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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: Neoair feel compared to Exped Downmat 7
Any air pad will be bouncy if over-inflated... including my Downmat. If you keep an air pad slightly "under" inflated it usually won't be bouncy. I like both pads quite a bit. Both...

In GEAR » Neoair feel compared to Exped Downmat 7
July 20, 9:17am

Re: Short Person GoLite Quest or GG Nimbus Meridian?
The Quest isn't adjustable, but it comes in two torso lengths. The Medium fits to a 17.5 inches, which will fit many with shorter torsos. Your height doesn't have much impact on your torso ...

In GEAR » Short Person GoLite Quest or GG Nimbus Meridian?
July 17, 9:01am

Re: UL Point and Shoot Camera Protection
I use a 3 or 5 liter Sea to Summit Big River dry bag, lined on the bottom & sides w/ensolite. The Big River has loops I clip mini biners to; it goes on & off handily as a tiny chest pack. B...

In GEAR » UL Point and Shoot Camera Protection
July 15, 6:04pm

Re: Had some gear issues - Aloksak, Caldera-H
Most roll-top dry bags are 100% waterproof. I've used & tested, for example, the Sea to Summit Ultrasil dry, Lightweight Nylon dry, & Big River dry... none of them have leaked at all. T...

In GEAR » Had some gear issues - Aloksak, Caldera-H
July 13, 8:54am

Re: Gender
Women's packs from most manufacturers do have different hipbelts, as mentioned. They do also usually have narrower-set shoulder straps, and in general the shoulder straps are contoured differen...

In GEAR » First Look: Osprey Hornet 46
July 06, 8:51am

Re: double rainbow
Dont, since you said you'd probably set up camp after 15 minutes of rain, it doesn't sound like you'd have to care about wearing the rain jacket all day for 30 days. It is certainly a L...

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 06, 8:39am

Re: Deuter ACT Lite vs Waay lighter pack question
First question: Did you wear any other weighted packs, or just the Deuter? For example, did you try the Exos on at the same time? If you tried on 4-5 weighted packs, compared them all, & decide...

In GEAR » Deuter ACT Lite vs Waay ligher pack question
July 01, 5:14pm

Re: Published vs Actual Gear Weights?
My WM bags: Antelope DL/WS: spec 2# 13oz, actual 2# 13oz MityLite: spec 1# 10oz, actual 1# 10oz SummerLite: spec 19oz, actual 19oz

In GEAR » Published vs Actual Gear Weights?
June 29, 11:02am

Re: RE: Replacing stolen UL 2p/3p tents
The Porch option only adds ~3oz, and gives some nice volume to the vestibule. Better rain protection in/out, etc. Only adds one pole, essentially no complexity. Go for it! You're still right ar...

In GEAR » Replacing stolen UL 2p/3p tents
June 29, 9:16am

Re: Re: Marmot Atom or WM Summerlite?
Dan, yeah, we're talking two different things... but we're comparing the two bags the OP asked about. Why would someone compare the two bags? Because their weight is within 2 ounces. Mor...

In GEAR » Marmot Atom or WM Summerlite?
June 26, 9:33am

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