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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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In Gear Swap » FS: Golite, ULA, First Ascent, Arc'Teryx, Tilley, MH, Marmot and more
February 04, 1:18pm

Patagonia sizing has always been on the fickle size and somehow I don't suspect that's going to change I don't have the luxury of trying them on first (small town) and you don't ...

In GEAR » Brand new: you're retro (new Capilene fit!)
February 04, 12:57pm

military has been using them for some time (you can get them in a variety of military colors- foliage, coyote, black) they can be found at lot's of places, here's but one http://www.s...

In GEAR » snap looploc buckles?
February 04, 8:35am

I've still got some capilene pieces from the 80's (and 90's and 00's :))-sizing has been all over the board unfortunately (true w/ almost all of their line!)- I've never vacilla...

In GEAR » Brand new: you're retro (new Capilene fit!)
February 04, 8:30am

warmest and lightest and cheapest are kind of mutually exclusive :) the warmest won't be lightest (and not likely cheap) the lightest won't be the warmest (and not likely cheap) the ...

In GEAR » What is the warmest, lightest down vest for the $.
February 04, 8:13am

nice :)
I enjoyed the read very much- thanks. If you're thinking about "evolving" your blog- I agree w/ Michael that it needs better organization. There are also several contrary statem...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What I learned hiking the CDT and in 20 years of backpacking.
February 03, 5:28pm

generally syn is going to give you more warmth/loft than fleece- so having more warmth in the arms, but not in the core seems a little counterintuitive to me. fleece does generally breathe better ...

In GEAR » hybrid fleece body but synthetic wadding arms jacket
February 03, 4:28pm

Re: Shelter change
I carried a MSR CR2 in my Exos 46 w/o any issues- up to 6 day trips

In GEAR » What pack would you recommend?
February 03, 12:23pm

very interesting- any idea on how an Esbit fairs after a month sitting out? I wonder if it would share the same fate? definitely looks like you want the Weber sealed in some fashion- you could ...

In GEAR » Solid fuel users
February 02, 8:54am

small pack
^ you're probably not the only person who was "forced" into UL packing this way :) I bought an Ion some time ago with the distinct goal that I would be able to do a 4 day trip w/ i...

In GEAR » What pack would you recommend?
February 02, 7:25am

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