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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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A gear item For All of Us
I agree. After thinking I was going to have to have the zipper removed and a new zipper sewed on, I did my googling and found that in most cases it was just a pinch with the needle-nose players was...

In Gear Deals » A gear item For All of Us
August 29, 5:00pm

Are store-bought dehydrated meals odor proof as far as bears are concerned?
It is amazing how odors can get through most odor proof bags. Humans may not be able to smell the food, but bears, dogs, ... can sure smell it. One good thing is that it is a very faint smell a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Are store-bought dehydrated meals odor proof as far as bears are concerned?
August 25, 10:31am

Smoke smell
Those of us that grew up before the smoking bans remember a time when everything smelled of cigarettes. You ate in restaurants in a cloud of smoke. Most businesses had ash trays. Even movie ...

In GEAR » Getting ciagarette smell out of tent
August 25, 6:21am

The Yama bug shelter looks like a great piece of kit. Good for many tarp applications. I'd buy if I didn't have a bug tent already.

In Gear Swap » FS: Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter
August 24, 5:35pm

Monkey Pillow summer Coupon 25% off
Not only does my pillow now stay in place, the edition of the fleece material makes my pillow warmer.

In Gear Deals » Monkey Pillow summer Coupon 25% off
August 24, 5:21pm

Casual Hoody
+1 on the Melanzana. I own two and carry one of them with me all the time. I like the flexibility of the hood design and the grid fleece. The grid fleece works real well in wet environments w...

In GEAR » ultralight hoody that's casual?
August 24, 4:55pm

Getting ciagarette smell out of tent
Cigarette, cigar, or pretty much any smoke smell will go away if set up in a ventilated area for a while. Also, you can adjust to the smell after a while if you need to use it right away.

In GEAR » Getting ciagarette smell out of tent
August 24, 4:45pm

Smelly backpack
Also store it in the driest most well ventilated area you can find. Use a fan if that helps. Occasionally washing it in gentle detergent and then back to the dry well ventilated area for a few...

In GEAR » Smelly backpack
August 24, 4:41pm

Alcohol Stoves Reconsidered
Alcohol stoves have evolved somewhat. Many have improvements in efficiency and/or safety. Zelph is constantly testing and improving his stoves and I know the one I purchased from him a couple ye...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alcohol Stoves Reconsidered
August 22, 5:37pm

Re: MeCo 120
@Doug I, I'm a standard large. Why, do you have one you want to unload? You can PM me.

In GEAR » World's lightest tee shirt: Rohan Ultra Silver Tee
August 22, 7:43am

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