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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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Affordable Rain Pants...
These ones are a bit different... instead of using breathable material they have added a mesh panel at the waistband for ventilation. Nice quality and my size Large weighs 6.4 ounces. http://w...

In GEAR » Affordable Rain Pants
October 08, 12:40am

GPS info...
There is a wealth of info at this site: One of their links is "which GPS to buy": Whatever you buy, make...

August 14, 7:58am

Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park
Tom - My pack is a Granite Gear Wisp which has a capacity of 2000 ci (33 liter). It's not the lightest pack (1.5 pounds) but it fits me well and I can manage a 5 day trip with this pack but...

In Post-Trip Reports » Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park
August 03, 2:04am

"Only discomfort was that sharp pain right at the base of my neck along my spine, that I always get after a few hours with a pack on. Suggestions?" Sounds like the pack may not fit pro...

In GEAR » First lightweight multi-day trip: gear-love!
August 01, 1:19am

Torn Meniscus
I've had both my knees done, one about 12 years back and the other about 8 years ago. I've never been able to compress them completely since my surgery (squats) but that's not really b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Torn Meniscus
July 31, 8:02pm

Temperature Range...
Tony - I’m glad I could provide a minor diversion from the stresses of work... I know that one well. I don't know the exact temperatures but I'm pretty sure that the day time high woul...

In Post-Trip Reports » Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park
July 31, 12:48am

Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park
Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada) is well known for coastal trails such as the West Coast Trail, Cape Scott, North Coast and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. What isn't so well known ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park
July 30, 2:40am

Water Bottle Holder...
I use a .5 litre loop top Nalgene and just close the loop around the shoulder strap of my pack and let it slide to the bottom of the shoulder strap. It's easy to reach and the .5 litre size do...

In GEAR » Water bottle holder??
July 28, 10:08pm

Suspension vs Weight...
I'm going to assume that you meant you will carry the same base weight and are wondering whether the size/style/weight of the pack makes any difference. I find a compact backpack is more c...

In GEAR » suspension vs weight
July 24, 12:54am

I have an XL Thermawrap (with pockets) and it weighs 10.3 oz. It fits fairly long on a 22" torso.

In GEAR » Thermarest vs Micropuff
July 21, 3:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm