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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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same dilemna
@Mo... I think I agree with most of your observations about the Lightning. I don't have problem with the frame hitting my head since I have a fairly long torso and so the "T" is a...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 21, 6:27pm

Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
Thanks Bradford. Regarding water pockets, I'm sort of OK with the water bottle pockets on the Lightning, but I use skinny 20 oz soda/pop bottles with the more rounded bottoms. I can see how ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 21, 4:20pm

Mids vs arch supported
Regarding the simplicity of a mid, compared to a rectangular tarp, it depends on the pitch. A flat tarp pitched flying diamond is insanely easy to pitch and a pitch I have often used when I am l...

In GEAR » Mids vs arch supported
June 10, 5:27pm

We need a grill sale here on BPL
I have been very happy with my old set of Stix. Sad to know that you are no longer going to manufacture them. They are far superior to typical titanium tent stakes, when used that way. The lon...

In Gear Deals » We need a grill sale here on BPL
June 10, 4:48pm

Aluminized Cuben Shelters
Too bad it's so heavy. Even 0.7 cuben is very durable and considered overkill for shelters. I know my 0.7 cuben tarp survived a big branch falling on it from the top of a tall oak tree. The...

In Gear Deals » Aluminized Cuben Shelters
June 10, 3:48pm

Read and Reply
As an UL hiker I wouldn't bring this on a long trek, but most people do short distance overnight hikes and/or car camp. It could also be handy for day hikers and kayak/canoe trips. It could ...

In Gear Deals » Introducing New AirLight Backpacking Seat. Looking for Feedback.
June 10, 3:20pm

UL Essentials
PM Sent.

In Gear Swap » FS: UL Essentials
June 08, 6:54am

FS Elemental Horizons Kalais L/L
I would have jumped on this in an instant if I hadn't just bought a new pack:-( Great pack and I like the fabric option.

In Gear Swap » FS Elemental Horizons Kalais L/L
June 08, 6:49am

External Frame Backpack
I have and recommend the Exped Lightning 45, but only for carrying unusual heavy loads of water. It doesn't put you off balance the way traditional external frame packs do, but can be worn wit...

In GEAR » External Frame Backpack
June 08, 6:12am

I don't know why they keep recommending against the BV350, since Yellow-Yellow was killed in a legal bear hunt a few years ago. From what I understand she was the only bear to ever figure ou...

In GEAR » BV350 -- Vulnerable in the Sierra?
June 08, 5:56am

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am