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Michael Davis (mad777) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale South Florida
About Me I have a place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and hike there a few times a year and looking forward to retiring there in a few years.

In Florida, most of my camping involves kayaking on our beautiful river swamps and kicking the alligators off the banks to pitch a tent.
CityPalm Beach
StateFlorida / New Hampshire

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Re: Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping
You can easily make your own poles. You can pick what strength you want to make them. Quest Outfitters sells both aluminum and fiberglass poles segments and shock cords and fittings to custom make ...

In GEAR » Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping
October 22, 7:12am

Re: reflective material
I bought the reflective fabric from Scott (above) and used two layers, with shiny side facing inward, and between the reflective layers, I added a layer of Insultex (also from Scott). This has wor...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best material for pot/ziplock bag cozy?
October 18, 11:48am

Re: Flying with Poles (Packs, and other Hiking Sundries)
I always check my backpacking gear. There are several items in there that TSA would object to going though security.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Flying with Poles (Packs, and other Hiking Sundries)
October 14, 4:22pm

Re: "Whats the lightest chair?"
I just received my REI tripod stool last night. I sat in it for about 20 minutes will I made a couple of whoopie slings and found it to be acceptable in comfort. It was not posh, nor did it cause ...

In GEAR » Whats the lightest chair?
October 12, 9:23am

Re: REI Adventures Pants -- Good for Hot & Humid Climes?
I just received RailRider's Adventure pants and I am completely impressed. The fabric is thin, very cool but yet appears durable. Men's size large weigh 9.5 oz plus there is an attractive...

In GEAR » REI Adventures Pants -- Good for Hot & Humid Climes?
October 11, 7:24pm

Re: Confusion on what exactly constitutes a softshell
I have to adit that scratch my head and wonder when I look at softshells. Here is my general take on the genre. Softshells are not really waterproof, not really breathable, not really warm, and...

In Winter Hiking » Confusion on what exactly constitutes a softshell
October 11, 9:31am

Re: Thorofare pants
My Thorofare pants in size large weigh 4.1 oz (and it is a very large, "large"). I can walk slowly through a stream, knee deep with moving water, stop in the middle to take a picture, ...

In GEAR » Thorofare pants
October 09, 6:13pm

Re: Icebreaker Atlas 150 vs Tech Lite T 140
I much prefer the Tech Lite 140 because if fits like a regular tee shirt whereas the Icebreaker Atlas 150 fits like tights. Also, the Tech Lite is a softer fabric, at least to me. I have 1 Atlas 1...

In GEAR » Icebreaker Atlas 150 vs Tech Lite T 140
October 09, 6:06pm

Re: also....a place to buy tyvek

In Make Your Own Gear » Where to purchase materials???
October 09, 2:36am

Re: FS: Minolta Binoculars -- 7.6oz -- $25 with FREE SHIPPING
P.M. sent

In Gear Swap » FS: Minolta Binoculars -- 7.6oz -- $25 with FREE SHIPPING
October 07, 2:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Davis

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Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
I love everything about these pants! They are so light it literally feels like I'm not wearing anything. My size large weighs 4.1 oz. They have features that count but not ones that don't. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 27, 8:29pm

Big Agnes SL3
While there's no tent that works for all purposes in all environments, IMO this is the perfect tent for summer, or year round in Florida. It's a free standing, double wall tent, but the inner ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 18, 7:47pm

TNF Diad
In summary, a well designed, lightweight, but not spartan, rain jacket. The jacket is a 2008 product in TNF's Flight Series. In men's size large it weighs 8.9 ounces. I am 6'-1" a...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 19, 4:28pm

Silva Type 54 Compass
This Brunton 54LU compass is also the called the Silva Explorer 54. Brunton USA and Silva of Sweden are the same company. The product is manufactured in Sweden. I am extremely pleased with the Brun...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 13, 4:52am

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I am completely sold on Icebreaker's Tech T Lite 140 gm/m2. This shirt is pure comfort on 90+ degree, hard vertical hiking trips! I've tried poly, nylon including Columbia, Railriders, etc. Al...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 1:45pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Both my wife and I have the Max Thermo 3/4 length which weighs 15.0 oz on my scale. It has synthetic insulation inside the air chambers. It's construction is robust. I've never had a failure o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 05, 7:43am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
While I've always loved the lightweight factor of cooking with alcohol stoves, they consistantly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Fiddling with rickety pot stands, warped fly-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 05, 7:29am

MSR Wind Pro
This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for w...

In Stoves - Canister
July 05, 7:08am

Gerber EVO Titanium-Coated Serrated Knife 2.8 oz
This is a great knife if you are looking for something more substantial than a razor blade but lighter than a Bowie knife. I know many people prefer a razor blade or ripping out a pair of sizzors f...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 5:36pm

SteriPen Adventurer
At 3.6 ounces on my scale, it's lighter that pump filters (1 lb.+/-)and lighter than my ULA Amigo gravity filter (9.6oz). However, pre-filtering is required, through a bandana or coffee filter, et...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 22, 12:49pm