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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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Re: +1 Via
+2 my "secret" brew is one packet of Via (Italian or Columbian) and a half packet of their Via Mocha Latte- perfect, of course that is followed up w/ another Via packet and the remaini...

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 08, 6:41am

Trip Report
Les and Micha- great job! We shared some of the same challenging route (including some angst in Wall Ck!), we (well me anyways :) ) too wished we had dropped down below Dean Lake and then up. W...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 08, 6:27am

Re: Re: Hok
great insight gents- thanks! Dave- I have a pair of BC 70's (60mm) w/ decent scales and full metal edge (albeit a little longer than what you suggest); I think it might boil down to I'm ...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 07, 8:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
My Rab Momentum (I think replaced w/ the Muztag) is a 3 layer eVENT jacket ~ 12 oz, not much for bells/whistles, but it's the jacket I grab when I'm pretty sure it's going to be raining...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 07, 6:42pm

Few questions
Few questions if I might. I'm going to pass on cubeb, differences between the Helios and Artemis beside the front pocket? With a single stay, how well does the load lifter setup work? On m...

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
June 07, 7:30am

^ that's kind of what I was looking at them as; not as a skier, but wouldn't mind being a faster "sliding snowshoer" :)

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 5:33pm

My standards are pretty low too as I'm no skier. I get the no master part, but if they can cover more ground quicker than snowshoes then they are worth a look for me. Snowshoes excel in steeper...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 2:21pm

another repeatable data point
Amy- looks like the first "test" wasn't a fluke, ran it again last night- full charge (100%) at 7:00 PM, at 6:00 AM still 100%, at 7:00 AM still 100%, at 7:30 AM 99% again iphone 6...

In GEAR » Please help me with easy iPhone battery tests
June 05, 7:30am

thanks gents! the complaints of they don't downhill very well, slow because of the skins and don't rip turns- tends to make me think they may be what I'm looking for :) I have no vi...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 7:11am

more time has passed, anymore Hok users out there? I do a lot of snowshoeing, but it definitely limits how far I can go in day. These look appealing as I believe I could cover more ground and qui...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 04, 5:44pm

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