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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Gossamer Gear sells a light aluminum stay (3-ish oz) that could be added to a variety of different lightweight packs keeping the weight under 20 oz of course I'm sure Chris could come up w/ ...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 27, 8:01pm

I wouldn't waster your $ on yaktrax- there is a reason they get mixed (more neg than positive), microspikes while more expensive simply work and work well, very well! The pair I have now has o...

In GEAR » Crampons for the Grand Canyon
February 27, 7:53pm

I just purchased a Chameece vest off of the site, purchased one for my wife last year and she wears it all the time, so finally got around to getting one for myself :)

In GEAR » Lightweight fleece vest
February 27, 6:20pm

Re: feet
ALL SOLD- thanks

In Gear Swap » MSR Windpro I; Snow Peak 900 titanium pot w/ custom lid
February 26, 7:04am

MSR Windpro I; Snow Peak 900 titanium pot w/ custom lid
a very good condition (it's like a small blow torch!) MSR Windpro stove w/ original windscreens and tool, this is the original version, not the "II", stove is three years old, but fun...

In Gear Swap » MSR Windpro I; Snow Peak 900 titanium pot w/ custom lid
February 25, 7:14pm

Re: Store?
I think Amazon carries them

In GEAR » New superlight crampons company
February 24, 6:33pm

Re: Mikrospikes weight
Gary- you're right, the was the weight of one, didn't realize your weight of 3.5 oz was for the pair- that's pretty darn light! Mike

In GEAR » New superlight crampons company
February 24, 6:32pm

Re: Traction
interesting- that's roughly half the weight of Microspikes, they have less spikes so grip probably wouldn't be on par, but stowed away in a pack for those occasions where you might need the...

In GEAR » New superlight crampons company
February 24, 7:29am

Re: Re: suitable use for a cuben bivy
^ :) after more reading, looks like eVENT (w/ cuben bottom) is what is called for, of course it triples the weight (4.5 vs 13.5) unless someone has a different idea for a top? thanks

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 24, 7:10am

Re: Re: Cuben bivy
ahh- that makes sense, I see the top is "Argon"- my looking around shows there are a couple of versions (maybe more?), different breathability, different HH's- I have an email into Jo...

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 23, 9:05pm

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