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Matthew Steingass (Steingass) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Washington
About Me I'm originally from PA and was interested in backpacking so I decided to buy "The Backpacker's Handbook" By Chris Townsend when I was 19. His book is how I first heard of lightweight backpacking. Three years later I joined the NAVY and was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA. I did my first day hike up Marmot Pass in 2008 and was amazed. I had never seen anything like it before. That hike made me decide I had to have backpacking gear before the next season. This forum has helped me start out right with smart lightweight gear choices.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Steingass

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Mont-bell stretch gaiter mod.
I heard about the durability problems people have been having with the under foot strap on most gaiters. Other companies solved this problem by using Velcro on the heel of their gaiter but the fabr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Mont-bell stretch gaiter mod.
July 14, 2:10am

I'm sold
Thanks for your post Jay. It was very informative. After reading your report and watching the Tenkara USA video I'll be purchasing a tenkara rod.

In Fishing » Tenkara Rods - UL fishing...
July 13, 12:55am

Mounbell super stretch gaitor
I bought this gaitor in a large and sewed velcro to the heel portion so I could attach them to my inov8s like the dirty girl gaitors. I didn't cut off the grommets for the under shoe straps, si...

In GEAR » MLD SuperLight Gaitor
July 12, 12:22pm

My new pack
Thanks for the comments guys. After using the Ion's hipbelt I knew I'd need a little more padding/structure for a weeks worth of food. I think The wings on the exodus will be perfect. The m...

In GEAR » My new pack
July 12, 11:57am

RE: Prophet
I think the Prophet with Exodus hip pads would be my ideal durable 3 season pack but I'm trying to gear up for all 4 seasons. The 1 ounce MYOG cuben pack on will be my next pac...

In GEAR » My new pack
July 11, 5:55pm

RE: one ounce pack
Just found my next pack. Awesome

In Make Your Own Gear » one ounce pack
July 11, 12:40pm

My new pack
My MLD Exodus finally came. Other than this pack I have a 1500ci Golite ION thats a little small and a REI Newstar thats 6000ci and 7 pounds! The exodus swallows up all my gear perfectly. A weeks w...

In GEAR » My new pack
July 11, 12:02pm

RE: Cost
The kit is around 160 shipped then you need close to $20 in misc supplies that you can buy from walmart or joannes. I did it because I was able to make a custom sized quilt with all the features I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
July 10, 4:16pm

RE: Suggetions on getting started
Thanks Ben. It's a momentum quilt kit and I definitely recommend buying their kit. It's $150 but you still need to buy thread, closure and draw cord plus construction aids. I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
July 10, 11:39am

RE: Applying UL lessons to life -- suggested reading
Couple of my favorites.

In Philosophy & Technique » Applying UL lessons to life -- suggested reading?
July 10, 1:37am

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Steingass

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Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
This was my first Icebreaker product and the quality of the wool convinced me to get their 140 tech T. Luckly mine fits me pretty well except the opeaning makes a slight tunnel when its up over your n...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
June 11, 9:40am

RAT Cutlery IZULA knife
Tough knife in a small light package. 2.8 oz with plastic sheath may be a little much for some but it's a fixed blade knife that can always be worn on your belt so at least it's not more base ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 6:37pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
These poles are perfect. It's hard to believe they were able to pack so many quality features into such a light pole. The grips are contoured just right and minimize length adjustment on trail if ...

In Trekking Poles
April 14, 7:00pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I set this up in my backyard expecting that it was fully enclosed. I was suprised when I saw the zippered door was more of a beak that stopped about 10 inches from the ground. My plan was to use it wi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 14, 5:15pm