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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Weber fire cubes
I just ordered some Weber fuel cubes- evidently very similar (or even identical) to Wetfire cubes, but much cheaper(and in bigger cubes I think) I'll do a comparo w/ Esbit and see how they fare

In GEAR » Solid fuel users
January 25, 8:36pm

Dave- thanks, they are definitely on the list to look at Mark- they don't list a R1 vest or Thermawrap vest on Richard's list, but if I am interpreting it correctly- thermawrap (or like)...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 25, 7:52pm

Re: Re: Vest
James asked "Why is down out? I'm only asking because I'm looking for the same thing, and been thinking about a down vest" James- my inquiry is primarily aimed at winter snowsh...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 25, 6:08pm

I think the list looks pretty darn good overall (you are missing some small, but important bits pointed out above). Your gear list reminds VERY much of my first foray into light backpacking- lig...

In Gear Lists » General go-anywhere/ 3-season gear-list almost complete
January 25, 5:58pm

recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
Looking for a vest to use on the move when it's cold, but would also like to have the vest augment my other layers around camp/sleeping I know that down is out, I'm pretty sure that the ...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 25, 5:35pm

your numbers minus the lid pretty much equals what they have on their site, basically the pack stripped of the lid

In GEAR » Lowe alpine hyperlite line of packs
January 25, 12:33pm

I'm glad that didn't last too long :) very nice indeed!

In GEAR » I know we decided gear sucks and all, but check this out: Cuben Infused Cyanocitta.
January 25, 9:55am

there was some discussion awhile back about these packs, I do see they list stripped weights on their site- you can add ~ 10 oz to that weight, they probably should add "as is" weight to ...

In GEAR » Lowe alpine hyperlite line of packs
January 25, 9:53am

not "down" playing syn :), as it's certainly a viable choice and frankly sometimes the better choice, BUT saying down isn't a viable option in the PNW is, well.... wrong. The 100...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 25, 7:41am

Megan- you'll find that most folks can readily reduce their pack weights be simply taking less gear, clothing seems to be one where folks like to pack like they are going on vacation- for a wee...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear for the Non-ultralight wanting to go a little lighter
January 25, 7:16am

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