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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Hoods
Dan said "Hoods for sure on any decently warm puffy (>4oz down). For summer weight insulating layers it doesn't matter as much. I still like them but I can use either." ^ I'...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
January 31, 6:05am

Re: Re: Smartwool midweight / Patagonia capaline 4
I like the Cap 4 for very high aerobic activities- as mentioned above- it simply dries quicker than wool; for less than very high aerobic activities I prefer wool- especially on multi-day outings. ...

In Gear Lists » Smartwool midweight / Patagonia capaline 4
January 30, 7:36am

Re: EE 0F degree quilt vs WM or FF 0F degree bag
a 0 degree bag is "easier" to be sure, the tradeoff is weight- sounds like you already have some quilt experience so I don't think you'd have much trouble w/ a 0 degree quilt. ...

In GEAR » EE 0F degree quilt vs WM or FF 0F degree bag
January 30, 7:16am

Re: Hiking Shoes.
once you start hiking in trail running shoes, it is very unlikely you'll ever go back to boots fit is king and trumps everything else, the best way to insure a good fit is to try on lots of ...

In GEAR » Hiking Shoes.
January 30, 7:05am

maybe you got your answer over on Gear? if not, very doable, the two guys that are doing the winter PCT are using that setup as long as the total loft is up to snuff, shouldn't be a problem...

January 29, 8:12pm

I've had good luck w/ Tyvek in the snow- I purchased a cheap grommet tool and added a grommet in each corner, put a small length of shock cord to secure it to the corner stakes- works like a ch...

In Winter Hiking » Ground cover for use with Duomid in winter conditions
January 29, 8:06pm

Re: Re: Re: MH Phantom price drop
^ thank you kind Sir! :)

In Gear Swap » FS MLD Duomid pyramid and inner; Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 mummy bag (near new!)
January 29, 5:55pm

Burrow 0
I've spent the last couple of weeks researching winter quilts and after a long deliberation, I decided to go with a Hammock Gear Burrow 0. I had a nice long chat with Adam and he was able to f...

In GEAR » HammockGear Burrow 20* quilt - initial review/impressions
January 29, 7:06am

short length chaps
I wonder if Ron or Joe would make a shorter pair like we use horseback (we call them "chinks")- would breathe better, would keep a lot of crud off them (vs ankle length) and less likely t...

In GEAR » Which manufacturers make Rain Chaps?
January 28, 8:27pm

I consider a windshirt a shell, and thus I always have one w/ me regardless of weather-it's probably the one piece of kit that is constant 12 months around; in the dead of winter I forego a har...

In GEAR » Getting away from shells
January 28, 8:19pm

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