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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: boat shrink wrap
Interesting thought. Did a quick search and I'd say it wouldn't be practical. "This film is a heavy duty shrink polyethylene available stock in BLUE, WHITE, or CLEAR in 6 MIL and 7 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 15, 7:55pm

Re: ZPacks Poncho/Groundsheet
I noted that balls and sunshine are using them on the cdt so you might email him.

In GEAR » ZPacks Poncho/Groundsheet
May 11, 8:20pm

Re: Update: we visited Sierra Designs to see how they test DriDown
I'm surprised more people here haven't commented - we love this type of stuff. I just came across these 4 newer videos. Very interesting and kudos to SD for sharing with you to share with u...

In GEAR » 3 new test videos: Sierra Designs DriDown vs. untreated down
May 09, 6:46am

Re: New Episodes of UL A-Z
It would be one thing if Hendrik had fallen off the face of the earth like Kooka Bay essentially did, but he continues to update his blog and go on trips so he certainly has the time to make videos...

In Philosophy & Technique » New Episodes of UL A-Z
April 22, 7:30am

Re: True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
A caution perhaps if you don't use the packets often. I've got some samples from a few years ago that crystalized (?) within that fancy packaging rendering them a major pain to use. There i...

In Editor's Roundtable » True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
April 17, 6:19am

Re: List your "quick drying" trail runners that you also cross streams in.
Inov-8 Roclite 315. I wouldn't call them quick-drying. They drain fine but have open cell foam that holds water also just like pretty much anything else except some truly minimalist shoes. I fi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » List your "quick drying" trail runners that you also cross streams in.
April 15, 12:04pm

Re: 4P Lightest Shelter
From 1.5 years ago - SOTMR: Family/Group Backpacking Tents

In GEAR » 4P Lightest Shelter
April 13, 9:46am

Re: Foaming
My experience with using that underlayment foam is that it really is pretty fragile. While it's nowhere near as cheap and not quite as large, you might play with a 40x76 piece of 3/16" foa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Foaming
April 12, 6:39am

Re: more surface area
As I said it's a delicate balance for me. I can tell it's not as comfortable if I have too much air and obvious if I have too little. Perhaps it's more important given the short size si...

In GEAR » Is a thermarest "Neo-Air" actually worth the price difference?
April 11, 4:07pm

Re: Gloves double as pot holder?
I use my thin powerstretch gloves to lift my Heineken pot so about any should work. However, I will say I grip near the top where there's no water so if your jetboil is full, it would be much h...

In Multiple Use Gear » Gloves double as pot holder?
April 10, 10:34pm

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