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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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I can get going pretty quick when I'm solo (20 minutes or so w/ cold cereal/breakfast bar/cup of coffee and packing up)- when I'm w/ my wife it takes a lot of longer- she likes to lounge ar...

In Philosophy & Technique » morning routine
December 31, 12:46pm

made one :)
big thanks to Josh for graciously sending me some ti foil! :) I got around to building one today- it was very easy to do. I simply started w/ one end w/ a simple closure fold, then measured 3&qu...

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
December 31, 11:52am

Re: FF down booties
just to be clear, that would be 2 oz/bootie, not 4 oz for the FF :) ^ I think for winter (read cold) use the FF should work pretty well- sitting around camp from teens down to below 0 calls for ...

In GEAR » FF down booties vs goosefeet down booties
December 31, 10:02am

rock guide
pm sent on the rock guide pants

In Gear Swap » FS: Patagonia Softshell Pants
December 31, 8:47am

winter camping
for winter camping, depending on what temps your going to see, the FF might be the better option- a lot of folks like to err on the side of warm for cold weather

In GEAR » FF down booties vs goosefeet down booties
December 30, 8:54pm

can't say which is better, but the FF come in a little cheaper as the shells are included in the price ($85), the FF also have more down 4 oz vs 1 oz (you can add up to an extra oz in the GF) ...

In GEAR » FF down booties vs goosefeet down booties
December 30, 8:48pm

Re: Absaroka Pack
I'd probably consider a pack like this for work, as I have to carry some heavy items (along w/ my camping gear). The added durability would be a plus as much of the time I'm off trail. Wh...

In GEAR » Absaroka Pack
December 30, 8:39pm

winter hiking forum
Colin- might want to post in the winter hiking forum, also take a peek at a relatively recent thread there dealing with backcountry ski's- I was looking for just about the same setup as you and...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
December 30, 6:05pm

^ along those same lines- most army/navy shops also have foreign army gear- there are several countries that featured a light, tight weave wool uniform pant- some of them w/ handy features like zip...

In GEAR » Pants for winter hiking, snowshoeing, XC skiing - under $100
December 30, 8:51am


In Gear Deals » Campsaver 9361-TIME 20% AT CHECKOUT
December 29, 8:26pm

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