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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: black diamond alpine carbon cork poles
I still use mine for snowshoeing (w/ snow baskets), but went to UD Z-poles a couple of years ago-10 oz vs 18 oz and the ability to fold them up (especially running) is what prompted the switch

In GEAR » black diamond alpine carbon cork poles
October 10, 7:31am

Re: Re: What is your most used piece of gear?
I'm w/ Justin on this one- my windshirt, the most versatile piece of gear I own- summer through the dead of winter; day hikes, backpacking trips and trail running probably a tie, my shoes Pe...

In GEAR » What is your most used piece of gear?
October 10, 7:20am

great input- thanks!
guess there were more options out there than I thought, glad I posted the thread! thanks those all look like solid choices; I'm going to look at all of them, but the Atom w/ the stretch pan...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 08, 8:53pm

Re: Great report, longer trip question
thanks all Andrea- probably same gear, but would definitely need a larger pack for the additional food- I think 4 days/three nights would be the very most I could squeeze out of this pack. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » running, climbing, fishing, camping, repeat
October 08, 8:25pm

Re: Re: Re: review
agree w/ all your observations; for a running pack the first and foremost consideration is how it carries and this pack carries so very well

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
October 08, 8:14pm

Re: Re: options for a light syn vest?
thanks- I'll check both those out- any tips on fitment on either piece?

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 08, 7:21am

Serge- thanks for the input! I was able to put things together for a nice two trip I di...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
October 08, 7:13am

options for a light syn vest?
I can't fit a jacket in my small running pack, but I'm pretty sure a vest would go. I want syn as there is a very good chance if it needs to be broken out it's going to get damp. Some...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 07, 8:15pm

snagged an eVENT jacket
snagged a Rab Momentum 3 layer eVENT jacket (12 oz) for a $119 :)

In Gear Deals » Campsaver's The Shed (and Rab sale)
October 07, 7:20am

military Houdini
if you can find one, the military Houdini (made by Patagonia) is definitely robust, but twice the weight of the regular Houdini (4.5 vs 9 oz), I use it for hunting and is holding up famously- these...

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 06, 7:19am

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