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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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

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nice pack
Andy- that's a beauty! :) I've looked at the Gorilla in the past for "summer" use- nice pack, but need something in the 60l-ish range for winter stuff, Mariposa is closer (but ob...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 12, 6:15pm

Re: Re: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 mummy bag (near new!)
sorry, I should have updated the original post (have now)- it was sold- thanks

In Gear Swap » FS MLD Duomid pyramid and inner; Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 mummy bag (near new!)
March 12, 5:48pm

quilt material for good water resistantance
I'm trying to lighten my winter pack; I currently use snow trenches/caves for shelters, but have always carried a bivy (eVENT) to protect my bag from moisture I know there are several materi...

In GEAR » quilt material for good water resistantance
March 12, 7:31am

10#
Andy- thanks for posting those links, looks like a couple of very nice trips and a well dialed in gear list! my original thought was you couldn't get any lighter than digging a snow trench o...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 12, 7:20am

exclusions
usually along these lines " Discounts not valid on hard-shell boats, stand up paddleboards, any time with GPS technology, activity trackers, personal locator beacons, avalanche airbag prod...

In GEAR » REI Dividend and 20 % off sale ?
March 11, 8:52pm

UD Fastpack 30
stand corrected it is already out http://www.ultimatedirection.com/p-634-fastpack-30.aspx

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
March 11, 6:11pm

new additions
nice to see more options :) I believe UD's bigger pack is coming out soon as well

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
March 11, 7:31am

Re: Clothing and Gear
^ looks pretty good-nothing wrong w/ playing it safe! :) I'm going back forth between a down vest (Ex-light) and jacket (Ghost Whisperer). My upper base layer is going to be a Ibex Indie, ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 11, 7:29am

Teva Camp
any updates on these boots? any other lightweight boots w/ removable liners that have come out recently?

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
March 09, 6:44am

eVENT
look at some of the eVENT offerings; while no waterproof/breathable shell is outstanding on the breathable part, eVENT in my experience is at least a little closer I picked up a 3 layer eVENT sh...

In GEAR » Hardshells, too many choices
March 08, 12:52pm

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