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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: Hexamid pitching options
Chris - I have just purchased the Hexamid and being in NZ wanted some more rain spray protection at the front. I do have a bivy bag. I agonized for weeks over mesh or no mesh (as I also have a wate...

In GEAR » Just received my ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
September 29, 2:46am

Hi Don - Loved the article - It appears you both self catered? How much fuel did you carry for the trip?

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
February 02, 2:16am

9 month 2 summer
Ryan - You could skip all this by coming down to NZ - 6 weeks to summer here!!! And we can offer you an unbelievable outdoor experience. Any BackpackingLight members are welcome to contact me for a...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Nine Months 'til Summer
November 20, 2:02am

RAB Jacket
This jacket seems very heavy compared to my Backpacking light cocoon

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Microlight Jacket Review
November 06, 2:58am

Re: Thin Merino
Franco - Just bumped into this thread - I also swear by the Icebreaker 120gsm Tshirts - I wear mine non-stop on 8 day trips with no smell, but a few salt stains from sweat!! Re underpants - I di...

In Editor's Roundtable » Post-Trip Assessment of Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking
October 30, 11:47pm

What about the Six Moons Luna Solo? No poles needed - just use walking pole. I love this tent, it does get some condensation, but that's "par for the course" with single skin. Plus we...

In GEAR » Soliciting tent opinions...
August 03, 2:50am

Hi Adrian - just caught your thread - stick with the Montbell - I've got one and after numerous "light weight" experiments this option is the best - hey, in going light weight some co...

In GEAR » Reconsidering the pillow
September 04, 4:13am

Granite Gear Tarp Dodgers
I have an Oware Cat Tarp 2 - Granite say their dodger good up to 8' wide - I think Oware rate mine at 8.5' Anybody had any in-field experience with this dodger on tarps outside GGs models (...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Tarp Dodgers
May 02, 2:35am

Pad Slip On Sil-Nylon Tent Floors
I understand the procedure of painting silicon "strips" across the tent floor to stop sleeping pad slippage. But, will painting Stripes under the actual pad work just as well? I read so...

In GEAR » Pad Slip On Sil-Nylon Tent Floors
November 01, 12:37am

Montbell Thermawrap Vest
Thanks guys for your great input - yes did talk (email) store (prolite Gear - on sale for $88) the folks advised it is "small for size", so I have ordered large.

In GEAR » Montbell UL Thermawrap Vest
October 20, 5:08pm

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