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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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Tilley Endurable
While not quite a "rain hat", per se, but I wouldn't go anywhere without it. It's important to get the hat a couple sizes larger so it fits loosely & can handle a jacket hood ...

In GEAR » Rain Hats
August 19, 7:45am

Re: Carbon Fiber Lid for the Evernew 600
In the meantime, use a piece of heavy duty foil. When your done with it, just fold it up and put it away.

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Lid for the Evernew 600
August 19, 5:28am

Re: draw cord location: EE Revelation
I like it in the middle. It seemed unusual at first but it made sense to me after a couple nights. Reminds me of where the "top" of the quilt is while I roll around. Nothing worse f...

In GEAR » EE Revelation
August 17, 5:45am

Re: Waterproof-ing a sleeping bag or quilt
"it'd like to make sure that it is very resistant to condensation or external moisture" Certainly talk with your bag manufacturer to see if they'd recommend anything. Person...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
August 15, 7:42am

Re: EE Revelation Weather Stripes
I have stripes on my Enigma, and while under a small tarp, it's felt like it's helped. Especially for durability. The top and bottom of a sleeping bag or quilt are arguably the part w...

In GEAR » EE Revelation Weather Stripes
August 14, 12:59pm

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

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