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Michael Davis (mad777) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale South Florida
About Me I have a place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and hike there a few times a year and looking forward to retiring there in a few years.

In Florida, most of my camping involves kayaking on our beautiful river swamps and kicking the alligators off the banks to pitch a tent.
CityPalm Beach
StateFlorida / New Hampshire
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Re: Length of the "taller" 2010 Rainbow tarptent?
I have the (single) Rainbow and at 6'-1" I feel like I'm in a palace! You should easily enjoy it at just 3" more than me! The end walls are nearly vertical, so all that length is ...

In GEAR » Length of the "taller" 2010 Rainbow tarptent?
May 24, 7:39pm

Re: What about pyramid tents?
I have a Golite Hex3 (now called Shangra La or something close to that). It is a superb tent in the right conditions. Those conditions are, wide open space and lots of snow. The thing takes up h...

In GEAR » What about pyramid tents?
May 24, 7:26pm

Re: Pack liner vs. Pack cover
I tried the trash compactor liner and it served it's function as being water proof, lightweight and inexpensive. But I gave it up due to the frustration of trying to find anything in my pack wi...

In GEAR » Pack liner vs. Pack cover
May 24, 7:14pm

Re: Every Ounce Counts
Great article with a nice variety of pictures. I think the one piece of advice I would give to a newcomer, who is trying to lighten up, would be to purchase an electronic postal scale that will ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Every Ounce Counts
May 06, 7:13pm

Re: Merino layers vs fluffy jackets
I have a full range of merino tops and always carry two, one heavier than the other. I can then match the weather by wearing the light one, then step up to the heavier one, and finally wear both as...

In GEAR » Merino layers vs fluffy jackets
May 01, 6:49pm

Re: MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
I just love it when such simple things turn out to be so brilliant!

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
April 27, 7:25pm

Re; Fabric Color and overstuffing for DIY quilt
Jeff, I personally don't think the colors make any real difference in warmth but, certain colors may make you psychologically warmer or just make you feel good about your quilt because it l...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric Color and overstuffing for DIY quilt
April 23, 7:11pm

Re: Coolest Long Sleeve shirt
http://www.columbia.com/Tamiami%E2%84%A2-II-LS-Shirt/FM7253,default,pd.html Columbia Sportswear Tamiami II is positively the coolest shirt I have come across, and I've tried many. This is 10...

In GEAR » Coolest Long Sleeve?
April 23, 5:59pm

Re: doesn't HAVE to be gortex
For truely cold, wet, windy, winter conditions when weight doesn't matter as much a confort and safety, I use OR Cornice Mitts. Gore-tex shell, synthetic insulated liner, good palm grip but wit...

In GEAR » Gortex gloves suggestions
April 21, 4:28pm

Re: Fly tying
Fly tying is a great hobby and provides an extra measure of satisfaction when a fish is fooled by ones own fly. I'm not that good at it, especially the smallest flies, but then I hope the fish ...

In Fishing » Fly tying
April 16, 7:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Davis

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Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
I love everything about these pants! They are so light it literally feels like I'm not wearing anything. My size large weighs 4.1 oz. They have features that count but not ones that don't. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 27, 8:29pm

Big Agnes SL3
While there's no tent that works for all purposes in all environments, IMO this is the perfect tent for summer, or year round in Florida. It's a free standing, double wall tent, but the inner ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 18, 7:47pm

TNF Diad
In summary, a well designed, lightweight, but not spartan, rain jacket. The jacket is a 2008 product in TNF's Flight Series. In men's size large it weighs 8.9 ounces. I am 6'-1" a...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 19, 4:28pm

Silva Type 54 Compass
This Brunton 54LU compass is also the called the Silva Explorer 54. Brunton USA and Silva of Sweden are the same company. The product is manufactured in Sweden. I am extremely pleased with the Brun...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 13, 4:52am

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I am completely sold on Icebreaker's Tech T Lite 140 gm/m2. This shirt is pure comfort on 90+ degree, hard vertical hiking trips! I've tried poly, nylon including Columbia, Railriders, etc. Al...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 1:45pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Both my wife and I have the Max Thermo 3/4 length which weighs 15.0 oz on my scale. It has synthetic insulation inside the air chambers. It's construction is robust. I've never had a failure o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 05, 7:43am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
While I've always loved the lightweight factor of cooking with alcohol stoves, they consistantly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Fiddling with rickety pot stands, warped fly-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 05, 7:29am

MSR Wind Pro
This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for w...

In Stoves - Canister
July 05, 7:08am

Gerber EVO Titanium-Coated Serrated Knife 2.8 oz
This is a great knife if you are looking for something more substantial than a razor blade but lighter than a Bowie knife. I know many people prefer a razor blade or ripping out a pair of sizzors f...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 5:36pm

SteriPen Adventurer
At 3.6 ounces on my scale, it's lighter that pump filters (1 lb.+/-)and lighter than my ULA Amigo gravity filter (9.6oz). However, pre-filtering is required, through a bandana or coffee filter, et...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 22, 12:49pm