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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: Lightweight Camp Footwear
We have some foam Keen sandals in the shop; I just went down and weighed them. 3.5-4.0 ounces for one sandal. I can't imagine something similar weighing less than these...

In GEAR » Lightweight Summer Camp Shoe Ideas
October 03, 3:26pm

Costs, benefits
Just as a consideration, if you wanted to make a 20 degree quilt w/850 FP down, current cost just for the down (at ~15 ounces, rounded up) is $125. Material such as Momentum, at ~14/yard, using abo...

In GEAR » Quilt cost - I don't get it.......
September 27, 12:30pm

Re: tamarack
Full disclosure, I am a retailer for WM. That said, before I worked at this shop I worked at another that didn't carry WM--and although I could've gotten a decent bag at a great price, I dr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Elephant's Foot Quilt?
September 27, 12:22pm

Safety/SAR applications
Ah. Yeah, Roger and Evan--bright orange would be good too. Or (ugh) chartreuse. Shucks, with the weight, you could probably do a reversible muted/bright, although it'd admittedly take a tarp fr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber in Colors
September 27, 10:01am

Chris, thanks- I go pretty light when I can, but many people I speak with these days think that 50-60 pound loads are completely unreasonable... even after I explain that the load includes two w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Light Packs for Heavy Loads: State of the Market Report
September 27, 9:49am

Re: Cuben in Colors
Sandy/tan/khaki or olive, muted blend-in colors... nice for a tarp or ul tent. Just for fun, how's about a nice raisin?!

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber in Colors
September 26, 2:09pm

quick camp shoes
These are not, as the originating post asked, waterproof. But most frequently my camp shoes consist of my orthotics pulled from my boots and stuffed into my socks. Crude, dirty, can be damp. But wo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Material for lightweight campsite shoes
September 11, 3:30pm

Re: Re: SAR pack
Not into kicking dead horses, but... ALS Extreme is about 65 liters. Pack is definitely more for first responders/EMS, but works well for general SAR as well w/organizational capability etc...

In GEAR » Ultralight SAR pack?
September 10, 1:52pm

SAR pack
Hey- I ran EMS a long time, ski patrol, SAR... gear and packs don't have the luxury of being really light--they'll see a lot of abuse. There's a company called Conterra that specialize...

In GEAR » Ultralight SAR pack?
September 09, 1:50pm

Percentage of Use
When people are trying to narrow their choices, I ask them how often they'll use a piece of gear 80% of the time (or just how they'll use it). Personally, trekking poles get in my way. I ju...

In GEAR » Going up is hard, going down hurts
September 05, 9:19am

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