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Tjaard Breeuwer (Tjaard) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Minnesota, USA
About Me I like to get out and camp, but I don't like a heavy pack on my back. I love hiking, mtb-packing, xc skiing and ice skate touring.

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No, the viewfinder that is available for the NEX-5N is an electronic one, supposedly similar to the built in one on the Nex-7. Hence the $350 price tag, but it is reviewed very well. It does not wo...

In GEAR » Once more into the breach, which camera system?
March 11, 1:55pm

Nex 5N
Thanks for the info and weights Mark. The new Nex5N does come with the flash, and it can take the optional OLED viewfinder, pricy at $350, but still less than the NEX 7 and it gives you the option...

In GEAR » Once more into the breach, which camera system?
March 11, 8:46am

The background for this quest is that I got a entry level level DSLR and superzoom two years ago. On vacation and most of the time, I don't use it as an SLR at all. I don't change lenses an...

In GEAR » Once more into the breach, which camera system?
March 10, 7:11pm

Once more into the breach, which camera system?
I know this has been and will be asked many times. I want to keep it a bit more focused than many of the discussions simply pointing out about weight vs quality/options. I know which options and...

In GEAR » Once more into the breach, which camera system?
March 10, 1:09pm

Cioch direct and Beyond Clothing also do custom WPB
Cioch Direct makes Nikwax Analogy (Paramo) waterproof clothing in custom sizing and Beyond Clothing makes Goretex ones. I have several Beyond softshell pieces(1 is the red jacket I'm wearing...

In GEAR » NWT3K custom WPB Jackets
March 10, 12:06pm

how about using the Cocoon hood on your feet?
Ryan, you mentioned having cold feet at night and wishing for your booties. I noticed in the list and the movie that you had a hooded base and parka yet you wore a separate Cocoon balaclava. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Nine Months 'til Summer
March 09, 9:38pm

Get some Paramo! Neo air should be ok for insulation but scary for reliability
Hi, Cool, windy and wet. That sounds like a straight forward case for Paramo. One Paramo jacket can replace both the rainshell and light insulating layer. It is much more breathable than anything ...

In Gear Lists » Iceland Trip List
March 09, 9:01am

How were your legs?
Were your legs warm enough? I usually think that during hiking my legs don't need much insulation, even in fairly cold weather, but once I stop moving I need every inch of loft I can get, ...

In Gear Lists » Winter 5* Check Over
March 09, 8:27am

RE Paramo
Hey Joe, If you find you don't like Paramo fit,try Cioch Direct, they use Paramo fabric to make their garments, and do custom sizing too. You could also try Furtech, which works similar(h...

In Editor's Roundtable » Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review
March 07, 10:20am

Fit description
Will writes: "The first thing you should know about the Slipstream is that it runs small. My sample is a size Large and it fits like a Medium, which I found to be okay for a windshirt since I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review
March 07, 10:05am

All Reader Reviews by Tjaard Breeuwer

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Goosefeet gear Custom down parka
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In Clothing - Insulating - Down
April 14, 10:24am

Enlightened Equipment Revelation X
Quality: The sewing is very neatly done, I have not looked super close at the fabric but from a casual glance I don't see any blemishes. Nice soft hand. Fit: I have a 6'6&qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 17, 12:30pm

Golite Hex 3
I was surprised to see we fit comfortably with our family of 4, while using the nest. By hanging it from a line between two trees, we have room for a double bag in the center and no pole to be knocke...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 06, 9:33pm

L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Jacket
I returned the L tall I had ordered, as the sleeves were too short. I ended up with a Montbell in XL which had longer sleeves and was no more baggy than the L tall LL Bean.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
March 08, 9:26pm

Montbell Down inner pants
As mentioned these are a nice and light pair of warm pants. Sorry for the exclamation marks but I have never found stock pants like this! The great news with these is that they fit very slim for...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
March 02, 11:36am

mont-bell Thermawrap Parka & Pants
I got the womens size S for my daughter, who wears size 6(yr old) kids clothes normally. The lightest hooded kids parka I could find was the Marmot Amadablam. This is lighter, longer in the waist ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 20, 9:08pm

02 Rainwear Rain Suit
The design is poor, with a crummy hood that doesn't cover my chin and no bill, short sleeves and body, wide opening at the waist and no articulation anywhere. Wimpy rainflap over a very porous zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 16, 8:48pm

Cioch Direct /Paramo custom
I have a Cioch Direct Glamaigh and can only echo the previous comments: It is as breathable as an uncoated windshell,but the liner makes it as warm as a windshell with light fleece underneath. So ...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 15, 9:04am