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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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WTB or WTT MSR Lightning (or Ascent) 30
looking to buy a set of MSR Lightning (or Lightning Ascents) in 30" I have a set of "regular" MSR Lightnings (doesn't have the heel lift like the Ascents) in 25" that are...

In Gear Swap » WTB or WTT MSR Lightning (or Ascent) 30
October 08, 5:01pm

sent - thanks

In Gear Swap » FS: Womens Montbell down Parka & Mens Rab Microlight
October 07, 7:02pm

knives, followed closely by packs

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
October 07, 6:14pm

never got a reply- still have it?
^ this

In Gear Swap » FS: Womens Montbell down Parka & Mens Rab Microlight
October 07, 4:31pm

pack liners
Dawson- probably a dumb question, but do the pack liners also have a roll top? thanks Mike

In Gear Deals » Mountainfitter Cuben Fiber Drybags Instock
October 06, 6:21pm

I have one of the tri-wing esbit stoves and it works pretty well- I agree that from pics they appear to all be the same four dog stoves has a new stove that burns Esbit (alcohol too)- nice littl...

In GEAR » Which Esbit stand?
October 06, 1:08pm

^ I'd echo the above comment- in the Mountain West you'll definitely want a windshirt (I'd recommend a hooded one)- it's a very versatile piece of gear. I end up using mine almost ...

In Gear Lists » What should I change?
October 04, 7:46pm

Jason- thanks for the link- looks like a nice pack, they have a 28l that would probably be a little closer to my needs ^ 750 grams is about spot on what the Talon 22 weighs :)

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
October 02, 9:25am

MSR needle stakes
one alternative not mentioned is the MSR needle stakes- they are square shaped and hod well- they are also tough (very tough), red anodized aluminum so pretty hi-vis, and not terribly heavy @ .35 o...

In GEAR » tent stakes/pegs
October 02, 8:29am

down jacket
I'm 6' 190 stocky build and I couldn't use a down jacket very well- one of the reasons I went to the fuller cut Marmot (Hydrogen) I think if your build is on the slimmer side, you pr...

In GEAR » WM Summerlite vs. Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
October 01, 4:47pm

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