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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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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

Alpine Light
hmmmmm- mine is 29" along the torso (Men's Large) never considered it short (I'm 5' 11")- it's also purposely cut slightly over sized so you can easily layer it over a thi...

In GEAR » UL Down Jacket
October 02, 7:28am

Re: Re: Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
Dave C wrote "I have trouble not seeing pillows as very high up in the heirarchy of silly things, along with potty trowels, but the Sea to Summit UL pillow my wife bought this summer is very n...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 01, 8:13pm

My Houdini is going on 6 years old, still very much serviceable. I wash it and treat it w/ a DWR spray when water quits beading up. I can't tell you how many days it's been worn running, ...

In GEAR » Windshirt durability?
September 30, 7:03am

Re: Re: Nano Puff + Micro Puff = DAS???
OK- good-thanks :) Stephen- I considered that, but this setup I intend to use big game hunting- typically I'm covering a lot of country and working up a pretty good sweat, but then often sto...

In GEAR » Nano Puff + Micro Puff = DAS???
September 27, 8:06am

Nano Puff + Micro Puff = DAS???
Not sure how Primaloft (or any syn for that matter) works, I was thinking about getting a DAS Parka, but then thought it would be much more useful to have a Nano Puff (60-g) and a Micro Puff (100-g...

In GEAR » Nano Puff + Micro Puff = DAS???
September 26, 9:28pm

Patagonia Guide pants
these are a Schoeller (or Schoeller like) material- strechy, very nice DWR, block wind nicely, but breathe very well- warmer winter days, just over merino boxers, cooler- over a base layer I'...

In GEAR » winter pants suggestions?
September 25, 7:22am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Direkt2
"It was a 50 mph wind and it almost collapsed his tent, but the 'stache didn't budge." ^ this! :)

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 23, 8:47pm

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