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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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Hot night in Bugtown
I'm looking for solutions to sleep in comfort under hot, buggy conditions while still going ultralight. I'm always looking to keep my load as light as possible, so I am reluctant to pac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hot night in Bugtown
May 09, 9:19am

What socks do you prefer?
I've worn Smartwool socks for years and favor them over all others I've tried. My current favorites are the Adrenaline Light Micro, as seen here:

In GEAR » What socks do you prefer?
May 09, 7:21am

Ditto on the REI Sahara Convertibles. They are light and tough and dry quickly. They fit well and are comfy. In shorts mode they feel and work great, and the pant legs go easily on/off over your...

In GEAR » I need a couple new pairs of Pants for this Spring & Summer...
May 08, 3:18pm

GG Murmur
I was a big fan of the Whisper, and still enjoy mine. But I bought a Murmur because it added the two things I frequently found myself wishing for on the Whisper, namely the side pockets and the sle...

In GEAR » GG Murmur
May 06, 6:39pm

Bleach and bear country
>>Why would a bear want to check out bleach? << Maybe he wants to get his whites whiter? Sorry, couldn't resist. :o) Michael

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bleach and bear country
May 05, 7:54am

It actually works
An unlubricated condom actually works very well as an EMERGENCY water carrier. Balloons are nearly useless for this application, but condoms are relatively easily filled, hold two liters of water o...

In Multiple Use Gear » Clever adaptations
May 05, 7:48am

Easily Overheating - remedies?
FWIW, I take Lipitor and have experienced no problems from it. Hope you can find the solution to your situation soon. Michael

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Easily Overheating - remedies?
May 04, 9:24am

Bug dope works too
Certain types of liquid bug dope--like Jungle Juice for example--also make a good firestarter. A squirt on your tinder bundle and a touch of a flame is all that it takes. Michael

In Multiple Use Gear » Hand sanitizer as a fire starter
May 04, 9:13am

Old guys rule...
...or so the series of T-shirts say. I wanna know what it is that we supposedly rule. I am the token "old guy" on nearly every backpacking trip. I can never find guys my own age to hik...

In On the Web » Old People are Better Trekkers
May 03, 3:26pm

Re: Platypus for alcohol fuel
I have had the same thing happen to a Platy that sat in a cupboard filled with fuel for about 7 months. It not only developed pronounced vertical wrinkles, but also lost most of its fuel, though be...

In GEAR » Platypus for alcohol fuel
May 02, 11:55pm

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