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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: Summerlite vs. Megalite
Yes, pretty much Not really. Pretty much the passive draft collar. Yes, pointless to get the ML given that you have the SL. I easily wear down clothing in my SL. It does depend...

In GEAR » Summerlite vs. Megalite
December 06, 1:11pm

re: Kelty bags
I've been testing a Kelty Cosmic Down 20 for an upcoming review. Short version, I've found it surprisingly warm in the mid 20s.

In GEAR » Kelty sleeping bags?
December 06, 12:55pm

Drying down
It sounds like the bag has been washed, then dried for a few hours... then at some point later, realizing the down was still clumped, the bag went back into the dryer a few hours. Perhaps in anothe...

In GEAR » Done with WM
December 06, 11:45am

Gift Packs
First thing I say to someone wanting to buy a pack as a gift is that whatever we select, it probably won't fit. You absolutely have to try a number of packs on to ensure the most comfortable fi...

In GEAR » Which of these packs will do better with heavier gear?
December 02, 6:01pm

Re: Which of these packs will do better with heavier gear?
The typical baseweight associated with a 3# bag & 4.5# tent is probably going to exceed the comfortable capacity of a UL pack... & there's probably not going to be nearly enough volume....

In GEAR » Which of these packs will do better with heavier gear?
December 02, 12:12pm

Re: WM flight vest/jacket
Depends. The Flight jacket is ridiculously warm for the weight; for comparison, it's a hair lighter than a Patagonia Down Sweater, but probably has more than double the loft. If you want someth...

In GEAR » WM flight vest/jacket
November 30, 9:45am

Re: western mountain VBL
They're the same VBL, just different colors. Both the gray and red have a bit of a grid.

In GEAR » western mountain VBL
November 30, 9:33am

Re: Bivy Condensation
If a bag is too warm, you'll sweat more. If you're sweating more, there will be more moisture in your sleep system... a bivy would be likely to get more condensation in that situation.

In GEAR » Bivy Condensation
November 26, 5:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Golite Shangri-La 2 Shelter: Keep it Simple Stupid
Just for your considerations: the new SL2 has a smaller nest, instead using the space it once occupied under the fly as a vestibule. The older SL2 had a ~18" (?) space from door to trekking po...

In GEAR » Golite Shangri-La 2 Shelter: Keep it Simple Stupid
November 22, 6:25pm

Re: Down Pillow
Just for thought, the WM pillow uses 3.5 ounces of down. My poofy down vest uses that much down... & weighs a little less than the pillow. So I just carry the vest; gives me insulation if I nee...

In Make Your Own Gear » Down Pillow
November 22, 3:54pm

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