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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: 4 person backpacking shelter
also the BD megalight/megabug. I think the Oware/BD type mid is superior to the GL 5... the floor plan on the 5 is bizarre. The standard mids make all floor space pretty usable. Lightest weight way...

In GEAR » 4 person backpacking shelter
September 28, 10:16am

Re: WInter Clothing System
It does definitely depend on individual metabolism, hydration, caloric intake, etc. Most people I've met SIGNFICANTLY overdress for cold weather while on the move, and underdress for inactiv...

In GEAR » WInter Clothing System
September 28, 10:11am

Re: neo + closed cell or insulated mat?
I wouldn't begin to consider the Neo/ccf for temps 0-20. Waaayyyy too cold. Figure a questionable R2.5 w/a thinlight R1 or so (ridge rest 2.6). I wouldn't want that much air under me in tem...

In GEAR » neo + closed cell or insulated mat?
September 28, 9:44am

Re: eVent Rain Pants & Rain Suits
I can vouch for the Integral Designs eVent pullover, which is basically a Rab Demand pull on. It's 10 ounces, all eVent, very functional. Good build quality & attention to detail. They make...

In GEAR » eVent Rain Pants & Rain Suits
September 28, 9:38am

Re: NeoAir Length
People have used shorty pads for years, ie 48" length... (of course, nearly everyone doing so is significantly taller than 48 inches). But the Neo is about comfort, I guess. Your head doesn...

In GEAR » NeoAir Length
September 28, 9:25am

Re: Re: Tumpline
I happen to do a fair amount of canoe tripping, portages up to around 4 miles, and have found that a decent hipbelt and basic frame can make a ton of difference in comfort. A decent contemporary po...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tumpline
September 24, 1:25pm

Re: winter condensation
Travis, I've been using an Exped Downmat 9 for winter, R8. Works great! Feet do sweat a ton regardless; I've found that it seems to be even worse when feet feel cold and I add more insul...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter camping=damp bag. Why?
September 24, 11:32am

Re: Tumpline
I've found them more of a painful hindrance than an aid. If you're just using it occasionally, your muscles won't be up to the task. It's a neat idea to contemplate, but frankly not...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tumpline
September 24, 9:25am

Re: UL way to create more foot warmth in bag?
vbl socks. light, cheap, keep the foot box dry, even make good sock covers for around camp/keeping your sleep socks dry. warm.

In GEAR » UL way to creat more foot warmth in bag?
September 24, 9:18am

Re: a long shot
Travis, yup. I've noticed that inadequate insulation underneath begets more sweat; although I might not feel particularly warm (or even a bit cool), if I think about it I can detect sweat up to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter camping=damp bag. Why?
September 23, 10:44am

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