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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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nice report and nice homemade pack! :) Eugene also helped me w/ my trip into the Gila (mine was a spring trip)- I chose that area for similar reasons- our backpacking doesn't really get un...

In Post-Trip Reports » Gila Wilderness in the Fall
November 19, 7:54pm

sleep system
ahh- tarp camping, then you would definitely benefit from a bivy that breathed on top- Mountain Laurel Design has several to choose from, I'm using the MLD Superlight (6.9 oz) and very satisfie...

In GEAR » Sleep system
November 19, 7:51pm

20% off
I used the 20% off to order my wife a new x-country ski package- their prices were the lowest on packages w/o the discount to begin w/, w/ the discount it was close to a $200 difference!

In Gear Deals » L.L. bean 20% off. Need help finding diamonds in the rough...
November 19, 4:15pm

I use mine as a midlayer for winter (snowshoeing)- if it's really warm, just a baselayer (Cap 1), if it's cooler I'll add the R1 over top- if it's cool and windy I add windshirt ove...

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 Jacket. The hype?
November 19, 4:06pm

if your considering the jacket for shoulder season and even into winter I'd definitely go for a hood- a minute weight penalty for much added warmth, if not a jacket will be fine the chances ...

In GEAR » Choosing a down jacket - it's that time of year!
November 19, 12:44pm

your correct- I read that as .9 kg (not .09 kg) which would be a little heavy :)

In GEAR » Sleep system
November 19, 10:37am

last minute change :)
went w/ the Fischer Silent Spiders at the last minute- reviews were good and my wife wanted to insure the skis weren't overly wide btw LL Bean has the best packaged prices out there- w/ your...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 19, 9:29am

sleep system
I have to convert things :) you bag weighs 3.7 # and is rated to 12 degrees the bivy is 2 #- that's close to 6 #'s total (not counting the pad) do you use any shelter besides the biv...

In GEAR » Sleep system
November 18, 9:09pm

can't say on warmth- guess would be warmer I just picked up one for my wife for $60, unfortunately no men's they have them here for $83

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 Jacket. The hype?
November 18, 7:45pm

as near as I can tell the E99 (and E89) are a little more traditional in that they are longer than the newer crop the Alpina Lite appears to be on the other end of the scale, in that's it...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 18, 4:18pm

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