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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: Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
I got a 50d EE Egnima about 18 months ago for those reasons in particular. I have used it both is mild weather hiking and to supplement my -5d bag in the winter. At 10/11oz it's pretty light...

In GEAR » Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
April 06, 5:12am

Re: Trekking poles/blisters
Never had blister issues with my poles (only the tips are cork.) Regardless, I stared using these things about a year ago for sun protection: http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/chroma-sun-glov...

In GEAR » Trekking poles/blisters
April 03, 5:17am

Re: Looking at buying a summer weight quilt
I've had a downtek 50d EE Enigma for about 18 months now, and it's been a fantastic bag. I used it as an overbag during winter trips, as well as by itself on trips with temps down into the ...

In GEAR » Looking at buying a summer weight quilt
March 31, 5:38am

Re: Dividing gear with significant other
Lots of great suggestions. But whatever you initially "plan" to carry, make sure you also "plan" to stop early on in the trip and make adjustments as needed. No reason to have ...

In GEAR » Dividing gear with significant other
March 20, 5:52am

Sad news on the AT
Hello BPL'ers. Just passing on some sad news that occurred on the Maryland section of the AT this weekend. http://wtop.com/maryland/2015/03/man-dies-after-tree-falls-on-him-on-appalachian...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sad news on the AT
March 16, 6:01am

Re: questions re: synthetic insulation in a pad
They do cost a pretty penny, but how long to you want to actively use it? 10 years? 20? Forever? I'd say that "in general", any synthetic insulation will decay over time, no matter...

In GEAR » questions re: synthetic insulation in a pad
March 12, 10:43am

Re: Go Gatewood
+1 on the Gatewood + S2S net combination. I added some small 1 inch "male" Velcro squares to the underside of my cape & pad, to better control the netting so it isn't as annoyi...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape or something else?
March 12, 10:15am

Re: Enlightened Equipment youth quilt
+1 to good ratings for EE. One thing I always did with my kids when we camped with them, was to put them and their sleeping bag inside of ours (under our quilts). I found that our kids woul...

In GEAR » Enlightened Equipment youth quilt
March 11, 3:47pm

Re: Re: Re: Condensation in bivy?
Alex, As was mentioned before, comfortably sleeping cold/moist air is difficult. What has worked for me (as weird as it may sound) is to use a silk liner as my "bivy", and bring my sle...

In GEAR » Condensation in bivy?
March 06, 6:35am

Re: Re: Re: Could high FP-down benefit from an anti-humidity treatment ?
" but these will provide a form of scaffolding that still traps air reasonably well." Good analogy. Makes sense to me now. thanks! (fwiw, I suspect there is a tipping point whe...

In GEAR » Could high FP-down benefit from an anti-humidity treatment ?
January 06, 12:22pm

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