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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: 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

Re: Drying things in your sleeping bag?
I spend all day keeping my sleeping bag dry; I don't put wet things inside it. In really cold weather, I don't see the sense in degrading the quality of insulation. Maybe boot liners &a...

In GEAR » Drying things in your sleeping bag?
November 22, 3:30pm

Re: How to tell which way the tent floor is sloped on a level site?
Cocoon also has some light, very packable, firm (if you want) inflatable pillows. Around 3 ounces. Several inches thick, probably takes up ~200ml of volume packed...

In Philosophy & Technique » How to tell which way the tent floor is sloped on a level site?
November 18, 6:26pm

Re: Best tent for rain
For regularly wet conditions I much prefer a double wall tent. The Big Agnes UL tents are a good bet. Don't forget Big Sky... I'll admit that it's nice to have a tarp in addition to the...

In GEAR » Best tent for rain
November 18, 5:40pm

Re: Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
From our Summer OR coverage: They're nice!

In GEAR » Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
November 18, 4:56pm

Re: New Gear List
The Benchmade 530 & models like it are popular with some walkers, & has a 3.25 inch blade; alternatively there's the Baladeo 34 at over 4 inches. What people seem to miss is that "...

In Gear Lists » New Gear List
November 16, 2:26pm

Re: R2 getting a lot thinner?
from Patagonia dealer info, new R2 vs old R2: New R2 is: 6% warmer 28% more breathable 14% more compressible New R2 vs. std. 200 wt fleece: New is: 18% lighter 30% more compressible 29...

In GEAR » R2 getting a lot thinner?
November 16, 2:07pm

Re: thanks, sounds like fit between true and one size down
Just to clarify, I normally wear a medium in everything, but found several Ibex items that fit better in a large... so your size or up one, I'd guess...

In GEAR » Fit of Ibex Indie Hoody for men and women?
November 16, 1:54pm

Re: How low will you go?
8-12 pounds for 3season. I could easily get lower, but would sacrifice things I'm not willing to cut out of my pack... like a thick/warm pad, a little fixed-blade knife, a ti coffee mug, a bugp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How low will you go?
November 16, 11:12am

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