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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: 2-3 day run/fast pack
no, I didn't realize you could do that- that would certainly give you incentive to make your marks :) I think 6-7 days would be just about right hiking it thanks

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 26, 6:59am

2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
I now know that volume wise I can squeeze my 2-3 kit into the Montane pack, if I could squeeze a little weight out (and possibly some volume?) well, that would be a little icing to go w/ the cake :...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 25, 9:36pm

Re: Dragon 20
yup- seams are sealed, on their site they say the material Raptor Zero is 1000+mm hydrostatic head- I guess that meets the definition of "waterproof" if I'm read it correctly, not sur...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 25, 6:48pm

Because the volume is so small and the vast amount of room is consumed by lighter items- quilt, shelter, clothing-I think you'd be hard pressed to over do it. Now hauling a lot of water (or br...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 25, 7:02am

Ito- the back panel is ~ 17-18" long, the elastic belt hits me right above the belly button- it's definitely not made to ride on the hips. It has a lot of adjustment in the belt and the e...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 24, 7:13pm

I picked up a Montane Dragon 20l the other day and am happy to report that I can fit a 2-3 day kit in it w/o too much problem. I haven't picked up a waterproof bivy yet, but loaded the pack w/...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 23, 5:15pm

Re: Point down.
down, the soft handle is what you want against your sil or cuben

In GEAR » Tarp Pitch - Trekking Pole point UP or DOWN
August 23, 3:12pm

just received my Kestrel Minimalist in the mail, very nicely finished knife I added 6' of small cord to wrap the handle and it's still under a 1/2 ounce (12 grams)- I got it w/ the kydex s...

In Editor's Roundtable » Martin Titanium Knife
August 21, 8:45pm

me like
Just got back from a four day trip into the Pintlers and have to say I like this pack. It carries very nicely and there are several design features I really like. The adjustable frame is really n...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 16, 8:29pm

Re: Re: 2 liter Platy
Billy- I don't think there is a way to get all the water, no matter what container there will be some untreated droplets on the threads or elsewhere; it's going to be a very (very) minute f...

In GEAR » Roll-Up Soft Bottle + Steripen recommendations
August 10, 11:03am

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