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martin cooperman (martyc) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Industrial Midwest
About Me I've returned to backpacking after 2 decades of child rearing. Back in the late 1970s/early 80s a nice 6# pack and similar gear was considered a great advancement over the Boy Scout gear I'd used as a youngster. Imagine my surprise when I found this site. And the price of the lightweight gear. $1,000 later I'm perhaps 1/2 way there.

I've borrowed from my bicycle camping gear and winter cycling knowledge to scrutinize recommendations I've seen here, most of which were pretty good.

I look forward to heading out west a bit.

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A superb article
Dave, A very nice article. I read the one you originally wrote on Bedrock and Paradox and tried out your suggestions. I already owned the NRS hydroskin socks for boating. This past weekend in 3...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Shoulder Season Footwear Tips
February 22, 10:01am

How low a temperature for MontBell light alpine?
Jeffrey, I've worn it down to around 15-20F comfortably with the Dri-Ducks over it. This while cooking dinner, attending to minor camp chores, basically near at rest or at rest. Note that I ...

In GEAR » Montbell, GoLite, Sierra Designs down jackets.....need help deciding
February 17, 10:39am

Baggy windproofs over Montbell light alpine
Matthew, I agree with Nigel's suggestion of a baggie windproof over the MontBell Light Alpine. I use mine in winter and use the Dri-Ducks top over it. Dri-Ducks comes supersized. It will fit ...

In GEAR » Montbell, GoLite, Sierra Designs down jackets.....need help deciding
February 16, 11:07am

Wet feet and neoprene
I've tried some very thin neoprene socks over light synthetic liners. NRS has a version of thin neoprene called 'hydroskins'. They will not keep your feet dry. They will allow a very...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Your feet are waterproof."
February 06, 11:28am

eVent Packa
Kevin, Thanks for your reply. I'm not a big guy, but I sweat more than anyone I know. I have the original silnylon Packa which works better than any rain gear I have. But I would like it ev...

In GEAR » Sil Nylon Jacket w/ pit zips
February 03, 1:48pm

Pole weight
There is an interesting comment made by the folks who make Pacer Poles. They make poles with an ergonomic grip. What I found interesting was their discussion about pole weight. http://pacerpole....

In GEAR » Is all weight equal? - Trekking Poles ...
February 03, 10:15am

Event packa
Kevin, Since you have both packas, did you find the event one to be significantly more comfortable wearing it in the rain, than the older silnylon one? It weighs a bit more and costs a bit more, ...

In GEAR » Sil Nylon Jacket w/ pit zips
February 03, 10:08am

bike commuting and smelling nice
Leslie, I've been commuting 6 miles to work for the last 36 years. Cleveland has about the same summer conditions as New England. I don't have big hills to climb on the way to work, but yo...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » commuting to the workplace/ post-ride hygiene
February 03, 9:30am

Snowpeak Litemax stove
Hiking Jim, Thanks for the fine reviews of the stoves. I saw that you really liked the Snowpeak gigapower GS100. I happen to own the Snowpeak Litemax. Do you have an opinion of that stove, say,...

In GEAR » The MSR MicroRocket -- Review Complete
January 30, 9:51am

I/O Bio Glory Hoodie for winter
Diane, I use one of GoLite's extremely light ynthetic mesh T's for a base layer with the I/O Bio hoodie as the next layer. Whether this is sufficient for you for winter depends on what yo...

In GEAR » Baselayer hoodie???
January 27, 8:46am

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