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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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I'm also wondering about the pump- if there is no concern w/ syn or down fill, why would you pack the extra weight of a pump, my full length Neo isn't that hard to blow up, maybe the "...

In GEAR » All-Season NeoAir Mattress coming
January 20, 1:03pm

a few more details
weight 18-25 oz depending on size R value 4.9- that's probably a little on the low side for some winter camping, but a thin ccf should make up any deficit

In GEAR » All-Season NeoAir Mattress coming
January 20, 7:47am

A MLD superlight bivy is in the 6-7-ish oz range (you might be able to go lower than that??), I'd imagine that a inner tent (w/ far less netting than a normal inner) is going to come in @ a po...

In GEAR » Bivy vs. solid-fabric inner tent underneath a Duomid, for 0-20F temps
January 19, 7:20pm

on the move
not familiar w/ the Arcteryx line, but yeah a light base layer, a breathable mid layer (that can be added/subtracted) with a windshirt (that can also be added/subtracted) covers you on the move in ...

In Winter Hiking » Gear for 12-Day Backcountry Skiing Course
January 19, 5:18pm

^ like I said above if it's to experiment to find what works best for you, then I can see that being valuable (albeit expensive!), if not- overkill to about the 3rd power :)

In Winter Hiking » Gear for 12-Day Backcountry Skiing Course
January 19, 9:03am

that's a lot of layers
not going to argue w/ NOLS (doesn't Mike C teach at NOLS??), but that seems like an excessive amount of clothing- if their suggestion is to have all of these layers and then based on conditions...

In Winter Hiking » Gear for 12-Day Backcountry Skiing Course
January 18, 8:49pm

gear list
I think your list looks pretty solid :) the Exos 58 would be a good choice for a thru hike, especially w/ the canister- I had a 46 and it was a very comfortable pack for up to about a week, I th...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
January 18, 7:54pm

down shirt
I'm really glad to see Patagonia re-commit to UL pieces, I'm less than glad at the price point. It's relatively easy to find Patagonia garments at 20-25% off, but you're still look...

In GEAR » Patagonia UL Down Shirt
January 18, 7:41am

big yes to the down jacket :) light trail runners should be fine I'd suggest a decent rain jacket and windshirt, hopefully you won't need to break the rain jacket out, but w/ a five d...

In GEAR » Clothing for Glacier National Park (August)
January 17, 11:28am

I think it's a fair comparo, both weigh ~ the same, fill weight is close the UL Inner is significantly lighter than either of the above, but also less fill than both above MB sizing is ...

In GEAR » MB AL Light Down Parka vs Patagonia Down Hoody
January 16, 6:34pm

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