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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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Lightning
I have experience with the Lightning and it's a very solid pack for heavier loads, adjustable frame is nice- you get to dial in the exact torso length you need, the waist belt is the nicest I&#...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
September 04, 6:51am

congrats
Very nice! Enjoyed the first installment of her trip report. Pretty impressive she got all her gear into a 20l pack, especially considering she was carrying a bear can.

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » Amber Monforte on the JMT
September 03, 8:56pm

Re: Pre and Post - Race Body Composition Study
did the math- those are some pretty light dudes! I'm sure you saw some of the pics of Scott J at the end of his AT, he lost a ton of weight (and he didn't have much to lose to start!)

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » Trans Japan Alps Race
September 03, 8:46pm

Re: Re: synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
Use will be mostly static (glassing), occasionally on the move in very cold temps Stephen interesting. I thought climashield was close to primaloft in warmth Is Arcteryx core loft climashield?

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 03, 9:31am

Re: Re: synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
Stephen- who makes jackets using Apex? tia Mike

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 02, 7:42pm

Re: Narrowing choices
if I know I'm going to encounter rain, I'll choose a 3 layer jacket- mine is a Rab eVENT Momentum- no longer made, but I believe there was a close replacement- sorry don't know which mo...

In GEAR » Thoughts on UL rain jackets
September 02, 7:39pm

synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
I'm almost exclusively a down user, but with elk season closing in, I'd like a synthetic jacket- what of the current offerings has the ability to best retain loft with frequent packing/unpa...

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 02, 6:34pm

reread the post above yours
if you use a quilt, you will most often need warmth for your head (quilts don't have hoods like a mummy bag)- if the hood of your down/syn jacket is your only source of head warmth you may very...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
September 02, 6:29pm

you're not carrying enough!
I kiiid :) A lot of what gets carried on my person is directly related to what my trip looks like. When I did the Bob Open last year we were faced with multiple very tough river fords- the po...

In Philosophy & Technique » EDC carry: really necessary?
September 02, 6:12pm

OR
the nice thing about the Helium II (besides the 6.1 oz weight) is that OR has one of the best warranties in the industry; eventually jackets will delaminate- I know a lot of folks who had trouble g...

In GEAR » Thoughts on UL rain jackets
September 02, 5:55pm

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

ULA Ohm
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