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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: Any hope for a fly that has become "tacky"
Pretty much think you're outta luck. However, if you're of an experimental & light-hearted ilk... I was recently wondering about the possibility of painting tent waterproofing right ...

In GEAR » Any hope for a fly that has become "tacky"
September 12, 3:36pm

Re: Pack fit.
I dunno, David. Opinions vary, of course. I'm not overly familiar w/McHale packs, frankly, but I seem to recall the reason he uses a "v" strap on the front of the belt is to encourage...

In GEAR » Pack fit: slowly slides down back
August 22, 10:41am

Re: No feeling in big toes
An assenting voice: Shoes were too small. They've been fine before because you were on more level trails, not jamming your feet on treacherous down-hills for chunks of the trail. I've ha...

In GEAR » No feeling in big toes
August 22, 10:08am

Re: Pack fit: slowly slides down back
The reason your pack keeps sliding down is that you're wearing the hip belt too low. The center of it should be on your iliac crest. Put your hands on your hips; roll them upwards, & you sh...

In GEAR » Pack fit: slowly slides down back
August 22, 10:01am

FF sizing
Ff sizing is pretty weird to me. I Normally buy clothing/ jackets in medium. The frontpoint I could easily wear an xl. I can fit in a large, but basically only room for a baselayer then... Not a ro...

In GEAR » Anyone own a Feather Friends Front Point Parka
August 19, 3:20pm

Not all knives are intended for all purposes. The Baladeo is not for batoning wood, making shelters, or any kind of "workhorse stuff." I own one, though, and have found it just about perf...

In GEAR » Baladeo 34 Gram (1.19 oz) Knife
August 19, 2:54pm

Re: backpack w/ removable panel?
Might want to try some Mirazyme

In GEAR » backpack w/ removable panel?
July 29, 1:28pm

Re: Persistent Cold Sleeper, Help!
35% of your insulation comes from the pad underneath (if you're a back sleeper). Change the pad, not to the IAC. Get a down mat, or combine a foam pad w/something like a Prolite Plus. You wo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Persistent Cold Sleeper, Help!
July 27, 12:34pm

Re: thoughts on good but cheaper sleeping pad
Your best bet is a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core. Pick up the 20 x 60 mummy for 18 ounces, R-value of 4, and 2.5 inches of comfort... for ~$75. Incidentally, retail on the standard 20 x 72 IAC is ~$...

In GEAR » thoughts on good but cheaper sleeping pad
July 20, 9:33am

Re: Mini-mini-mini medical instructions
The little AMK book is pretty decent, and pretty tiny. They're not too expensive; you could just buy one and cut out pages relevant for you. Maybe edge staple them and stick 'em in a baggie...

In GEAR » Mini-mini-mini medical instructions
July 20, 9:26am

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