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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: which pad for 20 F
Jay- The 3/8" Thinlight has an R-value of 1.4; that's distinctly not a 4-season rating for a pad, especially if you tend to get cold. What Jamie's saying about temperature memory in gr...

In GEAR » which pad for 20 F
December 12, 10:33am

Re: What weight icebreaker baselayer for year round use?
I use Patagonia wool 2, which is same weight as Icebreaker 150. Perfect for summer trips or cross-country skiing. Personally I always get the long-sleeve zip-T; shove up the arms and drop the zippe...

In GEAR » What weight icebreaker baselayer for year round use?
December 12, 10:24am

half-bag
Surprisingly, Western Mountaineering has a relatively inexpensive half bag--the Tamarack. Weighs 19 ounces, has a full zip around footbox to use blanket-like in warmer weather. Rated 30*, but has a...

In GEAR » Synthetic Jacket for sleep with Half bag??
December 12, 10:11am

OK
Thanks for the thoughtful responses, guys--glad to know I'm not crazy!

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Inverted Downdraft Woodgas Stove - My Attempt
December 11, 3:25pm

Re: Single Wall versus Double Wall Woodburner
Dan's "GooGone" post made me think about something. His photos clearly show the air basically blowing through the top holes, creating that gassifier look we're accustomed to. I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Single Wall versus Double Wall Woodburner
December 11, 3:23pm

Re: insulated pads
Hey, Jay- The RidgeRest I mentioned is a closed-cell foam pad. I'd be... cautious, I guess, about taking the thinnest, lightest pad on a winter trip. You can lose about a third of your body he...

In GEAR » which pad for 20 F
December 11, 3:13pm

Re: 15 degree bag for women
I'm a dealer for pretty much all these companies. Between the Helium and Phantom, I'd definitely get the Helium. Phantom series isn't filled as well, more thinly insulated spots. Hiking...

In GEAR » 15 degree bag for women
December 11, 11:00am

Re: Pants for Three Seasons?
Hey- I think you'd be happy with the Traverse pants. I've been using an older, similar version called the Talus pant. I think mine might be a little thinner? But great stuff. Stretchy, com...

In GEAR » Pants for Three Seasons?
December 11, 10:52am

Re: Cuben Fiber
I say this in the more general sense of the forums: "Observation" and "Experimentation" are not synonyms. We all like experimentation and data; indeed, that kind of info is part...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Fragile- Huh?
December 11, 10:47am

Re: Crocs
Check out this BPL link: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/zoot_shoes_orsm07.html Also check racing shoes, weights down to ~6 ounces, sample link: http://www.runningware...

In GEAR » Crocs
December 11, 10:32am

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