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Philip Mack Furlow (PhilipMack) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Texas
About Me 38, married, 3 children. Backpack with buddies and kiddos, mainly summertime in the high country - Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Idaho. Also do some spring, fall and winter hikes in the Texas Hill Country, Piney Woods of East Texas and some trips planned for West Texas.
My PDF Gear ListBitterroot Divide 6 days - lighter but not as light as could be

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All Forum Posts by Philip Mack Furlow

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Seeing the Light.
I pack with a group of ten guys. There are about 14 in our group but every year it seems like only ten go. One guy was light but not UL. This year after much discussion about 7 will go light - b...

In Philosophy & Technique » Seeing the Light.
July 10, 10:37am

Re: Re: kids
Thanks for your insight John. We are trying to get more families and kiddos to go with us on our little treks. I look forward to the day when we are doing 50 milers over two weeks in the high coun...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why So Few of Us Hike???
July 10, 10:25am

"brains in your head, feet in you shoes" - invite your friends along.
Thank you for your quote from Dr. Seuss. I have three children. Austin Boyd - 8, Travis Mack - 5, and Shelton Alexandra - 4. The boys went fly fishing with me as early as 12 months - and we now ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why So Few of Us Hike???
July 08, 1:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Dr. Bronners as Toothpaste?
I've used it at home in a pinch as well. And on trail. I will try again - but even with just a drop it initially taste goood - but I still experience a little after taste.

In Multiple Use Gear » Dr. Bronners as Toothpaste?
July 08, 12:44pm

Re: Story to Report
What - you lost a perfectly good opportunity to save weight and change this girls life. One shelter, no condoms to pack - maybe a little extra alcohol - but hey. Besides - you live if the DFW are...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Love on the trail?
July 07, 2:13pm

Re: Dr. Bronners as Toothpaste?
I've done it. It works in a pinch. But man what an aftertaste. Hoo-Ya! At less than an ounce some environmentally friendly tooth paste or powder might be easier to take.

In Multiple Use Gear » Dr. Bronners as Toothpaste?
July 07, 2:05pm

Re: Unmentionables-weight?
JT as an acquaintance and since you know my profession - I should advise you that you should say "alleged unmentionables" or "something that you heard someone might have carried alon...

In Gear Lists » Unmentionables-weight?
July 07, 2:00pm

Just order some and ship ground to hotel or business where you start
Just as previously mentioned - ship it. We have ten guys going to Victor Montana and time is of the essence when we arrive at the airport. So we have shipped supplies to a business in Hamilton Mo...

In GEAR » Stove Fuel/Airlines
July 05, 3:38pm

Smartwool Adrenaline Ultralite Crew -
This is my favorite pair of socks for hiking. I find that the light hikers fit loose and move around. The Adrenaline hugs your foot, protects from blisters and keeps your feet warm. If I could t...

In GEAR » Favorite socks???
July 05, 3:30pm

Re: Re: SUV vs. Sports Car / Boots vs. trail runners
Thanks guys. And yes I have ended my debate. Hardrocks it is. I will add in a little ankle support by utilizing a lightweight ankle support. Which as I understand it is basically what the Namch...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUV vs. Sports Car / Boots vs. trail runners
June 10, 10:32am

All Reader Reviews by Philip Mack Furlow

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Cabela's XPG bivy
Cabelas XPG Bivy is Big for Big Guys. This is my first bivy purchase and it is heavier than many of the bivy's I read about on BPL. However, 15oz for a 40"X90" bivy is pretty good. It...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
July 04, 5:20pm

Black Diamond Gradient
Found these on sale at and they have performed extremely well. Last year in Colorado stepped into deep mud and my left foot sunk over a foot. The pole bent - but did not break. I re...

In Trekking Poles
July 04, 5:10pm

Smart Wool Lightweight Block Tee
Smart Wool Shirt is Smart Investment that might save your marriage. Just ask my economist wife. I love this shirt. It is comfortable, light, cool when hot, warm when cool, and best of all when swea...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 27, 2:21pm

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
Found PreCip on sale for $43.00 bucks with sale price and added coupon and I must admit that I couldn't be happier with the purchase. The big pit zips work great and vent well. The Hood is we...

In Clothing - Raingear
June 27, 1:11pm

Big Agnes Horse Thief
Last year on a trip a buddy of mine had the Big Agnes Horse Thief. It spread out on the tent floor and looked luxurious after 8 miles and 3500 feet elevation gain. So when they went on sale I picked...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 30, 10:33am

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
In my quest to move to lighter gear my sleeping pad was the last thing to give up. I love my 15 year old full length thermarest that weighs in close to 2lbs 6oz. It is heavy but awesome to sleep on....

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 30, 9:24am

Sierra Designs Origami 2 UL
The Origami 2 UL is a five equilateral triangle design that provides excellent wind and weather protection. At 1lb 12.5 oz it is a bit heavy for a UL tarp - but it provides ample room for two campers...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 23, 7:43pm

Montrail Hardrock
In search of the perfect lightweight hiking shoe/boot - I have tried trail running shoes and lightweight boots. And I just can't find anything that can beat the Hardrock. This shoe has excellen...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 22, 10:47pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Buddy of mine recommended this and found one on sale. Purchased it for me and sent it to me with the bill. It is a light weight, warm piece of gear that serves as a great warm insulation pullover (b...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 07, 6:17pm

Smartwool Midweight Merino Wool Turtle neck
Sorry guys - hit the wrong button. Meant to ask Ron a question about this shirt and ended up in the wrong spot. Couldn't back out of the screen Thanks for the information Ron. Do you think th...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 19, 7:52pm