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Matt Lutz (citystuckhiker) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Hiker-turned-ultramarathon runner. Sorry backpack, I've neglected you.
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All Forum Posts by Matt Lutz

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Re: Best thru hiking pack
Lots of great suggestions all. My vote goes to the Granite Gear Vapor Trail. It's a great all-around pack - sufficient volume, excellent padding in the back and belt (which is removable and...

In GEAR » Best thru hiking pack
October 10, 3:09pm

Re: Merino or Synthetic base layers?
I vote synthetic for one reason: durability. I've had wool pill up on me. I wear Capilene 1 short/long sleeve shirts for running and have been for a few years now. They have taken a beating whi...

In GEAR » Merino or Synthetic base layers?
October 09, 4:28am

Way OT: MN bar exam
Today, I learned that I passed the Minnesota bar exam. And that my spring/summer/fall sacrifice of all that is hiking, etc. was worth it. -Matt

In Chaff » Way OT: MN bar exam
October 07, 7:21pm

Re: Re:
Other folks will chime in, but this is really a warmth v. weight question. For example, Patagonia's Das Parka weighs 28 oz, but it is a well-spent 28 oz. It has 170g Primaloft One (113g in hood...

In GEAR » WInter Clothing System
September 26, 3:47pm

Re: Snowshoes
Nick: Just curious, what kind of snowpack and rocks (I'm not familiar with the conditions in the Sierras) are you going to be dealing with? Also, make a note of your FSO weight + bodyweight...

In GEAR » Seeking Feedback on Winter Foot System
September 26, 8:18am

Re: WInter Clothing System
That sounds like a pretty typical mild Minnesota winter temps. Here's what I use: Down Jacket: you're right, you'll need something. I have an SD Parka - heavy, but warm. Baselayer...

In GEAR » WInter Clothing System
September 26, 8:07am

A spouse is the greatest hiking partner of all
Happily married Aug. 7, 2010. More photos on Facebook.

In Chaff » A spouse is the greatest hiking partner of all
September 05, 9:13pm

Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner???
Wife +1. Then a few buddies of mine from camp, and a folk or two from the MN BPL chapter. Then Sam Haraldson.

In Philosophy & Technique » Whi is your ideal backpacking partner???
September 05, 8:54pm

Three options come to mind here: MSR Dragonfly, Whisperlite and XGK. I prefer and own the Dragonfly because of its wide base and adjustable flame. The XGK is great for its bomber reliability and he...

In GEAR » Stove for winter camping.
August 15, 6:53am

Re: Re: Why wouldn't I
>>But what it's good at, it's REALLY good at. Bingo here - highly specialized gear that fits a certain niche better do its niche better than everything else.

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW
June 06, 1:29pm

All Reader Reviews by Matt Lutz

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Marmot Scree (softshell pants)
There is so much to love about these pants, but the little details kill any possibility of a 5 rating. So 4 it is. The good: The pants are made of Marmot's proprietary M3 fabric, which is a ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
October 20, 9:50am

Zpacks Z1
I bought my Z1 from a BPL forum member. It had a webbing waist belt and a removable sternum strap. I have since removed the waistbelt (via scissors) and removed the sternum strap, which was attached t...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 03, 10:22am

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
I have a 2008 MB Inner down Parka, and I wish I would have waited until the 2009 models were released before hitting "submit order." I have a size small, which weighs in at 7.2 oz. The ja...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 03, 9:24am

Black Diamond Windweight (formerly Jetstream)
I have owned two pairs of BD wind-proof liner gloves - an older pair of Jetstreams and the new model, their Windweights. Both used Polartec Windbloc fabric. These gloves are excellent next-to-skin...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 03, 9:15am

Black Diamond Powerstretch (now Midweights)
These are my go-to liner gloves for all seasons. In three-season wear, they are are breathable and not too warm when the temperature dips. In cold and wet weather, I use them under a pair of MLD eVent...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 03, 8:50am