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Steve Meier (smeier) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me I am in my late-40's and really got interested in backpacking about 10 years ago as a way to have some concentrated time with my boys, now all finishing up high school or in college. I try to get out a few times a year, including a bi-annual trip to Colorado for some of the big stuff. Otherwise I am stuck in the very boring midwest where everything exciting is a good day's drive away.
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Hexamid
Devon, great list. For two more ounces you can get the regular sized Hexamid for two people over the solo one. You'll get more use of it in the future as you hike with others and you'll a...

In Gear Lists » First time hiker going straight for an AT thru hike.
December 26, 12:10pm

BA Fly Creek 3?
I have the BA Fly Creek 3 that I use for 2 people. Light at 3 lbs 3 oz. Very easy set up. Single door is a bummer but that's part of why it is so light. Like mine real well. I am 6' and ...

In GEAR » 3p tents? My Google-foo is failing me
December 26, 11:59am

+1 on the Precip
+1 on the Precip. I have a very expensive rain jacket but reach for the Precip still most of the time. Just like it. Paints are great too. Could justify the weight of the pants early in the hik...

In GEAR » Need advice on a rain jacket that will fit my needs for an AT thru hike.
December 26, 11:56am

ULA with S straps
Jennifer, I am 6' and my weight fluctuates between 235 to 250. I have bought and used many packs through the years and most have been fine but the ULA packs with the S straps have been a dream...

In GEAR » Big boy backpacks
December 14, 10:02am

Ventilation
I have a side zip bivy and like James #2 said, it is nice to just sit on the pad and swivel into your bag without having to shimmy. I really like it for the ventilation as well. Once the sun goes...

In Make Your Own Gear » Just finished a Bivy
December 13, 12:53pm

Fly Creek vs Platinum
Agree that the Fly Creek is very storm worthy. The Platinum version's fly, however, is cut smaller and doesn't provide the same kind of coverage as the normal Fly Creek versions.

In GEAR » Short Report: Fly Creek UL1 Platinum
December 03, 9:21am

Borah
I had a Borah bug bivy made in long/wide and was very roomy for changing clothes, reading, etc. Weighed in at 7 oz I believe and with the side zipper, a breeze to get into and out of. At $70 toug...

In GEAR » Most convenient entry and light, bug bivy and shelter system?
December 03, 9:18am

Hmmm...
Max, I'm glad you've had good success with your tent. I have the BA Fly Creek Platinum UL2 and I wouldn't buy it again. It's a very expensive tent and I found that it needs to be ...

In GEAR » Short Report: Fly Creek UL1 Platinum
December 02, 5:07pm

ULA cuben
I had a ULA CDT made in cuben and was surprised how heavy the cuben was. Actually wish it was lighter but feels well made and it is my go-to bag now. I buy ULA's for the S-shaped shoulder str...

In GEAR » Any reason to buy a cuben fiber ULA Circuit over a HMG Windrider 3400?
December 02, 4:41pm

J or S straps?
I have both the Exos and Circuit and agree with most of the posters here: I would take the Circuit every time. What I didn't' see mentioned was the two shoulder harness options with ULA. ...

In GEAR » ULA Circuit vs Osprey Exsos 46
November 29, 9:32am

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