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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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How about the 25?
I have the Trangia 25 which, as the 27's big brother, is even larger and heavier. I would never take it backpacking, but for picnics or car camping trips with my wife, it's perfect! Ours ha...

In GEAR » Stove of the Week: The Trangia 27
November 21, 9:54am

Sul Pack
+1 on the GG Murmur. I think it's the ideal long weekend pack, offering only what you need and not a thing more. It's like the Smart car of backpacks... Michael

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Sul/xul pack
July 18, 8:16am

Favorite piece of gear
Just seeing the title of your post made my Western Mountaineering Highlite jump to mind. I thought it was cool that your WM bags are at the top of your list. Other beloved gear items for me incl...

In GEAR » Favorite piece of gear?
July 16, 4:44pm

Edible gear
The one piece of gear I own that is slowly being eaten away is my wallet. Michael

In Multiple Use Gear » Edible Gear!!! Does it really work?
July 16, 7:49am

Different fuels call for different stoves?
Although I haven't experimented with this idea, one might be able to use a wick-type stove with kerosene. A possible advantage to this would be that if the stove were placed in a small white pa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alternative fuels to alcohol in alcohol stoves
July 16, 7:45am

RE: Cheezy Poofs
I've met a few flamboyant poofs but never any cheezy ones. Mostly they dress better than I do. Michael

In Philosophy & Technique » Low Body Fat - The Tipping Point
July 12, 2:54pm

Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8"
For those who might be interested, the Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8" pad is back in stock after being sold out for awhile. This one can be trimmed to torso-length if desired for a very light an...

In Gear Deals » Gossamer Gear Thinlight 3/8"
July 11, 11:00am

Let there be light
Well, there are lots of experienced opinions here but very little consensus. I may as well add to the confusion :o) To the OP question, I'd recommend any good headlamp that has a strobe feat...

In GEAR » Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking
June 28, 5:02pm

Yep, I agree with Mary. I've caught a number of usage errors in things I've posted over the years (always after the fact, sigh). Spelling, grammar, and junk like that is important. Other...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 26, 8:27pm

Caldera rocks!
I don't have much to add to this discussion except to say that I love my Caldera GVP Fosters/Gram Cracker kit. I've used Esbit on and off for years with fair to middling results. But the co...

In Philosophy & Technique » Move to Esbit
June 26, 5:38pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Reagan

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98.6 Degrees-The art of keeping Your Ass alive!! Cody Lundin
Cody Lundin does a fine job of explaining the mental and physical aspects necessary to survive an emergency in the wilds. He also shows how to put together a sensible and affordable survival kit. He c...

In Books and Media
May 25, 9:18am

tiny BIC lighter (the cute one)
I like the light weight and the general reliability of the mini-Bic, but I have a few issues with them. For one thing, they are WAY tiny, which admittedly is generally a good thing for ultralighter...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 11, 4:36pm

Montbell Stretch Gaiter
I can see that these are very good gaiters for all the reasons mentioned above. Unfortunately there seems to be a problem with manufacturing quality control. The lace-hook on one gaiter of a brand ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 09, 7:36am

Gossamer Gear
I am another long-time customer and will add my praise to all the good that has been already said. Their products are great, prices excellent, shipping prompt, and service outstanding. I love their ge...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 20, 12:55pm

Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak by Doug Ritter
I agree that this is a great kit, even though I don't own one. I went the longer and more expensive route of acquiring all the components to assemble my own kits before I learned of the Ritter kit...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
September 13, 10:58am

Trangia 28-5 Mini Aluminum Cook Pot
I personally find the Trangia 28 a bit heavy for my style of backpacking, but I do keep one of these behind the seat of my truck. It's great for heating a meal or brewing up a cup of tea at the tr...

In Cookware - Other
September 11, 1:01pm

trail gear j falk's compact wood burning stove
As the review above points out, this is yet another variation of the old tin can, "hobo"-type of stove of the sort that most of us used when we were boy scouts. This however is the most effe...

In Stoves - Other
April 01, 8:58am

Mountain House Beef Stew
I hate to admit it, but once (long ago!) I failed to properly store my food on a backpacking trip, and lost it to a hungry bear. That trip was educational in more ways than one, including learning tha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 22, 9:32am

Mountain House Turkey Tetrazzini
Simply put, this is my all-time favorite FD dinner. Over the years I have tried many dinners from the different companies, but have never found anything that I liked better. "Turkey, Asparagus, a...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 20, 4:21pm

Light My Fire Spork
I like sporks, and the LMF version is a nice addition to the world of Sporkdom. Yeah, it can bend and it can break, and as I found out, it can melt if used to flip flapjacks in a hot skillet. But heck...

In Cookware - Other
January 03, 4:16pm