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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: Compressing down filled gear too much??
I wouldn't worry about it too much, down's pretty resilient stuff. I prefer using a lightweight nylon dry bag to a compression sack. Why? Because I can get the sleeping bag compressed to th...

In GEAR » Compressing down filled gear too much??
June 24, 10:30am

Re: tent stakes
8" Easton. I've never bent or broken one, never had a head come off, & they go into virtually all soil well. Oh, & they don't pull out. I didn't check the link above, bu...

In GEAR » tent stakes
June 24, 10:11am

Re: Cotton shirt in summer
In my experience, a 150-ish weight wool is cooler than a cotton t-shirt. Quite noticeably so, in fact. I've hiked plenty in cotton t-shirts back in the day, but no longer. If nothing else, I do...

In GEAR » Cotton shirt in summer
June 24, 9:35am

Re: MSR Windpro
Switching from the Windpro would save much more than 5 ounces. The packaged weight of the Windpro, ie with windscreen, heat reflector, etc is 10.5 oz; you'd also have to consider the weight of ...

In GEAR » 2 Person Kitchen
June 22, 2:36pm

Re: Hot Summer Sleep System
One thing I always ask people: what do you sleep under in your house? The thing is, a lot of people sleep under a down comforter in a 65* house... and expect to go out on a trip and sleep under som...

In GEAR » Hot Summer Sleep System
June 22, 12:55pm

Re: Boiling 8 oz. 2X vs. 16 oz. 1X
It seems like I get better efficiency boiling one batch of water (to a point). I don't have numbers in front of me, or in my head right now for that matter, but it seems like I save a bit boili...

In Philosophy & Technique » Boiling 8 oz. 2X vs. 16 oz. 1X
June 22, 11:32am

Re: WM Sleeping Bag - Which One?"
Like Bob said, good to try them on first. We all have different tolerances; my buddy has a skinnier build than me and prefers a wider cut. I'm a side sleeper, tosser and turner, and love my Sum...

In GEAR » WM Sleeping Bag - Which One?
June 22, 11:06am

Re: Thermometers Driving Me Insane!!
I gotta say it: Just don't carry one! I used to take one along just for the grins of it, then I realized that knowing the temperature doesn't affect my trail life in any way. If I'm ...

In GEAR » Thermometers Driving Me Insane!!
June 22, 10:47am

Re: 2 Person Kitchen
Evernew 1.3L UL Ti pot x 1, Snowpeak Ti Bowl x 1, MSR Titan mug x 2, any old random spoon... lexan is tough, cheap, light. I now use a wooden spoon that weighs the same as a ti one. Ti Tri would...

In GEAR » 2 Person Kitchen
June 22, 10:06am

Re: WM Sleeping Bag - Which One?
I think that making the decision by the 5* temp rating difference isn't the best process to take. Look at the reasons WM rates them differently... The HighLite has a 1/2 length zip, which I...

In GEAR » WM Sleeping Bag - Which One?
June 22, 9:59am

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