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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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funny you should mention that :) I saw a little piece on Ryan's site where he was using a customized speedmid- looks like he had mid guys on it- it appears he had it made slightly smaller too ...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 04, 4:42pm

^ wow
that's cheap!

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine $4.99
August 04, 8:19am

jeffrey- could I get your opinion on the spintex seeing you have a shelter w/ it? it's obviously lighter (and the same price as sil in the speedmid)- is it noisy? less durable, but consider...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 04, 7:47am

Re: DuoMid Inner
Dan- good info thanks, not looking for taj mahal room, but don't want to go any less than the C2 jeffrey- the bottom netting might be an option (nice light one), although I think my wife wou...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 04, 7:08am

no update on my gear list, but did recently get back from a 4 day/3 night trip- Ion performed great and was nice to hike w/ such a svelte pack :)

In Gear Lists » Golite Ion ger lists
August 04, 6:59am

replacement tent
Luke the SL5 is gianormous!! :) very nice setup good to hear on the bearpaw stuff- I did eye their Pyra- looks very nice, pretty innovative w/ the removable vestibule (great price point too) ...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 03, 7:06pm

bug net
ahh gotcha :) do you use your MLD inner net for two? enough room? have you tried the inverted V setup w/ two poles by chance? tia

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 03, 12:42pm

malnourished cubs
if you read the article, the malnourished is coming from comments from the Billings Zoo, the professionals looking at the cubs said they were a little small, but not malnourished- same for the sow,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 03, 8:13am

Re: Speedmid+Bearpaw tents
that looks like a nice combo :) light and should be wife approved how does the bearpaw quality stack up to MLD?- they (MLD) have a duo inner tent as well

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 03, 7:56am

Re: Re: tent replacement
Nicholas- looks like you went through the same scenario :) I hadn't considered the Rainbow as I was under the impression it was a solo tent, looking at the site it appears it will do for two- ...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 02, 5:19pm

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