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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Atlantic North East
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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Re: Melanzana sizing
I am 5'11" medium build. I have one medium and on large. I wear the medium when it is my 2nd layer over a t-shirt. I wear the large when it's cold out and I'm going to be weari...

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 27, 2:22am

Regarding the lack of zip with the Melanzano or any grid fleece. Normally I agree that not having a zip is not a good idea for physical activity, but I make the exception with grid fleece. It...

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 26, 3:30pm

Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
Regarding the "Belleville mini mil minimalist", Less than two 2 lbs with a 5mm drop and 8" height is pretty much unheard of. I could definitely see these as being good for some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
November 26, 5:23am

Enigma quilt system
I love the concept and do find I use a combination of two sleeping bags/quilts often. I do have mixed feelings about combining a synthetic quilt as the outside layer because of the extra weight ...

In GEAR » Enigma quilt system
November 25, 5:43pm

Goose feet gear
Hi Joe, That usually means a mis-configured SSL certificate configuration and/or web alias on the web site. The'll probably figure it out and fix shortly. Try without...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 25, 5:29pm

microgrid fleece hoody
Maybe consider Melanzana, their's has your standard unzipped handwarmer pocket, with a hood that can act as a balaclava or scarf.

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 25, 5:13pm

Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners 1982!
A great find. If you search around, there are few used at various booksellers for $4 on up. I would certainly like to read that one for history reasons and would actually buy it from one of ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners 1982!
November 25, 5:04pm

"Tricked Out Guy Lines"
@James I just got back from an over-nighter. Low of 19 degrees f, wind gusts 41 mpg and a little snow. Solid hard explosive wind gusts all night long. I used a mix of the fixed loop lines ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tricked Out Guy Lines
November 24, 12:19pm

Ultralight Hard Bottle?
From what I find, soda and Gatorade bottles break down over time when exposed to UV, like in a bike bottle holder. If you can keep the sun off them, they work great and last for many years. I...

In GEAR » Ultralight Hard Bottle?
November 23, 3:30am

Tricked Out Guy Lines
@Dale, Yes, I do use a larks head on the tarp tie-out to Whoopie connection. The Marlin Spike hitch would sometimes be used to attach to a line looped around the tree if needed.

In Philosophy & Technique » Tricked Out Guy Lines
November 22, 2:55pm

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