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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Blindhorse Boattail Scandi
if you can find one, this is the most comfortable knife in hand that I've ever owned- it's tough, it's simple, it works

In Gear Swap » WTB: Bushcraft knife
August 03, 11:15am

Re: Re: Another shoe thread
check (try on) Inov-8 before purchasing, I found the toe box not roomy enough for me, they do have a couple of lasts (some narrow, some roomier) so also check that I'm on my fourth pair of P...

In GEAR » Another shoe thread
August 03, 7:55am

exped 60
Stephen- they did change up the side compression straps to run behind the stretch side pockets; there is also a port through the bottom of the "top" zippered pocket (which means routing t...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 03, 7:38am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
^ thanks :) ^^ Stephen you may be right, as good as a deal as I can on the OR though- it's seems worth giving it a go; if it doesn't work, I know Ron will glad to build me one of his eVE...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
August 01, 7:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
Thanks! I'm a little smaller I think- 5'11", 180- 43 chest. I won't be changing clothes (just jumping in w/ my running clothes). What did use for a pad? I use a Medium lengt...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
August 01, 7:44am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
John- thanks, it's a nice looking bivy. I'm afraid the weight and volume (I'll be using a very small pack 20-25 liters) wouldn't work for my needs. I can get into a OR bivy pret...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
August 01, 7:18am

Re: Re: Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
Stephen- would breathability be less a factor in a bivy vs rain gear (not moving vs moving) or even more? I don't know, just asking This would be used in both the relatively dry Mountain We...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
July 31, 8:12pm

Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
It's decently svelte (16 oz w/o pole, 18 w/) about 3 oz heavier than MLD's eVENT bivy. Utilizes Pertex Shield + for the upper. I'd like to get a waterproof bivy for multi-day running ...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience w/ OR's Helium bivy?
July 31, 7:37pm

Re: Osprey
I have a weakness for packs :) Once I did try it though, I think I made a good choice- the pack really carries like a dream. just the basic 20 oz running bottles, don't like the UD ones so ...

In GEAR » Ultimate Directions AK "Race" pack
July 28, 6:36pm

Re: AK vs. Mountain Hardwear.
I own the MH Fluid 6 which looks like the same harness setup as the vest. The vest looks like they've added bottle holders up front-this is a new feature- can't comment on how well it work...

In GEAR » Ultimate Directions AK "Race" pack
July 28, 7:09am

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