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Michael K (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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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

KUIU Ultra Merino Top (best of both worlds)--nuyarn!
I have been a big fan and user of Merino for a number of years for longer backpacking trips for my top, underwear, and thermal bottoms. I really enjoy the feel and antimicrobial nature of merino to...

In GEAR » KUIU Ultra Merino Top (best of both worlds)--nuyarn!
February 16, 8:44am

Helium.......Blahhhhh
I bought it b/c it was what was available locally when I needed it for a hike and I had lost my EVENT Jacket. 1st hike, it was rainproof even with a 4-6 hour rain, but not breatheable at all. Thi...

In GEAR » OR Helium II? Have you tested it?
February 01, 4:58pm

"Active" less air permeble than "Pro", but better at passing vapor?
Woubeir thanks for the information. It's interesting that some experience the "active" to be more beathable than the "pro" even though only the pro is actually air permeabl...

In GEAR » Cfm of New Gore Tex Pro and Gore-tex with the extra PU film? Compared to EVENT?
January 25, 3:50pm

Cfm of New Gore Tex Pro and Gore-tex without the extra PU film? Compared to EVENT?
1) Does anyone know the cfm of the new gore-tex fabrics like the "gore-tex pro" shown in the video below? Is it more or less breathable than EVENT? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pf...

In GEAR » Cfm of New Gore Tex Pro and Gore-tex with the extra PU film? Compared to EVENT?
January 24, 9:25pm

LL bean windblock converta-mitts
These are the warmest converta mitts that I've used. The windproof/waterproof membrane seems to make them that much warmer than plain fleece or rag wool gloves. These gloves have worked for m...

In GEAR » Need better gloves, Need help finding the right pair.
October 05, 9:48pm

Phantom fit
Billy Ray, if you compare the specs.....the phantom seems to be pretty much average when compared to most mummy bags. I'm 6'2 and 180 pounds and find the long plenty roomy for layers like ...

In GEAR » quality dri-down sleeping bags?
October 05, 7:55am

Maountain Hardwaer Phantom
I would also look into the Mountain Hardwear Phanotom. I used the 15 Phantom, but it's also available in 0 like you apparently want. It is also very light when compared to most of the big cam...

In GEAR » quality dri-down sleeping bags?
October 04, 9:23pm

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