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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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Serge- thanks for the input! I was able to put things together for a nice two trip I di...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
October 08, 7:13am

options for a light syn vest?
I can't fit a jacket in my small running pack, but I'm pretty sure a vest would go. I want syn as there is a very good chance if it needs to be broken out it's going to get damp. Some...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 07, 8:15pm

snagged an eVENT jacket
snagged a Rab Momentum 3 layer eVENT jacket (12 oz) for a $119 :)

In Gear Deals » Campsaver's The Shed (and Rab sale)
October 07, 7:20am

military Houdini
if you can find one, the military Houdini (made by Patagonia) is definitely robust, but twice the weight of the regular Houdini (4.5 vs 9 oz), I use it for hunting and is holding up famously- these...

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 06, 7:19am

Re: Re: Re: Re: +1 Phantom
I have a newer Phantom and find the cut just slightly slimmer than more former Hydrogen. I've used my down jacket w/ it and had no problems w/ compression (I'm 5' 11" and 185 so n...

In GEAR » quality dri-down sleeping bags?
October 05, 7:36am

Re: order
quilt/bag and clothing in a pack liner on the bottom,tent/bivy, pad (inflatable), cook kit, food bag- rain gear is under shock cord lashing; first aid, tp, headlamp, etc is in upper pocket

In GEAR » Pack Stack Order
October 05, 7:23am

Re: Side (Pack) Pockets
left side I put my packrod and a .5 liter Platy, right side a 1 liter Platy- stretch side pockets are nice and roomy on my Exped

In GEAR » Side (Pack) Pockets
October 05, 7:17am

another Indie fan
can't comment on the Oasis, but can on the Indie- very nice mid-layer for cool to cold endeavors, fit is nice, like the hood, like the thumb holes, very soft and comfy, warm even when damp- jus...

In GEAR » ibex indie vs icebreaker oasis hoodie?
October 04, 8:57pm

Re: Re: for those looking for sub 150 g/m^2 merino shirts
a little update on this older thread: I've worn the two MB t-shirts on numerous hikes and runs now and they are holding up well; I do insure they are washed in cold water and hung dry. They a...

In GEAR » for those looking for sub 150 g/m^2 merino shirts
October 03, 8:34pm

I normally wear a base layer or mid layer w/ a windshirt over it, but I bought a OR Centrifuge two winters ago- it's a bit of a hybrid, windshirt combined w/ breathable mid-layer- layered over ...

In GEAR » any reason to use a softshell?
October 02, 7:44am

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