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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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reminder of simple yet effective MUG
I always carry a few safety pins for many repairs, attachments and even bent one into a fish hook once to catch dinner. Once held up the seat of my pants with several when a seam ripped open in a ...

In Multiple Use Gear » reminder of simple yet effective MUG
August 13, 7:45am

My reason for asking
You can try the garden hose or sprinkler test. Be aware that you can see some condensation inside if you do the garden hose test in hot and/or humid weather.

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 13, 7:30am

As far as the spinnaker being noisy, it quiets down after being packed and unpacked a few times. I find that it can be a little crinkly during setup, but once pitched makes no sound, or at least...

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 13, 3:06am

You can also add tint by adding a small amount of pigment powder to the solvent/silicone mixture. I turned my bright white SpinnShelter into a slightly duller finish by adding a little pigment pow...

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 12, 5:05pm

ULA Packs: colors and materials
The standard color fabric is very durable for it's weight. I don't see the need for anything more durable. I personally wouldn't want camo because of the "playing army" a...

In GEAR » ULA Packs: colors and materials
August 12, 4:54pm

Tarp + Bivy weight savings, what am I missing?
Weight is not the main advantage. Flexibility is better with a tarp/bivy. As stated you don't have to use both, but there are other more important reasons. If it is cold out, or the weat...

In GEAR » Tarp + Bivy weight savings, what am I missing?
August 12, 4:46pm

Advice from Gatewood Cape or Poncho owners
I often wear my ground cloth as a skirt when the rains are cold. If i'm not cold, then the dampness isn't an issue. Wind pants help and because they breath better than rain pants, you ...

In GEAR » Advice from Gatewood Cape or Poncho owners
August 10, 3:40am

Cuben MLD Cricket tarp for an AT thru-hike?
Also consider the MLD Patrol. It has a similar foot print and weight, but has more room around the head/face area when pitched. It does require two poles, but the pole at the foot can be short...

In GEAR » Cuben MLD Cricket tarp for an AT thru-hike?
August 10, 3:15am

generic zinc oxide
Re: Spelt's questions, Zinc oxide ointment can be greasy and does leave a white stain on clothing. The white stain does wash out and the greasiness has never been an issue with me. I c...

In GEAR » Sunscreen
August 08, 4:50pm

Monkey Pillow summer Coupon 25% off
I ordered mine. I don't know why I waited so long. Thanks for the reminder

In Gear Deals » Monkey Pillow summer Coupon 25% off
August 08, 7:55am

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