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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Vests?
Why vests? There is some science behind it. Your bodies are more sensitive to cold in the head and torso area. There is more blood flowing in the head and torso area and so more heat/cold trans...

In GEAR » Vests?
November 30, 4:40pm

Enigma quilt system
Thanks Rob, I had been considering a system like that. It would be nice to have a 50 degree synthetic bag for summer kayak trips as well.

In GEAR » Enigma quilt system
November 27, 2:25am

Re: Melanzana sizing
I am 5'11" medium build. I have one medium and on large. I wear the medium when it is my 2nd layer over a t-shirt. I wear the large when it's cold out and I'm going to be weari...

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 27, 2:22am

Zip
Regarding the lack of zip with the Melanzano or any grid fleece. Normally I agree that not having a zip is not a good idea for physical activity, but I make the exception with grid fleece. It...

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 26, 3:30pm

Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
Regarding the "Belleville mini mil minimalist", Less than two 2 lbs with a 5mm drop and 8" height is pretty much unheard of. I could definitely see these as being good for some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
November 26, 5:23am

Enigma quilt system
I love the concept and do find I use a combination of two sleeping bags/quilts often. I do have mixed feelings about combining a synthetic quilt as the outside layer because of the extra weight ...

In GEAR » Enigma quilt system
November 25, 5:43pm

Goose feet gear
Hi Joe, That usually means a mis-configured SSL certificate configuration and/or web alias on the web site. The'll probably figure it out and fix shortly. Try goosefeetgear.com without...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 25, 5:29pm

microgrid fleece hoody
Maybe consider Melanzana, their's has your standard unzipped handwarmer pocket, with a hood that can act as a balaclava or scarf.

In GEAR » microgrid fleece hoody
November 25, 5:13pm

Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners 1982!
A great find. If you search around, there are few used at various booksellers for $4 on up. I would certainly like to read that one for history reasons and would actually buy it from one of ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners 1982!
November 25, 5:04pm

"Tricked Out Guy Lines"
@James I just got back from an over-nighter. Low of 19 degrees f, wind gusts 41 mpg and a little snow. Solid hard explosive wind gusts all night long. I used a mix of the fixed loop lines ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tricked Out Guy Lines
November 24, 12:19pm

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