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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: 60/40
I'm a WM dealer and asked them about the distribution years ago.

In GEAR » Summerlite down all on top with continuous baffle
June 30, 6:04pm

Re: Summerlite down all on top with continuous baffle
John, the bag is rating for freezing with 60% of the down on top, 40% on bottom.

In GEAR » Summerlite down all on top with continuous baffle
June 28, 3:41pm

Re: How to dry out wet socks in the backcountry?
Wet socks = Work socks Take off the wet ones at the end of the day & toss 'em somewhere, put on dry ones, go to sleep. In the morning, put on wet socks & shoes. Hike. Body heat will ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to dry out wet socks in the backcountry?
June 17, 9:59am

Re: Help Choosing b/w 2 Sleeping Bags
The Sea To Summit bag isn't worth carrying an extra half pound. The Marmot Plasma, while a nice bag, isn't worth the "extra" nearly $100 over a Western Mountaineering Ultralite (w...

In GEAR » Help Choosing b/w 2 Sleeping Bags
June 10, 2:03pm

Re: The over use of lighters
Hmmm... During the 24 years I've been backpacking I've never had any of the problems the OP describes. Idiot hooligans are those who leave trash wherever they go... rarely will you find tra...

In GEAR » The over use of lighters
June 09, 10:03am

Re: Formula
Well, not really a formula per se, but I just plan on 2C/500ml of water boiled per person per meal. So 6 people x 500ml= 3000ml or 3L. Nearly all the meals I've had call for 2 or more cups of w...

In GEAR » Group stoves
June 01, 1:17pm

Re: Modified Osprey Exos 46?
I hacked up an Exos 58 & shed 11 ounces by the time I was done. Got rid of everything unnecessary. Removed the pocket zippers and pocket divider/liner, so expanded the volume of the "ma...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modified Osprey Exos 46?
May 31, 1:44pm

Re: Group stoves
I've set up several groups with a Windpro & Open Country 4qt aluminum pot combo, should be able to cook for 6 w/the pot... think the pot is ~12oz, stove ~7oz + ~1oz for wind screen. Tha...

In GEAR » Group stoves
May 31, 1:27pm

Re: Downmat warmth?
The Apache is a really warm sleeping bag... I'd bet its warmth helped counter heat loss experienced w/the Prolite. I've used a downmat in summer, no problem... but I don't use a winter ...

In GEAR » Downmat warmth?
May 31, 12:56pm

Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight?
How about 80 lumens and 0.32oz/9g? Check the iTP A3 EOS upgrade at Going Gear.

In GEAR » The perfect ultralight flashlight?
May 31, 12:52pm

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