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Dave Heiss (DaveHeiss) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest
About Me Backpacker since 1973, started going lighter in 2003
CityCamano Island
StateWA
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Dave Heiss

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Rolled foam in a frameless pack
May I ask why some here worry about making a cylinder with foam, and then packing your stuff inside it? I have a MLD Ark, and it works just fine with my sleeping pad folded up as a back panel (only...

In GEAR » Frameless packs and rolled foam
July 15, 5:52pm

Clearview pad + Thinlight temp rating
John, Last year I used this combination on a trip in the WA Cascades, and on a couple of nights that reached the low 30s I was feeling rather cold. I was in a Contrail tent, using a WM Caribou b...

In GEAR » Clearview + Thinlight temp rating
June 02, 7:26pm

Flat Pack Triangle Woodburner Stove
Bill, I've followed your directions for creating a paper mockup (it was pretty easy, thanks), and I have a question for you. In the version you made for your red pot, I see the pot edge snug...

In Make Your Own Gear » Flat Pack Woodburner 1 piece
May 07, 2:13pm

Flat Pack Woodburner
Bill, My compliments on the elegant simplicity (and versatility) of your triangle design. Do you have a pattern that you're willing to share with those of us who lack your creative skills?

In Make Your Own Gear » Flat Pack Woodburner 1 piece
April 24, 12:23pm

Sprint Aquatics
Those wierd little disposable flipflops are what I used (cut down) as the second layer of foam in my pairs of Sprint Aquatic mesh shoes! If you have some laying around, give it a try. Good to h...

In GEAR » Fording Footwear
April 22, 5:40pm

Sprint Aquatics
Chris, FYI, the mesh shoes from Sprint Aquatics run small. I'm a 10.5-11 shoe size, and my foot maxes out their large size (supposedly good to size 13, but I doubt it). Also, the soles are t...

In GEAR » Fording Footwear
April 22, 4:44pm

Don't forget why we backpack
As with any recreational activity, I think a person can spend as much as they want to. In the backpacking world there seems to be no shortage of $500 tents and bags, expensive electronic gizmos, an...

In GEAR » Gear in "Tough Times"
April 17, 4:05pm

NeoAir Pad photo
Denis, Is the fabric the same at top and bottom? Can the lime green side go on the bottom if I get tired of squinting at the glow?

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
April 04, 8:17pm

Frameless pack
Jessie- I picked up an MLD Ark earlier this year as my last major stage of gear reduction (dropping about 20 lbs overall in the process). The Ark is my first frameless pack too, replacing a Gran...

In GEAR » What frameless backpack to buy??
April 03, 10:53pm

NeoAir and 66-inch size
I happen to like the idea of a 66-inch length. I am 6-2 and have used a 72-inch POE, and a couple of 60-inch BA's. I use a Thermarest foam pillow and like to place it on top of my pack or any c...

In GEAR » neoair + backpack as sleeping pad
March 04, 5:24pm

All Reader Reviews by Dave Heiss

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Montbell Versalite
Andrea - I'm looking forward to your opinions on the Versalite 50. I've still got that pack on my short list, and hope you can provide some input on its comfort and functionality. My only conc...

In Backpacks - External Frame
August 13, 5:37pm

02 Rainwear Rain Suit
I also have an O2 Rainwear suit. I picked up a pair a few years ago and have been really happy with the performance, but I still wince at the screaming yellow color every time I put them on. It is def...

In Clothing - Raingear
March 26, 11:34am