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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.

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Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
"The question is What is the Relative Humidity in the bags? as well as the Temperature." I'm afraid this is only half the picture, and it's even more complicated than that. ...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 24, 3:08pm

Re: The Wedge (A new Tent)
I can't quite put my finger on it, but this tent structure design reminds me of another innovative design from the automobile industry...

In GEAR » The Wedge (A new Tent)
March 24, 1:13pm

Re: well...
"I'd rather have a breathable fabric that "might" mist a bit in driving rain, than a coated SW tent that absolutely will condense" I have certainly felt that way at times...

In GEAR » Single Wall Tarp-Tent W/ Epic/Nanoshield Type Fabric?
March 19, 10:12am

Re: single wall shelter fabric
It seems to be a catch 22. There have been single wall "vapor permeable" tents out since the 80's, yet the only ones that have held on for any length of time are the ones that act...

In GEAR » Single Wall Tarp-Tent W/ Epic/Nanoshield Type Fabric?
March 19, 5:08am

Re: another CCF pad
+1 to everything And E said. Well put! If anything, I'd suggest that your friend bring along the hammock kit, BUT if it felt just too cold, he could use it for gear storage and join you in t...

In GEAR » Help! Plans/Gear are tanking due to changing temps
March 18, 11:29am

Re: Seam sealing actually necessary?
If MLD recommends it, than it's probably best to do it, using whatever method(s) they suggest. It's all about comfort/risk-management. Before the days of taped seams, a handful of tent ...

In GEAR » Seam sealing actually necessary?
March 18, 8:45am

Re: hipbelt
Having fit hundreds of packs from scores of manufacturers over a long period of time, I can say that the primary "rule of thumb" toward pack fitting has always been to understand what the...

In Philosophy & Technique » Osprey PackSizer
March 17, 4:47pm

Lawson's EVA pads are back in stock
Just passing this onto the BPL community. Get em' while their in stock! "I just wanted to let you know that the InsuLite EVA foam pads are back by popular demand. I was able to figure...

In Gear Deals » Lawson's EVA pads are back in stock
March 14, 6:07pm

Is there a good place to get sock liners?
I need new pairs for myself, the wife and my kids, so I am hoping to find a place to get a multi-pack of decent sock liners. Any recommendations?

In Gear Deals » Is there a good place to get sock liners?
March 14, 12:18pm

Re: ASM With Cancer Needs Help
Thank you so much for sharing this, John. I will pass this onto my son's troop & other circles. Y.I.S. Matt Dirksen Troop 214 University Park, MD

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » ASM With Cancer Needs Help
March 13, 9:13am

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