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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Gaia question
thanks all for this great info! quick question on Gaia, I found the "No GPS Until Activated" switch, my question is if I tap the locate button, does it automatically turn the GPS off a...

In GEAR » CRITICAL Information for iPhone users
May 08, 7:20am

I've had my Helium several years and am pleased with both performance and durability. If I know it's going to be rainy, I carry a eVENT jacket (Rab), but for all other outings the Helium g...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 07, 8:02pm

out flow
I agree w/ John; for me outflow is the most important attribute to tick off for a windshirt; a good DWR is nice, but if it doesn't breathe well I might as well be wearing my hardshell I'...

In GEAR » The new king of windshirts (by an unlikely candidate)
May 06, 7:12am

this might not translate exactly to the Bob, but I hit Casey Peak yesterday in the Elkhorns and was very surprised at the amount of snow above 6000'- it's been very warm (10-15 degrees warm...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 05, 6:56am

Re: Bad News
Luke- sorry to hear that; I got nixed out of our Zion Traverse last Spring due to an injury- I know the feeling :( Derek- I'll let someone else chime in on trail marking, it's been 30 ye...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 03, 8:40pm

Ken T
Ken- we must have been typing at the same time funny how close are posts are! something about great minds......... :) Mike

In Gear Lists » gear list - advice?
May 01, 9:07am

looking to drop weight?
what advice are you looking for? wanting to get lighter? it's a little easier to advise if you post weights, but I'll give it a go w/o your sleep system doesn't have a lot of roo...

In Gear Lists » gear list - advice?
May 01, 8:22am

one other option-Smith not cheap, but not uber expensive- lots (and lots) of different frames, many have interchangeable lenses which I find to be very useful the ones I've owned have bee...

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 27, 8:28pm

Re: $ Drops
yeah- I think that's exactly what's going on :) I'll take the down mitts- pm inbound

In Gear Swap » - Winter Gear Clear - BRG, WM, Grivel, Brooks Range
April 27, 6:30pm

Re: Re: Re: One month until kick-off
regarding moisture in deadfall, it's going to really vary, some of it still going to be very moist- there should be a lot of spruce and fir whose lower dead limbs will be bone dry, there may be...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 26, 5:32pm

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