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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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Sun Gloves
Thanks for all the recommendations! As usual, this forum is the "go to" place for the best information on gear. Michael

In GEAR » Sun Gloves?
June 26, 5:25pm

Gotta have 'em
I find poles to be very nearly a necessity. As I draw nigh onto 60 years of age, they do seem to aid my wrecked knees and ankles quite a bit and provide a greater sense of security in my balance. T...

In Philosophy & Technique » Poles are a burden?
June 26, 3:01pm

Sun Gloves?
As a Southern California hiker, I normally rely on a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight long pants and a long-sleeved shirt as my primary defense against sunburn. I prefer to use as little sunblock a...

In GEAR » Sun Gloves?
June 25, 4:11pm

Gotta have one
Order sent. It was the yellow handles that sold me. :o) Michael Edited to note that I send payment to the wrong address (D'oh!). Fortunately, the other fellow was honest enough to refund ...

In Gear Deals » They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes
June 24, 11:02pm

Head net
I have that one and have used it for my clothing stuff sack during the warmer months. It serves well enough in that role since I don't typically carry many extra clothes then and I definitely d...

In Multiple Use Gear » sea to summit "Head Net" for bugs....
June 24, 9:58pm

UL knife kit
For small items that are easily lost, I have typically gravitated toward having them be orange or yellow when possible, based on the notion that such bright colors are more easily found on the grou...

In GEAR » UL knife kit
June 23, 5:32pm

A worthy investment
I just bought Mike Clelland's latest book (the Kindle version for my iPad) after variously enjoying/learning from/disagreeing with/fully agreeing with/being entertained by so many of his posts ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 21, 1:48pm

Old School is Still Cool
By golly, "Old School Ultralight" sure looks a lot like Bushcrafting to me. Trips like this are very educational and confidence-building as well as being mentally freeing. You are quite r...

In Post-Trip Reports » Old-School Ultralight: East Fork San Gabriel River, 6/11
June 12, 3:10pm

DriDucks Chaps
Thanks Eric, As it turns out, I've been thinking of converting an extra pair of DriDucks pants into chaps. I did a quick Google search just to see if anyone else has tried this, and badda-bi...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY dri-ducks rain chaps
June 10, 3:45pm

Firesteel practice
OK, this might sound silly to some of you guys, but I carry a firesteel in my pocket at all times for the sake of spontaneous practice. I take walks several times a week and when I'm not foragi...

In GEAR » Firesteel vs. Natural Tinder
March 11, 4:43pm

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