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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: MYOG Down Bootie/Sock Pattern?
Brendan, I am working on a pair of insulated socks now. I'm about to cut my 3rd attempt from scraps as I refine my design. These are not down socks but primaloft insulation, but with the addi...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Down Bootie/Sock Pattern?
January 03, 6:43pm

Re: Re: Re: 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks - HP 12C
I had the original HP 45. Cried like a baby when it died. Then I went to the HP 11C. Cried like a baby when it died. Now have the HP 32S. The #1 button sticks occasionally. I'm tired of cr...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 28, 8:11pm

Re: Q: Cuben tree straps for hammocks
Tree straps endure a lot of abrasion. I'm no expert in cuben but I wouldn't think they would last long enough to be worthwhile. Plus, I would have nightmares involving catastrophic failur...

In Make Your Own Gear » Q: Cuben tree straps for hammocks
December 27, 8:55pm

Re: What Cups Do You Use?
GSI Outdoors lexan GREEN cups at 1.9 ounces. Sturdy, stackable and have a handle. Be sure to get the green ones ... the blue ones weigh 2.5 ounces.

In GEAR » What Cups Do You Use?
December 27, 8:52pm

Re: Looking for bomb proof fabric...
Hypalon. That's what is used on bomber commercial packs made for winter travel. It's expensive but works. Here's a link below. Call them and you could probably get a remnant or partial...

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for bomb proof fabric...
December 17, 4:08pm

Re: Free Fabric Samples to Share: From Quest/Rockywoods/SeattleFabrics/Rainshed
Wow! You could open a fabric store ... for Lilliputians! :D

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric Samples to Share: From Quest/Rockywoods/SeattleFabrics/Rainshed
December 17, 4:04pm

Re: what kinds of threads?
+3 on Guttermans. As a matter of fact, double that because JoAnn Fabrics has a 50% off sale on all Guttermans threads! I just stocked up yesterday. I use the standard strength, 100% polyester.

In Make Your Own Gear » what kinds of threads?
December 17, 4:02pm

Re: Bonded Cuben Fiber / Momentum 50 Bivy
Steve, A couple of years ago, I bought the cheapest sewing machine that Walmart had, just to see if I liked this idea of making something. That machine is still going strong after dozens of proj...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bonded Cuben Fiber / Momentum 50 Bivy
December 17, 3:50pm

Re: Bonded Cuben Fiber / Momentum 50 Bivy
Amazing work, Steve! As always.

In Make Your Own Gear » Bonded Cuben Fiber / Momentum 50 Bivy
December 15, 9:23pm

Re: "Nylon shock cord - breaking strength?"
Great idea, Newton! I was always secretly worried about the integrity of the shock cord. This makes it a non-issue!

In Make Your Own Gear » Nylon shock cord - breaking strength?
December 15, 5:44pm

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