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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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weigh your clothing
weigh the clothing you own and compare it to the numerous gear lists on this site-it should give you a good idea where you can pare things a bit a windshirt IMO will be one of the best investmen...

In Gear Lists » Clothing Advise/Guidance
January 22, 7:05pm

R1
I'm using a R-1 zip top and R-1 pants as my insulating layer and as part of my sleep system, if the weather looks like it's going to be on the extra cool side I add a down vest or leave th...

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 fabric
January 19, 8:59pm

hydrogen
I purchased a Summerlite reg. and while the weight was certainly attractive, it was just too tight for me (6' 200#)- I ended up trading it with a member for a Hydrogen reg.- I think we both en...

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review
January 07, 6:41pm

reflex
slightly off topic (slightly :)) does anyone know the construction of the MSR poles for the Reflex series?- they seem pretty stout and I haven't had any issues (yet), but would be curious on wh...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Tent Poles
January 06, 9:22pm

email sent
email sent on the SP 700 thanks

In Gear Swap » Got Titanium?
January 04, 7:20am

yuppers
"No one plans on being in a survival situation. It is the unexpected that gets you. Unless you NEVER take off your pack you could become separated." exactly :) if your pack is s...

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
January 02, 1:15pm

firesteel
I'd recommend against using your knife blades (unless you have to), instead use the spine of the knife- it helps if the spine is very squared up the LMF steel generally sparks easier than th...

In GEAR » Firesteel experiment
January 01, 2:36pm

scenarios
"Real scenarios for pack loss: *Stream crossings *Falls *Fire *Animals *Theft" probably could add getting lost/injured away from camp- getting water, "short" hike/expl...

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
December 31, 5:13pm

medium
there is also a medium- that's what my wife uses, it's ~ 1.5 oz lighter than my regular, packs up a wee bit smaller too w/ the Neo being so thick, using it in conjunction w/ a sit/torso ...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
December 29, 9:03am

exactly
ditto :(

In Gear Deals » So for this BPL year end sale...
December 27, 12:31pm

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

ULA Ohm
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