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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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

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how big of a knife do we really need (or how small of knife can we get by with)?
just got back from a two day trip in the Belts Mountains (Edith & Baldy Basins) and am happy to report that my tiny Swiss Army Classic was up to the task, which in addition to the usual- openin...

In GEAR » how big of a knife do we really need (or how small of knife can we get by with)?
September 08, 6:25pm

if it's a solo mid- I prefer a bivy for possible splash, a larger mid w/ more coverage I'm comfortable w/ just a ground cloth (or an inner if there are bugs to contend w/) I've had g...

In GEAR » Bivy inside a Mid Shelter or Ground Sheet?
August 27, 7:30pm

Re: Zebralight H51 / H31 discontinued
as popular as these lamps have been, I can't imagine that they don't have a replacement(s) waiting on the wings that said, I have two H31's just in case :)

In GEAR » Zebralight H51 / H31 discontinued
August 27, 7:21pm

thanks for the article, wasn't familiar w/ any of the tights you've highlighted for winter (some shoulder season) conditions I've found the OR Radiant Hybrid tights to work very well...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Tights - Part 2
August 21, 7:44pm

thanks for the wonderfully detailed commentary and stunning photos- the SHR is high on my bucket list, this report just cements it- thanks! Mike

In Editor's Roundtable » Ropers Sierra High Route
August 18, 10:59am

Re: re
"Air pads are by far more comfortable than CCF... there seems to be some doubt in this thread. Just clearing that up." no doubt here :) I've used a ccf pad occasionally in conjunc...

In GEAR » Switching to a foam pad?
August 16, 7:16pm

MH way 2 cool
I own a couple of way2 cool t's and just (yesterday) ordered another-I'm using them for warm weather running and not another shirt in my quiver (and a have a few) wicks as well or feels as ...

In GEAR » looking for a UL shirt
August 15, 9:48pm

<- tight wearer- have a couple different pairs, use them for backpacking, running, skiing, snowshoeing- one pair (Mtn Hardwear 3/4 length) probably qualifies as mandex :)

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Tights - Part 1
August 14, 6:11pm

I really think it's a big plus that a down garment comes w/ a hood, the GW does and actually fits pretty well (my nogan anyways)- I wish they would have added a drawstring to the hood, but they...

In GEAR » can you suggest a down jacket for my needs please
August 08, 7:50pm

JMT record
I just shattered the JMT record last night, but I'm not telling a soul (I did a bunch other super cool things, but again I can't tell anyone)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New JMT Speed Record
August 08, 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