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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Balls and Sunshine among 1st four to finish the CDT this year
Yes, I've been following their journals off and on over the past 3 years. They are a very special daughter father pair.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Balls and Sunshine among 1st four to finish the CDT this year
September 06, 4:45pm

icebreaker merino shrinkage?
I have a few brands of merino shirts. My icebreaker is a little large for me. So I washed it hot and put it in the dryer with my cotton stuff. It may have shrunk a little, but not much. I hav...

In GEAR » icebreaker merino shrinkage?
September 06, 8:40am

Lightweight Synthetic Insulated Pants?
The reason I mention the light fleece pants is that I tend either wear light thermal or fleece pants when cold and layer as needed. Usually only one layer when active and then throw another laye...

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic Insulated Pants?
September 05, 2:55pm

Lightweight Synthetic Insulated Pants?
I don't know how how much insulation you want, but I feel something like the Melanzana Vapor Grid Tights under hiking pants or any shell would be plenty warm for me. And they only weigh 6oz.

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic Insulated Pants?
September 05, 2:11pm

Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
An example of the Patrol/bug net combo with one corner lifted for easy entry. This picture was taken just before placing my sleeping pad and sleeping bag. I thought I was going to miss havi...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 05, 1:26pm

Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
@Dave Regarding the Patrol storm pitch: "How do you get in?" I usually unhook one corner, step in and then hook the corner tie back up from the inside. I rarely pitch it that low th...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 05, 12:40pm

Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
I posted this to demonstrate the beauty of one of the various pitches of the two pole beaked a-frame style shelters. This is an MLD Patrol pitched tight to the ground in storm pitch mode. ...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 05, 11:32am

Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
Jacob, No doubt that the Cirriform is a great backpacking shelter. I would be perfectly happy with one. I had been wanting a Patrol Shelter for quite some time and had actually been saving up...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 05, 6:23am

Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
If you think you may want to shelter two people from time to time the BearPaw Canopy 2 may be something to consider as well. It's light enough for solo, but has the extra room for another pe...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 05, 4:39am

Jacob, I do find the Meteor bivy to be a good combination with these type of shelters. I usually use a Meteor bivy during the cooler months. It adds warmth and splash/spray/spindrift protect...

In GEAR » Cuben tarp/shelter for 1
September 04, 4:31pm

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