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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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Tent Patterns--Off the Cuff?
Hi, all- So, one of the projects I'm working on is a UL/SUL double wall tent. A couple of "design parameters" (to make it sound official): 1) sleep two people & two German Shep...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tent Patterns--Off the Cuff?
July 31, 10:04am

Re: cuben color
Colin, thanks for doing all the experimentation and reporting you've done on this. I mentioned the paint dusting mostly tongue-in-cheek, but I am surprised that it increased the weight signific...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
July 31, 8:41am

Kinda ghetto, any merit?
Allison, thanks. I want to make the thing all cuben, but I'm looking at $100 just for the floor, and the fly looks like it'll take about 50% more... I just remembered, I do have some silnyl...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
July 30, 3:53pm

Cuben: Sil Hydrostatic Head
I'm patterning out a double-wall UL tent right now, and am trying to determine the best [function: cost: weight] ratio. Basically, it seems like Cuben would be great for the floor for its water...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
July 30, 10:53am

Burn time
Just as a consideration: I've had an older Zipka, had the original batteries in it for 4-5 years before I replaced them. I used it pretty frequently. My guess is that the reported burn time is ...

In GEAR » headlamp with these features...
July 30, 8:31am

Versatility potential
Wind-proof fleeces can be hugely versatile, depending on how you use them. I, too, use them mostly around town because of their convenience. But I wouldn't ignore them for backcountry use. Obvi...

In GEAR » Windstopper
July 28, 11:48am

Understand weight, but...
Looks like I'll probably buy that book Bill cited. In the iterim, I do and have understood the bit about 8mm weighing about an ounce per yard. What I don't know is if that in any way transl...

In Make Your Own Gear » Poly Tube Down Air Mattress (DAM) First Generation
July 28, 10:48am

??? Baffled, but not in a bag way...
Hi Bill and all- I'm truly and completely stumped on the silk tube bit. The silk I used was the exact same stuff, 8mm Habotai from Thai Silks. What I was doing to establish down-proofness was ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Poly Tube Down Air Mattress (DAM) First Generation
July 27, 12:30pm

BPL Subscribing to Texbase!
Richard, thanks, that's awesome! Tom, I move that BPL subscribes to Texbase, too--that would be really helpful to a large contingency of people and help propel the lightweight backpacking commu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Textiles Research
July 25, 5:06pm

Re: Poly Tube Down Air Mattress (DAM) First Generation
"I kept a silk tube of Down hanging over a bedroom door and would play with it several times a week to see if I could get the Down to leak through the silk tube. I never had a problem with los...

In Make Your Own Gear » Poly Tube Down Air Mattress (DAM) First Generation
July 25, 4:58pm

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