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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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Heat + Cold?
Another thing to try would be to heat the outer but also put the inner in the freezer to shrink it. As for the glue I'd recommend contact cement over seam grip. Apply to both surfaces, let ...

In Make Your Own Gear » fix Teva sandals
August 05, 10:12am

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

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