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Art Tyszka (arttyszka) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Minnesota
About Me 43, and in some of the best shape of my life after losing 50 lbs a couple years ago. I've always loved getting "out there" and backpacking is one of my preferred ways. I spend as much time as I can backpacking and car camping with my kids during the Summer. I'm an avid target shooter and enjoy kayaking with my family, ATVing and snowmobiling, and just about anything that get's me in the outdoors.
CityPlymouth
StateMN
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.loyalshepherd.com
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All Forum Posts by Art Tyszka

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13.4 Oz is more like it
How about now ? God help me I'm just not that bright . . .

In GEAR » enLIGHTenment Rev X for smokies in October?
June 25, 7:05pm

Now that's a typo
I just fixed the weight typo. 8D is the thinnest material Tim offers, it's extremely soft and I think about 1.5 oz lighter per side over the 30D in the X quilts (but that may be against the 20...

In GEAR » enLIGHTenment Rev X for smokies in October?
June 25, 6:32pm

Wide
Jason, I'm 5' 11", 200# and the wide is perfect for me. I have 2 EE quilts and can't speak highly enough of them. I'm a side sleeper, so the wide was a must-have since I'...

In GEAR » enLIGHTenment Rev X for smokies in October?
June 25, 5:59pm

Wroks well
I have the GWP and it works very well in the conditions I've used it, down to ~40F. Wind is the enemy for sure, the included windscreen works well, but in really windy conditions I've had ...

In GEAR » Has anyone used the Gram Weenie Pro?
June 12, 6:53am

Maybe sooner
Dave, you can always hope it'll be less than 12 weeks. The white Tyvek envelope showed up on my porch 2 weeks earlier than I expect. It was better than Christmas. I dig this backpack, I bet ...

In GEAR » MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
June 05, 6:49pm

Re: Re: More on the Hip belt
Clayton, yes, comparing it to the Jam 2. The Exodus belt is on top, measures 8.5" from the inner stitching to the end, the Jam 2, bottom is 8". So not much difference in length, but the...

In GEAR » MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
June 04, 8:53pm

More on the Hip belt
I just compared the Exodus' hip belt to a Jam that I have, the padded part of the Exodus is ~3/4 inch longer than the Jam, roughly the same shape. The Exodus has quite a bit more padding than ...

In GEAR » MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
June 04, 6:48pm

Load transfer
The belt is pretty substantial towards the back and seems to transfer quite a bit. It's no Granite Gear hip belt, but it works well enough for the loads I carry. The best I could offer is to ...

In GEAR » MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
June 03, 9:14pm

Re: MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
Mike, I haven't had mine out with any weight close to that, but I do love this pack, carries like a dream for me, but I have yet to be over 18 lbs with it. I'll be taking a trip later in t...

In GEAR » MLD - 2012 - 3500ci EXODUS Full Suspension
June 03, 9:02pm

Nikon?
I'm a big Canon fan and shoot mostly with my T1i and Tamron 18-270. I also like to make videos via iMovie, and the SLR is a lot to pack in when trying to lighten everything else - so when I sa...

In GEAR » Looking for a New Little Camera
May 24, 7:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Art Tyszka

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation X
This was my first quilt, and I couldn't be happier. I needed a new cold weather bag, so I went with the 20F 6' Wide and had the 30% over stuff. The loft on this quilt is incredible, more tha...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
May 29, 5:53pm

gossamer murmur
I would have liked to give the 2012 Murmur a 4.5 if I could have. My only criticism is that the stitching is not as well done as I would have expected. There were a few loose threads in some of the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 09, 7:20pm

REI Revelcloud Jacket
I actually liked a lot about this jacket, but I ended up returning it to REI for one simple reason - it didn't keep me warm. The fit and quality is excellent, I especially like the breast pocke...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 17, 12:14pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
I couldn't ask for more in a lightweight down insulating layer. The MB UL Down Inner Parka is awesome in every regard. The fit of the XL is perfect for me and leaves plenty of room for a fleec...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 17, 12:07pm

Exped SynMat UL 7
I spent a fair amount of time researching the available pads before I upgraded to an UL sleeping pad. My sleep and rest is too important to me to use a foam mat, as a side sleeper, I need more suppor...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 13, 9:48am