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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Regarding zinc/titanium oxide ointments. They may rub off and are greasy to certain extent, but they stay on better than most when wet. They also reduce skin drying better than other sunscreens....

In GEAR » Sunscreen
August 08, 6:59am

Has Anyone Used a Rain "Kilt"?
I use my polycryo ground cloth. Wrap around twice and knot it at my waste. I combine with a short rain cape for my top and add windpants depending on the chill factor. Regarding: "I don&...

In GEAR » Has Anyone Used a Rain "Kilt"?
August 08, 6:47am

Sharing space?
I have always hiked with smallish solo shelters to keep the female hikers from pestering me all the time about sharing my tent with them. It's frustrating. I am not an object and hate the fa...

In GEAR » Sharing space?
August 05, 4:42pm

Tarp Size
Re: 9x9 vs 8.5x8.5. Not much difference. I'd guess that many 9x9 tarps are actually somewhat less than an even 9x9, but I haven't measured. The bigger the tarp the higher you can pitc...

In GEAR » Tarp Size
August 05, 1:39pm

Tarp Above Treeline
I am a fan of Groundhogs and I am a fan of 8" long shepherd hooks. They both have pluses and minuses. I actually carry the Groundhogs much less often now as I find the shepherd stakes work...

In GEAR » Help: Tarp Above Treeline
August 05, 10:16am

Re: Help: Tarp Above Treeline
Regarding a freestanding tent above ridgeline. Even freestanding tents have to be attached above treeline. I have seen too many freestanding kites fly away when not solidly attached, includin...

In GEAR » Help: Tarp Above Treeline
August 05, 8:39am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Help: Tarp Above Treeline
Re: " I think tying the line to a rock is good... " Or tie your line around the center of a stake(or stick) and wedge it behind two large rocks. You can add more rocks as needed. I ...

In GEAR » Help: Tarp Above Treeline
August 04, 5:28pm

Bake bread with alcy stove and caldera cone?
I don't bake much with my alky stove, but when I do, it is a combination of steam and dry bake. I do the double wall thing, but put a tablespoon or two of water in the outer container to mak...

In GEAR » Bake bread with alcy stove and caldera cone?
August 04, 5:16pm

Sharing space?
I never share space with other. Won't stay in a trail hut/shelter either. I won't share a motel room or stay in any group sleep situation. I would be in fear of my life if I did. I ma...

In GEAR » Sharing space?
August 04, 5:10pm

MLD grace duo taught pitch?
I also think the pitch of the walls and amount of catenary cut along the ridge helps determine the tightness of the ridge line. I have had a few variations of tarps with cat-cut ridges and diffe...

In GEAR » MLD grace duo taught pitch?
July 30, 5:49pm

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