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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: Re: MB alpine light = ? in synthetic jacket
per Sir Richard N, the Alpine Light has a clo value of ~ 2.5, the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (100 gram Primaloft) ~ 2.4 I own both and would say that those numbers are very close

In GEAR » MB alpine light = ? in synthetic jacket
February 18, 9:02pm

what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
my parred down gear for a 3 day trip for winter (prepared for 0-ish weather) is closer to 15# than 10#, I can get closer to 10 by using a snow trench and only bringing a tarp and bivy, but I'm ...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
February 18, 8:03pm

Re: Take a 100wt fleece
^ this AND a lightweight vest AND a bottom base layer, could be the best 16-20 oz you've ever carried I didn't see you mention a t-shirt, but someone commented on a long sleeve base laye...

In Gear Lists » Can I get away without a mid layer for the CT?
February 17, 8:58pm

Re: Re: Valentine's Day Montana style
^ :) Gary- missed your question; it's been Granite Peak for a long time, not sure why or when it was changed-possibly just what you said (and Dave hinted at!)

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 17, 6:21pm

Re: Re: Valentine's Day Montana style
thanks gents! we had a great time :) Roger- good point; I'll try that next time

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 17, 6:43am

Valentine's Day Montana style
My wife wanted a fancy supper for Valentine's, so I agreed, but I got to choose where we ate- Twin Lakes in the Crazies :) We've been having a lot of warm weather of late, warm enough I ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 16, 2:03pm

Re: What
what DM and Steve said :) quick, easy and efficient

In GEAR » Water Kit
February 13, 8:21pm

Re: Transitioning to winter hiking (long, sorry)
well here's a long winded response back :) I think the Circuit should have sufficient volume for winter trips: done your sleeping bag is a good one: done pads- I think the zlite and ne...

In Gear Lists » Transitioning to winter hiking (long, sorry)
February 13, 8:17pm

smaller canisters
there are smaller canisters that have the same strength (measured in Scoville units) as the approved bear sprays, but obviously less content- they also have a shorter range; these aren't bear a...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 13, 6:49pm

I'd echo one of the longer napped fleeces like MH's Monkey Man, Patagonia's R3 or the like- a hood would be a very nice option. You don't mention base layers, but I'd definit...

In GEAR » Jackets for a survival course
February 12, 8:01pm

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