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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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I would think the surface your hiking would be one of the largest factors (if not the largest) in foot "comfort"; most of the hiking I do is on rough, rocky surfaces and moderate cushioni...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking without cushioning
October 27, 8:16am

Giga Gold
the SP Gold lists 85% Iso-butane, not N-butane maybe their old red can stuff had N-butane in it??????

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
October 26, 5:24pm

rain jacket
Julia- it's going to be hard to fulfill criteria #2, even w/ pit zips rain jacket just don't breath that well having said that, a light rain jacket that should meet #1 is the NF Triumph-...

In GEAR » Lightweight rain jacket for PCT thru
October 26, 12:44pm

that's an interesting design, very compact :)

In GEAR » Sho's pop-up Esbit stove
October 26, 7:39am

for winter use I'd agree- look at the windpro, but from what I'm gathering he's anticipating 20 degrees to be the very coldest they would encounter- in the Sierras that probably fits th...

In GEAR » need stove advice
October 26, 7:25am

canister stove
I'd agree that to begin with a canister stove makes the most sense- check the Snow Peak Giga for starters- a easy to use, trouble free stove- that is pretty light to boot for boil in the bag...

In GEAR » need stove advice
October 25, 9:05pm

merino 1
Patagonia Merino 1- thin & light, but has a little syn mixed in that seems to help w/ durability not "bomber" by any stretch, but as durable as light merino as I've found

In GEAR » Durable, thin wool?
October 24, 8:47pm

agreed w/ the mid choice for versatility- simply choose the right size from the very small (solomid)- to the larger (supermid)

In GEAR » If you could only have one tent/shelter what would it be?
October 24, 8:23pm

another weekend bump

In Gear Swap » WTB or WTT MSR Lightning (or Ascent) 30
October 22, 7:29pm

blizzard bag
looks like the blizzard bag might be a little warmer- the AMK is rated to 50 degrees (it's waterproof as well), but weighs in at half the weight ~ 185 grams

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
October 22, 4:44pm

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