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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Western Mountaineering Bag Expander
I just received the "S" version. It has a tag that says that it will fit the sizes 5'6", 6', 6'6" and 7' versions of WM bags. It appears to have approx. 3 i...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Bag Expander
December 16, 3:12pm

Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper
By far the biggest seller for me is the width of the wide pad. This would allow me to sleep without my arms and other body parts on the cold hard ground. I actually have the Klymit Wide torso ...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper
December 14, 1:53pm

EE Prodigy + MLD Superlight Bivy for Winter Mtn Use in Southeast
So many ways to extend the temp range of your gear. 1) Bring enough layers, including a puffy jacket/sweater and warm head layers. 2) Pitch camp in an area with a good wind break and/or pitch you...

In GEAR » EE Prodigy + MLD Superlight Bivy for Winter Mtn Use in Southeast
December 14, 1:43pm

Underquilt or Pad?
I recently changed to a system that is a combination blow up 3/4 pad(Klymit Inertia X Wave), 1/8" full length Evazote pad and a full length underquilt. I wanted to be covered on those rare ...

In Hammocks » Underquilt or Pad?
December 14, 12:31pm

MYOG Freestanding Hooped Bivy
Regarding condensation in the foot area, It looks like the panel is high enough to allow some air flow between your bag/quilt and the top panel. That should significantly reduce the chance of con...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Freestanding Hooped Bivy
December 13, 11:00am

How do I bind closed cell foam?
I find PU the easiest to work with when gluing thin closed cell foam or neoprene. Common brand names in the US are Shoe Goo, AquaSeal, Marine Goop, and many other brand names. Look for Goo or Go...

In Make Your Own Gear » How do I bind closed cell foam?
December 13, 10:49am

Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt?
I use windpants instead of rain pants. I wear them more in camp or on breaks when i'm not generating as much heat, especially good in the AM on cold mornings to add a little warmth. Adding ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt?
December 12, 8:13am

Close encounters of the most scary and odoriferous kind
There are some trailjournal accounts of hikers sleeping in AT shelters waking up to find a skunk sleeping on their sleeping bags on freezing nights. Skunks would often wander around me all night...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Close encounters of the most scary and odoriferous kind
December 11, 6:36am

THE PCT... FOR ME?
Get some high elevation hiking in, if your not used to it. Altitude problems can happen to those that aren't used to it when they hit the really high stuff.

In Philosophy & Technique » THE PCT... FOR ME?
December 11, 3:34am

NeoAir Trekker & Pillow X
Sounds like a good combination. I also never liked 20" wide pads. I like to have my whole upper body on the pad, the cold arms on hard ground never worked for me. I noticed that Klymet cau...

In GEAR » NeoAir Trekker & Pillow X
December 10, 3:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am