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Dave Heiss (DaveHeiss) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest
About Me Backpacker since 1973, started going lighter in 2003
CityCamano Island

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GPS for occasional users
Earlier this month I confidently turned onto a faint trail that I was SURE had to be the loop connector trail I was looking for. There was no signage (other junctions had been lacking signage too),...

In GEAR » GPS for occasional users
August 20, 3:59pm

Rubber tip for Goat Poles
Sara, The REI-brand rubber tips (REI Trek Pole Walk Tips) work great on my TI Goat poles. They are smaller and much lighter than the Leki-brand rubber tips, and so do not affect the weight or sw...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rubber Tips for Trekking Poles
August 03, 3:33pm

An SPF rating for those shirts?
I looked at a couple of sites that carry these 3.2 oz nylon shirts and none mention if the shirt provides any UV protection. Has anyone here drilled a little deeper to find more specifications on t...

In GEAR » 3.2 oz. $7 shirt
July 20, 11:31pm

Rolled foam in a frameless pack
May I ask why some here worry about making a cylinder with foam, and then packing your stuff inside it? I have a MLD Ark, and it works just fine with my sleeping pad folded up as a back panel (only...

In GEAR » Frameless packs and rolled foam
July 15, 5:52pm

Clearview pad + Thinlight temp rating
John, Last year I used this combination on a trip in the WA Cascades, and on a couple of nights that reached the low 30s I was feeling rather cold. I was in a Contrail tent, using a WM Caribou b...

In GEAR » Clearview + Thinlight temp rating
June 02, 7:26pm

Flat Pack Triangle Woodburner Stove
Bill, I've followed your directions for creating a paper mockup (it was pretty easy, thanks), and I have a question for you. In the version you made for your red pot, I see the pot edge snug...

In Make Your Own Gear » Flat Pack Woodburner 1 piece
May 07, 2:13pm

Flat Pack Woodburner
Bill, My compliments on the elegant simplicity (and versatility) of your triangle design. Do you have a pattern that you're willing to share with those of us who lack your creative skills?

In Make Your Own Gear » Flat Pack Woodburner 1 piece
April 24, 12:23pm

Sprint Aquatics
Those wierd little disposable flipflops are what I used (cut down) as the second layer of foam in my pairs of Sprint Aquatic mesh shoes! If you have some laying around, give it a try. Good to h...

In GEAR » Fording Footwear
April 22, 5:40pm

Sprint Aquatics
Chris, FYI, the mesh shoes from Sprint Aquatics run small. I'm a 10.5-11 shoe size, and my foot maxes out their large size (supposedly good to size 13, but I doubt it). Also, the soles are t...

In GEAR » Fording Footwear
April 22, 4:44pm

Don't forget why we backpack
As with any recreational activity, I think a person can spend as much as they want to. In the backpacking world there seems to be no shortage of $500 tents and bags, expensive electronic gizmos, an...

In GEAR » Gear in "Tough Times"
April 17, 4:05pm

All Reader Reviews by Dave Heiss

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Montbell Versalite
Andrea - I'm looking forward to your opinions on the Versalite 50. I've still got that pack on my short list, and hope you can provide some input on its comfort and functionality. My only conc...

In Backpacks - External Frame
August 13, 5:37pm

02 Rainwear Rain Suit
I also have an O2 Rainwear suit. I picked up a pair a few years ago and have been really happy with the performance, but I still wince at the screaming yellow color every time I put them on. It is def...

In Clothing - Raingear
March 26, 11:34am