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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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stack height
I'm finding that a low stack height gives me a lot more nimbleness running on the trail, probably not as important hiking though shoes are like everything else, full of compromises- weight, ...

In GEAR » More stack height = more rolled ankles?
May 20, 7:50am

the Masochists are a very popular shoe w/ the mountain ultra runners- good protection, good wear, good grip and not too bad on the weight- if they would have fit I probably wouldn't be looking ...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
May 17, 1:18pm

REI is having a sale, so I ordered a pair of Sportiva Helios's- figured if they didn't work I can send them back at any time and then try another pair, probably the N1's if the Helios&#...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
May 17, 8:04am

Fluid 6
now it's back up on their site :) they are very similar however

In GEAR » Summit Rocket 20 Vest Pack
May 16, 7:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Summit Rocket 20 Vest Pack
Art- haven't heard any dates or what it's going to look like Mike

In GEAR » Summit Rocket 20 Vest Pack
May 16, 4:54pm

Re: Re: Summit Rocket 20 Vest Pack
I have their (appears to now be discontinued) Fluid 6 pack that has the same vest harness- very comfy and carries nicely- ie no bounce while running I've been looking for a running pack that...

In GEAR » Summit Rocket 20 Vest Pack
May 15, 7:19pm

Re: Montrail
I'd say Montrail is sized "normal", but as another poster mentioned, within their line there are several different "fits", based on the last they use the MM's do run ...

In GEAR » How are Montrails sized?
May 15, 7:08pm

my Quantum 4 piece pack rod w/ a Quantum xtralight reel weighs in at 8.6 oz total (loaded w/ 2# test), the best part was it cost $30 :) the rod is graphite and the reel is a 3 ball bearing, so p...

In GEAR » BEST ultralight spinning rod / reel.
May 14, 8:05pm

short update- tried several shoes thus far- tried Cascadias in 9.5 and size 10, the 9.5 were too cramped in the toes, the 10's had decent toe room, but even tied as Art suggested the heel was s...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
May 10, 1:21pm

Re: Re: need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
dang- you guys are making this tough! :) I visited w/ La Sportiva today as I'm totally unfamiliar w/ their lineup, I explained what I was looking for and they recommended two shoes the Helio...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
May 06, 4:58pm

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