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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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I have the Helium II, it's a nice light rain jacket and it's what I carry most often, however if I know it's going to rain I carry a RAB eVENT. I live in the Mtn West, our rain is gene...

In GEAR » Tax time, new gear
February 06, 6:59am

Re: Re sizing
when the snow is firmer, I use my wife's Lightning Ascents- they work fine and I'm 180 lbs, when the snow is not overly firm (often in the Mtn West) I use 30" Ascents w/ tails

In GEAR » Snowshoe sizing?
February 05, 8:33pm

Re: Re: Re: elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
Thanks all :) I looked at the Akula- very nice, a little (lot?) pricey though. I'll give some of the custom quilt makers around and see what they'd charge and roughly how it would spec ou...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 05, 8:18pm

Re: 40 below
I use mine (40 Below Shorties) exclusively for snowshoeing and they work very (very) well- they are also nice around camp too I agree that they wouldn't work that well w/ microspikes or cram...

In GEAR » Forty Below Light Energy Shorty overboots
February 05, 6:40pm

Re: Re: elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
^ well that doesn't sound too pleasant :) I know that some folks (mainly climbers) use this type of system w/ at least some success; I don't envision purposely setting out for a couple o...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 05, 7:20am

elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
I'm looking at my winter day hiking/snowshoeing/skiing pack (which happens to look an awful lot like my elk hunting pack :) ) and got thinking about an uplanned night out. I have a AMK Thermo...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 04, 7:45pm

Re: Re: Real world test
^ agreed; I wonder if there might be an easy fix to have them not "open up", some kind of stop so they can only open so far

In GEAR » Vargo's new 2015 4oz 10point crampons
February 04, 7:04pm

several pms, but still available :)

In Gear Swap » LaSportiva Ultra Raptors Men's 10.5- like new!
February 03, 7:56pm

first aid
my first aid kit is pretty small, about an ounce- Leukotape wrapped around a Benzoin ampule, Steri-Strips, small roll of gauze, small tweezers, triple antibiotic, small med bag w/ Aspirin (2), Acet...

In GEAR » What's in YOUR first aid kit?
February 02, 8:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Expected warmth from combining down vest and down jacket
I agree w/ Ben, if possible (ie not loss of loft from compression), I think the vest would be more efficient under the jacket (you lose heat out of the arm holes) as long is there is no loss of...

In GEAR » Expected warmth from combining down vest and down jacket
February 01, 12:40pm

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