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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: Re: Wet Down vs. Synthetic Fill
Re: "Ray Jardine's gear list isn't actually all that terribly light. He got people on the bandwagon for hiking light, but he's by no means the lightest out there." Although...

In GEAR » Wet Down vs. Synthetic Fill
July 12, 10:28pm

Re: Feedback wanted from tarp users
I know many people who have complained about grommets. And I would agree that grommets without proper reinforcement can rip through, but reinforced grommets on silnylon has held up well for me. I...

In GEAR » Feedback wanted from tarp users
July 12, 8:24pm

Moab Ventilators
From my limited experience with them, The wides are wide enough for my wide feet and they get better traction on wet rocks than other Merrels I've tried. I haven't put enough miles on them...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 12, 8:17pm

Re: Mesh
Thanks Dan, I've been away. Yes, I didn't mean to imply that somehow the Haven had mesh that was less durable. The mesh is the same as others and can be damaged in a number of the same ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Six Moon Designs' Haven NetTent
July 08, 8:56pm

Re: Montbell UL
I'm just under 6' and find the regular sleeping bags are usually too short. Montbell bags usually run shorter than other companies. I believe the regulars are usually rated for 5'10&quo...

In Gear Swap » FS Tarptent Contrail, Montbell Sleeping bags, Vargo, Equinox
July 08, 8:34am

Thermal Sheets
Do you know how long the Montbell Thermal Sheets is? They don't specify the length on their web site. They do specify the girth though? I'm probably too tall and concerned that I woul...

In Gear Swap » FS Tarptent Contrail, Montbell Sleeping bags, Vargo, Equinox
July 08, 8:23am

Re: Haven
Oh, by the way, I have no holes in mine yet and I have been pretty rough with it. I can see how easily I could have damaged mine if I hadn't been lucky.

In Gear Swap » FS: Six Moon Designs' Haven NetTent
July 08, 7:29am

Re: Haven
I would have jumped on it in a heartbeat if I didn't already have one. Adds very little weight to repair. The repairs are usually solid and do not reduce the value of the net in my opinion....

In Gear Swap » FS: Six Moon Designs' Haven NetTent
July 08, 7:26am

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

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