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Philip Mack Furlow (PhilipMack) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Texas
About Me 38, married, 3 children. Backpack with buddies and kiddos, mainly summertime in the high country - Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico and Idaho. Also do some spring, fall and winter hikes in the Texas Hill Country, Piney Woods of East Texas and some trips planned for West Texas.
My PDF Gear ListBitterroot Divide 6 days - lighter but not as light as could be

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All Forum Posts by Philip Mack Furlow

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Thanks folks
Thanks for the advice. I am contemplating the SMD Gateway Poncho/Tarp for a Solo set up and the Rainshadow II for outings with the boys. All advice is much appreciated. In my younger days when...

In GEAR » Tent vs. Tarp
January 28, 9:25am

Tent vs. Tarp
Can y'all recommend articles regarding tent vs. tarp. I have a pretty good bivy and have camped in a BD BetaMid and a Sierra Designs Oragami UL. I have been debating between lighter tradition...

In GEAR » Tent vs. Tarp
January 27, 10:06am

All Reader Reviews by Philip Mack Furlow

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Cabela's XPG bivy
Cabelas XPG Bivy is Big for Big Guys. This is my first bivy purchase and it is heavier than many of the bivy's I read about on BPL. However, 15oz for a 40"X90" bivy is pretty good. It...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
July 04, 5:20pm

Black Diamond Gradient
Found these on sale at and they have performed extremely well. Last year in Colorado stepped into deep mud and my left foot sunk over a foot. The pole bent - but did not break. I re...

In Trekking Poles
July 04, 5:10pm

Smart Wool Lightweight Block Tee
Smart Wool Shirt is Smart Investment that might save your marriage. Just ask my economist wife. I love this shirt. It is comfortable, light, cool when hot, warm when cool, and best of all when swea...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 27, 2:21pm

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
Found PreCip on sale for $43.00 bucks with sale price and added coupon and I must admit that I couldn't be happier with the purchase. The big pit zips work great and vent well. The Hood is we...

In Clothing - Raingear
June 27, 1:11pm

Big Agnes Horse Thief
Last year on a trip a buddy of mine had the Big Agnes Horse Thief. It spread out on the tent floor and looked luxurious after 8 miles and 3500 feet elevation gain. So when they went on sale I picked...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 30, 10:33am

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
In my quest to move to lighter gear my sleeping pad was the last thing to give up. I love my 15 year old full length thermarest that weighs in close to 2lbs 6oz. It is heavy but awesome to sleep on....

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 30, 9:24am

Sierra Designs Origami 2 UL
The Origami 2 UL is a five equilateral triangle design that provides excellent wind and weather protection. At 1lb 12.5 oz it is a bit heavy for a UL tarp - but it provides ample room for two campers...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 23, 7:43pm

Montrail Hardrock
In search of the perfect lightweight hiking shoe/boot - I have tried trail running shoes and lightweight boots. And I just can't find anything that can beat the Hardrock. This shoe has excellen...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 22, 10:47pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Buddy of mine recommended this and found one on sale. Purchased it for me and sent it to me with the bill. It is a light weight, warm piece of gear that serves as a great warm insulation pullover (b...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 07, 6:17pm

Smartwool Midweight Merino Wool Turtle neck
Sorry guys - hit the wrong button. Meant to ask Ron a question about this shirt and ended up in the wrong spot. Couldn't back out of the screen Thanks for the information Ron. Do you think th...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 19, 7:52pm