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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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Open Country 7.5oz
Jeremy, looks the same, but either their specs are wrong or it's a slightly different model. I have two; they both weigh 7.5 oz, just checked a third & it also weighs 7.5 oz. The bail alone...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 17, 12:59pm

Re: Nunatak Alpinist (bag not quilt) vs. Western Mountaineering Alpinlite
The WM Ultralite would be more comparable to the Alpinist... 59" girth for Ultra, 61" for Alpinist, 64" for Alpinlite. Also, 14 oz down Ultra, 11.5 oz down Alpinist, 18 oz down Alpin...

In GEAR » Nunatak Alpinist (bag not quilt) vs. Western Mountaineering Alpinlite
December 17, 10:23am

Re: weights
I stick w/2L pots for melting snow. Sure, I've done it in smaller pots, & they worked fine, but it's more convenient & IME more efficient to use the larger pot. I like to have more ...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 17, 9:57am

Re: frameless pack for 14 inch torso
re: Golite sizing, the women's Jams sizes were renamed this season... the current medium corresponds to the former small, and the current large corresponds to the former medium. The current med...

In GEAR » frameless pack for 14 inch torso
December 14, 10:10am

Re: Exped Chair Kit
I dunno... haven't tried it! To be honest, didn't realize they made one. I would assume that if any damage occurred to your pad using their chair kit (& not your trekker kit) that Exped...

In GEAR » Thermarest Trekker Chair work with Exped Downmat 9 Pump?
December 09, 5:29pm

Re: Long or Regular Sleeping Bag?
Go long...

In GEAR » Long or Regular Sleeping Bag?
December 09, 5:24pm

Re: Thermarest Trekker Chair work with Exped Downmat 9 Pump?
Warren, I managed to squeeze a Downmat into a chair kit, but even with minimal inflation I popped something on the pad. It wouldn't stay inflated any more. It could've just been a fluke, bu...

In GEAR » Thermarest Trekker Chair work with Exped Downmat 9 Pump?
December 09, 12:08pm

Re: Down Sides of Cuben Tarps?
Cuben can be pretty bomber. The following was on our OR coverage of Cilo Gear: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/orsm2010_day_3_treasure_hunt.html The cuben (NWD/Non-Wo...

In GEAR » Down Sides of Cuben Tarps?
December 09, 11:53am

Re: MSR Hubba HP Real Weight???
The packaged weight is generally the other stuff you mentioned... guylines, stakes, stuff sacks, etc. There's no box or packing materials for tents such as the Hubba. I usually find that add...

In GEAR » MSR Hubba HP Real Weight???
December 06, 5:54pm

Re: MSR Hubba HP Real World Weight???
MSR lists the packaged weight at exactly 3 pounds. I haven't weighed one to verify.

In GEAR » MSR Hubba HP Real Weight???
December 06, 5:00pm

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