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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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StateMaryland
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Re: Extreme winter sleeping bag system advice?
Paul, What sleeping bag (and groundpad) do you currently have? Is it possible to get a bag to double up with what you already have? There are many posts on BPL about double bagging in the win...

In GEAR » Extreme winter sleeping bag system advice?
March 27, 11:01am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
Yeah. The architecture profession has not caught up with the building science profession, that's for sure. A "Passivehaus" by any chance?! :) Moisture management is especially c...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 3:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
There's a lot of neat shell stuff out there, but in my opinion: choose permeable - whatever that looks like to you. It was proven back in the late 80's that the "waterproof breatha...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 1:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: condensation temp v.s. freezing temp
Sure does. But so does both the permeance and R-value of the down/synthetic insulation. (It's great that down has the high warmth to weight ratio, but the reason why down is typiccally cons...

In GEAR » Pushing the Dew point out of a down bag using a synthetic overquilt.
March 26, 11:00am

zip ties?
I am noticing a trend: zip ties? Is there some utility they offer that a small cut piece of rope and a good knot might not? I guess their weight? thanks much, Matt

In GEAR » Your Repair Kit Contents
March 25, 9:21am

Re: Re:
Kelly, I have a large/xl Bitterroot I might be able to let go. might be too big for you, though. Pretty comfy, though.

In Gear Swap » WTB Golite Bitterroot or Selkirk Jacket; sub 6oz bivy; GG LT4 poles
March 25, 8:03am

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

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