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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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I'm on the warm scale myself :)- sleeping, hiking and lounging I fully agree on the move you'll be fine, it's when your not on the move that the insulating piece is going to needed- ...

In GEAR » What temperature would you be comfortable at?
December 15, 8:16am

looks like you should have enough r value underneath the bivy should add a few degrees (of course the wind could quickly take that back and then some) the Ultra 20 by most accounts I've r...

In GEAR » What temperature would you be comfortable at?
December 15, 7:45am

also for many of us, using a slightly smaller pack liner makes better sense- I only need to keep my sleeping bag and packed clothing in it- my sleeping pad, "kitchen", etc doesn't nee...

In GEAR » Pack Liner size vs. Pack size
December 14, 7:43pm

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In Gear Swap » FS: Marmot Lithium
December 14, 4:39pm

foot size
I have similar shaped feet- "normal" width in the rear, wider in the front- my current shoe is working very well for me- Montrail Sabino Trail, my previous shoe (boot actually, but they c...

In GEAR » Which Inov-8 shoes are most protective/roomy toe box/some cushion?
December 14, 8:20am

mid guys
longer stakes is good advice, I'd add insuring that the mid guys are deployed as well

In GEAR » MLD Duomid as Basecamp
December 14, 7:46am

you'll find many of us stating that our windshirts are the most versatile piece of kit we own- yes you can hike in them- some breath better than others though, also some shed moisture better th...

In GEAR » Montbell EX Light (5.7 oz.) vs. Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket (11 oz.)
December 13, 8:11pm

Re: Skill
yeah- I'd like to leave as much chance out of this "test" as possible- that means all stoves you the same pot, same lid, same amount of water, same temp of water, same wood, same size...

In GEAR » Woodburning stove "Burn-Off"
December 13, 5:01pm

two down layers
^ that's a good idea :) an ex light under a alpine light should be pretty darn toasty :)

In Gear Lists » Insulation Layer & Gloves for Winter Camping along AT
December 13, 12:37pm

alpine light
thanks for the comments :) I just pulled the trigger on a Alpine Light (actually two- one for the wife too-prolitegear is having a 20% off sale))- we needed a cold weather puffy, no way around i...

In Gear Lists » Insulation Layer & Gloves for Winter Camping along AT
December 13, 8:49am

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