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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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In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
September 05, 9:17am

Re: Backpacks and Back Sweat
Maybe it's just the old curmudgeon in me, but I've never noticed much difference between "ventilated" and non-ventilated pack backs. Regardless of which one I'm wearing, my ba...

In GEAR » Backpacks and Back Sweat
September 05, 8:24am

Just adding to the overwhelming majority, here--definitely with hood. If you need something to cut the wind, reduce heat loss, whatever, you lose a ton of heat through your head. Hoods make sense a...

In GEAR » Windshirt preference poll - hooded or not
September 04, 3:28pm

Re: Advice on light, bugproof tent for 2-3 person use above treeline
Maybe I'm nuts. But if I were looking primarily for a tent that'll withstand strong winds and bad rainstorms, a tarptent isn't where I'd be looking. A potential option or two: I'...

In GEAR » Advice on light, bugproof tent for 2-3 person use above treeline
September 04, 10:42am

Re: picts of my gear
Thomas, you've made your gear very nicely! I especially like the hood, hat, mittens, myself. Also noticed that it looks like you finished the zipper on your Whitney really well. Mine doesn'...

In Make Your Own Gear » picts of my gear
September 04, 10:06am

Re: Defective Cuben Fiber?
Hi, all- Thought I'd post a couple pics of the torn cuben. I was going to buy a bunch of yardage to make a tent, but if it tears this easily, no way... Any others experience something like t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
September 04, 9:16am

How to Box Quilt
I don't know how they'd do it in a factory, but this should do the trick: 1) Stitch baffling to one shell. For cross baffles just stitch right over the existing. 2) Where the baffles ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Box quilting
August 29, 8:54am

Re: Low Fiddle Tarp
Everyone has different preferences and experiences about these things. Personally, I've found flat tarps to be far less fiddle-prone than cat tarps. I can rig a flat tarp tautly, without really...

In GEAR » Low Fiddle Tarp
August 29, 8:32am

Re: Box quilting
Allison- So weird you posted this. I was just trying to figure out the same thing last night... no brilliant ideas yet. Brad

In Make Your Own Gear » Box quilting
August 27, 3:20pm

Re: Re: Defective Cuben Fiber?
Hi Bill, My "sample" piece is about 6" x 48" or so. There's a seam about 12" in from each end--and a thicker line that could be one in the middle? Does the cuben som...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
August 25, 2:42pm

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