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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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reading Nathan's post again sounded it like it worked well except the stay wasn't high enough to shift weight off of his shoulders- perhaps the same design only make the hooped portion at t...

In GEAR » Best practice consensus: adding a frame for Jam?
March 15, 6:00pm

Re: Jam mods
Gary- I didn't secure the stay to the load lifters, but they way it's situated in the Pinnacle there is only a tiny bit of slack before the hydration ports against the stay fully restrict a...

In GEAR » Best practice consensus: adding a frame for Jam?
March 15, 1:23pm

a week out (subject to change, especially in March!) looks pretty good- forecast for Lincoln 23rd 51/28- mostly cloudy, 24th 54/30-passing shower, 25th 54/31-morning flurry; elevation at LIncoln is...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
March 15, 8:17am

procrastinate :)
finally got this done- only w/ a snowshoe trip looming a week out :) I made small loops in the compression straps like Gary, but instead a tube of webbing I folding over a small section of the u...

In GEAR » Best practice consensus: adding a frame for Jam?
March 14, 4:17pm

pole jacks
Clayton- mine are set at full length at the STOP mark, I could have added length to the pole jacks so I wouldn't have to change the length of the poles, but I save a few grams by lengthening th...

In GEAR » duomid/sl2 space with inverted poles and opinions on which setup is preferred
March 14, 8:50am

inverted V
the only way to go for two w/ the Duomid, it's sturdier than a single pole as well- my jacks are 12" using BD adj poles

In GEAR » duomid/sl2 space with inverted poles and opinions on which setup is preferred
March 13, 7:16pm

Re: Re: inflatable
I haven't had to patch my neoair (knocking on wood :)), but have repaired numerous other inflatables in the field- sometimes it's a very slow leak and those can be hard to find, the good ne...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pads - Inflatable or not?
March 11, 6:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Knives
the Classic w/ scissors and tweezers is a pretty good choice, if you like a little more knife and can get by w/o the other bits the Spyderco Ladybug is relatively sturdy for such a small knife, it ...

In GEAR » Knives
March 11, 2:55pm

I don't see myself ever going back to a ccf pad, to augment r value w/ an inflatable-yes, to replace not likely I do carry a couple gram repair kit in the unlikely event it were to go, but k...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pads - Inflatable or not?
March 11, 2:45pm

for a few grams I'd rather have two pieces that can be added or subtracted as needed- I've worn the top a bunch of times that I wouldn't have wanted the bottoms for house lounging on...

In GEAR » Important news for Cap 4 fans
March 11, 2:38pm

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