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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: Weighs less to carry a canister stove long distances?
You mention using a caldera... I've found my calderas to use about half the alcohol of other alky stoves, ie only ~0.5 fl oz/15ml to boil a pint. For my purposes, I found that alcohol was light...

In GEAR » Weighs less to carry a canister stove long distances?
May 10, 11:13am

Re: Where do you splurge?
Sleeping pad. Every time I take one that's not as cushy or warm I regret the decision. I might add an air pillow into the mix since I don't have enough clothing, but I'm still trying...

In GEAR » Where do you splurge?
April 19, 10:03am

Re: Double Wall, 3-4 man tent
Hogback would be a good option. I do like the Fly Creek 3, great space:weight, but it might be a bit cramped with the two dogs. Roomy 2, or 2 & one dog... but if your man's looking for spac...

In GEAR » Double Wall, 3-4 man tent
April 19, 10:01am

Re: Moisture in Caribou MF
I can virtually guarantee that your pad isn't warm enough for you and conditions. I had the same problem w/a Neo & a Summerlite & a MYOG bag/quilt. The only changed variable was the ...

In GEAR » Moisture in Caribou MF
April 19, 9:23am

Re: 25" wide Neoair
Yup. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=23447&skip_to_post=189849#189849 59" & 14.25 oz. If you took it down t...

In GEAR » 25" wide Neoair
April 14, 12:51pm

Re: Helmet Hood
Although the hood is helmet compatible, as many hoods are, I've worn the Pullover with a helmet and the problems that I noted are not mitigated. The concerns I noted here are particularly uniqu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
April 13, 11:08am

Re: Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
Huh. Whaddya know, they decided not to go into full production! All is not lost, however. The jacket reviewed is, for all intents and purposes, a Rab Demand Pull-On. The cord going around the outsi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
April 12, 5:00pm

Re: Lightest Windshell Top/Bottoms?
though I'm not generally one to pitch North Face, their Verto is a full-zip hooded shell @ ~3oz. not sure about the accuracy of the scale I used, but weighed a medium at under 3 oz.

In GEAR » Lightest Windshell Top/Bottoms?
March 29, 10:49am

Re: Ankle Booties - Blister Protection | Anyone use these?
I haven't had experience with that exact product, but used to wear a variety of ankle supports & braces playing soccer. It always seemed like they were more prone to causing blisters than p...

In GEAR » Ankle Booties - Blister Protection | Anyone use these?
March 29, 10:19am

Re: How important is the weight of trekking poles?
It's a huge difference for me. I'd tried several styles of hiking poles in the past, but they were heavy & clunky enough that they just seemed to get in my way. It felt kinda like a poo...

In GEAR » How important is the weight of trekking poles?
March 29, 10:13am

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