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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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Summit Lite
has anyone given one of these a go? I'm starting to feel the urge for another sub 5# trip in the mountains, this packs looks fairly promising for such an adventure tia

In GEAR » Exped Summit Lite 25 Backpack: Golite Ion Replacement?
June 29, 7:29am

DIAD Crazy Mountains
I keep trying to come up w/ a 25-ish mile DIAD (done a day) loop in the Crazies. There are plenty of point to point routes and out and back routes, but little to no loop opportunities w/o some off...

In Post-Trip Reports » DIAD Crazy Mountains
June 28, 8:48pm

Ascentionist 35
I use this pack mostly for day trips in the winter, but serves me well for occasional overnighters in the mountains. It's a very simple pack that happens to carry very nicely on uneven/difficu...

In GEAR » Backpack for overnight climbing trips
June 28, 8:19pm

Re: Almost always now
Tom said-"I rarely go without a hip belt anymore, unless I happen to be using a pack that doesn't have one (I still have a few). Even with weight as low as 10 pounds or so, its a lot more ...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 28, 5:53pm

Hmmm mine is ~20.5 and set at almost dead on L, I also recently discovered that there were two attachments for the load lifters, mine was set to the lower ones which wasn't correct, much better...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 25, 2:48pm

compression setup
glad you posted that last pic; I almost always use my Lightning w/ a "traditional" roll top connection and thought about ditching (cutting out) the lower straps that are located in the st...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 24, 5:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: flash pocket
I didn't ask on color, but assumed it only came in black (the only color I've seen online). It was $19.95, they haven't weighed it, but showed 2.5 oz (70 grams). I'll verify when I ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 24, 1:47pm

Re: Re: flash pocket
Just ordered one directly from Exped, I'll weigh it when I receive it. I'd prefer not to go the shoulder route if possible for bottles, I wonder if more stretch material could be added ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 24, 11:20am

flash pocket
I'll confirm tomorrow, but found the following specs on the Flash pocket on a euro backpacking site- 13x17" and 2.5 oz

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
June 23, 5:20pm

look at the SPOT too; I used one during the Bob Marshall Open and it allowed family members to see exactly where I was at any given time, they knew where I was camped each night via a message sent ...

In GEAR » Personal Locator Beacons? Do I need one?
June 22, 7:58pm

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