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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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sizing ?
Peter- look forward to the report :) regarding euro sizing, if I'm a size 10 (Pearl Izumi and Montrail) would I be better off w/ a 43 or 43.5 do you think? can you also comment on toe box s...

In GEAR » anyone try the Scarpa Ions?
June 02, 7:47pm

Amy I'll run the test tonight (iphone 6 AT&T). Anecdotal, but on the recent Bob Open after running the phone ~ 17 hours/day for 3.5 days in airplane mode, Gaia in "on demand" ...

In GEAR » Please help me with easy iPhone battery tests
June 02, 6:19pm

anyone try the Scarpa Ions?
on paper they look pretty good, but not many reviews I love my PI N2's for trail running/lightweight hiking, but could use a little more robust shoe and a little more aggressive outsole for ...

In GEAR » anyone try the Scarpa Ions?
June 02, 6:10pm

Re: 35L
I ended up purchasing a 35 L, in addition to the 25 L, for dead of winter trips where the 25 was getting a little full (if it gets really cold, I like to carry a down half bag, heavier parka, littl...

In GEAR » New Patagonia Ascentionist 25/35/45L Climbing Packs
June 01, 8:06pm

good find, would be nice to get some tech site to give a thorough testing- I'm all for saving some dough, ray me :)

In GEAR » iphone 6 is good to go
June 01, 5:17pm

Chase and Morgan's report
Chase- glad you guys made it out safely (although that last bit definitely sounded worrisome!) and were able to thoroughly soak up the Bob, it truly is a wild place. A 100+ mile jaunt cements any ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 01, 5:15pm

Re: BMWO - Dan's Trip Report
Wonderful report Dan- congrats on such speedy finish! I've contemplated a raft simply for tougher fords, but then I know would be tempted to take advantage of the flows and probably kill mysel...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 01, 5:07pm

it's definitely a nice app for navigating, nice for tracking running too-shows pace, elevation gain/loss, etc in addition to topo maps, you can also download sat images which can be really h...

In GEAR » iphone 6 is good to go
June 01, 7:02am

iphone 6 is good to go
just a few quick notes on the iphone 6, which I had a chance to use it on my recent Bob Marshall Open trip I started w/ 100% battery life at the start and 77 hours later I had 56% battery life-n...

In GEAR » iphone 6 is good to go
May 31, 7:25pm

Re: Re: re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
John nice trip report, sounds like a grand adventure! I do have to say you have really good taste in packs :) Sam- nice maps! thanks for putting that together I think you'd like the Sh...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 30, 3:36pm

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