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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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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

+1 for Weld
Weld contact cement is great and you can get it at your local hardware store. I've also made CCF cozies out of the standard blue foam and two years later it's holding up really well still.

In Make Your Own Gear » Glueing two pieces of blue CCF together
May 15, 1:38pm

That looks incredible! Furthers my resolve to make it the Mee/Knowles area sometime soon. How many miles of packrafting in total?

In Post-Trip Reports » Mee Canyon to Westwater, Black Canyons Wilderness (Backpack to Packraft)
May 09, 9:09pm

La Sportiva Boulder X
Everyone's feet are different. But I've had great luck with the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes for off-trail Grand Canyon hiking (i.e. technical terrain and water carries). The sole...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 03, 9:01am

Caloric Equivalency
I think there's a pretty simple (although hard to actually calculate) equation for this - if you're in a survival situation where a fire is a good idea, you are potentially losing calories ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Coconut oil as a firestarter
April 27, 9:05am

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