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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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I like to bring a headlamp just for safety sake (boyscout in me:))- would be the suck if you were forced to travel any length at night w/o one we hiked in southern NM last spring and there were ...

In Gear Lists » Big Bend January 2011
December 21, 8:11pm

coupling sleeping bags- cold weather camping, yeah or nay?
is this advantageous for winter camping? (basically should I be looking for an opposite zip from my winter bag for my wife?) I sleep a little on the warm end, my wife probably a little on the ...

In GEAR » coupling sleeping bags- cold weather camping, yeah or nay?
December 21, 7:41pm

if your stove fuel happens to be wood, I think a knife moves up a notch or two in the grand scheme of things I got by OK w/ my Classic when using a canister stove (albeit I felt a little naked :...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why a knife?
December 21, 5:30pm

or mitts
on their own I'd say 20-ish, maybe a little lower- w/ the shells I've used them below 0 I have a pair of woolpower 400 mitts that are warmer, but they're also heavier and the fleece ...

In GEAR » Insulating mitts/gloves?
December 21, 5:16pm

looks good
list looks very good :) I'd add a few comments- I think I mentioned this in your other thread, but I'd consider bagging your cap 1 bottoms and go w/ something a little heavier (cap 4 o...

In Gear Lists » Big Bend January 2011
December 21, 4:45pm

OR mitts
I've had good luck w/ the OR PL400 Mitts (fleece)- I have a similar three part setup- smartwool glove liners and OR Endeavor shells (and the PL400 mitts)

In GEAR » Insulating mitts/gloves?
December 21, 4:29pm

made it
Evan- got the bag today, looks great- thanks! Mike

In Gear Swap » FS: Marmot Lithium
December 21, 4:23pm

army addition
I have one of the army issue ones, for starters it's heavier ~ 10 oz vs my "regular" Houdini (both size Large) @ 4.2 oz part of the weight is the hood is tuckable into the collar...

In GEAR » Best windshirt.
December 21, 12:50pm

^ I see this play out daily when working, guys out hunting with all the clothing they own on. They get back to their vehicle (sweating) and think- "man I stayed nice and warm"- which if ...

In GEAR » Chilly Weather Moisture Management
December 21, 7:21am

december 25
my email said it will be "deposited" december 25, so you have to wait for Christmas to see it :)

In Gear Deals » moosejaw - free 500 points
December 20, 9:17pm

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