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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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I haven't seen enough splatter to make it past the bathtub/mesh on mine. Maybe I'll finally get to test it in the Wind River area in a couple weeks. I have seen it in other shelters, ...

In GEAR » Questions About Recently Acquired Gear
July 19, 7:19pm

Re: Floorless Shelters
Normally a floorless shelter doesn't mean you sleep on the cold wet ground. You have either a drop cloth, ultralight bivy or in some cases a sleeping pad is enough. I go the ultralight bivy ...

In GEAR » Lessons learned on colorado trail
July 19, 7:11pm

Re: Is non-waterproof footwear really better?
> Blisters are not caused by dirt; > they are caused by ill-fitting shoes and rubbing. What I mean is that bigger grit or pebbles can get in the wide openings in water shoes. These can c...

In GEAR » Is non-waterproof footwear really better?
July 18, 6:14pm

Re: FS: BPL/Oware Bivy Sack
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In Gear Swap » FS: BPL/Oware Bivy Sack
July 18, 5:58pm

Re: Yes
I think it has to do with inconsistancies in body type. If you have long head/neck and shorter body, being taller is OK. The 5' 10" recomendation may be for short neck/head, longer bod...

In Gear Swap » WTT: U.L.SS.Down Hugger #1 & 4 Long For Regular Sizes.
July 18, 5:02pm

Re: Questions About Recently Acquired Gear
I'd leave the Haven in the separate sacks, it often packs better and you can stuff the wet fly in the outside pocket of your ULA pack. If the net-tent is dry, put it inside. When you get hom...

In GEAR » Questions About Recently Acquired Gear
July 18, 4:02pm

Re: Is non-waterproof footwear really better?
A shoe that has open mesh, like water shoes, would let in too much dirt and grit on dusty trails. This could contribute to abrasion and blisters.

In GEAR » Is non-waterproof footwear really better?
July 18, 3:16pm

Re: Regarding poncho tarp combos...
The SMD Gatewood is different than others. You can set it up while your inside, never having to leave. I've also worn a windshirt under the cape. So when I have to get out of the shelter fo...

In GEAR » Regarding poncho tarp combos...
July 18, 3:11pm

Ditto here. Less messy just using the pot. It can be a pain to clean the pot depending. Dirt/sand/leaves, followed by a good rinsing 100' or more from the next water source.

In GEAR » Questions from my last hike - bleach taste, labeling, FBC, bear bagging
July 18, 2:47pm

Two methods
I usually do the alternating loop method, the way theater audio, video, lighting, gaffers, sailors, ... do. Or, not as nice, but easier to get the hang of, fold in half repeatedly and tie it int...

In GEAR » storing long cord
July 18, 2:03pm

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