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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: Cuben Fiber is hitting the mainstream.
I have been planning a small cuben tarp for my hammock. However, I've been shocked to find out that the cuben tape weight 3.5 grams per yard for 1/2" and twice that for 1" tape. A sma...

In GEAR » Cuben fiber
October 17, 11:16am

Re: MSR Groundhog vs Vargo Ascent
Richard, it's not even close. I have both stakes and the Vargo Ascents are very prone to folding over near the top where the "cut-out" is for the guy line. I couldn't fold the Gro...

In GEAR » MSR Groundhog vs Vargo Ascent
October 15, 1:21pm

Re: Quilt Closures
Wow Greg, that's such a simple and effective solution! Simply genius!

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilt Closures
October 11, 8:11pm

MLD UL hammock tarp ?
Anyone have any experience with this tarp ... I want to use it over a Warbonnet Blackbird as a "just ...

In Hammocks » MLD UL hammock tarp ?
October 08, 5:54pm

Re: Re: ratings
Troy, That's a lot of bulk you're looking at. I too made a climashield top quilt for summer out of 2.5 oz stuff. I think that's a perfect use for it, because a down quilt is hard to ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Climashield ratings again
October 07, 6:03pm

Packs, packs and more packs
I own only 3 tents, so it must be packs because I have 8 of them and another is in the mail to me. That's without counting my 3 fanny packs. I need to buy a pack to pack my packs in :(

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
October 07, 5:58pm

Re: Re: anti-viral water filter
Although I complained earlier in this thread about my unreliable Steripen, I fully admit that all forms of water treatment have their significant drawbacks. UV lights don't work well in swa...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Opti Review
October 06, 6:04pm

Re: "SteriPEN Opti Review"
I have always loved the concept of UV treatment and so I purchased the Steripen Adventurer. However, after the thing stopped working for no apparent reason, I have gone back to gravity filter with ...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Opti Review
October 06, 4:55am

Re: Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: Part 2
Great article Roger! Something I noticed in your comparisons, which I have often seen talked about elsewhere, is the volume to weight ratio. I've never been impressed by this statistic beca...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
October 04, 7:21pm

Re: 5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make?
Peter, Where did you get your Spinntex? The site says they are out of stock. I emailed them about a week ago to ask when a new supply would be coming but, I haven't received a ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 5 yds of spinntex: what shelter to make?
October 04, 6:48pm

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