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Matt Dirksen (NamelessWay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mid Atlantic
About Me Used to be very active in the outdoors prior to the kids. Worked at REI and HTO on and off from mid 80's till the birth of my first child in 2000. Now 3(kids later)we are trying as a family to get out whenever we can. Given I am carrying most of the family gear, I see huge value in packing it as light as possible. We are so much looking forward to the longer trips once again again.

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Re: the bivy fabric weight is negligible in lofting a down bag
"what is important for full loft is that the volume/shape of the bivy is sufficient for you and your sleeping bag." +1 to that This can especially become an issue when someone bring...

In GEAR » Is the loft loss(warmth loss) of a down sleeping bag caused by the weight of the shell fabric or th bivy sack fabric negligible?
August 14, 10:49am

Re: Nadda
+1 to what Eric said. When it's cold and DRY, soft shells are fine. They are nice during high exursion activities in cold, DRY, conditions. Especially when I take a break, they insulate bett...

In GEAR » What makes a "softshell" pant more weather resisant?
August 14, 6:19am

Re: We weathered this storm...
Ryan, Thank you for sharing this. Our crew started out of Ponil and had our fist night up at Sioux as well - but back in July 2014. We had about a total of 15 minutes of rain on our trip, until ...

In Philmont » Saw this today on FB and Philmont's site
August 13, 3:41pm

Re: Freezing McNett Seam Grip
Thanks for mentioning that, Jerry. Did not know that. (Now I feel guilty about all the tubes of seam sealer I've dried out over the years.) sigh...

In GEAR » Freezing McNett Seam Grip
August 11, 9:18am

Re: Every day user tent suggestions?
Just for some clarity, you aren't concerned about cost, but it shouldn't be more than $400, right? I guess the real question is: how many 2 lb tents are really out there, that are argua...

In GEAR » Every day user tent suggestions?
August 10, 10:46am

Re: Hiking footwear, your top 5
Just a couple miles into a trip the other weekend, I got my Inov8's muddied up from a nasty bog. Ended up doing the next couple days with an old pair of Teva Alp Pro sandals and some Spenco ...

In GEAR » Hiking footwear, your top 5
August 09, 8:49pm

Re: No Penalty
It isn't subjective whatsoever. Clayton is exactly right. Here's a link to a similar thread on the subject: I might add that there are too many variable...

In GEAR » R-value of sleeping pad vs. subjective temp
August 09, 8:38pm

Re: Re: Re: The Optimal non-Cuben Tent Fly Material
Fwiw, it appears they still have it in charcoal. I know its a rough calculation, and it doesn't take durability into consideration, but what I find interesting is that when I look at RBTR&#...

In GEAR » The Optimal non-Cuben Tent Fly Material
August 07, 11:04am

Re: drawstring backpack for overnight trip
"Besides, your sub 60 fast pack kit is really cool!" I believe you are referring to Matt Kirk (the AT unsupported speed record holder). Either way, I feel flattered to even be remotely...

In GEAR » drawstring backpack for overnight trip
August 06, 10:36am

Re: drawstring backpack for overnight trip
"With hipbelt, the weight on the string could be minimum and the load capacity will be definitely much higher" Probably not. I honestly doubt you'd get any support from a hip be...

In GEAR » drawstring backpack for overnight trip
August 05, 3:36pm

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