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Robin McKay (rlmckay) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Auckland NZ
About Me I have been tramping (Americans say hiking) since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I have mostly tramped the South Island of NZ. Due to business commitments these days I usually squeeze in about 5 trips a year - mainly 3 to 5 days with always a big Christmas trip (our summer) of 14 plus days.
I belong to the Auckland Tramping club - a very active organisation - Google it.
I started Lightweight Tramping about 8 years ago - rather fanatical about it now!
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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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Re: Re: Water Purifiers
Thanks Dale, so you are saying small is beautiful :) Our authorities are the same re water treatment advice although notices tend to say, "water is safe to drink, but you may wish to treat ...

In GEAR » Water Purifiers
March 26, 7:28pm

Re: Re: Steripen
Chris (and others) great observation re water weight to carry whilst waiting for treatment to work - verses say pump. We are a party of two so the MSR hyperflow or Steripen seems best option for a ...

In GEAR » Water Purifiers
March 26, 7:14pm

Re: Re: Water Purifiers
Agree John, but I've drunk "straight" through 50years of hiking in the high country of NZ with no problems - It makes me chuckle when I see American and German hikers sitting next to ...

In GEAR » Water Purifiers
March 26, 7:06pm

Water Purifiers
I am from NZ and 2 of us are hiking the JMT in August - We never purify water here! The joys of a pure green environment! In fact, I have read many scientific articles, that with common sense, ...

In GEAR » Water Purifiers
March 24, 1:27am

Tarptent Sold
Doug - Sorry it's sold - I sent you an email. Thanks for your interest - Rob

In Gear Swap » Squall Classic Tarp Tent
February 28, 1:01pm

Squall Classic Tarp Tent
No need for a "sell job" on this classic masterpiece! If you're a Backpackinglight fan you know these tarps inside out. I have had this for about 4 years and only used it for ...

In Gear Swap » Squall Classic Tarp Tent
February 28, 12:15am

Hi Rusty - Love my tarp - The customised extended beak Joe did is now an optional extra on his website at - He will sew one in for you for about $60. I see he now has a bug biv th...

In GEAR » Zpacks Hexamid Tarp: pole for & bug bivy questions.
February 14, 11:42pm

Hexamid Tarp
Chris - It hasn't arrived yet - Expect it in a couple of weeks. I will post pictures on my blog. Why not subscribe and when I get the pics up you will get automatic notification. Go to http:...

In GEAR » Just received my ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
October 09, 7:23pm

Hexamid Tarp
Just browsing the site - did you get the tarp? I just order the no-mesh version - I am in NZ and we get a lot of rain down here - like Pacific NW. Joe was great, most helpful. After discussion ...

In GEAR » Zpacks Hexamid Tarp: pole for & bug bivy questions.
October 01, 4:02am

Re: My ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp: 2nd Observation
Roger - Have you tested this set-up in driving rain yet?? I just ordered the tarp version and being in NZ got Joe to customize a "roll-up" extension to the beak to stop rain spray. ...

In GEAR » Just received my ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
September 29, 2:48am

All Reader Reviews by Robin McKay

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zpacks Company
I ordered the Hexamid and asked Joe to customise an extended beak - This customisation is now a standard option! Joe was soooooo helpful with this design change. great communication. I have returned...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 02, 8:42pm

Montrail Vitesse
I agee with Stephen - the sole structure makes it hard to use a gaiter with under strap, there is no arch to protect wear. I've been a "boot man" for 30 years. Changing my footwear was the hardest d...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 26, 12:47am

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
I use to swear by my MacPac but when I started going light a couple of years ago, 750grams of jacket became a "must ditch" item. Enter Marmot Precip. Now after two season and a work out on NZ's Stewar...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 26, 12:28am

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
This jacket is the "bees knees". So light, so warm. One off my best buys. Here in NZ we can only get the traditional down jackets. Whilst well made and very warm for our conditions, they are almost do...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 26, 12:21am

ULA Conduit
I already own and have used ULAs P1 but wanted something that dropped from the +50 litre to around +30 litre size - very few light weight pack slotted into this area. Brian has done a superb job with ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 4:35am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I tamp (you guys call it hiking) in NZ - conditions are pretty ruggard - all the outdoor people here wear heavy boots. About two years ago I went light weight. The boots were the last item to get my h...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 28, 4:20am

Macpac Adventure
This bag is new to the Macpac (NZ Brand) range. It was designed for the UL adventure runners. It is a fully waterproof down bag and comes in 3 different temp ratings. I love mine and for NZ condition...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 06, 2:53am

Tarptent Squall
I tramp in NZ - our gear has traditionally been TOUGH and built to last three generations!! I had a Macpac Nautilus 2 man double walled tent before moving to UL tramping 2 years ago. This tent weighed...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 06, 2:42am

ULA Equipment P-1
I live and tramp in NZ (Americans call it hiking) I feel tramping is between hiking and mountaineering. I've been tramping for 40 years and always been loyal to our traditional "bullet proof" gear. Th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 06, 2:28am