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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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if your looking for something for boiling (I use the 450 single as my primary solo pot), four dog stoves sells ti lids that look like they come from the factory :) for drinking- the SP ones will...

In GEAR » Snow Peak 450ml mug lid
December 24, 8:12am

yeah I'm 6' and i can fit into it OK, definitely could be a little longer

In GEAR » Better thermal blanket.?
December 23, 7:10pm

nice review and nice piece of gear, too bad the temps didn't go a little lower- I'm more concerned w/ temps on the low end vs high end

In Editor's Roundtable » High Gear ATF8 Multi-Function Device
December 23, 5:49pm

Re: Re: Free Shipping
it was $50 plus for me- maybe something new now??? my total was $55 :) R1 balaclava and a pack of MSR Groundhog stakes- basically got the stakes for free I believe the coupon went out to fol...

In Gear Deals » $20 Gift Certificate
December 23, 5:43pm

r value
whoops- missed it :) interesting on the r value-appears the reflective stuff was more than just marketing hype as it evidently adds 0.5 r value, not a lot- but ballpark the equivalent of adding...

In GEAR » Video Review - New Thermarest Neoair Trekker sleeping pad
December 23, 5:09pm

r value
thanks for the video, has thermarest posted any r-value for the trekker- is it the same? I can see where this would be appealing for a thru hike, other options for 6 extra ounces- a person could...

In GEAR » Video Review - New Thermarest Neoair Trekker sleeping pad
December 23, 4:00pm

the thermolite bivy is the "best" one that AMK offers- I've read mixed reviews of the blizzard bag in the winter for day trips I carry a 2 person heatsheet AND a thermolite bivy- m...

In GEAR » Better thermal blanket.?
December 23, 3:50pm

down garments
looking at the three you have listed- all will be lighter than what you currently own, all will be warmer imo as well the WM Flash will be the warmest of the three, the ul and pat down sweater a...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Parka vs Western Mountaineering Flash vs Patagonia Special Edition Down Sweater/DAS Parka
December 23, 3:44pm

I've always used mine as more of dry bag for things that I didn't want to get wet (vs lining the entire pack)- have had pretty good luck w/ the BPL bags, but like Eugene I couldn't pass...

In GEAR » Pack Liner Preferences
December 23, 3:36pm

^ I'm also 6' 190 #, 42 :) exactly the same thoughts I had for sizing, glad I didn't size up or it would have been too large

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 23, 12:16pm

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