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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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golf course
yeah our gold course doesn't have any groomed trails either, it's possible at some point she would have access to groomed trails- so if the E89 or 99 would suffice in the backcountry and st...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 11, 6:10pm

Re: R values
Ken- thanks for posting that, I've never seen a concise chart showing temps and r values- that helps me a bunch :) with that said, I'm thinking about using my Neoair (R ~ 2.5), combined ...

In GEAR » Exped Downmat 7 or 9?
November 10, 9:00pm

the more the merrier
^ looked up those skis- look like they may be discontinued??? (saw some good prices on used ones though) random selection of skis that look they MIGHT work Fischer E89- not overly wide, sou...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 10, 8:43pm

good deal
well with two of us digging into it, we should be able to come up w/ something :)

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 10, 8:07pm

someday :)
I've skied a little and someday might join in the fun more often :) she's enjoys skiing enough don't know I'd get her into snowshoes, more likely it will be me joining her I k...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 10, 7:34pm

all layers
hopefully Richard will chime in, but my guess it's just using the jacket w/ a single base layer here's a good article Will did sometime ago on the Alpine Light, what's significant im...

In GEAR » Sorting out my Winter Insulation choices
November 10, 4:50pm

only a guess :) but they often deplete items that are being revised-sometimes it's as simple as color changes I believe the wool 1 shirt has already been replaced by the merino 1 moniker ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Stocking Trends
November 10, 4:29pm

real men
well I'm neither a Scot nor PNW pothead, but would like to consider myself in that group of real men :) my ex light will likely find itself into some of my winter adventures- so I'll be ...

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 Jacket. The hype?
November 10, 4:13pm

Dave- I don't have first hand experience w/ the Frostline, but I think it would be more than sufficient for those temps, personally I think the Alpine Parka would be for me, but I tend to be a...

In GEAR » Sorting out my Winter Insulation choices
November 10, 12:35pm

Re: Re: Hydrogen
Greg- I've taken mine down to the mid 20's a couple of times- pad was NeoAir w/ a thinlight pad on top, I had a ls cap 1 shirt, MB ex light jacket, R1 bavaclava, R1 pants and socks. I was ...

In GEAR » New sleeping bag
November 10, 12:29pm

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