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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Re: Re: polycro ridgelines
> I'd be curious if anyone had problems due to NOT using a ridge line? Not yet, but I have always reinforced any ridgelines with tape as a precaution as I expect it would stretch some ove...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 20, 1:58pm

Re: Preshrink?
No need to preshrink. It needs much hotter temp than sunlight to shrink.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 18, 3:45pm

Impressive K9
This local story reminded me of your testing. I wonder if it's really smell they use for phones or (ultrasonic) sound? To smell it while inside a ziploc under water is quite a feat.

In Editor's Roundtable » How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
May 17, 8:39pm

Re: Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
I'm borrowing a BV500 from another member and it will fit horizontally in the 2012 Jam 70L. Don't know how well it carries yet. As for how the Jam carries a load in general, there are sever...

In GEAR » Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
May 15, 8:02pm

Re: boat shrink wrap
Interesting thought. Did a quick search and I'd say it wouldn't be practical. "This film is a heavy duty shrink polyethylene available stock in BLUE, WHITE, or CLEAR in 6 MIL and 7 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 15, 7:55pm

Re: ZPacks Poncho/Groundsheet
I noted that balls and sunshine are using them on the cdt so you might email him.

In GEAR » ZPacks Poncho/Groundsheet
May 11, 8:20pm

Re: Update: we visited Sierra Designs to see how they test DriDown
I'm surprised more people here haven't commented - we love this type of stuff. I just came across these 4 newer videos. Very interesting and kudos to SD for sharing with you to share with u...

In GEAR » 3 new test videos: Sierra Designs DriDown vs. untreated down
May 09, 6:46am

Re: New Episodes of UL A-Z
It would be one thing if Hendrik had fallen off the face of the earth like Kooka Bay essentially did, but he continues to update his blog and go on trips so he certainly has the time to make videos...

In Philosophy & Technique » New Episodes of UL A-Z
April 22, 7:30am

Re: True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
A caution perhaps if you don't use the packets often. I've got some samples from a few years ago that crystalized (?) within that fancy packaging rendering them a major pain to use. There i...

In Editor's Roundtable » True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
April 17, 6:19am

Re: List your "quick drying" trail runners that you also cross streams in.
Inov-8 Roclite 315. I wouldn't call them quick-drying. They drain fine but have open cell foam that holds water also just like pretty much anything else except some truly minimalist shoes. I fi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » List your "quick drying" trail runners that you also cross streams in.
April 15, 12:04pm

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