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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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new CR2
looks like the new model is ~ 2-3 oz lighter depending on the config (minimum vs packaged) few things that I found that changed are the bath tub floor comes up a little higher than the previous ...

January 14, 9:08am

I agree that the site is a good one, but as pointed out a little dated as far as skis/boots go- to be expected, but there are a lot more choices today in the "middle realm" range than the...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
January 13, 1:19pm

1/2 price!
$75 shipped- it's in excellent condition!

In Gear Swap » Patagonia down sweater vest
January 13, 8:30am

you said three season, but the reason I'd choose the pyramid (which I did choose :)) is that it gives me bonafide four season capabilities, but still a very light 3 season shelter (for buggy co...

In GEAR » If you could only have one...
January 13, 7:53am

fill weight
the Patagonia down sweater has ~ 3.0 oz of fill (probably a little more w/ the hood), the Alpine Light Parka has 4.3 I had a Pat down sweater (sans hood) and now a Alpine Light Parka- the MB pie...

In GEAR » MB AL Light Down Parka vs Patagonia Down Hoody
January 13, 7:46am

I'm guessing that your sleeping bag isn't the only thing you want to keep dry, thinking packed clothing here- w/ a larger liner (garbage, cuben, whatever) vs a "stuff sack", you c...

In GEAR » Stuff sack for my sleeping bag
January 12, 4:54pm

something new
^ another tidbit I didn't know- thanks :)

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini
January 12, 1:06pm

ahh- well that might explain that, it helps a little when you're outfitting for two :)

In Gear Deals » $10 to Moosejaw
January 11, 8:55pm

nice work! :) I found I needed to add side pockets to mine, I'm tight on space as it is for a 2-3 day trip- does look nice & clean w/o them though

In Make Your Own Gear » Snowed In: Modif-ION'd
January 11, 7:22pm

Richard- thanks :) that sounds like it exactly, I have a regular Houdini that sees a ton of use, wanted something a little more durable for hunting- looks like I found the right piece Mike

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini
January 11, 7:07pm

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