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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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Re: Asolo Moran GTX Hiking Boots
dan said "SO I have a pair of Asolo Moran GTX Hiking Boots. Paired with gators, would those work well in snow, or are they just not waterproof and warm enough?" I think w/ good socks a...

In GEAR » snow boots
January 05, 1:24pm

I have a pair of the Merrell Isotherms, this is my second season using them (snowshoeing) and thus far I'm happy w/ them. Not overly heavy (for a mid height insulated boot anyways :)), they...

In GEAR » snow boots
January 05, 1:21pm

trip report
Eugene- you have a great knack for writing (and photographing) trip reports! very enjoyable read (and viewing) how did the vbl system work out for you? anything you'd change foot wise? ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Wasteland? - White Mountain Wilderness, NM, Three Rivers Canyon Trail, 12/30-12/31/10
January 05, 8:45am

Re: Linear Usage
keeps sweat/oil/dirt out of your bag, not sure on this one, but some actually add a few degrees to the sleeping bag rating

In Gear Deals » New MLD Product
January 05, 7:33am

rain jacket
didn't realize yours was on the fritz :) I know a lot of folks that swear by their dri ducks and some of these are folks that have more than one PCT under their belt- worth exploring anyways ...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for 3-Season Western Hiking
January 05, 7:25am

it can be used as a fuel (they (wetfire) sell a little ti stove- looks exactly like the old bpl one), but as a fuel it's pricey and not as efficient as Esbit I did several back to back tests...

In GEAR » solid fuel
January 04, 8:49pm

if I was going to a third world country I'd certainly delve into this subject matter a lot more closely, but as my hiking is primarily in the Rockies I've settled on micropur tablets- 24 ta...

In GEAR » Help me lighten/refine my approach to water treatment (FirstNeed vs. filter+tabs vs. steripen vs. ??)
January 04, 6:40pm

you're list looks good and as other poster's have mentioned, you're comfortable/experienced w/ your equipment so there is only so far a guy can go few things that stick out you...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for 3-Season Western Hiking
January 04, 6:17pm

weight savings
I just don't see a lot of weight savings in going w/ a "waterproof" bivy you can get into the smaller tarps from 4-8 oz depending on material, lightweight breathable bivies in the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bivying Tarp-Free?
January 04, 1:17pm

Re: Patience
yup- my first issue (ordered in Aug) was the "January 2011" issue which came out in mid-late November- haven't seen one since, but am expecting another issue soon

In Gear Deals » Anyone received their Backpacker Magazine yet?
January 04, 1:01pm

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