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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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Re: winter mitts
Erik said "Are the more expensive outdoor research gloves much warmer? I'm clueless about gloves but want to take my first winter backcountry trip this year. This is my last purchase to ge...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
January 09, 12:03pm

good list :) few things that pop out pack liner would be lighter and more efficient than a cover (read waterproof)- check out Jay's cuben pack liners one extra pair of socks is usuall...

In Gear Lists » Wonderland Trail Gear List
January 09, 10:26am

Re: Winter glove system
if your thinking about eliminating the PL 400 mitts and replacing it w/ something just for camp- your probably looking at a primaloft or down mitt- if they don't have their own shell, you'l...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
January 09, 7:54am

light inexpensive knife
Dale- good find, does look a lot like the Victorinox "wavy" paring knife- I particularly like the orange handles so you don't misplace them (reason I had my WM1 handled in orange G10!...

In GEAR » Light inexpensive knife
January 08, 4:38pm

I think you'll find the tails very useful in powdery snow, I used 25" shoes the last couple of years (I'm heavier :)) and in wet or more packed snow I was fine, powdery snow I wish I h...

In GEAR » snowshoe size advice
January 08, 2:36pm

fuel vs boil times
Roger- thanks- that's good to know, was hoping you were going to comment :)

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
January 08, 2:31pm

more testing
agreed, I've got several part used canisters floating around I need to find

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
January 08, 2:29pm

my not overly scientific results :) I boiled 1 liter of water of cold tap water (~ 45 F) to a full rolling boil, temperature was 27 F, elevation 2400' the canister was weighed before and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
January 08, 2:09pm

sold- thanks

In Gear Swap » North Face Triumph rain jacket- brand new w/ tags!
January 08, 12:01pm

liner durability
similar findings- my smartwool liners only get about a season, most of that being used up in the winter w/ poles though- for summer use only they'd last longer I'm sure I think I might t...

In GEAR » Gloves, liners, gauntlets, mitts, muffs, etc. What are you wearing and when?
January 08, 10:44am

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