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Michael Davis (mad777) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale South Florida
About Me I have a place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and hike there a few times a year and looking forward to retiring there in a few years.

In Florida, most of my camping involves kayaking on our beautiful river swamps and kicking the alligators off the banks to pitch a tent.
CityPalm Beach
StateFlorida / New Hampshire

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Re: Tell me about softshell pants
For winter snowshoeing or x-country skiing, I really like pants made with Polartec Power Shield fabric. It's highly water resistant but breathable and reasonably lightweight. Sierra Designs...

In GEAR » Tell me about softshell pants
September 05, 2:11pm

Re: Why do you wear socks?
1. Abrasion: because I don't get out enough to toughen up my feet so, I need that layer to avoid abrasion. 2. Warmth: Of course this doesn't apply to summer - but wait, my socks stay wet...

In GEAR » Why do you wear socks?
September 05, 2:01pm

Re: any other non lofting insulative ideas for blankets/quilts?
Have you looked at Insultex? It needs two or more layers, each separated by an airspace. It weighs 1.35 oz/sy. Although the material isn't breathable, it is sewn to a scrim on both sides, cre...

In GEAR » any other non lofting insulative ideas for blankets/quilts?
September 04, 4:44pm

Re: Three nights in the Sierra de Secús, Spanish Pyrenees, Huesca, August 2011
Thanks for posting all the beautiful pictures. Spain is truly a wonderful landscape. My wife and I hiked in the Picos de Europa in the Cantabrian Mountains in Asturias this past May. We were...

In Post-Trip Reports » Three nights in the Sierra de Secús, Spanish Pyrenees, Huesca, August 2011
September 03, 1:54pm

Re: My 0.6 oz pillow
... or Cherrios ... then eat your pillow for breakfast! LOL

In Make Your Own Gear » My 0.6 oz pillow
September 02, 10:47am

Re: Bushcooker LT1 burn problems
I have the Bushcooker LT1 also and I've found that a near constant feed of pencil size and smaller sticks is required to keep at steady burn. If I leave it alone for much time at all, the fire...

In GEAR » Bushcooker LT1 burn problems
September 01, 6:57pm

Re: Is the Caldera cone so much more efficient rather other alcohol stove set ups?
The Caldera is much more efficient than all the typical alky stoves and windscreen setups that I tried. But, it's not just pure efficiency that has gained my loyalty as the only alky stove ...

In GEAR » Is the Caldera cone so much more efficient rather other alcohol stove set ups?
August 31, 6:25pm

Re: FS: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
It's a shame your GF doesn't like it. That's a very nice tent and happens to be my wife's favorite. Pallacial but light for it's size and free standing ability.

In Gear Swap » FS: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
August 29, 7:25pm

Re: Mosquito Proof Socks?
+1 on the Permethrin. It will last through the stream crossings. Just re-treat after a few trips.

In Make Your Own Gear » Mosquito Proof Socks?
August 29, 6:52pm

Re: Titanium stakes in a carry-on bag on flight
One could always use knitting needles as stakes! LOL

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » titanium stakes in a carry-on bag on flight
August 26, 3:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Davis

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Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
I love everything about these pants! They are so light it literally feels like I'm not wearing anything. My size large weighs 4.1 oz. They have features that count but not ones that don't. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 27, 8:29pm

Big Agnes SL3
While there's no tent that works for all purposes in all environments, IMO this is the perfect tent for summer, or year round in Florida. It's a free standing, double wall tent, but the inner ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 18, 7:47pm

TNF Diad
In summary, a well designed, lightweight, but not spartan, rain jacket. The jacket is a 2008 product in TNF's Flight Series. In men's size large it weighs 8.9 ounces. I am 6'-1" a...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 19, 4:28pm

Silva Type 54 Compass
This Brunton 54LU compass is also the called the Silva Explorer 54. Brunton USA and Silva of Sweden are the same company. The product is manufactured in Sweden. I am extremely pleased with the Brun...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 13, 4:52am

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I am completely sold on Icebreaker's Tech T Lite 140 gm/m2. This shirt is pure comfort on 90+ degree, hard vertical hiking trips! I've tried poly, nylon including Columbia, Railriders, etc. Al...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 1:45pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Both my wife and I have the Max Thermo 3/4 length which weighs 15.0 oz on my scale. It has synthetic insulation inside the air chambers. It's construction is robust. I've never had a failure o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 05, 7:43am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
While I've always loved the lightweight factor of cooking with alcohol stoves, they consistantly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Fiddling with rickety pot stands, warped fly-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 05, 7:29am

MSR Wind Pro
This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for w...

In Stoves - Canister
July 05, 7:08am

Gerber EVO Titanium-Coated Serrated Knife 2.8 oz
This is a great knife if you are looking for something more substantial than a razor blade but lighter than a Bowie knife. I know many people prefer a razor blade or ripping out a pair of sizzors f...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 5:36pm

SteriPen Adventurer
At 3.6 ounces on my scale, it's lighter that pump filters (1 lb.+/-)and lighter than my ULA Amigo gravity filter (9.6oz). However, pre-filtering is required, through a bandana or coffee filter, et...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 22, 12:49pm