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Robin McKay (rlmckay) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Auckland NZ
About Me I have been tramping (Americans say hiking) since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I have mostly tramped the South Island of NZ. Due to business commitments these days I usually squeeze in about 5 trips a year - mainly 3 to 5 days with always a big Christmas trip (our summer) of 14 plus days.
I belong to the Auckland Tramping club - a very active organisation - Google it.
I started Lightweight Tramping about 8 years ago - rather fanatical about it now!
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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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MLD Superlight Biv
Anybody interested in buying my Superlight MLD biv? Check it out at: It has a full mesh face. Standard size and specs, i...

In Gear Swap » MLD Superlight Biv
January 30, 12:57am

Re: Re: Trailstar MLD Tarp
Got your email - sorry you just missed out - Tarp sold - Thanks - Rob

In Gear Swap » Trailstar MLD Tarp
January 27, 3:00pm

Trailstar MLD Tarp
I wish to upgrade my MLD Trailstar to a cuban version. Anybody interested in purchasing my silnylon tarp? Great condition and seam sealed with guy lines and cleats. Tarp is in grey. I can send p...

In Gear Swap » Trailstar MLD Tarp
January 27, 2:30am

Re: Lightweight Packs, with conditions....
The Gossamer Gear Gorilla or the Zpacks Arc Blast - I have both. Just my Arc Blast - looks and feel great plus it's 380 grams Vs 780!! Also if you need slightly more volume checkout the new ULA...

In GEAR » Lightweight Packs, with conditions....
December 18, 1:42am

FS Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag
I have the Western Mountaineering Summerlite bag for sale. It is a longer spec at 6.6 This bag has only been used 18 nights on the JMT. New condition. I am in NZ, so to make transaction simple, I ...

In Gear Swap » FS Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag
November 23, 11:08pm

Re: August JMT (First time, first gearlist)
I did the JMT exactly the same time last year - Cowboy camped all the way - the tarp stayed in my pack - however you do need to take a shelter (Not a tent - a cuben fiber tarp - Zpacks). My current...

In Gear Lists » August JMT (First time, first gearlist)
August 03, 3:17am

Re: Who all is making custom sleeping bags (not quilts), stateside or abroad?
Rusty - I see you know about Zpacks - Joe is great to deal with and his products are super quality (I have his Hexamid tarp and bug inner, rain jacket and pack liner). My next sleeping bag will b...

In GEAR » Who all is making custom sleeping bags (not quilts), stateside or abroad?
August 03, 3:07am

Wet Feet/Socks
Try hiking here in NZ - you'll be in and out of rivers all day. Waterproof boots are a joke. After river crossings they don't drain and you are now carrying an extra 1Kg plus. I had to laug...

In GEAR » Draining trail runners
July 14, 8:52pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightweight rain gear recommendations
Stephen - I have the Zpacks Cuben Fiber Jacket, they are fab - Hey it's not a fashion parade out there!

In GEAR » Lightweight rain gear recommendations
July 06, 2:49am

Re: Re: Where to buy 5 gallon buckets?
Susan - We (2) did JMT last August (from NZ) and re-supplied once at JMTR - I think you could go with a 3 gallon bucket - we really struggled to get 9 days into the 5 gallon (for 2) but did it! I...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Where to buy 5 gallon buckets?
June 23, 4:52am

All Reader Reviews by Robin McKay

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zpacks Company
I ordered the Hexamid and asked Joe to customise an extended beak - This customisation is now a standard option! Joe was soooooo helpful with this design change. great communication. I have returned...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 02, 8:42pm

Montrail Vitesse
I agee with Stephen - the sole structure makes it hard to use a gaiter with under strap, there is no arch to protect wear. I've been a "boot man" for 30 years. Changing my footwear was the hardest d...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 26, 12:47am

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
I use to swear by my MacPac but when I started going light a couple of years ago, 750grams of jacket became a "must ditch" item. Enter Marmot Precip. Now after two season and a work out on NZ's Stewar...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 26, 12:28am

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
This jacket is the "bees knees". So light, so warm. One off my best buys. Here in NZ we can only get the traditional down jackets. Whilst well made and very warm for our conditions, they are almost do...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 26, 12:21am

ULA Conduit
I already own and have used ULAs P1 but wanted something that dropped from the +50 litre to around +30 litre size - very few light weight pack slotted into this area. Brian has done a superb job with ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 4:35am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I tamp (you guys call it hiking) in NZ - conditions are pretty ruggard - all the outdoor people here wear heavy boots. About two years ago I went light weight. The boots were the last item to get my h...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 28, 4:20am

Macpac Adventure
This bag is new to the Macpac (NZ Brand) range. It was designed for the UL adventure runners. It is a fully waterproof down bag and comes in 3 different temp ratings. I love mine and for NZ condition...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 06, 2:53am

Tarptent Squall
I tramp in NZ - our gear has traditionally been TOUGH and built to last three generations!! I had a Macpac Nautilus 2 man double walled tent before moving to UL tramping 2 years ago. This tent weighed...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 06, 2:42am

ULA Equipment P-1
I live and tramp in NZ (Americans call it hiking) I feel tramping is between hiking and mountaineering. I've been tramping for 40 years and always been loyal to our traditional "bullet proof" gear. Th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 06, 2:28am