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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: Brunton 54LU Compass for 50$
I have this compass a like it very much. The siting mechanism is accurate and I have used it quite a few times to triangulate my position in the mountains. Like the previous poster said, it doesn&...

In Gear Deals » Brunton 54LU Compass for 50$
October 27, 7:09pm

Re: "Down Hood/Balaclava"
Very nice work, Martin! I think I will try one of these :)

In Make Your Own Gear » Down Hood/Balaclava
October 26, 8:16pm

Re: Cheapest 900FP down
I made a quilt using 900FP down a few months ago and I just finished another quilt using 800FP down. I will never use 800FP down again. Before this experience, I wondered whether or not I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cheapest 900FP down
October 26, 7:50pm

Re: Tape to add strength to stitched Cuben Fiber?
I have also been contemplating a cuben tarp but I am confused about the weight of the tape. I checked Quest Outfitter (link below) and they claim the 1/2" tape weighs 3.5 grams/yard. That is b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tape to add strength to stitched Cuben Fiber?
October 26, 7:34pm

Re: Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
No dire situations to report. But, I do carry some sort of tool to cut with. Mostly, it's a Leatherman Micra. I actualy find the scissors more useful than the blade, plus I like having the twee...

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 22, 6:05pm

Re: why no reviews on Warbonnet
Love my Warbonnet Blackbird! I should post a review. I got to the point where I couldn't tolerate the rocks & roots anymore. So, after much research I settled on the most comfortable nights...

In Hammocks » why no reviews on Warbonnet
October 22, 4:40pm

Re: Activated charcoal
I have a different approach to charcoal. I went to an aquarium supply store and bought a jar of granulated charcoal, rinsed off about an ounce of it. Them I made a tiny little bag from noseeum mes...

In GEAR » gravity filter
October 21, 7:00pm

Re: "Grand Canyon R2R2R, 10/9-10/10"
Nice trip report Craig! I admire your stamina! My wife and I did the South Rim to River and back last year, but we didn't run, we "hiked." Then again, we are nearly 60 year old so ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon R2R2R, 10/9-10/10
October 21, 6:45pm

Re: Re: barefoot stream fording?
Depends on the temperature. Above freezing I slog through with trail runners & socks on. Near or below freezing I change to crocs with no socks.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » barefoot stream fording?
October 20, 7:53pm

Re: ULA Amp
I love this pack. I also bought mine from another member here. Since I've gone to hammocks, I don't use it as much as I used to due to greater volume carried. I still use if for all my day ...

In GEAR » ULA Amp- any users?
October 17, 12:45pm

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