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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: fleece or polartec?
Regarding wind resistance, I consider wind resistance a moot point when combined with an outer shell. In fact that is one of the reasons I like fleece, it is highly breathable and allows you stay ...

In GEAR » fleece or polartec?
November 12, 3:17am

for winter emergency shelter: bivy or bothy bag?
I'd think a bivy would be about the only way to go if overnight was possible. A modern bothy is designed for taking breaks, or at least the ones I've seen and not designed to sleep in. ...

In GEAR » for winter emergency shelter: bivy or bothy bag?
November 12, 3:09am

Pot Size
By the way... When I don't have to hike for miles and so UL is not a goal, I bring along an aluminum disk a little wider in diameter than my pot. I made it from a piece of 1/8' or 3/16&q...

In Gear Deals » Montbell pots
November 06, 5:18pm

Montbell pots
I have the Montbell Cooker #2. It is supposed be 1.3 liter capacity. I show it will hold just over 1.1 liters. Sounds like they may be adding the capacity of the lid? Most people would pr...

In Gear Deals » Montbell pots
November 06, 3:21pm

Backpacking With A Thermometer
I work in IT. I always had this big old slide rule hanging on the wall of my cubicle. It's always amazing how many IT people point at it and say "What's that?"

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Thermometer
November 06, 3:30am

tarp coverage
Yes, hang your tarp lower if you think you could get wind blown rain/snow. I am also a big fan of the Warbonnet hammock sock when the weather could be cold/wet/windy. I set it up ready to use w...

In Hammocks » tarp coverage
November 03, 11:39am

Montbell pots
@Delmar, Yes, aluminum flashing would be nicer than the foil. The foil that I use is almost as heavy as flashing material. It is the type that they sell in art supply stores, kind of in-between ...

In Gear Deals » Montbell pots
November 03, 10:07am

Montbell pots
My pot of choice is a wide shallow Montbell pot. I ditched the lid. It was too heavy. I now use am aluminum foil lid. The lid could be nice for those that could use it as a shallow skil...

In Gear Deals » Montbell pots
November 02, 10:55am

Favorite guy line?
Lawson's, Zing-it and other slick line are great for bear bag line, and that is how I use it, but it's not my preference for guy-lines because of the way hitch knots can slip sometimes. ...

In GEAR » Favorite guy line?
November 02, 10:08am

Q: colder weather hammock gear
On the subject of hammock socks or bottom quilt covers, I think having good breathability is important to reduce any moisture gathering inside you sleep system. The exception would be if you use...

In Hammocks » Q: colder weather hammock gear
October 30, 6:01pm

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