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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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down garments
looking at the three you have listed- all will be lighter than what you currently own, all will be warmer imo as well the WM Flash will be the warmest of the three, the ul and pat down sweater a...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Parka vs Western Mountaineering Flash vs Patagonia Special Edition Down Sweater/DAS Parka
December 23, 3:44pm

I've always used mine as more of dry bag for things that I didn't want to get wet (vs lining the entire pack)- have had pretty good luck w/ the BPL bags, but like Eugene I couldn't pass...

In GEAR » Pack Liner Preferences
December 23, 3:36pm

^ I'm also 6' 190 #, 42 :) exactly the same thoughts I had for sizing, glad I didn't size up or it would have been too large

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 23, 12:16pm

heat exchanger
Josh- sounds good, I'll send you a pm :) Robert- thanks for the dimensions, I don't have the MSR heat exchanger- looked at it, but too heavy imo

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
December 23, 7:09am

Re: ...
Robert- I'd like to try and replicate the MSR one pic'd above in Ti- any chance of taking measurements and/or a few pics I searched around a bit for anyone still selling them, but came u...

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
December 22, 8:31pm

ti exchanger
Bill- that's some fancy bending work there- good job! :) I found a decent pic of the old MSR exchanger (and hanger)- now if someone could figure out how to build one :)

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
December 22, 3:45pm

there are a lot of neos out there and some w/ a lots and lots of miles (several have made it through the PCT and CDT unscathed)- I think like any product, there are a few that are going to have pro...

In GEAR » Another Neo Leak
December 22, 3:26pm

heat exchanger
got an email from Steve- he lost the exchanger on Makalu. He's thinking about making another and would take some pics if he did, I gave him titaniumgoats link to their foil which should be mor...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 22, 3:15pm

ray mears
^ good idea but ray mears probably weighs close to 180 lbs, lighter to just carry the knife :)

In Philosophy & Technique » Why a knife?
December 22, 3:01pm

thanks gents for the tips :) I guess my concern is what Mark voiced, that w/ two bags zipped you might have some drafts I think I will try and get an opposite zipped bag- we can try it and if...

In GEAR » coupling sleeping bags- cold weather camping, yeah or nay?
December 22, 7:26am

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