spare stuff sack available to put clothes in to make a pillow, so I would have to car...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ideas for tall and light pillow?
July 18, 10:58am

Nail Polish
Nail polish does a pretty impressive job marking climbing gear - some of my markings on carabiners are 4 years old and still going strong. So I think it would do just fine for this.

In Make Your Own Gear » Accurately weight the fuel left in a canister — using your hiking pole
June 28, 8:46pm

Re: lightweight paracord chair
I would just wrap the strap coming from the chair around the tree and tie off with a half-hitch. That's definitely lighter than the biners. Although harder to get tight than the girth-hitch s...

In Make Your Own Gear » lightweight paracord chair
June 26, 4:27am

BPL Exclusive
I had not known about the BPL exclusivity rule, is that new? I don't mind if that's the rule, and if a moderator wants to delete this thread that's cool. I just wasn't aware of it...

In Gear Deals » 10% off bikepacking gear through this Friday
June 09, 5:24pm

10% off bikepacking gear through this Friday
Hey all, I just launched the new Rogue Panda Designs website, and I'm doing 10% off site-wide with the promo code NEWSITE, through June 12th. Click here to check it out. All bags are m...

In Gear Deals » 10% off bikepacking gear through this Friday
June 09, 10:01am

Great writeup, and an inspired route! I would love to see a map of where you went.

In Post-Trip Reports » Canyonlands NP multi district tour
May 16, 6:23pm

In regards to the trowel . . . I just want to say that I have spent a couple hundred nights in the backcountry, and several hundred more at primitive car camping sites. I have never encountered te...

In Gear Lists » Gear List -- Grand Canyon May 2015
May 16, 6:05pm

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