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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Re: Stealth mode
Ken said "Don't forget to not tell people..." thanks for that Ken, I just sprayed some perfectly fine Sessions Lager onto my keyboard! :)

In Philosophy & Technique » Stealth Camping Advice
November 20, 7:15pm

good shoes
true-true :) I will vary the thickness of my socks based on weather though- summer- thin, shoulder season- medium, winter- thick as far as good shoes go, I've learned that once I find a &...

In GEAR » Synergy: Trail runners, thin socks, gaiters
November 20, 6:57pm

merino air
I looked at, but it's definitely more mid-layer than base layer imo (190 gram/ vs 120 gram/ for the Merino 1 -or Lightweight as it's been renamed) and with a mid-layer I feel you really nee...

In GEAR » R1 Hoody vs. Thermal Weight Hoody (new Cap4)
November 20, 6:30pm

I think the Indie makes a fine mid-layer as long as the activity isn't overly aerobic, I would put the warmth factor relatively close to the Cap 4- it would definitely be worth considering for ...

In GEAR » R1 Hoody vs. Thermal Weight Hoody (new Cap4)
November 20, 6:13pm

I picked up an Orc for $49 shipped, not too shabby :)

In GEAR » Eric203 PM about Epic Windshirts
November 19, 9:14am

Re: Re: pertex
I can see DWR not being an issue with an outer Epic garment. What are the HH and CFM of Equilibrium? the breathability of the "system" is going to be dictated by the lowest dominator

In GEAR » Eric203 PM about Epic Windshirts
November 17, 6:17pm

I guess I'm a little confused with the discussion of Pertex combined with Epic?- my idea of a "paramo" type setup for the most part eliminates the need for a hardshell and instead rel...

In GEAR » Eric203 PM about Epic Windshirts
November 16, 5:24pm

Re: Lightest water resistant gloves?
Do try nitrile gloves UNDER a light fleece glove (or better yet, a light fleece mitten). This is an effective, lightweight (and cheap!) option for water resistant gloves I bought several pairs o...

In GEAR » Lightest water resistant gloves?
November 16, 11:43am

water repellency
most definitely what I was interested in, a possible "poor man's" paramo setup

In GEAR » Eric203 PM about Epic Windshirts
November 16, 8:10am

I'd definitely be interested in seeing those results- as I have both a military issued Houdini and more recently an Orc

In GEAR » Eric203 PM about Epic Windshirts
November 16, 6:25am

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm