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Michael K (chinookhead) - BPL Premium Member

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About Me I'm from Michigan and now I live in Texas. I have been an avid hiker and fisherman (spin and fly fishing) for most of my life. I have been a "traditional" backpacker and I am slowly trying to lighten my load.
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weight in the pack.
Dave U., thanks for the feedback. I'll usually be carrying 30-50 pounds on the hike in and out. However, I frequently base camp for a week and will use the pack with around 15-20 pounds for pe...

In GEAR » VXO7 vs. VX21 for main pack bag? [Paradox pack]
April 13, 8:21am

VXO7 vs. VX21 for main pack bag? [Paradox pack]
I'm planning on ordering a Paradox Unaweep. However, I am not sure if I should order the pack bag with VX07 or VX21 XPAC. I have never used XPAC or seen it used in person as the main material...

In GEAR » VXO7 vs. VX21 for main pack bag? [Paradox pack]
April 13, 7:50am

OR doesn't feel very breathable to me.
I own an OR Helium II because I lost my e-vent jacket in the middle of a trip. Based on my experience with it, I would not ditch the windshirt. It is not too fun to hike hard in and I definitely ...

In GEAR » ZPacks WPB Cuben Fiber Jacket vs. OR Helium II vs. ?
April 10, 7:02pm

Few have actually used or seen in person.
David, that was helpful because so little people have seen these packs in person. It sounds like the Paradox belt is something special. Like you, I've never carried more than 35 pounds for mo...

In GEAR » Six Moon design Fusion vs. Paradox Unaweep for 40-50 pound loads?
April 04, 4:59pm

Six Moon design Fusion vs. Paradox Unaweep for 40-50 pound loads?
I need to make a decision on my next backpack for 1-1.5 week multi-sport adventures in the mountains (climbing, fishing, and camera gear). I really don't see a way to reduce much more weight w...

In GEAR » Six Moon design Fusion vs. Paradox Unaweep for 40-50 pound loads?
April 02, 5:16pm

Patagonia Merino 1?
Anyone else with experience using the patagonia Merino 1?

In GEAR » Patagonia Merino 1 Long Sleeve tee as good as Rab Meco 120?
April 01, 5:56pm

belt issue for me
I love the design of the pack bag and organization is great. I also think the hoop going directly on the side of the belt and spreading the weight is innovative. However, I think they were too we...

In GEAR » Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs
March 30, 5:58pm

sizes for golite quest
On all of the pack sizes on the Quests the torso lengths are the same and equally adjustable. The only difference are the hipbelt sizes.

In GEAR » Torso length and sizing for GoLite packs
March 30, 8:01am

Golite Quest 80L Medium
I'd sell you a red golite Quest 80 for 100 dollars. It is in good shape except for tears at the horns on the hip belt from weight (not abrasion). Golite told me that they will fix this and cov...

In Gear Swap » WTB GoLite Mens Quest pack
March 30, 7:27am

Patagonia Merino 1 Long Sleeve tee as good as Rab Meco 120?
Does anyone have any experience with both of these products? Just wondering if both of the products perform similarly because it seems like the Rab Meco is very expensive to buy especially in the ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Merino 1 Long Sleeve tee as good as Rab Meco 120?
March 29, 9:53pm

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