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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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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

BV350
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

Molly Mac top blanket?
With 3/8" of loft, I wouldn't want to take it anywhere near it's below freezing rating. I could see it on summer hikes in wet environments though.

In GEAR » QUESTION: Molly Mac top blanket?
June 08, 5:33am

2 questions: fleece vs down and caldera cone
On the subject of fleece vs down. I always bring both except for hot weather trips. I very rarely wear down while hiking unless I have to hike slow because of injury. I will often throw on...

In GEAR » 2 questions: fleece vs down and caldera cone
June 08, 5:26am

Walking Still in the Desert
Great trip report. I was their around Christmas time and the car campgrounds were packed. Hike a mile from the road and I was alone. I will be back and spend more time.

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking Still in the Desert
June 03, 4:16pm

silnylon rain gear question
There are a lot of people who either don't believe in, or don't understand condensation in rain gear and will insist that no mater what you call it, water is leaking in through the silnylon...

In GEAR » silnylon rain gear question
June 03, 1:44pm

Mids in Wind, Storms
Re: "can you explain in more detail about the length and angle of the guylines?" His observations are the same as mine. The shallower angle reduces the upward pull on stakes and so ...

In GEAR » 'Mids in Wind, Storms
June 01, 3:54pm

Backpack suggestion under $300 & 3lbs; over 55L; 35-40lb load
If it wasn't for the $300 limit, I'm sure we would all suggest this: Flextrek

In GEAR » Backpack suggestion under $300 & 3lbs; over 55L; 35-40lb load
May 30, 4:41pm

Mids in Wind, Storms
The way I look at mid panel tie-outs is that they can reduce some of the strain/impact of gusty winds on the corner tie-outs. This can be important when you have difficult ground and/or anchors ...

In GEAR » 'Mids in Wind, Storms
May 29, 3:59pm

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