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John Canfield (jcanfield) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Cascadia
About Me I love backpacking, and bringing quantities of food equal to the weight difference between old, heavy gear and the shiny new stuff. (Steak, anyone?)

I own a small softgoods design company in Seattle, WA.
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be bear (fence) aware
Having spent a lot of time around portable bear fences, I assure you they are not dangerous. The idea behind them is that an animal (which doesn't wear shoes) will ground the full ~.15 joule ou...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG <2lb Electric Bear Fence
April 10, 8:45pm

I have worked in the gear/ equipment repair field, and know others who do the same. Send me a note to I am Fred Beckey's pack repair guy still, though I no longer do ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seeking advice
April 10, 10:37am

Bikepacking Bike advice
+1 on the mountain bike front. a 29er is pretty common for the cause. A good mix of rolling for the roads and acceleration for the nasty bits. I also agree that you should try and find a 9 speed, a...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Bikepacking Bike Advice
September 22, 11:22am

FS: Lots of material (technical but non-lightweight!)
I have a lot of material here collecting dust including: 2 2/3 yds black fleece (mid-heavy weight) 11 yds Ultra Blue WPB material. Nearly a whole roll soft athletic mesh. May not be great ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Lots of material (technical but non-lightweight!)
September 17, 4:21pm

I would love to see the ITW Onyx series buckles. A great mixture of light weight and strength. I love them. JC

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY Materials: Hardware. Feedback Wanted
June 26, 7:07pm

bikepacking bags
I disagree about the need for VX-42, 1680(!) and #10 zipper. These all make a pretty burly setup, which is likely more than most will need for a frame bag- or any bag for that matter. #8 zipper ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bikepacking Bags
June 26, 6:51pm

Pack Repair
Brian, get in touch! I have repaired hundred of backpacks of all ages. Everything from zipper replacements to foam reconstruction. I also build backpacks. I LIVE backpacks. You are not too far ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lookin 4 Help - Pack repair
May 15, 9:53am

Stitch Length
Roger, Commercial manufacturers will choose long stitch lengths because it is faster a small percentage of the time. The time difference is not huge. Generally quality stitching wins out. Now if th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Stitch length
May 04, 1:31am

Suguru. Play-dough meets silicone
Portable silicone could be perfect for homemade pot/lid handles/ etc.

In Make Your Own Gear » Suguru. Play-dough meets silicone
May 01, 4:44pm

Mid Project- First Pitch
I'd go with the geodesic kiddie dome in the background for my base camp shelter, but that's me. But seriously, Beautiful work!

In Make Your Own Gear » Mid Project- First Pitch
March 23, 5:36pm

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