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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Kool Shelter
I always thought that was a way kool shelter design. No zipper makes it flexible and no fowled zipper in sandy areas. I have to many shelters though:-)

In Gear Swap » WTB: Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar
November 10, 7:06am

My Experience
I had mine since like 2008. We sold it only because we wanted a side entry. It may seem like a stupid reason, but getting older means that we sometimes have to get up in the middle of the night a...

In GEAR » Rainshadow 2
November 03, 5:56pm

Good light all season
I have the previous version called the "Hut 1". It's pretty much the same without the top vents. I also have a GG "Spinnshelter", which is also very similar except made out ...

In GEAR » Just got a Golite Shangri-La 1
November 03, 7:32am

potassium chloride
Just don't overdo it, there is such a thing as too much potassium. To much salt can be bad, but too much potassium can be lethal.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ramen Noodles
November 01, 5:59pm

Of course. Why didn't I think of that?

In Multiple Use Gear » insoles as fly swatters
November 01, 5:00pm

I think the Ion is too small for all that gear, unless you strap stuff to the outside, but the Ion has no straps. I can only use my ion for day hikes or very minimal summer one nighters, no kit...

In GEAR » Will my gear fit in the Golite Ion?
November 01, 10:37am

Making White Spinnaker Stealth
Many of us have backpacking shelters made out of white or other bright/non-stealth colored spinnaker and wish we could make them more stealth. I have only tested on swatches of white spinnaker s...

In GEAR » Making White Spinnaker Stealth
November 01, 9:50am

No to Ramen
Most noodles, especially ramen noddles are mostly air. Angel hair pasta is much denser, takes up way less pack space and cooks quick. The flavor packets that come with ramen are nasty garbage. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ramen Noodles
October 31, 7:09pm

Re: Stealth Overnight near NYC, NY
> I thought I remembered you selling of gear a while back, No, not me. I bought some gear on BPL. I don't do any long extreme hikes, but I do backpack when I can. In fact I hope do do a l...

In Post-Trip Reports » Stealth Overnight near NYC, NY
October 31, 6:33pm

Thanks for your trip report. Maybe some day...

In Post-Trip Reports » Serendipidy
October 31, 4:49pm

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