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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 have a Marmot Hydrogen, Lithium, Atom and Arroyo, don't have a Helium- however I can vouch for Marmot bags- quality down, quality workmanship and I've found their temp ratings to be very...

In GEAR » Input on sleeping bag choice
December 27, 7:40am

4dog lids
here's the one's I own- 900, 600 and 450; the 900/600 are aluminum- the 450 is titanium while the aluminum ones fit and work very well, the new ti ones he's making look like they com...

In GEAR » Snow Peak 450ml mug lid
December 26, 10:16am

length ?
I'm curious how folks are getting by w/ shorter pads (torso length) for winter use? I can see where three-season use it probably wouldn't be too much of an issue, but for winter use I...

In GEAR » Best Pad Combo for R-value 5+?
December 26, 9:15am

I also own a few of Dana's packs. As mentioned well built, fit and carry well. I also agree w/ Sam, for general "light" backpacking duties too heavy imo. For other apps- hunting, t...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Packs
December 26, 9:01am

drill bit
the roll pin is being rather stubborn, stubborn enough that it feels like the drill bit (smallest one I own) might break- I'll wait till Monday and get a punch on another note, I backed out ...

In Winter Hiking » MSR windpro in the snow
December 25, 2:46pm

Re: i tested the WM vs. the MB and...
"One other consideration: Supposedly the WM hooded flash is warmer than a MB alpine light when both are compared using a light windshirt underneath. Thats really good for a 9oz (m) hooded jack...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Parka vs Western Mountaineering Flash vs Patagonia Special Edition Down Sweater/DAS Parka
December 25, 10:07am

sounds like a guy definitely should shoot him an email if you need a lid :)

In GEAR » Snow Peak 450ml mug lid
December 24, 8:58pm

Re: Re: Snow Peak 450ml mug lid
"I heard Don stopped making lids" - that would be too bad :(

In GEAR » Snow Peak 450ml mug lid
December 24, 8:43pm

women's prolite plus
wow!- their r value is 4.6 vs 3.8 for the men's prolite plus- the 66" length is pretty decent too

In GEAR » Best Pad Combo for R-value 5+?
December 24, 3:29pm

for myself, I'm shooting for ~ r5 for 0-ish temps (Lithium bag), if it's forecasted to be colder I won't go :) just looked up the Solar- looks pretty good

In GEAR » Best Pad Combo for R-value 5+?
December 24, 3:24pm

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