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Michael Reagan (MichaelReagan) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I started backpacking in the 1960's and still haven't had the sense to quit. I'm blessed with a wife who enjoys the wilderness as much as I do. Life is good.

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All Forum Posts by Michael Reagan

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How about the 25?
I have the Trangia 25 which, as the 27's big brother, is even larger and heavier. I would never take it backpacking, but for picnics or car camping trips with my wife, it's perfect! Ours ha...

In GEAR » Stove of the Week: The Trangia 27
November 21, 9:54am

Sul Pack
+1 on the GG Murmur. I think it's the ideal long weekend pack, offering only what you need and not a thing more. It's like the Smart car of backpacks... Michael

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Sul/xul pack
July 18, 8:16am

Favorite piece of gear
Just seeing the title of your post made my Western Mountaineering Highlite jump to mind. I thought it was cool that your WM bags are at the top of your list. Other beloved gear items for me incl...

In GEAR » Favorite piece of gear?
July 16, 4:44pm

Edible gear
The one piece of gear I own that is slowly being eaten away is my wallet. Michael

In Multiple Use Gear » Edible Gear!!! Does it really work?
July 16, 7:49am

Different fuels call for different stoves?
Although I haven't experimented with this idea, one might be able to use a wick-type stove with kerosene. A possible advantage to this would be that if the stove were placed in a small white pa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alternative fuels to alcohol in alcohol stoves
July 16, 7:45am

RE: Cheezy Poofs
I've met a few flamboyant poofs but never any cheezy ones. Mostly they dress better than I do. Michael

In Philosophy & Technique » Low Body Fat - The Tipping Point
July 12, 2:54pm

Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8"
For those who might be interested, the Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8" pad is back in stock after being sold out for awhile. This one can be trimmed to torso-length if desired for a very light an...

In Gear Deals » Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8"
July 11, 11:00am

Let there be light
Well, there are lots of experienced opinions here but very little consensus. I may as well add to the confusion :o) To the OP question, I'd recommend any good headlamp that has a strobe feat...

In GEAR » Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking
June 28, 5:02pm

Spellcheckers
Yep, I agree with Mary. I've caught a number of usage errors in things I've posted over the years (always after the fact, sigh). Spelling, grammar, and junk like that is important. Other...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 26, 8:27pm

Caldera rocks!
I don't have much to add to this discussion except to say that I love my Caldera GVP Fosters/Gram Cracker kit. I've used Esbit on and off for years with fair to middling results. But the co...

In Philosophy & Technique » Move to Esbit
June 26, 5:38pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Reagan

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Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I have used these little tablets on and off for a couple of decades with good results always. As has been stated, the two major downsides are that they make the water taste pretty awful and they have ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 05, 9:39am

Zpacks Cuben Fiber Suff Sack
I ordered two of these bags to try out and am very pleased with them. One has become my "sundries" bag and takes quite a bit of abuse as it is usually stuffed pretty full and is always being...

In Miscellaneous Products
June 19, 6:18pm

gossamer murmur
I think the previous two reviews were honest and fair, but if I had read them before owning the GG Murmur myself, I might have been put off buying it. My experience with the Murmur has been very po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 08, 11:33pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I have worn this shirt on several hikes that involved stretches of hot weather, full sun hiking interspersed with several deep-water river crossings and found it ideal for these conditions. The shirt ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 23, 8:38am

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
Yep, I like the dual-chamber ones too. I'm one of those folks that NEEDS a pillow to avoid neck pains and get a good night's sleep. I'm also a die-hard gram-weenie and hate to pack a 3- or...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 22, 3:29pm

End2End Trail Supply GramWeenie
Boy, am I glad I read Douglas' review! I recently bought the Gram Weenie to use with my Snow Peak 450 to make coffee or tea. The stove itself is a beauty and very tiny and light. The flame patt...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 22, 1:20pm

REI UL Flash
My wife and I both have the REI Flash 18 which is their smallest model. My wife uses hers as an everyday pack (she dislikes purses), and mine is my normal day-hike bag. We have found the quality to be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 08, 4:58pm

Tealight stove Tealight
I completely agree with the above review. It's amazing how something so simple and cheap (what do tealights cost, maybe a nickle each if you buy them in bulk?) can work so well. They are perfect f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 05, 12:38pm

trangia mini
I'm a fan of the Trangia 28 (the "Mini") despite a few minor drawbacks. First, the good. The stove is the proven Trangia double-walled alcohol burner that has essentially been the ben...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 03, 12:25pm

Botach Tactical Customer Service
My experience with this outfit has been very negative. I ordered a pack from them directly and never got a peep back in response. After a few weeks I began emailing them with all the information on my...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 14, 10:51am