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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: Put the batteries in backwards
I think it is ridiculous that Microsoft thinks they can patent that. The technology has been around for a very long time. They may have a new twist on it though? I always find it odd that elect...

In GEAR » Put the batteries in backwards
July 02, 10:07am

Advantages of braided mason line.
I avoid Home Depot and the likes because I can. There are plenty of good family owned construction supplies near me. I eventually got rid of most of my tensioning devices as I find that mason li...

In GEAR » Guy-lines for Tarp
July 02, 5:36am

Re: Hood
I've used both. I'd guess a hood wouldn't be so good for bicycling or running, but I really like it for hiking. Pull it over a baseball cap or beanie to block the heat robbing wind. ...

In GEAR » Windshirts - What am I missing?
July 02, 5:14am

Re: bug bivy
Yes, you could ditch the ground sheet. I carry my bug bivy even when it isn't bug season. You can use the bivy as a groundcloth and if there is strong weather, you can pull the netting up to he...

In GEAR » Finally got a tarp
July 02, 4:14am

It doesn't really get any better than the mountains near SLC. I have done winter trips in the area, mostly lower elevations, but it is winter/snow camping. When it starts getting cold, head...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking/Hiking near SLC
July 01, 6:38pm

Re: Backpacking/Hiking near SLC
I used to live in SLC. Lots of places in the Wasatch and Uinta(Ashley) mountain areas. Parts of the Oker(spelling?) mountains can be nice. You don't have to go far for great backpacking. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking/Hiking near SLC
July 01, 6:28pm

Re: Windshirts
My experience: Windshirts blocks wind, but allows water vapor to escape. Rain shells do not. A windshirt over fleece/sweater makes a huge difference in warmth. It will also repel light rain....

In GEAR » Windshirts - What am I missing?
July 01, 6:06pm

Re: Generic "Tyvek" - heavier than silnylon
Yes, standard construction Tyvek is heavier. Makes for a great groundcloth if you are dealing with sharp jagged rocks, cactus and broken glass, but I would never use it as a shelter. I tried onc...

In GEAR » Generic "Tyvek" - heavier than silnylon
July 01, 5:57pm

I tend to stick with less visible line, but that is because I often have to stealth camp. A lot of great backpacking in my area, but areas don't allow camping. I've never had any issues,...

In GEAR » Guy-lines for Tarp
July 01, 5:53pm

Re: Re: Duofold shirts
Duofold have many styles and weights. Some are mostly cotton, most are a blend of cotton, merino and polyester. The light 85% poly 15% cotton version are are what I like and they are relativel...

In GEAR » Duofold shirts
July 01, 8:03am

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