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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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Re: Re: supplement xtherm
I supplement my therm in very cold weather w a 3/16 ccf pad for a little more R value. I've found the therm to be pretty durable

In GEAR » supplement xtherm
March 28, 2:38pm

anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
they look like they would make a nice snowshoeing boot; 200 gram insulation, waterproof, pretty light, speed laces and a neoprene "shroud" around the front anyone try these? thanks

In GEAR » anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
March 26, 7:33am

also look at the Endurance
I picked up a pair of OR Endurance gaiters this fall and have used them a bunch for snowshoeing, little lower than the tall ones, but still tall enough to get the job done (I got plenty of opportun...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:10pm

150 or lighter
I like the lighter ones for base layers for "summer" temps- 150 or less; (for winter I've been using an Indie hoody that works really well) Ibex makes a 150 zip, I have one- it'...

In GEAR » Wool Base Layer 35F-60F Comfort while hiking?
March 25, 7:22am

Re: Re: Re: overnighter with day kit
they would be outstanding to have in a vehicle! I'm guessing it's a wee bit bigger after you used it, not sure how they get that bag packed so tight :)

In Post-Trip Reports » a winter overnight w/ dayhike kit- an experiment
March 24, 8:51pm

Re: overnighter with day kit
Adan- Hello :) I have a couple of Blizzard bags (unopened) that I (and wife) was carrying, but never tested out. The reports I've read are pretty decent, so I think they are definitely a viab...

In Post-Trip Reports » a winter overnight w/ dayhike kit- an experiment
March 24, 6:46pm

Re: Re: snowshoe experiment
Dan- good deal! look forward to hear about the conditions you experience :) Justin- my buddy has a cabin near Holland Lake and they went last weekend, this is the first time in his memory they ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 24, 7:21am

Re: Speaking of Snowshoes
Luke- my .02, I ditched the idea of my light running snowshoes as they had no traction beyond the foot crampon- I think some traction could be very handy w/ firm snow-down and up; I'm not a goo...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 23, 6:51pm

battery
eric- I'll ask them sounds like I can't go wrong w/ either the Anker or Jackery, just like the idea of having a light as a bonus :) mike

In GEAR » anyone try the Black Diamond Ember flashlight/device charger?
March 23, 7:32am

Re: re
I might have to check the Fastpack 30 out, no real complaints on the Dragon, but it's really a one or two night pack tops- having additional room would definitely be handy for trips in the 2+ r...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
March 23, 7:30am

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