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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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All Forum Posts by Tjaard Breeuwer

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Stake bag = rock sack
The Rock sack from the bear bag system can double as a stake sack. The bearbag system had storage for food. I stick the map and sunglasses in my pants pocket or backpack pocket

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day
October 13, 10:21am

Could you add fly weight?
Could you add the fly weight? Currently some shelters weights include a alloy pole, some a carbon pole and some no pole at all. Since you can buy separate poles or leave behind the supplied one it ...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Family/Group Backpacking Tents
October 13, 9:45am

More jacket thoughts
I was just looking online and it seems like the Marmot Ama Dablam girls is the best kids down jacket: Has a hood, cost the same as the Pata sweater, uses the highest fill power down and the lighte...

In GEAR » Need advice on sleep system for a family in the Peruvian Andes
October 09, 9:34pm

Better than all else if the stakes hold
I was at a tent show once. Hundreds of tents set-up including many expedition tents. Most were not guyed out with extra lines. 4 go-lite Hex tents (6 sided pyramids) all survived the stormy night ...

In GEAR » Large pyramid tent in wind
October 03, 9:41pm

Maybe not that much later...
You might not have to wait that long. There was a feature article a few months ago about a couple that hiked a long trail in the Pyrenees with their approx. 6 month old. It might actually be...

In Post-Trip Reports » Father, Mother, 2 daughters, 5 frineds and 1 dog trip
October 03, 8:15pm

Kudo's to you for getting at the spur of the moment like that. Sounds like a great trip was had by all.

In Post-Trip Reports » Overnight with the kiddos in the White Mountain Wilderness.
October 03, 8:10am

Re: Father / Daughter Adventure
That looks great. I just logged on to post a trip report about my trip with my daughters. I'll have to try the gymnastics thing in the future too.

In Post-Trip Reports » Father / Daughter Adventure
September 30, 9:31pm

Father/ 2 daughters//mother/5 friends/1 dog adventure
We finally managed to get our girls (almost 4 and 11 mo) out for their first backpack. We roped a friend and her 3.5yr old and another couple with their 3 yr old, in to coming with us. We h...

In Post-Trip Reports » Father, Mother, 2 daughters, 5 frineds and 1 dog trip
September 30, 9:24pm

What use are these?
In general what do you use these for? As Will mentions, it was to thin to be a good insulating layer for sedentary activities in cold weather, like sitting around eating breakfast on belaying a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt Review
September 13, 9:58pm

Down vs synthetic
Here is another way of looking at it: If you have a synthetic bag that is twice the weight of a down bag, you could potentially carry a spare down bag, without a weight penalty. Then if you hav...

In GEAR » Kids Bag
September 13, 9:38am

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