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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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I'd like to have them on any pack that I might be packing snowshoes, one on each side is the best way I've found to carry snowshoes- I carried them on the front of the pack for the Bob Open...

In GEAR » Backpack side straps
October 12, 6:20pm

Re: the Mikes on a Crown Traverse
they finished in 22 days (206 hours on their feet), not too shabby for 600 miles, much of technical off trail and over 150,000' of gain congrats Gents- you've done Montana proud!

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » the Mikes on a Crown Traverse
October 11, 9:03am

Re: Merino shorts
Agreed on Merino. For multi-day trips I've found thin Merino boxers work best for me; my boxer of choice is the Ibex Woolies 1- they breathe very well, lightweight, dry quickly and the Merino ...

In GEAR » What's the best underwear to prevent problems while hiking?
October 11, 8:49am

personalized quilt
sending pm :)

In Gear Deals » Personalized Quilts for you...
October 10, 9:34am

Re: Re: Prolite Gear is back!
they are definitely not back; too bad- they were local by Montana standards (90 minute drive)

In GEAR » Prolite Gear is back!
October 08, 5:45pm

Re: MLD FKT BIVY first look, photos added.
photos, but no specs and when added to the cart comes up $0.00- getting closer though :)

In GEAR » MLD FKT BIVY on website
October 08, 8:22am

1300 vs 1700
few comparos on the two- my Dyneema 1700 is a Large and measures 20" from the top of the shoulder straps to the bottom on the "V" wing for the waist strap, the XPac 1300 is 19";...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
October 08, 8:20am

Re: Re: Xpac gone... Cuben perhaps?
^ for a FKT pack I think a harness/vest style shoulder straps are almost a necessity- I can run with the Core (helps w/ two sternum straps), but I can't run like I can with one my Osprey Rev pa...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
October 08, 7:42am

knife + saw > hatchet
For what you describe I would also consider looking at a fixed blade knife w/ 4-5" blade in combination with a light saw. My Aurora LT w/ a 5" blade weighs just over 5 oz and can baton w...

In GEAR » Best Backpacking Axe
October 07, 9:22am

Re: Beartooth report
Nice trip :) I've spent a lot of time hiking (and fishing) in the Beartooths- it's never disappointed. September is a great month to explore the area (doesn't hurt to wear clothing a ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Beartooth wilderness report
October 07, 6:40am

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