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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: North Fork Sun R.
Dan-thanks for the update! your camera situation sounds like something that has happened to me a few times :) our running trails are the same way, they are semi-scooped out, so what melts durin...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 31, 6:50am

hmmm- might have to pour over the maps again and give the east side a closer gander :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 30, 4:54pm

z lite pad folding and "stow and go" for your trekking poles
the z lite one might seem obvious, but took me 15 minutes of messing around to finally figure it out :) I wanted a section (30") of z lite to fold it into 10" sections to use as a quasi ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
March 30, 7:36am

Re: Patagonia R1 Hoody Question
It's not really either 100 or 200, it's Polartec Power Dry which comes in several weights, the R1 is 6.8 oz/yard (w/ a little 5.4 oz/yard thrown in), the Cap 4 hoody is also Power Dry, in 3...

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 Hoody Question
March 29, 7:59pm

of course it doesn't really matter looking at an arbitrary number; but the philosophy behind it does matter imo everyone should take a couple of trips w/ a SUL kit, you'll soon find that...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
March 29, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: "To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket"
my only decision is which rain jacket to bring: if rain is very unlikely I bring one of those 1-2 ounce jobs that packs to the size of a pack of butts; if rain is unlikely I bring my 6 oz Helium II...

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 29, 5:58pm

Re: Re: supplement xtherm
I supplement my therm in very cold weather w a 3/16 ccf pad for a little more R value. I've found the therm to be pretty durable

In GEAR » supplement xtherm
March 28, 2:38pm

anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
they look like they would make a nice snowshoeing boot; 200 gram insulation, waterproof, pretty light, speed laces and a neoprene "shroud" around the front anyone try these? thanks

In GEAR » anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
March 26, 7:33am

also look at the Endurance
I picked up a pair of OR Endurance gaiters this fall and have used them a bunch for snowshoeing, little lower than the tall ones, but still tall enough to get the job done (I got plenty of opportun...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:10pm

150 or lighter
I like the lighter ones for base layers for "summer" temps- 150 or less; (for winter I've been using an Indie hoody that works really well) Ibex makes a 150 zip, I have one- it'...

In GEAR » Wool Base Layer 35F-60F Comfort while hiking?
March 25, 7:22am

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