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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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^ agreed- I'll need to bite the bullet and get something more substantial for winter the "blizzard bag" looks an awful like the AMK Thermolite bivy- wonder if there are any substan...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
October 22, 3:33pm

as I never wear (well maybe once) my down pants during day hikes- I've thought about ditching them in favor of a very light bag- something like the MB Thermal Sheet- but that comes at the expen...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
October 22, 7:54am

old, old thread (but good!)
yes this is an old thread :), but the scenario I think is fairly typical for a lot of our snowshoe outings and winter is right around the corner the trail is unmarked so a good map/compass are...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
October 21, 8:31pm

they are spec'd pretty true to size, I think they run more on the tight side- not like underarmor or some of the really tight fitting stuff, but I wouldn't describe the fit as loose

In Gear Deals » Capilene 1 Men's LS for $19.99
October 21, 8:49am

Re: shell mits
Dave- thanks for the confirmation, that was my guess, but I often guess wrong :) mine would see most use in the winter, but would likely be thrown in for shoulder season use as well- probably no...

In GEAR » Shell Mitts
October 21, 8:44am

Re: neo air
I have to agree w/ eric- your neo has a r value of~ 2.5, a nightlight ~ 2.3- this give you a r value close to 5 which should comfortably get you into the teens (probably lower) at very little cost

In GEAR » Winter Pad
October 21, 8:00am

^ interesting
subscribed as I'm also looking for a lightweight shell mitt that will stand up for snowshoeing w/ trekking poles I know that the MLD have made it on several long thru hikes, what I don't...

In GEAR » Shell Mitts
October 21, 7:45am

SOLD FS Chouinard gaiters SOLD
haven't used these in quite awhile and thought someone might be able to use them Chouinard full length, randed gaiters- unisex size large- I wear a size men's 9 and they fit well- I'...

In Gear Swap » FS Chouinard gaiters
October 20, 6:38pm

first post
interesting first post on a backpacking light forum

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 20, 5:05pm

multiple crossings
we did a trip in the Gila (NM) this spring where there were close to 100 stream crossings in a 20 miles stretch- clearly the "just keep walking" method was the most efficient. we were us...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » barefoot stream fording?
October 20, 1:10pm

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