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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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Tarptent Stratospire solid inner?
Is the solid portion of the inner made of silnylon or is it a breathable fabric? It's really hard to tell in the photo on Tarptents website and the description doesn't say what the solid p...

In GEAR » Tarptent Stratospire solid inner?
November 25, 11:00pm

Love this sign!
From one of our coastal trails... fast packing may be required!

In Chaff » Love this sign!
November 22, 12:56pm

Where are the new Backpackinglight articles?
>> I'm a non-member in less than a week after 6 plus years. I simply can't take the non committal approach by Ryan Jordan. << The movement is growing... or is it just the Can...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are the new Backpackinglight articles?
October 19, 12:32am

Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
"1) Vertical rain/snow falls straight in the door." I agree that this is a non-issue. I've been using this tent design for years (Seedhouse and Fly Creek). A simple solution is t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 17, 3:57pm

Favorite piece of gear - Fall 2012 edition
I'm surprised to be writing this since I have rarely carried a phone while backpacking or fly fishing. That changed this year when I bought a Lifeproof case for my iPhone. The case only ...

In GEAR » Favorite piece of gear - Fall 2012 edition
October 16, 2:58pm

rain jacket...
If you want a bomber rain jacket for $100 check out the Montbell Thunder Pass jacket. This is a full featured rain jacket (pitzips, pockets, great hood) and the only downside is the weight (whic...

In GEAR » In the market for a rain jacket specifically for over a down jacket.
October 16, 2:28pm

Icy Feet
Why are you trying to avoid down booties? My Feathered Friends down booties have the advantage of a removable down inner boot that can be carried separately or can be combined with the water-res...

In GEAR » Icy feet
October 10, 12:00pm

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

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