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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: Zipper troubleshooting and question for Brad
Konrad, I wouldn't bother folding the zipper ribbon and sewing as you suggest. Frankly, if I tried the bag on, loved it, loved everything about it, and had to have it... I would just cut the zi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Hardwear Speed 32 Sleeping Bag Review
March 05, 8:35pm

Re: Re: Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
Incidentally, the Whisperlite Universal and the Xcelerator are WORLDs apart. The Universal is a HEAVY BEAST, it doesn't simmer, and it is, in general, a disappointing stove. There is a forthcom...

In Editor's Roundtable » Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
November 29, 5:13pm

Re: Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
To clarify: Both Ryan and I give this stove a "Highly Recommended" rating for its intended use as a 3-season backpacking stove. Also significant: We rate it "Highly Recommended"...

In Editor's Roundtable » Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
November 29, 5:10pm

Re: Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
Hi all- I'd say you've already answered the questions. Vertical precip in the door could be easily reduced by not unzipping all the way, but I find that I take in more rain on my clothin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 17, 5:16pm

re: comments
Hi all- In response to some of the questions and comments: The ties provided are not necessary for a good pitch of the tent. The ties are provided as an option for "stiffer" weather...

In Editor's Roundtable » Brooks-Range Foray 2P Tent Review
October 11, 6:44pm

Re: timberland
Positives and negatives in an unbiased review? Delivered. I would consider a review biased if I only focused on one aspect of a product :-) Ray, wasn't the first time for me. My understandin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion
October 05, 6:19pm

Re: Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion
Hi, all- Regarding the partial sole delam: The Cadions I tested were pre-production prototypes. Further, I've had or seen worse sole delams from other major manufacturers, but when I d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion
October 04, 6:38pm

responses
Hi, all- Man, I hadn't heard anything about a recall on the Versalite. Super bummer, awesome pant, and I've had no problems with mine! We're not always able to procure each and ev...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rain Pants State of the Market Report
May 30, 8:26pm

Re: Blaze AC 60
I do carry a bladder on the trail, but can't remember the last time I used a hydration pocket. They're a pain to access and use! I've found it much, much easier to just strap my bladder...

In Editor's Roundtable » Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review
May 15, 12:03pm

Re: Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review
Hi, all- First, BPL weight of the AC60 came in at 2 pounds 14.4 ounces. Sorry we didn't get the confirmed weight in there! In my experience fitting GG packs I've found that the majori...

In Editor's Roundtable » Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review
May 10, 5:13pm

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