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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: I work in the service industry...
"but his length of owning them does not indicate anything about how much they were used." And that is why REI changed their "Satisfaction Guarentee" policy to one year, not f...

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 07, 5:13am

Re: Sharing the "Wealth"
Having gone as an assistant crew leader in my youth, and as an advisor twice, I can assure you (as was mentioned several times) that the "best" thing is to empower the boys to figure it o...

In Philmont » Speading out the crew gear
May 04, 5:40am

Re: Talk to me about TT Rainshadow 2 and Cloudburst 3
Had the RS2 for a couple of years now. Been great with myself and two of my kids for weekend excursions. It's also light enough as a two adult shelter for extended trips. I used it at Philm...

In GEAR » Talk to me about TT Rainshadow 2 and Cloudburst 3
May 02, 4:04pm

Re: Re: Larger Volume Pack Recommendations/Advice
I took the 60L Arc Blast to Philmont last summer. I carried up into low 40's without any issues whatsoever. If it's the right volume for you, I highly recommend it (assuming it fits you ...

In GEAR » Larger Volume Pack Recommendations/Advice
April 30, 8:06pm

Re: Hardshells, too many choices
I got a Zeta Lt Hybrid just last year as an exchange for a much older jacket that was delaminating at the seams. I liked it because in particular because: It was "light enough" Had...

In GEAR » Hardshells, too many choices
April 30, 12:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Lens color and is photochromic a benefit?
That's right. I've had some Revo polarized photochomic glasses for years. Very good, especially for driving. But imho, too fragile to use in the backcountry so I keep them in the car. He...

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 29, 8:55am

Re: New advice on a good car camping stove for one
"(My grandmother passed away five years ago today. I think she would approve.)" And I very much thank & "bless" you for honoring the memory of your grandmother on this d...

In GEAR » New advice on a good car camping stove for one
April 28, 12:36pm

Re: Sleeping bag liner - help!
I use a Sea to Summit liner. Got it w/ a REI dividend a few years ago. No complaints, but I don't normally use it in the traditional sense. I tend to use it to go over my quilt and sleeping ...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag liner - help!
April 27, 6:08pm

Re: New advice on a good car camping stove for one
I'd recommend a stove which uses commonly available fuel in the area you are traveling in (that might be sold at campgrounds), is easy to light, and has a low profile. Wind protection is always...

In GEAR » New advice on a good car camping stove for one
April 27, 2:50pm

Re: Polarized sunglasses recommendation
Having used Vaurnet, Oakley, Julbo, Revo, and Maui Jim in my past life... I'm rather content with my Native Eyewear sunglasses nowadays for most outdoor activities I do. The lenses are &quo...

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 27, 9:43am

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