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Michael C (chinookhead) - BPL Premium Member

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About Me I'm from Michigan and now I live in Texas. I have been an avid hiker and fisherman (spin and fly fishing) for most of my life. I have been a "traditional" backpacker and I am slowly trying to lighten my load.
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Helium (Pertex quantum is not breathable enough)
Personally,i would not use a Helium as a windshirt. I bought it in Colorado when I left my EVENT rain jacket hanging on a tree. When I used it for hiking in the rain, even on a cool day I sweat...

In GEAR » Rain gear or windbreaker?
May 29, 4:35pm

Call REI (Dallas and Plano has the large)
Call REI in Plano or Dallas. I would call the number on REI's website and ask for them to see if any stores carry the Kahtoola microspikes that you could order. I've done this with them s...

In GEAR » Microspikes Alternative?
May 27, 5:45pm

Waterproof socks recs? Alternatives to Rocky gore-tex Socks? New Seal Skinz? Dexshell coolvent?
I wanted to use waterproof breathable socks in combination with non-waterproof train runners that I'm trading in for my gore-tex boots. Usually I'll be using the trail runners only with w...

In GEAR » Waterproof socks recs? Alternatives to Rocky gore-tex Socks? New Seal Skinz? Dexshell coolvent?
May 16, 10:07pm

salomon shoe's grip?
I was going to order the salomon x Ultra 2 and La Sportiva Raptors in order to try them on. However, i won't know their grip until I wear them outside and can't return them. I was leaning...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 08, 5:25pm

Pat, Rovers and Salomon Ultras
Mitchell and Ito.....both of your suggestions are very helpful and make the Patagonia Rovers and Salomon X Ultras seem like excellent options for my intended use. Just for clarification: 1) I ...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 03, 9:57pm

Boulder X drying times
Nick, thanks for the suggestion on the La Sportivas, but I think that the leather and suede that form the uppers of those shoes (as opposed to a synthetic mesh etc.) would take a very long time to ...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 03, 10:35am

Unaweep
Bradford, the Unaweep cinches down real nicely, even with very small loads..........especially with the talon (even day pack size). Also, if the hipbelt is of primary concern, the UNaweep belt has...

In GEAR » Pack for Bearikade Expedition
May 03, 9:22am

Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and Wet+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
I apologize in advanced for the long winded nature of my inquiry. I have used heavy leather gore-tex lined boots for most of my hiking career (EMS to be specific), then switched to very comfortabl...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 03, 8:57am

Dry pitch with footprint!
I would agree with some of the posts above that if your main concern is abrasion , then you could certainly go with a lighter and cheaper groundcloth. However, i have the Copper Spur UL2and I opte...

In GEAR » Big Agnes UL tent users: footprint/ground-cloth yes or no
April 18, 11:40pm

LL bean windblock converta-mitts!
I have found these after trying many other things: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/20516?feat=fishing%20gloves-srrrtop The LL Bean windbloc converta mitts were the best option for me under a simil...

In GEAR » Need some advice on gloves and mitts.
February 16, 7:38pm

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