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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: Re: Re: Re: Coverage range
"I am often very hot on it. Like, wake-up-sweating hot." The mattresses "R" value probably contributes very little to this experience in relation to the air temp, relative hu...

In GEAR » Why the obsession over sleeping bag/quilt warmth but not sleeping pad warmth?
May 20, 10:33pm

Re: Re: Re: News of Jeff Lowe
Oh yes you are correct. I often get "the brothers" confused.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » News of Jeff Lowe
May 20, 9:31am

Re: News of Jeff Lowe
Thanks so much for sharing that. As the "grandfather" of internal frame backpacks (so to speak), I certainly believe I owe him a debt of gratitude. As sad as it seems, I'm glad...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » News of Jeff Lowe
May 19, 10:51am

Re: Why the obsession over sleeping bag/quilt warmth but not sleeping pad warmth?
" but the attention to detail beyond that seems somewhat diminished (e.g. comparing a pad with, say, R-value=3.1 vs. one with R-value=3.9). Why is that? Presumably, these differences are si...

In GEAR » Why the obsession over sleeping bag/quilt warmth but not sleeping pad warmth?
May 19, 5:40am

Multi use umbrella
I've always though that if the umbrella were fully integrated into a shelter system, it would become all that more useful. And why the shape? I understand "why" umbrellas open up ...

In GEAR » What do the people WANT!?
May 19, 5:18am

Re: Equilibrium vs. Non-equilibrium
Thanks Marko, That makes complete sense to me, and helps me better understand why "parts" of a tent behave differently than other parts. Like our buildings: all four walls of a com...

In GEAR » Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
May 18, 9:08am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation
Come to think of it.... One could sew in "Packtowel" material for the ultimate in breathability and condensation management. ;>D Of course it would just LOVE to absorb all that r...

In GEAR » Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
May 18, 8:55am

Re: Re: Re: Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation
"There are basically two ways to deal with condensation: 1. Heat the air inside the tent so that it is always warmer than the fabric. 2. Vent the tent so that the moisture level inside th...

In GEAR » Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
May 18, 7:56am

Re: Dew Point
Hi Danny, First off, just know you are not alone, friend. I believe many of us don't quite "get it" when it comes to dew point, and the whole vapor permeable "breathable"...

In GEAR » Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
May 17, 8:45am

Re: Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
Given what you are planning on doing, I believe are doing the "right thing" and it will likely help keep some of the condensation off the 12" side inner walls. Of course it ultimatel...

In GEAR » Are breathable fabrics less prone to condensation.
May 16, 2:02pm

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