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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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All Forum Posts by Brad Groves

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Re: Fixing down clumps in a sleeping bag?
Probably wasn't dried thoroughly. I use an extractor nearly every time. Gets the excess water out better than anything, reduces weight & stress on the baffles/etc, and "speeds"...

In GEAR » Fixing down clumps in a sleeping bag?
October 21, 10:07am

Re: Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
Dire? Hmmm. Mostly it cuts salami, cord, occasional tent stakes, & so forth. I've also used it to carve a rough spoon after mine broke, infrequently to clean fish. Note that a razor would n...

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 21, 9:32am

Re: Pack Weight
ULA site says 32.5 oz for Epic, seems to include weight of STS 65L, which weighs 10.0 oz.

In Editor's Roundtable » ULA Epic Pack Review
October 19, 6:03pm

Re: Heat Exchanger
North Face (who else?) made a heated hydration pack a couple years ago, ran off a few smallish batteries. It was relatively small & light. Not sure they sold many. Edit: http://www.shopwi...

In Winter Hiking » Hydration Hoses & Cold Weather
October 19, 4:57pm

Re: Thank you for the replies
Looks can be deceiving? Ariel straps are more substantial than the others by a decent margin; I think most people tend to find them a little more comfortable, if anything. The other packs I ment...

In GEAR » Which Osprey pack?
October 19, 3:00pm

Re: Winter Down Parka recommendations
A walking sleeping bag is the key. Lotsa down. Icefall w/15 oz of down/34 oz total is minimum IMO. Rock & Ice w/21oz down better. Nunatak also makes the Torre, 15oz/30 oz total... could have ov...

In GEAR » Winter Down Parka recommendations
October 19, 2:57pm

Down mats
Warmlite Exped Kookabay

In GEAR » Winter Pad
October 19, 1:40pm

Re: Which Osprey pack?
I'm a retailer & packfitter, and spend a lot of time fitting these packs and many others. The Exos and Aura frames are different, but they are similar in the design issue you had trouble...

In GEAR » Which Osprey pack?
October 19, 1:18pm

Re: Re: Gravity, or not
I'm not sure how much this could help, it's a hose w/an inline filter, but... Mine usually gets tossed sideways under the top lid or strap, hangs from the loop on bladder for gravity...

In GEAR » gravity filter
October 19, 11:37am

Re: Winter Pad
Use a warmer pad to start. It's AMAZING how much difference a good pad can make in your warmth. Remember, the pad can be worth 35% of your insulation. If you like the P. Plus, go for the wo...

In GEAR » Winter Pad
October 19, 11:29am

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