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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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smaller canisters
there are smaller canisters that have the same strength (measured in Scoville units) as the approved bear sprays, but obviously less content- they also have a shorter range; these aren't bear a...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 13, 6:49pm

I'd echo one of the longer napped fleeces like MH's Monkey Man, Patagonia's R3 or the like- a hood would be a very nice option. You don't mention base layers, but I'd definit...

In GEAR » Jackets for a survival course
February 12, 8:01pm

25 liter
I've been using my 25 liter pack as a hunting pack in the fall and snowshoeing/ski day pack in the winter. I'm really impressed with this very simple, no frill pack. It's light, it...

In GEAR » New Patagonia Ascentionist 25/35/45L Climbing Packs
February 12, 7:27pm

Re: Nine trails pack 15L (Patagonia)
getting to be a lot of running packs on the market, which is a good thing if you're a runner :) having owned a dozen or so running packs a few things jump out at me, sternum straps are not a...

In GEAR » Nine trails pack 15L (Patagonia)
February 12, 7:17pm

Re: Durable wool-synthetic blends?
I own two Patagonia Merino 1 shirts, both long sleeves, but they also come in t-shirts. They are 65% wool and 35% capilene. Thus far I've found them durable- they are pretty thin (which is wh...

In GEAR » Durable wool-synthetic blends?
February 11, 6:31pm

Re: Re: I'm now a tall sock fan boy!
I'm trying to talk DT into a limited edition orange version :) ^ those look nice, pretty reasonable priced too

In GEAR » I'm now a tall sock fan boy!
February 10, 6:39am

I'm now a tall sock fan boy!
I've heard others laud the benefits of tall socks for winter/shoulder season use and until recently, thought it was just a bunch of hoopla. This fall I purchased a pair of tall socks (Wool Pow...

In GEAR » I'm now a tall sock fan boy!
February 09, 9:27pm

Re: Re: Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
I find the eVENT top plenty breathable on it's own, the cuben is lighter and appears to very tough I like the pad in, that way you won't slide off the pad- I'd consider ordering the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
February 09, 8:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Second on the Full Bag
Doug- good idea, I've read a lot about VBL's, but never played around w/ them- time to do some re-reading :) Mike

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 08, 9:28pm

Re: Second on the Full Bag
I've spent some miserable unplanned nights out as well, my hope is to lessen that misery just a little :) a cache isn't an option for me, my elk hunting moves around quite a good deal, d...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 08, 8:59pm

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