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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

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All Forum Posts by Michael Davis

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Re: Midnight Sky
Very nice Stuart! This is why we want to get outdoors.

In Photo Gallery » Midnight Sky
July 06, 6:35pm

Re: Elemental Horizons Aquilo Backpack Review
This was the pack that I thought looked like a standout in the State of the Market Report! I'm glad to see that the excellent statistics become a great pack in reality. Also, I'm impresse...

In Editor's Roundtable » Elemental Horizons Aquilo Backpack Review
July 06, 6:03pm

Re: Opinion on Montbell
I have Montbell jackets and vests. I consider them top quality goods. I would recommend to size up a bit.

In GEAR » Opinion on Montbell
July 03, 3:11pm

Re: Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?"
I'm not sure about this but, the food that you take in "ready to eat" form probably weighs significantly more per calorie than dehydrated or freeze-dried foods. Perhaps, a lightweight...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 03, 3:07pm

Re: Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Joe, I've been looking at coroplast, wondering if it would make a good pack stiffener. Is it completely rigid or does it have just a little flex?

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2B – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Load Carrying Capacity

July 01, 6:29pm

Re: New Balance MR740TR Review
These sound a lot like my favorite hiking shoe for rough terrain, the New Balance 909's. I use the NB 100's on mild trails but, for me, the extra support of a shoe like this is welcome on ...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance MR740TR Review
June 29, 7:38pm

Great series!
Thanks Will & Janet for another very informative series of articles. Well done! I will add my disappointment at the omission of the Ohm. I am still digesting all the data but my eye keep...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2B – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Load Carrying Capacity

June 29, 5:54pm

Re: "MYOG: Backpack Design"
Great article Luke! Nice pictures and diagrams helped your excellent narrative. This is very timely for me as I am just beginning the planning stage of making my first MYOG pack. Thanks for shar...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack Design
June 07, 5:05pm

Re: "SteriPEN vs H2O Amigo, a long distance hiker’s comparison"
I have and still use the original Amigo H2O from ULA. I switched to the steripen when the Adventurer model first came out. It promptly failed after a few trips. Needless to say, I learned the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN vs H2O Amigo, a long distance hiker’s comparison
March 08, 9:43pm

Insultex - by the yard
The vendor that sells Insultex (called, IX) is

In Make Your Own Gear » Foam Vest
January 28, 5:42pm

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