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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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One major improvement
Thanks. One major improvement that i see is that they now make a "Large Torso" version!!!! 25' wide X 48" long. I have been waiting for someone to come up with a wider torso...

In GEAR » Video Review - New Thermarest Neoair Trekker sleeping pad
December 24, 6:18am

My latest experience sounds like just what I need. So I have a 3x battery in my "Incredible" I went without charging for three days in airplane mode with the GPS enabled the whole time. I ...

In GEAR » Android phone for tracking in romote areas
December 24, 5:38am

It depends on how intend to anchor. There is more than one way, one way has some line on the anchor so less is needed on the tent. I haven't done any snow camping in a long time, but I alw...

In GEAR » pyramid tie-out lengths?
December 20, 11:28am

wide warm pads
My experience has been that the narrower pads don't work for me as I tend to shift off of the pads and end up with part of my body contacting the cold ground and end up getting getting cold. I...

In GEAR » Options for 25" Wide Sleeping Pads
December 19, 5:39pm

"the best Australian walking socks I know of are just plain knitted wool socks," Just plain knitted wool can suck without a liner if it is the course itchy stuff. Merino wool is anothe...

In GEAR » perfect sock?
December 19, 5:22pm

I think this may be different with different ticks, but I find the common deer tick where I live, don't crawl around so much as wait and brush on to your clothing as you walk by. I have hear...

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid?
December 19, 5:09pm

I think what some are pointing out is that in this particular case a freestanding shelter wouldn't helped in sever wind on an exposed ridge. My experience is that the Shangri-la is very good...

In GEAR » Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
December 19, 5:02pm

I'm going to have to agree with Roger. You can't blame the fact that your stakes were pulling out. Stakes are not your only option, freestanding or not. I had to pitch my Shangri-la in ...

In GEAR » Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
December 19, 3:23pm

Glow in dark guy-line
I tie a small loop of that high visibility guy-line to all my small items, pocket knife, compass, electronics, ... It helps make sure you don't loose em in the dark and gives you a way to ea...

In GEAR » protecting/not losing tiny gadgets
December 17, 5:24pm

Stop Hiking if You Can't Walk Without Trekking Poles!
That was what one old timer said on one of the other hiking lists. He felt that trekking poles were cheating and in fact he himself refuses to use them even though he can't hike any more bec...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles vs. Walking Staff
December 14, 9:23am

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am