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Michael Reagan (MichaelReagan) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I started backpacking in the 1960's and still haven't had the sense to quit. I'm blessed with a wife who enjoys the wilderness as much as I do. Life is good.

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All Forum Posts by Michael Reagan

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FWIW, I'm 6'3" and my Houdini (Size XL) fits me nicely. Michael

In GEAR » Windshirt in a tall?
January 08, 4:44pm

Light and simple
After having tried just about everything on the market, I've more or less settled on Chlorine Dioxide tablets with a small mesh prefilter that fits over the mouth of my water bottles. I general...

In GEAR » Help me lighten/refine my approach to water treatment (FirstNeed vs. filter+tabs vs. steripen vs. ??)
January 04, 3:08pm

Long spoons, bags, sporks, etc.
Sarah's point is a good one. If you use the empty bag as your trash container, surgical alterations to it are right out. As an alternative, why not simply squeeze and fold the bag from the bott...

In GEAR » Best spoon device?
January 03, 9:21am

Long spoon? Why?
I find it interesting that there's a market for long-handled spoons for reaching all the way down into freeze-dried dinner pouches. Why not simply seal the pouch, flip it on its back, and cut a...

In GEAR » Best spoon device?
January 02, 9:32pm

Dire? Not so much.
I would bet that few here have ever faced a dire situation in the wilderness. Most trips are reasonably uneventful affairs in which a knife carried solely for the "what if" scenario is ne...

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
January 01, 3:42pm

Carmex Candle
This may be the most singularly useless item one could pack, or it might come in handy to a few. You decide. Take a jar of Carmex lip balm, add a wick, and presto: the Carmex Candle. On the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Carmex Candle
December 23, 4:14pm

Just beautiful, inspiring prose Craig. Joshua Tree is my favorite place on earth. It has lifted my spirits and filled me with a peace almost beyond words on many occasions. Thanks for the photos an...

In Post-Trip Reports » Covington Flats, Joshua Tree, 12/17/10
December 22, 2:59pm

I almost never take a tent on backpacking trips, much preferring a tarp of some kind. I live in Southern California yet frequently encounter rain and snow in the higher elevations. My tarps have al...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going tentless
December 22, 2:53pm

Why a knife?
I know there are plenty of threads here already on the various cutting tools our members carry, and I have found them all fascinating. From fixed blades to tiny folders, from single-edge razor blad...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why a knife?
December 21, 3:11pm

Cooking? Fosters can?
Troy, Can you tell us more about that cut-down Fosters can in your photo? It looks like an interesting project. Michael

In Gear Lists » Cooking?
December 19, 2:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Reagan

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Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I have used these little tablets on and off for a couple of decades with good results always. As has been stated, the two major downsides are that they make the water taste pretty awful and they have ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 05, 9:39am

Zpacks Cuben Fiber Suff Sack
I ordered two of these bags to try out and am very pleased with them. One has become my "sundries" bag and takes quite a bit of abuse as it is usually stuffed pretty full and is always being...

In Miscellaneous Products
June 19, 6:18pm

gossamer murmur
I think the previous two reviews were honest and fair, but if I had read them before owning the GG Murmur myself, I might have been put off buying it. My experience with the Murmur has been very po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 08, 11:33pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I have worn this shirt on several hikes that involved stretches of hot weather, full sun hiking interspersed with several deep-water river crossings and found it ideal for these conditions. The shirt ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 23, 8:38am

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
Yep, I like the dual-chamber ones too. I'm one of those folks that NEEDS a pillow to avoid neck pains and get a good night's sleep. I'm also a die-hard gram-weenie and hate to pack a 3- or...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 22, 3:29pm

End2End Trail Supply GramWeenie
Boy, am I glad I read Douglas' review! I recently bought the Gram Weenie to use with my Snow Peak 450 to make coffee or tea. The stove itself is a beauty and very tiny and light. The flame patt...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 22, 1:20pm

REI UL Flash
My wife and I both have the REI Flash 18 which is their smallest model. My wife uses hers as an everyday pack (she dislikes purses), and mine is my normal day-hike bag. We have found the quality to be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 08, 4:58pm

Tealight stove Tealight
I completely agree with the above review. It's amazing how something so simple and cheap (what do tealights cost, maybe a nickle each if you buy them in bulk?) can work so well. They are perfect f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 05, 12:38pm

trangia mini
I'm a fan of the Trangia 28 (the "Mini") despite a few minor drawbacks. First, the good. The stove is the proven Trangia double-walled alcohol burner that has essentially been the ben...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 03, 12:25pm

Botach Tactical Customer Service
My experience with this outfit has been very negative. I ordered a pack from them directly and never got a peep back in response. After a few weeks I began emailing them with all the information on my...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 14, 10:51am