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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: Re: which pad
I'll second the DownMat 9. Love it. It's a heavy beast but worth every ounce for me. R-value of 8. Lighter weight alternative, R-value 5.1, still suitable for your 20*F temps, Therm-A-R...

In GEAR » which pad for 20 F
December 11, 10:21am

Re: cinching
Both--once at the wrist, once above at lower 1/3 of forearm...

In GEAR » Looking for longer mitts and gloves
December 11, 10:05am

Fogging resolutions
First and easiest is Cat Crap, or some other made-for-glasses anti-fog agent. Can find the stuff at dive shops, too. Trivia for the day: Windex isn't good for windows; it pits them over time. S...

In GEAR » Mouth breathing, balaclavas and fogging up your glasses
December 11, 10:02am

Re: Re: Actual Tent Area
Hey, Chris and all- I measured it fully stretched out. Fabric couldn't possibly be stretched more or be more taut unless measuring up the side walls for floor dimensions. BAs "90x70"...

In GEAR » Actual Tent Area
December 09, 6:24pm

Actual Tent Area
For all the engineers in our midst... Despite having spent years in the industry, I still don't understand how manufacturers get many of their floor area figures. It seems like 80% of the ti...

In GEAR » Actual Tent Area
December 09, 6:04pm

RE: "MYOG Inverted Downdraft Woodgas Stove - My Attempt"
Hey all- Hope you don't mind me reviving this thread. Brian, your directions were indeed good. I made a couple variations and it came out all right. A few questions about this stove and woodst...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Inverted Downdraft Woodgas Stove - My Attempt
December 09, 5:48pm

Re: Down Booties
Jesse- Thru-hiker would be a good source of quality materials and one-stop shopping. If you're just looking for something to wear in the sleeping bag, and want something really light, I'd ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Down Booties
December 09, 5:33pm

RE: "Winter weight - need to loose some pounds!"
Brian- Not sure that 4 ounces of fill counts as a big poofy parka. Check out the FF website--something like the Frontpoint has 13 ounces (mega warm), or Volant (jacket length) 9 ounces. Also, s...

In Winter Hiking » Winter weight - need to loose some pounds!
December 09, 5:15pm

Re: WM Flight Jacket - how cold?
Thom- My post about the Patagonia wasn't meant as a dig at you, nor is this. I own a Down Sweater and love it. And I understand your rationale. But have you seen both of these jackets? The Dow...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering flight jacket -- how cold is it good for?
December 09, 4:01pm

Re: not so easy
I'll second Thom-- venting of (19 oz) Summerlite makes a big difference, IMO. Another consideration: In your comparison, the Highlite has 8 ounces of down whereas the Sub-Alpinist has 5.5 ou...

In GEAR » WM Highlite vs. Nunatak Sub-Alpinist
December 09, 3:42pm

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