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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: Candiru
yup- they have orange scales (and tan??)- I plan on using it sans scales (that's the way I use the Izula as well), for backpacking anyways. it's not in hand an overly long time- making fuz...

In GEAR » Help Choosing a Knife?
February 16, 8:59am

as soon as they make a orange Candiru it will be my new hiking knife, until then my portly orange Izula will have to do :)

In GEAR » Help Choosing a Knife?
February 15, 5:03pm

Re: Re: surface
thanks Art- I'm definitely far from 100% on my new shoes, they should handle sand and light rock just fine, but not so sure how they will feel w/ lots of miles the gent that is thinking abou...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Joshua Tree CRHT Run
February 15, 1:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Merino 1
@John- didn't know they changed the fabric, seems like some of these bigger companies make this mistake over and over- they have a great product, folks like it and then they change it- and for ...

In GEAR » Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer top
February 15, 1:21pm

for guys that have been there, what's the surface like we'll be running- sounds like at least one stretch will be sandy (near blackrock???)- any rocky sections? reason I'm asking as I ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Joshua Tree CRHT Run
February 15, 8:00am

Re: Re: Merino 1
John- were these "re-released" ones different? obviously Patagonia will stand behind them, but that's disappointing- mine I've worn a full week w/ nary a nick Mike

In GEAR » Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer top
February 15, 7:53am

Re: Merino 1
I've got several other merino shirts (mostly Ibex) and the Merino 1 is no more (or less) smelly than those- so I'd say equivalent :)

In GEAR » Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer top
February 14, 8:44pm

Re: "Joshua Tree NP Traverse"
the cap 4 is actually a pretty light/breathable beanie as far as beanies go, but you're right w/ the buff it probably is redundant now using a smooth rock isn't some kind of desert snipe...

In Gear Lists » Joshua Tree NP Traverse
February 14, 8:31pm

Joshua Tree NP Traverse
this will be a one day traverse of Joshua Tree via the CRHT- ~38 miles w/ a drop/resupply at the half way point (Keys), thus the food weight is cut in half expected temps temps- highs upper 60&#...

In Gear Lists » Joshua Tree NP Traverse
February 14, 7:36pm

Re: Re: Merino Long Sleeve base layer top
look at Patagonia Merino 1, mostly merino (65%) - it gives you the benefits of both merino and syn (the syn makes it more durable and slightly quicker to dry) the fit is "slim", but no...

In GEAR » Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer top
February 14, 7:28pm

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