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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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Firelite stuff
Any chance that the Trapper mug or something similar might be brought back? I like its minimal design and ethereal weight, but alas, I didn't learn of it until they were all sold out. Michael

In GEAR » Firelite stuff @ BPL
April 26, 3:18pm

RE: tilley hats
Funny. I find the nylon hats to be too hot and sweaty, and the cotton ones to be far more comfortable. I've worn Tilley's for years and really enjoy them. I don't even speak Canadian...

In GEAR » tilley hats
April 24, 2:11pm

RE: Frontier Pro filter leaks
Hi Diane, Have you tried it on more than one Platypus? I have the Frontier Pro and have not had problems with leakage on my 2L Platy. OTOH, I have found that when I remove the bite valve and ...

In GEAR » Frontier Pro filter leaks
April 23, 10:24am

RE: Sub 4lb - Frontenac P.P.
Nice work, Steven! Sorry if you posted this somewhere and I missed it, but is that MLD Spectralite .60 poncho in your photos? If so, how do you like it? Thanks, Michael

In Post-Trip Reports » Sub 4lb - Frontenac P.P.
April 21, 6:44pm

Book matches
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I still like and use book matches for all my lighting chores. They're light and cheap and hey, they were good enough for Colin Fletcher, right? They...

In GEAR » What do you use to start your fire/stove?
April 21, 8:45am

Cozies and such...
Some Hardware stores (like the OSH near my home) sell Reflectix by the foot. No need to buy the whole roll. I have also used the padded mailers that some companies ship small goods in as materia...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cozies and such...new to freezer bag cooking
April 20, 2:20pm

RE: REI Flash review
FWIW, I have the REI Flash 18 which is the baby of the line, advertised as a stuff-sack that converts to a summit pack. I use it as a daypack to haul my daily carry stuff around town and for weekly...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Flash 50 and Flash 65 Backpack Review
April 20, 10:49am

What's wrong?
GG has announced that they are revamping the One with a few minor tweaks. This might motivate the hard-core gear weenie to sell off his despised "old model" to gain the coveted "new ...

In GEAR » GG One - What's wrong?
September 13, 10:35am

Shop towels
I personally find this to be a good idea. I used to use a combination of regular TP followed by a "wet-wipe" type of pre-moistened towelette for post-potty hygiene. Now I simply use a lig...

In GEAR » 4"x4" blue shop towel squares???
September 08, 10:01am

Sta-bil bottles
If you use a gasoline stabilizer for long-term storage, one product, Sta-bil, comes in those exact bottles. FWIW, Michael

In GEAR » alcohol fuel bottles
January 17, 9:59am

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