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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: Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
Hey, Will- The lid is 7.45 oz. The pack body itself is 40.85 oz. Just about exactly 3 pounds combined. If you're looking at stock weights, then, the 37 oz VT versus the 41 oz MV. So an extra q...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
June 26, 9:04am

Re: Most comfortable UL Pack?
Seems like many are missing the top end 30-35 pound thing. He's not talking the 20-25 comfort range most people find w/frameless packs! If my trips start out north of 30#s right now, it's b...

In GEAR » Most comfortable UL Pack?
June 26, 8:55am

Re: Marmot Atom or WM Summerlite?
SummerLite, absolutely worth the $56 dollar retail difference (Atom MSRP $259, SummerLite $315). It is fully baffled, not sewn through, and I have found that to make quite a difference starting in ...

In GEAR » Marmot Atom or WM Summerlite?
June 25, 4:03pm

Re: "Compressing down filled gear too much??"
Well, yes, of course, Evan... but the point was in the paragraph above... "same volume, but in a mold-able shape... ie, I can get the bag tiny, then shape it into a tiny brick or something.&qu...

In GEAR » Compressing down filled gear too much??
June 25, 9:58am

Re: Re: No big difference.
Douglas- you made me laugh out loud and scare innocent standers-by!

In GEAR » Cotton shirt in summer
June 25, 9:54am

Re: Re: Re: Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
kinda like Nemo? :) You wouldn't have to do the actual sewing; any seamstress/alteration place should be able to do the job. Generally people would say to go to a cobbler for pack alteration...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
June 25, 9:46am

Re: pack cover? pack liner? neither!
Yes, I've used that method exclusively for... decades now? Except for the "already in stuff sacks" part, because I get rid of the extra sacks. Depends on the bag I bring, but these...

In GEAR » pack cover? pack liner? neither!
June 25, 9:42am

Re: Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
Hey, Will- I have a regular Meridian Vapor here, but no scale. I can taco it up and weigh it on my scale tomorrow ;) Honestly, it wouldn't be a big deal at all to just sew a zipper into your...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Trail vs lidless Meridian Vapor
June 25, 9:29am

Re: Most comfortable UL Pack?
Comfort is entirely dependent on fit... what fits one person really, really well might not fit you for beans. And if it doesn't fit YOU well, it won't be comfortable at all... regardless of...

In GEAR » Most comfortable UL Pack?
June 25, 9:18am

Outdoor Retailer
Hey, all- Who's going to OR? Are any of you looking for a roommate out there? It'd be great to spend some time w/UL people!

In Chaff » Outdoor Retailer
June 24, 3:00pm

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