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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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All Forum Posts by Mike W

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Testing dry bags
A few years ago I did a back yard test on a couple of dry bags. The idea being that if I fell in during a creek crossing, the bags would be submerged (under pressure) for a short period of time. ...

In GEAR » Leaking silnyl drybags??
October 10, 8:24am

>> $82.00 for a Tilley?? That's insane! What can that hat do that my $12 froggtogg can't? << Well, if you ever manage to wear out a Tilley, they will replace it for the price...

In GEAR » Best backpacking hat?
October 09, 12:20am

MEC Degree Down Jacket
I was at my local Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) store today and tried on one of their new Degree Down Jackets. I was very impressed with the feel and weight, so I went home and looked up the t...

In GEAR » MEC Degree Down Jacket
September 22, 10:13pm

Survey of lightweight one-person shelters?
>> So heavier by 4 oz with the lightest pegs but with fewer features like the outer pitch first of the fly (where the inner goes up with the outer in one complete motion), the dual doors and ...

In GEAR » Survey of lightweight one-person shelters?
September 16, 5:55pm

Do you have a nested cookset?
SnowPeak Ti Mini Solo The cup nests on the bottom of the pot. The nested pot can hold my stove, lighter, gas can, and pack cloth. You can also fit two gas cans inside the pot on longer trips (an...

In GEAR » Do you have a nested cookset?
September 14, 11:47am

The Weight of Fear
>> All my fears are left behind when i hit the hills << Mike - That's because in Scotland you are at the top of the food chain! We're not so lucky where I hike :) While...

In Chaff » The Weight of Fear
September 14, 12:53am

>> The thing is, it is hard to compose those one or two help messages in advance << I found pre-composing a message really easy and a single message covers me in almost all situation...

In GEAR » SPOT vs ACR? Need some advice
September 11, 5:32pm

My Spot Connect really let me down!
The Spot Connect does work stand-alone and has an SOS button built into the unit that doesn't require a cell phone. I don't always take a cell phone and have carried the device for emergen...

In GEAR » My Spot Connect really let me down!
September 04, 11:15am

My Spot Connect really let me down!
What bothers me most about this issue is that the problem wasn't a communication issue, the messages did get through. This is a software issue which simply means that Spot didn't do enoug...

In GEAR » My Spot Connect really let me down!
September 04, 9:22am

My Spot Connect really let me down!
When I purchased my Spot Connect, I was aware of some of the service issues with Spot and figured I could live with "spotty service" however, my Spot Connect let me down big time! The ...

In GEAR » My Spot Connect really let me down!
September 04, 12:06am

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm