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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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Yep, tautline hitch
I use the tautline hitch too. Why carry extra stuff when ten seconds learning how to tie the hitch gives you nice, tight guylines for life? Michael

In GEAR » Guyline Tensioners
January 11, 5:27pm

Trek 900
I have the Bushbuddy Ultra and the Snow Peak Trek 900. It's a perfect fit. I like the little fry pan lid of the 900 too. Michael

In GEAR » Bushbuddy best used in tandem with which cook pot?
January 11, 5:23pm

Why long handled?
I realize that folks think they need a long handled spoon to reach ALL the way down into that quart ziploc or foil freeze-dried dinner bag, but why not just turn such bags on their sides and cut a ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: BPL Long Handled Titanium Spoon
January 11, 9:25am

EOS rocks
For most backpacking trips, I don't plan to walk at night, but sleep peacefully. Thus my choice of lighting equipment runs toward the small side...Photon Freedom, Petzl eLite...that sort of thi...

In GEAR » Headlamp help needed
December 28, 4:52pm

Common practice?
Don't many internet forums have some sort of ranking system for members/posters? I have seen everything from stars to name-ranks used to rate people's participation in a particular forum. I...

In Chaff » ROFL -- The Day After
December 28, 11:27am

Re: Jay Ham SUL pack
Very nice work! May I ask what you used to pad the shoulder straps and hipbelt? I hope your pack gives you many miles of enjoyable service! Michael

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Jay Ham SUL pack
December 26, 9:12am

5'20"
Yeah, I'm 5'15" myself (6'3"). That must make your friend about 6'8", a tall lady indeed! Michael

In GEAR » Tall Woman - Help - Ugga Shagga
December 20, 4:36pm

Best alcohol?
If by "best" we mean a combination of easy availability, lowest cost, reasonable heat output, and fairly clean-burning, then good old denatured alcohol, available by the quart or gallon a...

In GEAR » Fuel for Soda Can Stove
December 19, 1:18pm

Sleeping bag zipper
I got my first sleeping bag when I was a Boy Scout in the mid-1960's. Since then I've owned quite a number of bags, mostly mummies, all of which sported a right-hand zipper. I recently b...

In Chaff » Sleeping bag zipper
December 18, 11:31am

Good discussion
I would like to compliment all the participants for maintaining a reasonable and respectful conversation on a "hot-button" topic that tends to wreak havoc in most other internet forums. ...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 18, 9:51am

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