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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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exos 46
Robert- never used it w/ a canister (all hanging bag where I hike), based on what Andrew and others have said- it's a darn tight fit at best. Mike

In Gear Lists » Considering changing pack
February 22, 6:24pm

eric - that's where i have been keeping them, but would like to move them out to free up some room a simple neoprene sleeve would probably be the lightest option, not sure if it would do the...

In Winter Hiking » sleeves/cozies for nalgenes
February 22, 4:33pm

^ that's a good idea :)

In Winter Hiking » sleeves/cozies for nalgenes
February 22, 7:32am

^ I hear ya, -13F this morning, w/ a foot of new snow (on top of the foot we already had) :(

In GEAR » Mora #2/0 Knife 1.8oz/50g
February 21, 8:46pm

hard to tell from the pics, but if your volume is relatively low you should be able to go to a 40-ish liter pack pretty easily for 2-3 days trips, I used a Exos 46 for up to week long trips, the fr...

In Gear Lists » Considering changing pack
February 21, 8:41pm

I have one of the newer versions of the Superlight- medium size and it fits me (6' 190#) and a regular length neoair easily- even w/ a highloft bag- have used it w/ a 0 degree Lithium the bo...

In GEAR » Help with choosing between the MDL Superlight and the BPL Vapr bivy (or any other UL bivys)
February 21, 8:26pm

quick update- have had the R2 vest out a couple of times w/ temps right at 0 (that's F :) )- with a light base layer (Cap1) and a R1 pullerover- the addition of the R2 was just about perfect. ...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
February 21, 3:16pm

down pants
down pants would definitely give you more warmth for the weight, might be overkill for sleeping in most conditions??? can't hike in down pants (well you could, but they wouldn't do so ...

In Gear Lists » JMT/PCT Gear list
February 21, 11:30am

very nice work!
Doug- Tim certainly does some great work (he did a Atom quilt for me :) ), seems like someone was looking for a cold weather quilt- if I find it, I'll point him this way Mike

In Gear Swap » FS: 0 degree quilt
February 21, 8:37am

looks good
like the design of the previous Granite Gear one, looks like they've change the design to a zipped one now- dubbed the Air Cooler the OR and 40 below both look well insulated, is having the ...

In Winter Hiking » sleeves/cozies for nalgenes
February 21, 7:43am

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