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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: Re: inflatable
I haven't had to patch my neoair (knocking on wood :)), but have repaired numerous other inflatables in the field- sometimes it's a very slow leak and those can be hard to find, the good ne...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pads - Inflatable or not?
March 11, 6:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Knives
the Classic w/ scissors and tweezers is a pretty good choice, if you like a little more knife and can get by w/o the other bits the Spyderco Ladybug is relatively sturdy for such a small knife, it ...

In GEAR » Knives
March 11, 2:55pm

I don't see myself ever going back to a ccf pad, to augment r value w/ an inflatable-yes, to replace not likely I do carry a couple gram repair kit in the unlikely event it were to go, but k...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pads - Inflatable or not?
March 11, 2:45pm

for a few grams I'd rather have two pieces that can be added or subtracted as needed- I've worn the top a bunch of times that I wouldn't have wanted the bottoms for house lounging on...

In GEAR » Important news for Cap 4 fans
March 11, 2:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: re: footwear/socks
I'm not much for Goretex footwear, but I plan on wearing Goretex mids (Montrail Badrocks) w/ a really thin merino liner and a heavier weight merino sock I'll have down booties/overboots ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
March 10, 8:18pm

light shorts/shirts
out of curiosity :) I weighed my "short" shorts (size medium)- Patagonia 3" Striders- 3.5 oz, MH Ultafueler 3.5"- 3.5 oz and then my short sleeve shirts (size large)- MH Way...

In GEAR » light weight running shorts and shirt
March 09, 7:57pm

Joshua Tree Traverse
little update on the pack after 38 miles across Joshua Tree, pack performed flawlessly- had plenty of room for a 1 liter bladder in the main pack (while still holding food, few clothing items, few ...

In GEAR » Ultimate Directions AK "Race" pack
March 07, 12:59pm

Re: Re: Packs
got to say- great reports/pics guys! re: AK pack- I'll update my review thread as well, but it carried like a dream- had a full liter in the main compartment, w/ the two bottles up front- at...

In Post-Trip Reports » SpongeBob Zen: Joshua Tree CRHT, 3/2/2013
March 06, 1:17pm

sponge bob
great report Craig! I'll add my report to yours :) First and foremost, Joshua Tree NP is a stunning area-stark and raw, but every bit as beautiful as the mountains I play in. I found it to...

In Post-Trip Reports » SpongeBob Zen: Joshua Tree CRHT, 3/2/2013
March 04, 10:41pm

was wondering where you'd been :) I agree totally; not knowing exactly what to expect or the outcome clearly adds to the good stuff factor! It will be nice knowing that snow won't f...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Joshua Tree CRHT Run
February 27, 4:31pm

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