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Robin McKay (rlmckay) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Auckland NZ
About Me I have been tramping (Americans say hiking) since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I have mostly tramped the South Island of NZ. Due to business commitments these days I usually squeeze in about 5 trips a year - mainly 3 to 5 days with always a big Christmas trip (our summer) of 14 plus days.
I belong to the Auckland Tramping club - a very active organisation - Google it.
I started Lightweight Tramping about 8 years ago - rather fanatical about it now!
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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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Montbell UL Thermawrap Vest
Can I have some size feedback please - always difficult purchasing on internet from NZ. No in-store examples to try on. Is this garment "true to size" or "large for size"? Doug...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Thermawrap Vest
October 18, 1:17am

Waterproof light over mittens
These are like hens teeth to track down - I know Ron at MLD has just released a pair (eVent $US40). Anybody got any field feedback on these (or other options)? We are coming into our winter - I ...

In GEAR » Waterproof light over mittens
March 12, 3:26am

REI 60 pack
Joe - have a look at Brian's packs at ULA - the Circuit or Conduit would be worth investigating for your needs - I have two of his packs - The P2 (no longer in production) and the Conduit . Br...

In GEAR » REI UL 60 pack
January 21, 2:21am

Sleeping Mat as frame
Thanks Guys - Ryan, too late, I had to order the GG Mat BUT found it doesnt fit down the ULA Conduit pack back sleeve. I got my daughter to cut the sleeve and add 2" of fabric (I will advise B...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
December 12, 12:18am

Re: Re: Re: GG Nightlight and BMW Torsolite
Jez - Talk about lost sales - I find many of these lightweight products are always out of stock. I understand it's a risk/expense business balancing inventory, but surely Backpackinglight can see t...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
December 01, 9:12pm

Re: GG Nightlight and BMW Torsolite
see above

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
November 30, 11:50pm

Re: TorsoLite
Duane - I contacted them and Customer Service were unsure and advised me if I wanted something before Xmas to look at alternatives John S and PJ - thanks for your ideas - John, I liked the tip o...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
November 30, 11:43pm

Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
I want to changing my sleeping pad, I've got a Thermarest light (old model 500 grams - about 17.6oz in your language) too heavy!. I am looking at two options - the Montbell UL Comfort System pad 9...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad as Backpac frame
November 29, 2:32am

Your 6 day trip
Hi Graeme - I live in NZ - I don't see any wet weather gear - expecting no rain??? Cheers Rob

In Gear Lists » Gear List for 6 day Sierras Trip
November 18, 12:21am

O2 Rain jacket
Thanks guys - great help - I managed to contact Adam (the "big Cheese" ) at O2, Here is what he said (note he is very honest re duribility.... Our garment, outside of eVENT, is the most breathable...

In GEAR » O2 Rainshield Jacket
September 07, 3:18am

All Reader Reviews by Robin McKay

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zpacks Company
I ordered the Hexamid and asked Joe to customise an extended beak - This customisation is now a standard option! Joe was soooooo helpful with this design change. great communication. I have returned...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 02, 8:42pm

Montrail Vitesse
I agee with Stephen - the sole structure makes it hard to use a gaiter with under strap, there is no arch to protect wear. I've been a "boot man" for 30 years. Changing my footwear was the hardest d...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 26, 12:47am

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
I use to swear by my MacPac but when I started going light a couple of years ago, 750grams of jacket became a "must ditch" item. Enter Marmot Precip. Now after two season and a work out on NZ's Stewar...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 26, 12:28am

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
This jacket is the "bees knees". So light, so warm. One off my best buys. Here in NZ we can only get the traditional down jackets. Whilst well made and very warm for our conditions, they are almost do...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 26, 12:21am

ULA Conduit
I already own and have used ULAs P1 but wanted something that dropped from the +50 litre to around +30 litre size - very few light weight pack slotted into this area. Brian has done a superb job with ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 4:35am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I tamp (you guys call it hiking) in NZ - conditions are pretty ruggard - all the outdoor people here wear heavy boots. About two years ago I went light weight. The boots were the last item to get my h...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 28, 4:20am

Macpac Adventure
This bag is new to the Macpac (NZ Brand) range. It was designed for the UL adventure runners. It is a fully waterproof down bag and comes in 3 different temp ratings. I love mine and for NZ condition...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 06, 2:53am

Tarptent Squall
I tramp in NZ - our gear has traditionally been TOUGH and built to last three generations!! I had a Macpac Nautilus 2 man double walled tent before moving to UL tramping 2 years ago. This tent weighed...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 06, 2:42am

ULA Equipment P-1
I live and tramp in NZ (Americans call it hiking) I feel tramping is between hiking and mountaineering. I've been tramping for 40 years and always been loyal to our traditional "bullet proof" gear. Th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 06, 2:28am