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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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

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Re: BMWO 2015 Gear
Dan- thanks for the video, had to chuckle at the mismatched poles :) curious, did you remove some of the plastic decking on the Swifts? Your food choices this year sound much more appealing tha...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 19, 7:15am

better comparo
I think a better comparo would be the MH Scrambler and Ascensionist 35l - the 35 liter Ascensionist has a removable frame, pads on the hip belts, side compression straps and a few other minor bells...

In GEAR » All around Day Pack
May 17, 7:54am

the Lightning is ~ 37" in diameter, maybe 38"- doesn't appear to be any (or much) taper

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 17, 7:43am

this is a great pack, very sturdy, but still light- not much for bells/whistles, but purposely designed that way it also carries nicely- up to about 15# the main sack is very roomy, seems mor...

In GEAR » All around Day Pack
May 16, 3:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
Stephen- no problem whatsoever; it's one of the most comfy packs I've owned Did you play around w/ the length of the frame by chance? another nice feature to add to the list Also the f...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 15, 7:46pm

Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
can't comment on the Unaweep, other than say the reviews are usually good, but the Lightning will handle 30 # loads w/o any problem I've been very impressed w/ the carry of the Lightning...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 15, 6:54pm

Ghost Lite
interesting; I have a Ghost Whisperer windshirt- 7D, weighs 2 oz, but not very breathable- I think it's the same material they use in their Ghost down jackets and has to be downproof, which typ...

In GEAR » The new king of windshirts (by an unlikely candidate)
May 15, 6:47pm

smaller spray
not advocating bucking the EPA's approved bear spray list, but.... I've recently switched to a lighter OC spray- it's Fox Labs Mark 4 heavy fog; 3 oz of OC spray, finger loop like bear...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 15, 7:16am

Re: Re: extrapolating flow data
Dave- perfect! exactly what I was looking for :) Mike

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 12, 7:54pm

extrapolating flow data
^ Tanner- good info-thanks :) does anyone have a rough estimate of what flows for the SF at the gauging station near Hungry Horse would equate to flows near White River? the gauging station is ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 11, 9:01pm

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