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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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FS Integral Designs four season solo shelter, eVENT Chock Solo- brand new!
SOLD a nice, small four season shelter- 3l eVENT, from ID's page: SOLD Lightweight and roomy; ideal for the solo mountain traveler who prefers sitting space and room to spread out Durable 3...

In Gear Swap » FS Integral Designs four season solo shelter, eVENT Chock Solo- brand new!
March 20, 7:43pm

Re: Best trekking poles for CDT thru hike
I'd also look at BD UD Z poles, lightweight and the ability to fold them up and get them out of the way when not needed is pretty nice; thus far mine have been very durable and can be fitted w/...

In GEAR » Best trekking poles for CDT thru hike
March 20, 7:24pm

another Chameece user
I have both the vest (5.3 oz) and jacket (8.8 oz) (Men's Large)- it's also my go to active mid-layer, comfortable material, has some stretch, lightweight, dries quickly and thus far very du...

In GEAR » Microfleece 100
March 20, 7:20pm

I just ordered a iphone 6 plus- figured I better get w/ it w/ a smart phone thing :) it will hopefully serve as gps, camera and mapping, now I'll just have to figure out how to use it

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 20, 5:47pm

they make at least two different sheaths for it- one is square bottom w/ a firesteel loop- that one is heavier, the other is fairly trim- more of a "pointy" bottom- that one is 1.1 oz ...

In GEAR » Lightest knife to baton small pieces of wood?
March 20, 7:17am

Re: Re: Re: considering a windshirt...
yeah- I think that's a good assessment; in very hot weather the windshirt is going to be warm, probably too warm that's why I typically use a long sleeve base layer in a light color- of ...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 8:13pm

Re: considering a windshirt...
it won't replace a puffy, that is for sure :) it could replace a tight weave dress shirt though, it will keep bugs at bay- it's not going to be as breathable as a cotton dress shirt, b...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 7:33pm

SPOT & fitness
not seeing the link with SPOT and fitness level??? SPOT is part safety and part peace of mind for my wife; 90% of trips are solo and generally remote country- the SPOT has definitely helped in t...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
March 19, 6:24pm

Re: Whack fit on BDAS
I'm usually a midlle of the road Large, but I had to send my first Alpine Start back and exchanged for a XL-fit is much better, little baggie, but so is my Houdini- it does make layering over a...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 5:47pm

my Houdini is going on 5 years old and is worn an average of 4-5 times a week (trail running consumes most of the use, but it's been on numerous backpacking trips as well- not saying it's b...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 7:11am

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