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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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Thanks for the notice. I just ordered one to replace my 1st-Gen Etrex that, ironically enough, is lost. I know the Geko 301 is not the latest and greatest, but it's better than what I had and n...

In Gear Deals » $98 for Geko 301 at Amazon
December 17, 5:18pm

On the other hand
I bought one to try out. From the start I figured to use it in conjunction with Aqua Mira to "prefilter" murky or questionable water before adding the chemical treatment. The Frontier Pro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Aqua Mira Frontier Pro
December 15, 4:52pm

Yes, butt...
...if you also use your Heineken pot as a cup from which to drink your tea, you likely will need to give it a bit of a rinse between uses. ...if you store a small alcohol bottle in the pot and i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Washing the Heineken Pot
December 13, 3:31pm

eh? washing?
Although this sounds like a personal hygene problem, I have to admit that it took me awhile to learn to wash my heine. It was hard for me to get my whole hand in there, ya know? Eventually I learne...

In Make Your Own Gear » Washing the Heineken Pot
December 13, 11:08am

I would tell you about mine, but the sporks are after me right now... Michael :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
December 10, 11:04pm

Yep, just pull it off
I had this same question a short while back. When I got my Frontier Pro it didn't seem to me that the bite valve can be pulled off without breaking it, but in fact it is easy to remove. Just gr...

In GEAR » Aquamira Frontier Pro Gravity Flow Mode?
December 10, 12:12pm

But does a little dampness matter?
Once a friend and I were caught unprepared by a very late spring snowfall and had to share a too-small tarp that didn't quite cover us both. I stuck the lower half of my down bag in the only &q...

In GEAR » soggy bivy nights?
November 29, 10:30am

Personal experience with bad knees
I too have had knee issues that used to cause considerable discomfort on long or particularly steep downhills. I did the following three things: 1. Lost weight. Now my knees have to carry less o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
November 23, 10:06am

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