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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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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

Love Merino
I've had great luck with several brands of Merino and synthetic alike, but have really grown to prefer Merino for just about everything. It hurt the wallet, but I switched to my daily under wa...

In GEAR » Smartwool Microweight or REI Silk base-layers for JMT hike
May 13, 12:52pm

Very Nice
I just opened the box and there was my new 20F overstuff quilt. I wanted something to replace my cold weather bag and this thing looks awesome! The stitching and workmanship is top notch and the ...

In GEAR » Kudos to Tim Marshall
May 02, 2:51pm

Don't look back
Randy, not too long ago I had a Baltoro 65 and a 40 lb total pack weight, it was ridiculous. I too went to REI to equip and was originally looking at the REI Flash when the sales guy told me it wa...

In GEAR » GG Gorilla vs.MLD Exodus FS
April 26, 7:39pm

Re: GG Kumo Question
David, I have the 2012 Murmur which is basically the same pack, just lighter in some places. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a problem, though I don't have first hand experience with yo...

In GEAR » GG Kumo Question
April 20, 4:10pm

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