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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Re: Duofold shirts
I swear by my light white duofold long sleeve for summer sun protection. The small amount of cotton does soak up some water, but not that much of an issue in the summer. The important thing is n...

In GEAR » Duofold shirts
June 30, 9:12am

Clothing in a stuff bag
I often wear all my cloths to bed when it's cold out so clothes aren't an option. The Montbel is the most comfortable for me. We've added straps to hold it on our sleeping pads. No...

In GEAR » Pillow woes
June 30, 6:30am

Hike your own Hike
I ran into a guy who won't carry a shelter heavier than one pound, but would never consider backpacking without his chainsaw. He is not a trail maintainer, just has to build big bonfires:-) ...

In GEAR » Heavy gear that works
June 30, 6:22am

Re: Montbell Crescent 2
I own one. It is very storm-proof and reasonably light. Good for when the wind could get extreme. The smallish door helps keep the bugs from coming in when you enter or exit. The door size was...

In GEAR » Montbell Crescent 2
June 30, 5:00am

The Heartbreak of Silnylon
The amount of water that silnylon can absorb is minimal compared to the weight of PU fabric. I have several silnylon, as well as PU and spinnaker shelters and I have never experienced the leaks,...

In GEAR » Heavy gear that works
June 30, 4:51am

Solid inner?
Rog said: "Maybe Ron would consider a sold inner option for the folks who prefer that." Or at least partial solid. Maybe on top only like other manufacturers. For three season, I&...

In GEAR » No More pup tents please
June 28, 6:08pm

Re: fleece weight
Re: "If we decide to go the way of fleece and find it in thrift stores (or on geartrade etc), how would I know if it is warm enough?" It has to do with the amount of fluff. Although f...

In GEAR » Outfitting for a thru-hike from scratch -- newbie on a budget
June 28, 6:02pm

Re: Bear Attack at Red River Gorge in Ky
I read that the bear ran away when another hiker jumped into the action. Poor bear will be dead by morning:-(

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Attack at Red River Gorge in Ky
June 28, 5:52pm

Re: Anyone seen this insanely cheap tyvek clothing?
I had considered using the shoes instead of crocks for around camp. I got the idea from others in this forum.

In GEAR » Anyone seen these insanely cheap tyvek clothing?
June 28, 5:49pm

Re: condensation coming through the mesh
I have experienced the issue you are talking about with a few different shelters, even in Henry Shire shelters. I always make a point of pitching silnylon shelters early and then re-tightening b...

In GEAR » No More pup tents please
June 28, 4:10pm

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