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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: 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

Re: Re: what roger said, plus add heat
Jim, point of interest... the Big Agnes Fly Creek is a double-wall tent w/vestibule for less weight than most bivy sacks. David, I dunno. Didn't see it in the lineup for spring, though... no...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bivvy Sack Blues -- The Case of the Condensation
October 18, 5:11pm

Re: JetBoil or SnowPeak GigaPower?
Since the OP Title asks which one, I'd stick w/the Snowpeak. In my mind, that IS the "upgrade." I have a Reactor; wicked, wicked fast boil. It's heavy, though. I've been u...

In GEAR » JetBoil or SnowPeak GigaPower?
October 18, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Montbell possibility
"I don't think I need a full 15 -- I'm really looking functionally at more like a 25. I'll layer when it's colder, but my 30 just wasn't quite up to snuff." Honestl...

In GEAR » Best 15-20 Degree bag for the Weight? WM UltraLite? Hummingbird? Others?
October 18, 4:49pm

Re: Bushbuddy -vs- Ti-Tri Inferno
Major advantage of Inferno, there's no fuss with fuel loading. I put in one big batch load, light it, and call it good. If I want to make something later, or am enjoying having a fire, I can ad...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy -vs- Ti-Tri Inferno
October 18, 4:37pm

Re: Sleeping Bag
Not to start a bag vs. quilt flame war, but bags are inherently more versatile than quilts. It's easy to open up a sleeping bag & use it like a quilt, but if it's cold out it's much...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag
October 18, 4:31pm

Re: WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium
Probably not the Ultralite; guessing you've noticed, it's 5 inches narrower in girth. My guess if he's a "no fuss" guy he'd lean toward being irritated w/a tighter fit (ju...

In GEAR » WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium
October 15, 5:53pm

Re: Re: Re: NFCWS
Jeff, I don't think it would slow the flow significantly. It would add (assuming the Katadyn bottle adaptor w/carbon) a little over 2 more ounces to the filter system, which I'm guessin you...

In GEAR » gravity filter
October 15, 4:00pm

Re: Re:Bivvy and condensation
If anyone wants to get in on the all-eVent bivy, IIRC (& perhaps I don't) it's going to be discontinued... might wanna get one while you can.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bivvy Sack Blues -- The Case of the Condensation
October 15, 1:39pm

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