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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: Supplemental summer quilt
Cameron- yes to both questions. You want the quilt large enough to not degrade the loft of your inner bag, and you're correct you want it large enough for layers if you want to it push it a bi...

In GEAR » Thinking of switching to a quilt
April 08, 6:16pm

Re: Supplement vs. switch
my thoughts, you could certainly go to a quilt and save a little bit of weight OR you could grab a "summer" quilt and save quite a bit of weight AND then, combine the two in the "win...

In GEAR » Thinking of switching to a quilt
April 08, 7:34am

it's interesting there is a lot of discussion about walking on trail running forums; on most long distance races there is plenty of walking (typically steep uphill) and the ability to walk fast...

In Philosophy & Technique » hiking cadence
April 08, 7:30am

snotel and cfs
yeah- it definitely looks thus far spring is coming earlier than normal

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 07, 6:46pm

Badger Pass
just peeked at the Badger Pass snotel site, 62" of snow (6900') as of today, so there may be a couple of inches left in May :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 06, 5:53pm

Re: Re: Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
I think Paul's advice is pretty solid, particularly the sizing comments with a majority of the water vapor most likely ending up in the outer quilt, synthetic sure makes a lot of sense

In GEAR » Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
April 06, 7:22am

Re: GoLite Poncho or OR Helium II HD/Etowah sil kilt
if it's not overly windy a poncho can be nice as it really breathes well; seeing as you haven't tried it- I say give it a go :) most of my hiking is up pretty high, so a poncho doesn'...

In GEAR » GoLite Poncho or OR Helium II HD/Etowah sil kilt
April 05, 11:42am

for an unsupported run in the mountains, best not leave things to chance :) with aid stations spaced nicely out, you can get by w/ less, but even then my mantra is not to throw caution into the wi...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » 56Km Race Plan
April 05, 10:44am

1.3 ounces
my first aid/repair kit was put together to try and cover day to day "emergencies", true trauma events are going to be handled w/ items I'm already carrying what I carry- small rol...

In GEAR » First Aid Emergency Kit
April 05, 8:54am

Re: It's a little moot
Will- all good yeah the 4 oz of the SPOT has been helpful, hopefully never helpful like I'm in a really bad jam (but it will be handy- heaven forbid that ever happens), but definitely helpfu...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
April 05, 8:24am

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