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Matt Dirksen (NamelessWay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mid Atlantic
About Me Used to be very active in the outdoors prior to the kids. Worked at REI and HTO on and off from mid 80's till the birth of my first child in 2000. Now 3(kids later)we are trying as a family to get out whenever we can. Given I am carrying most of the family gear, I see huge value in packing it as light as possible. We are so much looking forward to the longer trips once again again.
CityGreenbelt
StateMaryland
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Re: drawstring backpack for overnight trip
"With hipbelt, the weight on the string could be minimum and the load capacity will be definitely much higher" Probably not. I honestly doubt you'd get any support from a hip be...

In GEAR » drawstring backpack for overnight trip
August 05, 3:36pm

Re: Re: Superfeet Green insoles?
While I've enjoyed using SuperFeet Greens for a very long time, (and was never unhappy with them), I started developing metatarsalgia in the ball of my foot specifically after a long hiking tri...

In GEAR » Superfeet Green insoles?
August 05, 2:14pm

Re: Running shorts and wind pants vs convertible pants - Philmont
I think they require "pants" if you go on the horseback rides. If it isn't on your itenerary, than hike as comfortable as you can. You can always bring both to base camp and make a de...

In Philmont » Running shorts and wind pants vs convertible pants - Philmont
July 30, 9:32pm

Re: Re: Re: Brace
I used active ankles quite regularly for both volleyball and 10-50 mile trips for several years. Initially, I used them inside of my full grain leather hiking boots, but then switched to using t...

In GEAR » High Top Running Shoe?
July 30, 5:14am

Re: Thanks so far!
"Has anyone used the Beta LT Hybrid? Looks like it uses PacLite instead of Pro and has pit zips, but adds 3 ounces." No, but I have the Zeta LT Hybrid. Same weight, same features, but ...

In GEAR » High End Fastpacking Jacket for Bad Weather
July 29, 4:31pm

Re: Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
"Personally I don't see all that much use for a freestanding design in a high wind area, given that, apart from at least the corner stakes, you need to add guylines as well." Sure ...

In GEAR » Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
July 28, 11:26pm

Re: Brace
If you want to make sure you don't roll your ankle on the trip, use one of these: http://tinyurl.com/ActiveAnkle Since a volleyball injury, I've inserted them into shoes & boots f...

In GEAR » High Top Running Shoe?
July 28, 11:06pm

Re: Observations of my 2YO daughter with her backpack
"she's tall for her age, but compared to a small pack, she's tiny" Yup. My girls used a dinky little zip-off daypack for a while, until they graduated up to the real thing (as ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Observations of my 2YO daughter with her backpack
July 26, 4:01pm

Re: Ankle support with high boots
I'm not presuming, but If he's got a 35- 50lb pack, persuading him to change his footwear should be the LAST thing for you to attempt to do, science or otherwise. Nothing like rolling on...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ankle support with high boots
July 26, 12:59pm

Re: Re: Arcteryx Squamish Update
simple: more windproof shell + more marketing spin = lower actual cfm + customer influence due to extra marketing = a net change of zero

In GEAR » Arcteryx Squamish Update
July 23, 7:11am

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