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kevin davidson (kdesign) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me je suis un alpiniste, skieur de randonee, marcheur ultra léger, dessinateur d'intérieurs, et connoisseur de microbrew.
moins c'est plus!
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re.Kinsman Pullover
Nice! What did the total weight turn out to be?

In Make Your Own Gear » Kinsman pullover w/mod
June 25, 1:49pm

MB bag covers---not bivys.
I've seen them.They really are bag covers rather than full-fledged bivys, what with the small size, rudimentary closure and hood, no provision for netting. Everything but the size could be hack...

In GEAR » Montbell Bivy Experience?
June 25, 1:45pm

Names, "names" and such
Musing---I guess the community has become so large that we now have to flee to relative anonymity. Fears of loss of privacy, malicious acts, perhaps some here have had actual experiences of such. E...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Hide Name In Posts
June 25, 10:10am

re. Aluminized exteriors on shelters/ peak vents
Stealth camping advocates will go bonkers. :-)> On the peak vent issue, I also think they do some good, particularly for a pyramid tent whose sides are dug down below snow level in a Winter c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Condensation in Single-walled Shelters: Contributing Factors and Tips for Reduction
June 25, 8:04am

Why, why, why?
It's now possible to come in under 10 oz., carrying both a dedicated windshirt and a dedicated rain jacket. I think this fact alone derails serious consideration of trying to H2O proof a winds...

In GEAR » Waterproofing a wind shirt
June 24, 9:15pm

Volume debate deflated.
And there we have it.... :-)> But did he pack a camera?

In GEAR » Cocoon quilts
June 24, 8:41pm

and more volume...
The key factor concerning compressibility is ---how quickly do you want your Polarguard Delta insulation to die? If you over compress it, you're apt to damage it. If you throw in a couple of mo...

In GEAR » Cocoon quilts
June 24, 6:56pm

Cocoon quilt volume issues
Remember, these were initially designed for the Arctic 1000 trek and used in conjunction with the Arctic Drybag Pack which has a lot of volume potentially at it's service. It's a stretch to...

In GEAR » Cocoon quilts
June 24, 6:25pm

that Zip Pack, we keep hearing about.
I'm waiting to zip along with one of these, myself. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, Ron. Per above, always glad to hear that MLD's gear is constantly getting tweaked.

In GEAR » MLD Zip Pack?
June 24, 6:08pm

Featherlite H2O
If it had a hood it would be dangerous. But it's not particularly breathable--it's really sort of a b-astard in the category. I wish more UL jackets had the pronounced droptail of this garm...

In GEAR » Waterproofing a wind shirt
June 23, 6:43pm

All Reader Reviews by kevin davidson

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Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
In the Sub one pound category of packs made specifically for backpacking, this is probably the finest blend of form and function---a "practical" SUL Pack that is still composed of lightweigh...

In Backpacks - Frameless
July 22, 9:53pm

Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
...but I do actually own one of these puppies, so I'll chime in. It's thin, thin, thin and I could squeeze a significant dent into it, in my hand. You don't get this extreme level of light...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 12:55pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
It's never leaked in it's 1 1/2 years of use and have come to trust it. I generally use this on group trips where it's nice to have larger volumes of purified water on hand in camp situati...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 9:01pm

Platypus Platy Reservoir
The dedicated hydration systems by Platypus are more reliable than the "retrofit" of the resevoir into one. The Big Zip is far better to the purpose.

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 8:54pm
Very efficient and friendly CS from BPL. Addie (and Ryan---when A. is on vacation) runs a tight ship----my questions and requests have been handled very promptly and services like running down to the ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 14, 3:02pm

BMW Cocoon Pro 60 Parka
Another preliminary review focusing on fit, features and construction. Although many of you might be more attracted with the (on paper) 1 oz. savings of weight of the Cocoon Hooded Pullover, the Pr...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
July 12, 10:13pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Pants
I got these to supplement my aging Golite Synergy pants---they have several things going for them. They are very light, very water resistant and have partial leg zips to ease putting on over shoes or ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
July 06, 12:12pm

MiniBullDesigns SSBIT
Another very fine MBD alcohol stove. This one is a pressurized top jet design that produces a flame narrow enough to use with Heine and Foster can/pots. It was ostensibly designed to retrofit Esbit s...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 06, 11:51am

ULA Equipment
Brian is not only a great designer of packs, but a great sewer, too, when the seamstress brigades of Logan, UT are fully engaged. He also has entertained us over the last few years with on-line diarie...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 05, 9:30pm

MiniBullDesigns Stealth (ver.1)
This fierce but absurdly light (.23 oz.) little side-burner is great for boiling water in a Snow Peak 600 cup. Takes about 6 min. Burns for about 8 minutes or so on 1 oz. of fuel. This was an earli...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 02, 11:23am