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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 also have the American Harvest drier and have used it to dry veggies, fruits, meats, and sauces. Mine's about 3 years old and still going strong. I think it's a very good product.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What Dehydrator should I buy?
June 06, 3:39pm

"Six-pack"? He's got the whole keg!

In Chaff » Beer
March 25, 10:49am

MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp...and beer
Thanks Steven, Those photos are a great help, and now I'm SERIOUSLY anxious to receive mine from MLD! BTW, I'm also 6'3" so it's comforting to know this setup works for us t...

In GEAR » MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp
May 22, 10:13am

Hiking with ALICE
Hi Rob, From your avatar and description, your ruck looks like an old ALICE pack. The Army used packs of that style for a lot of years. I've seen old canvas ones from the pre-vietnam era. Th...

In GEAR » call me crazy, but I like this old army ruck sack
May 21, 8:45am

Reflectix pot cozie
Yep, OSH. Buy it by the foot and pay less. I bought 2 or 3 feet of it and have made many cozies from it. I still have some left over. I think I paid more for the Reflectix tape than for the Reflect...

In Make Your Own Gear » Reflectix pot cozie
May 17, 11:10pm

MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case
Thanks for a great idea! I had a camera that needed a pocket case, and some spare bubble wrap and duct tape lying around, so this article couldn't have been better timed for me. I really like t...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case
May 14, 11:15am

Six Moons Meteor Bivy
Yep, I would also like to know the updated price, as I am in the market for some good, lightweight, bug protection. How soon can we order, Ron? Michael

In GEAR » Six Moons Meteor Bivy
May 11, 5:04pm

Swiss Brass Alcohol Stove
Thanks for the info, Cameron! I assumed that "rubbing alcohol" referred to isopropyl, but your info and a quick Google confirmed otherwise. Since I try to learn at least one thing new ...

In GEAR » Swiss Brass Alcohol Stove
May 11, 5:02pm

Swiss Brass Alcohol Stove
Just don't use their advice to "fill the burner with rubbing alcohol" as this will result in a worldfull of smoke and soot. Use HEET or denatured alcohol instead. I love Trangias, ...

In GEAR » Swiss Brass Alcohol Stove
May 11, 4:10pm

"Smoking and hiking..."
I'm late to this discussion, but I'll weigh in anyway. I have quit smoking cigarettes and it was precisely because of hiking and backpacking. I am feeling much better and getting in more mi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Smoking and hiking...
May 10, 8:19pm

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