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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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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

found a good buy on the Rossignol BC 70 (it also appears to be pretty well thought of ski), pairing w/ BC NNN bindings and Rossignol BC X2 boots they have a good buy on the BC 65's too, but ...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 18, 3:15pm

^ good to know as that's the bag I'm leaning towards

In Winter Hiking » Help me choose a 0 degree bag for Minnesota
November 18, 3:08pm

goose feet
^ Mary- those look good :)

In GEAR » Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
November 18, 2:59pm

for snowshoeing I've been very happy w/ the Merrell Thermo 6- they are designed as a snowshoe boot (gaiter loop in front, heel strap holder rear)- insulated w/ both Polartec and Thinsulate- rel...

In GEAR » Winter Boots?
November 18, 7:59am

3 oz
according to this site only 3 oz and looks like a sleeping/tent only bootie

In GEAR » Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
November 17, 7:20pm

do they offer any overboot for it? I like the feathered friend setup w/ bootie and overboot, something for around camp in the snow

In GEAR » Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
November 17, 7:15pm

mt hood
nice report- thanks I know "typical" weather is hard to put a finger on, but what would you consider typical weather for September- I'm guessing it might a little different early S...

In Editor's Roundtable » September Around Mount Hood
November 17, 8:11am

I carry a 2 person heatsheet that I can use as a tarp (doesn't have grommets, but simply putting in a small rock or a little duff and making a little "bundle" works well) w/ that I...

In Gear Deals » Tarp for survival
November 16, 6:50pm

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