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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: Vapour Rise and Cap 4
thanks for posting :) I'll have to check out the Vapour Rise, the reviews sure look good- I've always relied on more of a "hard-shell" winshirt, recently got a BD Alpine Start ...

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 25, 8:59am

Re: rere
it's not as warm as the old EW 4 stuff, I still have some of the older pieces and they get used for static stuff- ice fishing, duck hunting, etc the new pieces get used a lot of more- used...

In Gear Lists » Patagonia Expedition base layer help
December 25, 8:25am

Re: Re: Re: Video
yeah- in addition to the iphone, I'm looking at the Galaxy S5- good water resistance, appears to have good battery life and removable battery

In GEAR » it's been a couple of months now, feedback on iphone 6 use in the backcountry? 6 vs 6 plus?
December 23, 7:47pm

Re: Video
will do :) also that charging device you linked really wouldn't work for me on a 4-5 day trip, it's 10-ish oz if I read the specs correctly, for that weight I'd just bring my camera...

In GEAR » it's been a couple of months now, feedback on iphone 6 use in the backcountry? 6 vs 6 plus?
December 23, 6:28pm

R1 and Atom
I have two vests I use for high activity stuff (trail running, snowshoeing, x-country skiing)- first is the R1, discontinued, but I seem them frequently for sale here, geartrader and ebay. For mil...

In GEAR » Active vest
December 22, 7:51pm

pop rivets/hardware
Scott- couple of questions if I may- what pop rivet tool are you using? also what are using for hardware in the middle-is that a Chicago screw? Look at my snowshoes (Atlas Race) I don't thi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Northern Lites Snowshoe Mod
December 22, 10:08am

iphone 6
I'm waiting to hear how your 4 day trip goes; I have a four trip planned this spring that could pose the need for a fair bit of navigation (snow covered trails)- I'd like to bring one devic...

In GEAR » it's been a couple of months now, feedback on iphone 6 use in the backcountry? 6 vs 6 plus?
December 22, 7:48am

S5 Active
looked at the S5 Active and after reading reviews of accidental 911 calls, camera coming on, etc- I'm going to pass on it- it's getting a little heavy to boot, BUT the the "plain jane&...

In GEAR » it's been a couple of months now, feedback on iphone 6 use in the backcountry? 6 vs 6 plus?
December 21, 7:17pm

Re: Re: 2014 Exped Lightning 60
I've used mine on several other trips since my first report, happy to still say the Exped Lightning is a keeper :)

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
December 21, 5:31pm

Re: Alum crampon
very nice! looking for a little more grip for my running snowhoes, that might be just the ticket

In Make Your Own Gear » Northern Lites Snowshoe Mod
December 21, 2:40pm

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