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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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Big Agnes Slater UL 1+
The Slater UL 1+ is like the Fly Creek on steroids. It's much longer and wider than the Fly Creek and I can even fit two 20" sleep mats in mine in a pinch. I really like the solid ...

In GEAR » 1+ man tent sold at backcountry or REI?
March 28, 11:10am

To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
I'm with Art on this one. I've never gone on an extended hike or backpacking trip without a rain jacket. I also never take a wind top when backpacking. While they definitely breathe ...

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 27, 1:01am

Goretex socks...
I use Gortex socks in the conditions described not only for keeping my feet warm and dry but to keep out the abrasive particles that build up in your socks when only wearing mesh trail runners. I ...

In GEAR » Strategy for dealing with cold, freezing rain: WPB socks and midlayer question
March 21, 1:24am

Mapshare Waypoint Export to GPX bug is fixed...
>> Waypoints captured on the Explorer do transfer to the Mapshare page via salellite, which is nice. Unfortunately, waypoints are more difficult to export from Mapshare and I have a bug repor...

In GEAR » DeLorme announced today the inReach Explorer - It incorporates many navigation functions
March 15, 1:54am

Volume reduction...
I originally bought my Exodus with the same thought in mind. Small weekend load, use the volume reduction and full pack for longer trips. It just didn't work for me. A weekend load gets ...

In GEAR » MLD pack's volume reduction system
March 14, 3:39pm

Cans of beer...
>> If I am thinking of packing in beer, I am not that concerned with weight << The weight of the beer is only part of the problem. If I took the good stuff I'd need a bigger pa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 11:35pm

Beer in a Nalgene
Brewing beer in a Nalgene was discussed in this thread. I tested Pat's brew in a Nalgene and used a loose tea, tea bag to hold the activator. It worked fine. I actually prefer to use ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 4:23pm

Regulated headlights...
"I must be missing something. My Petzl Tikka 2 says 90 hours at 70 lumens. 2.76 oz." Yes you are missing something. The manufacturer's claim of burn time on an unregulated lig...

In GEAR » Petzl Core battery - where to buy? Alternatives?
February 25, 3:43pm

On long trips, the h600 is as light or lighter than a smaller light because of the hours of illumination on lower settings (disregard the 1000+ lm setting, but it's nice to have that option too...

In GEAR » Petzl Core battery - where to buy? Alternatives?
February 25, 1:32pm

Mine is 4 oz with a protected cell and the centre strap on the head strap removed (not needed IMO). An unprotected cell would be slightly lighter.

In GEAR » Petzl Core battery - where to buy? Alternatives?
February 25, 1:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm