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Michael Davis (mad777) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale South Florida
About Me I have a place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and hike there a few times a year and looking forward to retiring there in a few years.

In Florida, most of my camping involves kayaking on our beautiful river swamps and kicking the alligators off the banks to pitch a tent.
CityPalm Beach
StateFlorida / New Hampshire
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Re: "Filter vs Steripen"
Another Steripen (Adventurer) failure here. It failed just past the warranty period but with only about a dozen outings. Bummer! I learned my lesson not to count on electronics in the field...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 26, 3:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
"While I like the natural deterrent approach, it's precisely this smell issue that would concern me about using such a product in bear country." Don't bears look for it when th...

In GEAR » Natural mosquito repellents and bears
August 25, 6:36pm

Re: How many packs do you own?
Ten (10) from a tiny ULA Amp to a 66L Osprey expedition pack, and everything in between. But, I could quit - if I wanted to!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How many packs do you own?
August 25, 6:29pm

Re: I try and give some lightweight feedback, and look what happens...
I read that thread over at Bushcraft before it evaporated into free electrons. I found it very interesting. There was input for various viewpoints; more than I expected over there. Actually, the...

In Philosophy & Technique » I try and give some lightweight feedback, and look what happens...
August 25, 4:22pm

Re: Another water filter thread...
If you want to expand your filter options to eliminate the requirment of the carbon filter, do this; Sew a tiny bag 2" lond by 1" round and put 1 oz of aquarium charcoal in it. Simply k...

In GEAR » Another water filter thread...
August 25, 4:05pm

Re: Re: Hammock
Joslyn' I di not mean to imply that one lays straight down the middle of a symmetrical hammock. You still lay on a diagonal. The advantage of asymmetrials is that it is longer on the one dia...

In Hammocks » Super Hammock Newb - help!
August 25, 11:40am

Re: get a bag or a quilt now
I say, skip the bag and get the quilt. The quilt is lighter and packs smaller. The quilt can be used in the future when (not if) you go to a hammock (your back won't last forever, I know). ...

In Gear Lists » advise me ultralighters!
August 23, 8:51pm

Re: Super Hammock Newb - help!
Hi Joslyn, you have received all goof advice above. I want to reply to a comment you made in your original post: If you are a side sleeper (like me) you DO NOT want an asymmetrical hammock. You...

In Hammocks » Super Hammock Newb - help!
August 23, 8:11pm

Re: Better camping shirt?
The best camping shirt for me is Merino wool, but I understand that doesn't work for you. I fly fish and this is by far the coolest, most breathable shirt (and I've tried most of them in...

In GEAR » Better camping shirt?
August 13, 7:38pm

Re: How much Dr. Bronners will I use in 3 months?
This is a bit on the side of this topic, but I just wanted to call attention to the recent bear attack on the AT. I can't find the post right now but, an experienced young female hiker left he...

In GEAR » How much Dr. Bronners will I use in 3 months?
August 12, 12:08pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Davis

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Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
I love everything about these pants! They are so light it literally feels like I'm not wearing anything. My size large weighs 4.1 oz. They have features that count but not ones that don't. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 27, 8:29pm

Big Agnes SL3
While there's no tent that works for all purposes in all environments, IMO this is the perfect tent for summer, or year round in Florida. It's a free standing, double wall tent, but the inner ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 18, 7:47pm

TNF Diad
In summary, a well designed, lightweight, but not spartan, rain jacket. The jacket is a 2008 product in TNF's Flight Series. In men's size large it weighs 8.9 ounces. I am 6'-1" a...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 19, 4:28pm

Silva Type 54 Compass
This Brunton 54LU compass is also the called the Silva Explorer 54. Brunton USA and Silva of Sweden are the same company. The product is manufactured in Sweden. I am extremely pleased with the Brun...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 13, 4:52am

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I am completely sold on Icebreaker's Tech T Lite 140 gm/m2. This shirt is pure comfort on 90+ degree, hard vertical hiking trips! I've tried poly, nylon including Columbia, Railriders, etc. Al...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
July 26, 1:45pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Both my wife and I have the Max Thermo 3/4 length which weighs 15.0 oz on my scale. It has synthetic insulation inside the air chambers. It's construction is robust. I've never had a failure o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 05, 7:43am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
While I've always loved the lightweight factor of cooking with alcohol stoves, they consistantly detracted from the overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Fiddling with rickety pot stands, warped fly-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 05, 7:29am

MSR Wind Pro
This is the stove that I go to when the weather dictates that water comes from melting the solid form. At 10.2 oz, including stuff sack, it's one of the lightest options to get the Btu's for w...

In Stoves - Canister
July 05, 7:08am

Gerber EVO Titanium-Coated Serrated Knife 2.8 oz
This is a great knife if you are looking for something more substantial than a razor blade but lighter than a Bowie knife. I know many people prefer a razor blade or ripping out a pair of sizzors f...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 5:36pm

SteriPen Adventurer
At 3.6 ounces on my scale, it's lighter that pump filters (1 lb.+/-)and lighter than my ULA Amigo gravity filter (9.6oz). However, pre-filtering is required, through a bandana or coffee filter, et...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 22, 12:49pm