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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Compressing Synthetics
I tend to not compress synthetics as much as down. Strong compression is not good for the longevity of either, but synthetics tend to not recover as well. I do believe in synthetics for wet envi...

In GEAR » How to Pack Synthetic Insulated Garments
September 23, 6:14pm

Re: RE: Ultralite
Look for "Round Stainless Steel Lunch Box - With Dish" I can't actually link to the page:-) They have three sizes. You can see the dimensions when you click on the selection bar. ...

In GEAR » Pot to heat water on/in the fire
September 23, 8:50am

Meteor Bivy
"Larry is right regarding the Trailstar. A Meteor Bivy is an easy bug solution. I just prefer more bug-free space." Although there are roomier options, the Meteor is far less claustrop...

In GEAR » Recommendations on a tarp system
September 22, 9:07am

I use my titanium backpacking pot. The soot washes off. If you are worried about getting your pot dirty, a good cheap, but slightly heavier altrnative would be:

In GEAR » Pot to heat water on/in the fire
September 22, 8:15am

Lots to recomend
You can always refill the stove if it doesn't make it to a boil. I have done this many times when I've had a big pot and many mouths to feed. Check out Zelph's stoves as well: http:...

In GEAR » alcohol stove
September 19, 6:06am

The Smell
Is there such a thing as a good unscented hand sanitizers? I'm tired of getting bombarded with flying insects soon after application. Also, I use Kirks Castile soap, it has very little scen...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hand Sanitizers: My Journey Towards Discovering Best Practices for Wilderness Hygiene
September 01, 6:42am

Found stuff
I have always been able to find something to act as a deadman anchor, driftwood, rocks, various trash items, ... Sand is a lot easier than deep snow. Beaches are always strewn with objects to use.

In GEAR » Pitching a tarp in beach sand?
August 23, 7:02pm

Lyme disease has proven to be far more toxic to humans and dogs than Permethrin. Cats are another thing and although it is harmless to them after the permethrin has set and the clothing washed o...

In GEAR » Permethrin. What it will and won't do?
August 22, 10:05pm

Re: BearPaw
Yes, the Bearpaw looks good.

In GEAR » Six Moon Designs Customer Service
August 22, 10:00pm

Re: Full brimmed hat.
Ditto on the full brimmed hat. Bets thing for sun and rain protection. I have found the OR Seattle Sombrero to not breath enough for hot sunny weather. I use a mesh wide brimmed hat for those ti...

In GEAR » Need help with some basics
August 20, 7:41am

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