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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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less mess than Esbit, but still some that I don't know, the packaging on the wetfire is better (individual wrapped). my thought was to keep them in the original packaging until right before...

In GEAR » Solid fuel users
January 29, 7:51am

Re: Weber fire cubes
hmmm- 11 grams (wetfire ~ 5 grams), 24 cubes for $5 pretty good boil time, burnt fully down in 11 minutes (comparable to Esbit)

In GEAR » Solid fuel users
January 28, 8:29pm

Re: heatsheets
I'd agree, I have the same bivy and it's pretty waterproof on the bottom :)

In Gear Lists » 2011 no-compromise 3+ season gear list for the PNW?
January 28, 7:04pm

agreed- good list :) is the granite gear air waterproof? I'd want in lieu of it if it isn't I think you could trim your sunscreen, soap and bug dope down w/ further re-packaging, I&#...

In Gear Lists » 2011 no-compromise 3+ season gear list for the PNW?
January 28, 6:10pm

telling them
^ maybe that's the key- if enough folks let them know they were unhappy about that, maybe (guy can hope can't he :)) they would quite doing it??????

In Chaff » online pricing- teaser pricing practice
January 27, 4:51pm

Marcus- I have one, but it's occupied w/ my other WM1 :) they were built by Eric at, but I believe he is out of business- sadly :( you might try Kiah at http://www.cus...

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
January 27, 4:22pm

CAMP Xenon
^ little update on their poles (from their site)- pricing is $79.95 for ONE pole! only available in two sizes this pretty much eliminates them

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole Review
January 27, 8:15am

online pricing- teaser pricing practice
This seems to be really (really) catching on unfortunately :( Several good search engines out there to help you find what you're looking for and for a good price, sadly not nearly as effective...

In Chaff » online pricing- teaser pricing practice
January 27, 8:09am

Re: Re: Gassy vest
Eugene said "It might be, but the only inflatable sleeping system that I'm aware of went out of production several years ago." oh I see, want me to be the guinea pig :)

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 26, 8:28pm

1. I think the Exos would handle your upper end weight just fine (based on my experience w/ a 46), the Exos does a pretty good job of shrinking up w/ smaller volumes (via compression straps on the ...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
January 26, 8:17pm

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