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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: reflective coating in sleeping bags
Lynn, I think Colin Krusor posted something awhile back about aluminizing cuben. Lotsa $$$ though. Cubic Tech does produce an aluminized cuben, but the sample I have is much heavier than the .33......

In GEAR » reflective coating in sleeping bags
May 25, 6:40pm

Re: reflective coating in sleeping bags
Since the OP specified "an emergency blanket," my suggestions did include VBL comments. I don't recall exact statistics off the top of my head; my recollection from previous threa...

In GEAR » reflective coating in sleeping bags
May 25, 4:56pm

Re: reflective coating in sleeping bags
Yes, you lose a significant amount of heat via radiation. A full radiant barrier wouldn't be breathable. Some companies have been playing around w/partial radiant stuff in clothes (shells f...

In GEAR » reflective coating in sleeping bags
May 25, 2:15pm

Re: Value of substantial suspension
Although you can definitely remove a fair bit of weight from a traditional packbag, I've found that a whole lot of weight comes from the beefier suspension. I have an older Osprey Crescent f...

In GEAR » Value of substantial suspension
May 25, 9:43am

Re: which stake do you carry?
Easton tubular aluminum. You might've heard me say it in other threads, but I haven't bent or broken one in 15 years. Lots of hard, rocky soil, too. I prefer the 8" ones, because their...

In GEAR » which stake do you carry?
May 21, 11:10am

Re: Tent Peg Hammer?
I exclusively use Easton tubular tent pegs, pretty much always the 8". In something like 15 years of bashing on them with rocks and logs (found objects harder than my hand) I've never bent...

In GEAR » Tent Peg Hammer?
May 20, 5:18pm

Re: Ultralight Sleeping Bag Compression Stuff Sack
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Bag. 8L should do the trick. Roll once, leave the roll loose so air can escape, kneel on the bag. Your body weight will get it as small as any compression bag. Roll a fe...

In GEAR » Ultralight Sleeping Bag Compression Stuff Sack
May 20, 5:15pm

Re: pot lifters
a piece of stiff-ish wire as a bail

In GEAR » pot lifters
May 18, 3:23pm

Re: Point6 Merino?
The socks are the best I've worn. I own 'em from everybody, but the fit and comfort from Point 6 is really top notch. The socks haven't been out long enough to determine real-world life...

In GEAR » Point6 Merino?
May 18, 10:56am

Re: Pack for backpacking AND carry on for plane
Depends on your baseweight and food weight. But a Jam works quite nicely. Being frameless, also very "scrunchable" into overhead compartments and such.

In GEAR » Pack for backpacking AND carry on for plane
May 18, 10:51am

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