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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Dragon & Fastpack
thanks for posting your impressions of the Dragon; will be interesting to hear how it compares to UD's offering :) if you need more water, always an option to add a bladder- even a 1 liter p...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 03, 6:11pm

With this small pack, nothing is too heavy-save water and that will be either in a bladder against my back or on my chest w/ the bottles I like putting my quilt at the bottom as it's the bul...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 03, 7:31am

UD 20
I received an email from UD announcing this pack, the very same day I received my Montane Dragon (also 20 liters)- not sure I would have changed my mind, but I do like the ample stretch pockets fro...

In GEAR » Ultimate direction Fastpack 20
September 03, 6:34am

owned three
I had a Patagonia down sweater (sans hood), a MB Ex-light (also sans hood) and now the MH Whisperer- 3 oz of down in a 7.7 hooded garment w/ slash pockets and a drawstring waist, not too shabby :) ...

In GEAR » Down jackets. Help me finally choose.
September 02, 8:36pm

price drop on the bivy
tarp is sold, price drop on the bivy now $125 shipped thanks Mike

In Gear Swap » FS MLD Superlight bivy and MLD Cricket tarp
September 02, 7:44pm

a few things
few things that jump out :) clothing- socks- having a dry pair is prudent, having two extra pairs........ I just put my wet ones on in the morning, within 10 minutes they are fine; if something...

In Gear Lists » 3+ day solo trip in Pecos NM
September 02, 7:48am

Re: UD and Dragon
^ agree w/ your assessment, I still think the Dragon was the right choice for me- but combining features would be the very best

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 01, 1:13pm

nice jacket, but the MH Whsiperer has 2.8 oz of fill, how does 1.9 oz of 900 compare to 2.8 of 850? I'm guessing that it's still substantially more and can't tell if the MB has a draws...

In GEAR » MontBell EX Light Down Anorak
August 31, 8:22pm

bivy & tarp
all pm's answered, both bivy and tarp are still avaiable going to throw in a carbon fiber pole jack w/ the tarp thanks

In Gear Swap » FS MLD Superlight bivy and MLD Cricket tarp
August 31, 7:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: compass and ccf pad
yeah- a fair bit of my "running" is off trail-following ridge lines and such I wonder if your pad is thinner too?

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 31, 6:36pm

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