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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: HMG Windrider backpack
Thanks for the first impressions! A couple things stood out for me: The pack weighs under spec, even with thicker shoulder harness (not that foam adds much weight, but still...). Not only...

In GEAR » HMG Windrider backpack
November 05, 6:02pm

Re: Re: Inertia X Frame Corrections
Dan, you've closely followed the two threads, and you did misconstrue the following: "Using argon for a weeklong trip in cool weather would set you back $112 in argon costs and fill you...

In GEAR » has anyone seen this pad before?
November 05, 5:44pm

Re: Bow Drill Suggestions
Thanks for your suggestions! The cedar works pretty well, not pitchy, stored inside so pretty dry. I do vary tension by changing w/fingers on looser string... but I tighten up the string inst...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bow Drill Fires!
November 04, 4:04pm

Re: Bow Drill Fires!
Jack, your palm rock looks a lot like the piece of obsidian I'm using, dremeled out the little pocket... My set is all cedar right now. First two or three times, smoke in seconds, kept it go...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bow Drill Fires!
November 04, 1:27pm

Re: Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt
Ibex woolies is very trim fitting but is ribbed-woven, so stretchy and non-constricting... comfy! If you're between sizes I'd go up one... great shirt.

In GEAR » Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt
November 04, 12:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: WM Regular vs. Long
WM only makes certain bags in some lengths... such as 7'. The only 7' bags they make right now are the big semi-rectangular Ponderosa, & the wide-cut mummies Badger & Kodiak. No...

In GEAR » WM Regular vs. Long
November 04, 11:46am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Uber-breathable sleeping bag shell for damp bag syndrome?
Regarding: "people complain of cold bags or quilts when really their problem is not enough insulation UNDER them," I have to say "Yup. Absolutely." In fact, it's amazing...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Uber-breathable sleeping bag shell for damp bag syndrome?
November 02, 2:58pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Uber-breathable sleeping bag shell for damp bag syndrome?
Travis, if you're using a 15*F bag zipped up on 40-60*F summer nights... well, yeah, you're going to sleep way too warm and be drenched in sweat. Even in northern Michigan & Minnesota 3...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Uber-breathable sleeping bag shell for damp bag syndrome?
November 02, 10:39am

Re: Delios water filter
In outdoor industry parlance, anything called a filter is good for bacteria, protozoa, etc. If a device removes viruses, then it is termed a purifier. At 0.2 micron, it's definitely a filter, n...

In GEAR » Delios water filter
November 01, 3:20pm

Re: Favorite Mid-Layer?
I find that midlayers are only good for light activity, such as camp chores, etc... & of course for added warmth under the primary insulation layer. Otherwise they're just too warm. While w...

In GEAR » Favorite Mid-Layer?
November 01, 3:14pm

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