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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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My PDF Gear ListRob's 3 Season NZ Gear List 2013

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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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O2 Rainshield Jacket
Am I on to something here? Just discovered O2 Rainshield wet weather jackets (5.7oz- 162gms) and Pants (4.15oz - 118gms). The set at $49.95!!! The weight, price and testimonials on the website se...

In GEAR » O2 Rainshield Jacket
September 05, 3:36am

I heavy Item
You guys are going to kill me on this one. My one and only heavy item is a book. I just love setting up camp, washing off the days sweat, putting on dry cloths and slothing out in the pit with a go...

In GEAR » 1 Heavy essential item you can' leave at home?
August 21, 4:00am

Wind shirt
Drew - yeah if I am climbing from say 1100 meters (our bushline) up the say 1700 meters over a couple of hours I sweat a bit in mine (who the hell wouldn't!). But not to the extent that I have to ...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 21, 3:45am

I am amazed at the number of American Hikers that wear long pants. In NZ nobody hikes in longs and we hit some pretty ruggard terrain - too restricting - for colder weather we wear Icebreaker tight...

In GEAR » Need some clothing advice
August 21, 3:33am

Favourite Windshirt
Mountain Hardwear - Phantom Anorak. At 85grams it's great for throwing on when you get out of the bush onto the tops where there is nothing to shelter you form a bitting wind. I note that mountaing...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 20, 3:27am

Rain Mitts
I want to purchase some WATERPROOF rain mits to go over my OR gloves - want something light weight. Any suggestions?

In GEAR » Rain Mitts
August 06, 4:51am

Rain Jackets
Has anybody put the Montane Superfly Rain Jacket through it's paces? I have had a Marmot Precip jacket and pants for a couple of years and they have served me well (all though I hardly ever wear t...

In GEAR » Rain Jackets
August 06, 4:48am

Stephenson Tent
Thanks guys for all those replies - Allison and Kevin have thrown a curved ball at me - Kevin, do want to comment on Allisons condensation and bug issues??? Will check out Solomente and Nallo2 (lat...

In GEAR » Light Weight 4 season Tent
May 16, 2:40am

Light Weight 4 season Tent
I was just about to order the Hilleberg Atko when I discovered Stephenson Warmlight 2. These look/read impressive. The website doesn't look too professional and these tents cost a bomb ($US480). I ...

In GEAR » Light Weight 4 season Tent
May 15, 3:26am

Re: Re: UNDERWEAR (Boxers/Briefs)
Thanks Ben - I do intend to wash them every two/three days!!!

In GEAR » UNDERWEAR (Boxers/Briefs)
October 28, 5:12am

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