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David Drake (DavidDrake) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale North Idaho
About Me I manage the Fabrication Labs for a university architecture program, and teach design courses.
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Merrell Ascend Gloves
I'm on my second pair of Trail Gloves--a great shoe for me, up to about 15 or 16 miles/day. At that point, a little more cushion would be welcome. Tried on a pair of Ascend Gloves last weeke...

In GEAR » Merrell Ascend Gloves
June 07, 7:30pm

Thanks everyone for the comments. Michael, wish I had some suggestions for you--I'm also on the Palouse and prob. should do a better job at finding hikes within the driving distance you're...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hells Canyon Wilderness: Quick Overnight
June 07, 3:24pm

Re: Quick Question about Darn Tough Socks
Hi Delmar, I also wear a 9.5-10 US shoe, and like the fit of the medium Darn Toughs, esp. those with little or light cushion. Although I like shoes with room in the toes (I've sized up to 10...

In GEAR » Quick Question about Darn Tough Socks
May 28, 1:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Arc Blast/Cuben Haters
You know, Dave, I've been on BPL a few years now, and have learned a thing or two from your comments. But more often than not, your attitude kills it. I've looked around on Backpacker.com, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
May 26, 5:57pm

Re: PCT 2015 Gear List = Heavier than I would like
I've never hiked with an umbrella, so can't speak to whether this is worth the weight or not. There do appear to be lighter umbrellas out there than the one you list. You could lose half...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2015 Gear List = Heavier than I would like
May 26, 5:02pm

Re: Re: roclite 295s
Thanks, Nathan. Unfortunately, it looks like they don't have my size. Unless the size 9 they list is a UK 9.

In GEAR » roclite 295s
May 25, 10:19am

Re: 295s
Got mine a couple days ago. I'm undecided. I don't have the issues MB had with fit--there's more room in the toe box than I was expecting, but I see that as a benefit. Heel fits well...

In GEAR » roclite 295s
May 24, 11:07am

Quest was the company I couldn't remember--Cascade Craftworks I hadn't heard of before. Looks like DIYGearSupply is still the only supplier with multiple color choices for VX-07, though.

In Make Your Own Gear » Other sources for Dim. Polyant fabrics?
May 23, 9:05am

Re: In the future: power your gadgets just by hiking!
The problem with these schemes is the energy isn't 'free'--even if the boots were somehow the same weight as conventional footwear, walking in them would require extra effort to generat...

In GEAR » In the future: power your gadgets just by hiking!
May 23, 9:03am

Other sources for Dim. Polyant fabrics?
Are Rockywoods and DIYGearSupply the only places carrying them right now? I'm starting a new pack project--looking for VX-07 in particular (I already have some VX-21).

In Make Your Own Gear » Other sources for Dim. Polyant fabrics?
May 22, 8:14pm

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