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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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sleeping system
I know I have used 30 degree quilts and sleeping bag down to 15 degrees, but I wear layers, including a down hooded sweater to bed and use warm sleeping pads (or underquilt if I'm in a hammock)...

In GEAR » sleeping system
February 19, 8:07am

Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
I don't find quilts drafty. I did the first time I used one in the cold, but quickly figured out how to use them. I felt a slight draft in the foot box, but that was easily fixed by properly...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 19, 7:53am

New Sleeping Pad- Venture Products
It would probably end up being more comfortable than evazote and other UL foam pads. It may not insulate very well because of the compression aspect, but combined with a 1/8" or 1/4" tor...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » New Sleeping Pad- Venture Products
February 13, 5:15am

I like the way that the EE Revelation series and other quilts come with hanging loops, zipped or open foot box and all the straps you need for different situations. We've used ours as hammoc...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Quilts
February 13, 4:52am

Peruvian Yes!
One plus for the OR Peruvian hat is that you can wear it over a baseball cap. This allows for a brim and the ability to take it on and off as needed without removing the baseball cap. Wear it...

In GEAR » MH Power Stretch beanie with a bill
February 11, 3:10pm

Wool Watch Cap Recommendations
For years I wore what I thought was military wool watch cap. None of my other hats could match it for wet cold weather. I was even known to roll my kayak in the winter with mine on. It was q...

In GEAR » Wool Watch Cap Recommendations
February 11, 1:53pm

A Casual Poll: Your Fave Go-to 3 season Solo Shelter
Right now it would be my Zpacks 8.5x11 rectangular cuben tarp. Flexible enough to work with the hammock and if I should go to ground. So I will probably use this 95% of the time in all seasons. ...

In GEAR » A Casual Poll: Your Fave Go-to 3 season Solo Shelter
February 10, 4:29pm

bug bivy + GG SpinnShelter
I agree with Bradford, the Spinnshelter is tight for two if pitched in storm mode, close to the ground. Raise it up and spread the bottom should be fine. I use a BearPaw Minimalist 1 when solo a...

In GEAR » bug bivy + GG SpinnShelter
February 10, 4:16pm

Underquilt for the Sierras
My wife and I both have EE top quilts and we do use them as either bottom and top quilts depending on the situation. If you do go for a full length EE top quilt to be used as a bottom quilt only...

In Hammocks » Underquilt for the Sierras
February 10, 1:52pm

Underquilt for the Sierras
I had one recent discovery. I had been using 20 degree top and bottom quilts and this worked well down to 20 degrees. I tried a Warbonnet Traveler sock and found that it added a huge amount o...

In Hammocks » Underquilt for the Sierras
February 08, 5:24pm

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