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Michael Davis (mad777) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale South Florida
About Me I have a place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and hike there a few times a year and looking forward to retiring there in a few years.

In Florida, most of my camping involves kayaking on our beautiful river swamps and kicking the alligators off the banks to pitch a tent.
CityPalm Beach
StateFlorida / New Hampshire

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Hanging food to prevent Mice/Rodents from pillaging
If your bag isn't too large, the top of a 2-liter plastic Coke bottle above the bag will help and it's super light weight. Keep the cap and it can be used as a water scoop as well.

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging food to prevent Mice/Rodents from pillaging
March 30, 9:38am

Re: How effective is Tulle against mosquitoes?
I use tulle bugnets on my hammocks and it works great for mosquitoes and black flies. I am told that it doesn't work as well for no-seeums. But, I soak my tulle in permethrin so that pretty we...

In GEAR » How effective is Tulle against mosquitoes?
May 26, 9:15pm

Re: Is all weight equal? - Trekking Poles ...
I will never hike in the mountains without my poles, but I find them to be just extra gear on the flat land hikes so I leave them at home then. As to swing weight, that's very important. I f...

In GEAR » Is all weight equal? - Trekking Poles ...
February 03, 11:54am

Re: Good softshell choice?
For the eastern US (where I hike), I just don't think soft-shells are the answer. I wear an appropriately thick wool base layer and them pack a second, lighter weight wool layer, a wind shirt a...

In GEAR » Good softshell choice?
December 21, 6:58pm

Re: O Canada!
What an adventure! Thank you for sharing it in such a personal way.

In Editor's Roundtable » O Canada!
December 21, 6:48pm

Re: Ken’s Hood - A simple, easy to sew project – with instructions
I love it! I'm going to make a second layer, a little larger than the first, and fill the space between with some Primaloft insulation that I have laying around, along with some M90. Thanks Ken!

In Make Your Own Gear » Ken’s Hood - A simple, easy to sew project – with instructions
December 20, 7:47am

Re: the only piece of gear youll ever need
If they put these up for sale on a bushcraft forum, betcha they could sell more of them than even the Chinese could make!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the only piece of gear youll ever need
November 09, 6:55pm

Re: Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies Part 3: Discussion, Conclusions, and Performance of Individual Jackets
I've been fondling (over the internet) the Backcountry Stoic Vaporshell even before this article came out. Now that the article has given me the confidence to pull the trigger - Backcountry no...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies Part 3: Discussion, Conclusions, and Performance of Individual Jackets
November 09, 6:35pm

Re: Gaiters versus matchup
My wife and I have the OR Cascadia gaiters and use them for X-country skiing and for snowshoeing and also with Kahtoola Micro-spikes. We are very happy with them. My only comment would be to siz...

In GEAR » Gaiters versus matchup
November 02, 7:03pm

Re: Vargo Ascent or Crevice Stakes?
I ordered a set of Vargo's Ascent stakes and quickly abandoned using them. The top part, above the notch for the guy line, bends over with the slightest pressure used to push the stake into th...

In GEAR » Vargo Ascent or Crevice Stakes?
October 22, 7:21am

All Reader Reviews by Michael Davis

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Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
I love everything about these pants! They are so light it literally feels like I'm not wearing anything. My size large weighs 4.1 oz. They have features that count but not ones that don't. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 27, 8:29pm

Big Agnes SL3
While there's no tent that works for all purposes in all environments, IMO this is the perfect tent for summer, or year round in Florida. It's a free standing, double wall tent, but the inner ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 18, 7:47pm

TNF Diad
In summary, a well designed, lightweight, but not spartan, rain jacket. The jacket is a 2008 product in TNF's Flight Series. In men's size large it weighs 8.9 ounces. I am 6'-1" a...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 19, 4:28pm

Silva Type 54 Compass
This Brunton 54LU compass is also the called the Silva Explorer 54. Brunton USA and Silva of Sweden are the same company. The product is manufactured in Sweden. I am extremely pleased with the Brun...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 13, 4:52am

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I am completely sold on Icebreaker's Tech T Lite 140 gm/m2. This shirt is pure comfort on 90+ degree, hard vertical hiking trips! I've tried poly, nylon including Columbia, Railriders, etc. Al...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 1:45pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Both my wife and I have the Max Thermo 3/4 length which weighs 15.0 oz on my scale. It has synthetic insulation inside the air chambers. It's construction is robust. I've never had a failure o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 05, 7:43am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
While I've always loved the lightweight factor of cooking with alcohol stoves, they consistantly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Fiddling with rickety pot stands, warped fly-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 05, 7:29am

MSR Wind Pro
This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for w...

In Stoves - Canister
July 05, 7:08am

Gerber EVO Titanium-Coated Serrated Knife 2.8 oz
This is a great knife if you are looking for something more substantial than a razor blade but lighter than a Bowie knife. I know many people prefer a razor blade or ripping out a pair of sizzors f...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 5:36pm

SteriPen Adventurer
At 3.6 ounces on my scale, it's lighter that pump filters (1 lb.+/-)and lighter than my ULA Amigo gravity filter (9.6oz). However, pre-filtering is required, through a bandana or coffee filter, et...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 22, 12:49pm