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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: 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

Re: out of curiousity
I'm a very light sleeper that turns a lot even at home so, yes, I wake up each time I move and I can hear the pad while I'm moving (but it doesn't seem to be that much to me). Once I fi...

In GEAR » Is a thermarest "Neo-Air" actually worth the price difference?
April 10, 10:28pm

Re: The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
I wish the author explained more of what they found in the runner that kept gaining heat in the ice bath. Fascinating subject since my son and I will be doing Grand Canyon and a little Death val...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
April 10, 9:53pm

Re: heh
And I'm another side sleeper that likes the Neoair. :P I use the short original version and am 5'8" and 160. Ill admit I've only had one other inflatable though so not much to comp...

In GEAR » Is a thermarest "Neo-Air" actually worth the price difference?
April 10, 10:58am

Re: NB #s
They've been using the system Maris indicated for 2 years now supposedly. I wish they would have included the last style in the model number. They allow you to search what shoes are made with e...

In GEAR » Question for New Balance fans
April 05, 9:07pm

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