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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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very interesting :) mine evidently is not the "special edition" one, but actually a military issue piece- although they are dead ringers looks wise weight is 10.5 oz, size large, has ...

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini
January 11, 5:18pm

I believe those are the "heavy" ones
^ ones on Patagonia site, I think the weight spec is wrong on those, it appears to be the mil spec one (part of their MARS system)- hood folds into collar, heavier denier, longer cut, etc- Large is...

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini
January 11, 12:50pm

I like the addition of the umbrella :)

In Gear Lists » New PCT 2011 gear list
January 11, 9:51am

not a clue to be honest, have you tried it? could be linked w/ your MJ status possibly???? (I bought a fair amount of stuff from them last year and am now Everest status)

In Gear Deals » $10 to Moosejaw
January 11, 9:49am

list looks pretty solid regarding the bag, just perusing around a bit, it appears 5 oz of xp would be pushing it a fair amount to even the 30's from others accounts- I think I would definite...

In Gear Lists » New PCT 2011 gear list
January 11, 8:17am

I played around w/ my cart a bit and it gave me FREE shipping to boot for three packs of micropur, which was just over the $25 threshold for the coupon to kick in- sooo.. about $5 a pack :)

In Gear Deals » $10 to Moosejaw
January 11, 8:00am


In Gear Swap » Patagonia down sweater vest
January 11, 7:26am

work fast
good motivator to work quickly :) if it's cold enough my hands do get a little cool, getting them back into mitts warms them up pretty quickly though

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
January 10, 8:23pm

funny how a thread can take off in a different direction :) Hydrating before taking off (whether hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc) seems to be very important in maintaining optimum performance. ...

In GEAR » thermos v jetboil for ski touring
January 10, 6:39pm

5 lbs
5 lbs is notably decrease, I hear you loud and clear on the urge to resist :)

In Gear Lists » Wonderland Trail Gear List
January 10, 7:20am

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