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Robin McKay (rlmckay) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Auckland NZ
About Me I have been tramping (Americans say hiking) since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I have mostly tramped the South Island of NZ. Due to business commitments these days I usually squeeze in about 5 trips a year - mainly 3 to 5 days with always a big Christmas trip (our summer) of 14 plus days.
I belong to the Auckland Tramping club - a very active organisation - Google it.
I started Lightweight Tramping about 8 years ago - rather fanatical about it now!
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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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Zpacks Cuben Quilt
Have you purchased yet? I have a brand new one for you, surplus to my needs (I have Zpacks extra long Challenge Jacket now) Cheers Rob

In Gear Swap » WTB Zpacks Cuben Kilt
October 28, 2:20pm

Hiking Miles Per Day
Just found this thread whilst researching for the PCT - In NZ we only talk about hours hiking. The terrain is so varied - no switchbacks down here - we go straight up the ridge. We budget 1 hour pe...

In Pre-Trip Planning » What are your daily hiking mileage goals?
November 22, 5:56am

EMs Power Cookies
I've tried a lot of "on the go" foods over the years, but nothing, I say nothing beats Ems Power Bars and Cookies. Em is a nutritionalist and famous NZ ultra distance multi sport adve...

In Editor's Roundtable » Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages
November 22, 4:32am

Damien - A great article - In NZ we always wear tights with shorts over the top. We use these in wet and cold conditions - beats the hell out of long waterproof(?) pants. I note you tested Ic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Tights - Part 2
September 23, 3:46am

My Go To shelter
John - It is - errr was! I got Joe to make me a new one in .75oz cuben and with in-built netting and "floating" bucket floor. My hiking friend (Kathy) has been using my older one (as pict...

In Gear Swap » Hexamid Solo with Inner Bug Net
June 23, 3:17pm

Hexamid Solo with Inner Bug Net
This Hexamid tarp comes with separate inner bug tent. You can check out details on Zpacks website. It is an earlier version purchased about 2 years ago. I also had a custom "loop" sewn on...

In Gear Swap » Hexamid Solo with Inner Bug Net
June 22, 10:08pm

Re: ULA CDT, OHM, or Circuit
Brad - stick with Zpacks - If you are mainly under 3/4 days go for the Blast22 in heavier cuben and with stays. I suggest you get the hip pockets. This pack is the bomb - If looking for 5 days plus...

In GEAR » ULA CDT, OHM, or Circuit
May 29, 3:04am

Re: PCT through hike list
Good job for a "beginner" light weight attempt. Suggestions: 1. Halve you tent weight - sell the Nemo and get a Zpacks Solo with built-in netting. 2. Likewise pack - the Arc Blast also...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
March 09, 9:05pm

Re: Ibex and wool
Check out Icebreaker Sonic - Us Kiwis live in merino - after all we supply it to the world! You may want to try the Icebreaker outlet store - not too sure if they sell on line. I get all my Merino ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ibex Clothing Review
February 07, 12:23am

Sil floor - Bivy is now SOLD - thanks

In Gear Swap » MLD Superlight Biv
January 31, 12:59pm

All Reader Reviews by Robin McKay

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zpacks Company
I ordered the Hexamid and asked Joe to customise an extended beak - This customisation is now a standard option! Joe was soooooo helpful with this design change. great communication. I have returned...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 02, 8:42pm

Montrail Vitesse
I agee with Stephen - the sole structure makes it hard to use a gaiter with under strap, there is no arch to protect wear. I've been a "boot man" for 30 years. Changing my footwear was the hardest d...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 26, 12:47am

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
I use to swear by my MacPac but when I started going light a couple of years ago, 750grams of jacket became a "must ditch" item. Enter Marmot Precip. Now after two season and a work out on NZ's Stewar...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 26, 12:28am

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
This jacket is the "bees knees". So light, so warm. One off my best buys. Here in NZ we can only get the traditional down jackets. Whilst well made and very warm for our conditions, they are almost do...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 26, 12:21am

ULA Conduit
I already own and have used ULAs P1 but wanted something that dropped from the +50 litre to around +30 litre size - very few light weight pack slotted into this area. Brian has done a superb job with ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 4:35am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I tamp (you guys call it hiking) in NZ - conditions are pretty ruggard - all the outdoor people here wear heavy boots. About two years ago I went light weight. The boots were the last item to get my h...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 28, 4:20am

Macpac Adventure
This bag is new to the Macpac (NZ Brand) range. It was designed for the UL adventure runners. It is a fully waterproof down bag and comes in 3 different temp ratings. I love mine and for NZ condition...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 06, 2:53am

Tarptent Squall
I tramp in NZ - our gear has traditionally been TOUGH and built to last three generations!! I had a Macpac Nautilus 2 man double walled tent before moving to UL tramping 2 years ago. This tent weighed...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 06, 2:42am

ULA Equipment P-1
I live and tramp in NZ (Americans call it hiking) I feel tramping is between hiking and mountaineering. I've been tramping for 40 years and always been loyal to our traditional "bullet proof" gear. Th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 06, 2:28am