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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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I think you'd be happy with the Exped, mine is the 60 but they are constructed the same. For the weight, I don't think there are many (any?) packs that carry as much weight comfortably. T...

In Gear Lists » PNW gear list
September 23, 7:34am

Dave- that does look bomber (and pretty darn light)! My wife and I recently spent a terse evening in our MH Skyledge, we sustained gusts in the 50-60 mph range and while the tent would buckle, it ...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 23, 7:15am

Flex Air->giving Sea to Summit a try
my wife has been complaining about the Flex Air and she saw the S2S ones at REI and bought two; in the store they felt pretty good, bringing them this weekend, we'll see :)

In GEAR » Best lightest pillow recommendations
September 19, 8:17pm

seam tape
I'll keep an eye on mine, thanks for the heads up

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 19, 5:41pm

Re: review
just added one of my own :)

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 18, 7:56am

haul loop
thanks for the comparo pics and measurements. I knew I was forgetting one more nit pick- that was it, for a 1/10 of an ounce- please put one on :)

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 17, 7:59pm

Re: UD Fastpack 30
Peter- good news. With that volume, we can now run well into the shoulder season too! :) Mike

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 16, 7:46pm

Re: pictures? zpacks fastpack
to answer Kevin's questions, my dragon weighs 13.2 oz, don't remember what the published weight is; here's a pic of the pack loaded before my trip- sorry it's out of focus the pa...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 16, 7:24pm

Re: "Over Clothes"
Craig- that looks like they've taken a page out of the sniper's handbook and commercially produced a quasi-ghille suit. I can't speak to how animals view it, but ghillie suits (when do...

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 16, 7:05am

Re: Great Fun
thanks folks! Art-I brought a small esbit stove that I used to boil water, fire works better for fish :) it's a new pack from Montane- Dragon 20- specifically designed for multi-day trips, ...

In Post-Trip Reports » running, climbing, fishing, camping, repeat
September 15, 7:52am

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