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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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softshell jacket
I'm trying to see the advantages of a softshell jacket vs a light windshell over a base layer or over a base/mid layer is it weight? weight wise R1 + Houdini = 14-ish ounces and should be w...

In GEAR » SoftShell Jacket Suggestions?
December 05, 8:25pm

I'll add for hands- I use a smartwool glove liner w/ OR Endeavor overmitts and throw in OR PL400 mitts to boot.

In Gear Lists » Insulation Layer & Gloves for Winter Camping along AT
December 05, 6:15pm

insulation layer
I've come to the conclusion (maybe the wrong one :)) that for those kind of temps you really need a dedicated "winter" down parka. I have MB Ex Light (very similar iclo to the UL inn...

In Gear Lists » Insulation Layer & Gloves for Winter Camping along AT
December 05, 6:13pm

mine is from 4dogs as well- perfect, looks like it was made by SnowPeak :)

In GEAR » Snow Peak 600?s
December 05, 5:39pm

price drop
price drop $70 shipped knife/leather sheath $105 shipped knife/kydex sheath

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
December 05, 3:36pm

Mary- those do sound like terrible conditions, maybe I need to quit bitching when it's -10 :)

In GEAR » Cold Weather Clothing
December 04, 3:50pm

Re: Hunting vs. Weight
saving weight backpacking carrying a rifle- very unlikely, ditto for a bow, ditto for a shotgun, ditto for a pistol before one thinks they are going to set off into the backcountry and live off ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hunting vs. Weight
December 04, 12:19pm

while event breathes better than Gore- in the winter (cold winter) the need for a waterproof garment is much diminished- a windshirt (windjacket) w/ a good DWR finish is probably a better choice- b...

In GEAR » Cold Weather Clothing
December 04, 7:37am

cold weather clothing
good article is he saying in the last diagram that if you're really hot and sweating- then the gore (or gore-like) starts working?

In GEAR » Cold Weather Clothing
December 03, 6:32pm

insulated boots
no experience w/ those, but they look pretty good I have the Merrell Isotherm 6 boots that I've been very satisfied w/, long day hikes- nothing overnight ye...

In Winter Hiking » Insulated Winter Footwear
December 03, 5:23pm

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