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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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I know this would make a great backpacking knife for someone :)

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
December 02, 12:49pm

^ good point, and now that you mention that's my experience as well I'm thinking a syn vest + R1 for 3 season "wet trips" (we're contemplating some trips to the PNW), think...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
December 02, 12:39pm

Ryan got the windshirt yesterday- thanks! Mike

In Gear Swap » Closet Cleaning-Patagonia Size Large
December 02, 7:58am

Richard- thanks, that makes sense and is easy to do :) good point on the weight of garment vs insulation value, the vest (if sufficient for your needs) does fare well Mike

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
December 02, 7:46am

Richard- hate to bother you, but would be possible to list a few vests (if the info is available)- maybe Micro Puff and one of the down offerings? Would like to see how they fit into the scheme ...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
December 01, 7:11am

thanks for the comprehensive review! :) I do echo your suggestion of being able to get simple GPS coordinates- this would eliminate (for me anyways) carrying a GPS I'd also echo Mary'...

In Editor's Roundtable » SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
November 30, 8:33pm

ex light
"my exlight is pretty warm for the weight" mine three (or is it four?) :)

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
November 30, 5:59pm

Re: Vasque Breeze GTX?
Roger may end up w/ the box :) the fit of my Moab Wides are very close to the Sabino (the Sabino might be a little narrower in the heel- which is fine for my feet, my extra width is across the t...

In GEAR » got wide feet? look at the Montrail Sabino Trail
November 30, 4:50pm

yup- still like them :) I am using mine w/ Green SuperFeet insoles (did so w/ the Moab's too)- most of hiking is on very rocky terrain and the additional shock absorption is welcome- on softer...

In GEAR » got wide feet? look at the Montrail Sabino Trail
November 30, 12:56pm

Dan- yup- will fit over regular hiking boots, email returned Mike

In Gear Swap » FS Chouinard gaiters
November 30, 7:16am

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