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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: Lightest stuff sack/daypack?
here's a link to a "1 ounce pack thread" from a few years ago: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=22311 It's...

In GEAR » Lightest stuff sack/daypack?
March 31, 10:07am

Re: Pack Dimension Question - Urgent
Hi Elisa, Your post raises a few questions/thoughts for me: 1) A 60 liter bag sounds like a good size, but you sure adding 5 extra liters to the pack size will ultimately make the difference yo...

In GEAR » Pack Dimension Question - Urgent
March 31, 9:47am

Re: Zpacks
I just used it for the first time this weekend. Although it is "crinkly" and makes noise, the fleece lining is very comfortable. A great multi-use item, imho.

In GEAR » cuben stuffsack for pillow
March 31, 9:01am

Re: Rain Protection
"What is everyone's thoughts on the best rain protection and why?" It really depends on the rain. For example, I am heading out backpacing with my son's scout troop this we...

In GEAR » Rain Protection
March 28, 11:15am

Re: Extreme winter sleeping bag system advice?
Paul, What sleeping bag (and groundpad) do you currently have? Is it possible to get a bag to double up with what you already have? There are many posts on BPL about double bagging in the win...

In GEAR » Extreme winter sleeping bag system advice?
March 27, 11:01am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
Yeah. The architecture profession has not caught up with the building science profession, that's for sure. A "Passivehaus" by any chance?! :) Moisture management is especially c...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 3:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
There's a lot of neat shell stuff out there, but in my opinion: choose permeable - whatever that looks like to you. It was proven back in the late 80's that the "waterproof breatha...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 1:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
Sure does. But so does both the permeance and R-value of the down/synthetic insulation. (It's great that down has the high warmth to weight ratio, but the reason why down is typiccally cons...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 11:00am

zip ties?
I am noticing a trend: zip ties? Is there some utility they offer that a small cut piece of rope and a good knot might not? I guess their weight? thanks much, Matt

In GEAR » Your Repair Kit Contents
March 25, 9:21am

Re: Re:
Kelly, I have a large/xl Bitterroot I might be able to let go. might be too big for you, though. Pretty comfy, though.

In Gear Swap » WTB Golite Bitterroot or Selkirk Jacket; sub 6oz bivy; GG LT4 poles
March 25, 8:03am

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