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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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rocky stuff
I own a lot of Patagonia stuff, but have never tried any of their shoes- a couple of reviewers mention wide toe box which is definitely a necessity w/ my alien like long toes :) Art- I tried a p...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
August 04, 12:30pm

rocky stuff
Sara- I saw a couple of folks w/ Hoka's yesterday, they definitely look cushy. We have a couple of running stores here, not sure if they carry Hoka or not- if they don't have a large toe b...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
August 04, 9:25am

more updates
well I had to send my N1's back as they developed a hole near the top of big toe on the left foot- kind of a weird spot??? about 250-ish miles on them, got a new pair back (was within 60 days ...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
August 02, 7:56pm

Re: Re: re: UTMB mandatory gear
"Mike Foote from Montana, 11th place UTMB 2011 (1st American)" yeah baby! oh.... carry on

In GEAR » Ultramarathon gear advice needed for major race in the Alps
July 24, 10:14pm

I was looking at both the WM and MB ones and instead opted for custom ones from Ben at goosefeet- it actually came out a little cheaper and I was able to customize the materials, the amount of fill...

In GEAR » western mountaineering down pants?
July 24, 6:16am

Re: Wearing a windshirt as a single layer in hot weather?
it works great for sun protection, it works great for insect protection (Houdini)- for hot weather?- no, it wouldn't "work"

In GEAR » Wearing a windshirt as a single layer in hot weather?
July 23, 6:31pm

two lamps
after quite a bit of experimenting w/ several different lamps- I'd agree w/ Art that two lamps>one lamp; I'm using a BD Revolt for a headlamp- rechargeable (via USB) NiMH AAA's or re...

In GEAR » Trail Running Headlamp
July 18, 6:53pm

more info needed
sounds like the guy carrying the shotgun didn't have bear spray (or decided not to use and went for the shotgun)????; got to wonder why would you carry a shotgun, presumably for bear protection...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear spray AND gun used in bear encounter
July 07, 5:35pm

or 0.2 oz for the AMK mini signal mirror :) as mentioned before it can be used for to inspect yourself for medical purposes as well- not to mention getting your hair just right for that picture! :)

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
July 02, 10:29am

Re: Re: lithium
which worked just fine-thanks :)

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Lithium sleeping bag
June 26, 7:59pm

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