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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Ion
Tim definitely does outstanding work :) the lid pocket, mesh back/sides, bungee added less than two ounces and has turned it into a very capable 3-4 day pack

In Gear Lists » my "help change the first number to 5" list :)
July 01, 7:15am

me too, I've got a "thing" for orange :)

In Gear Swap » Patagonia Nano Puff jacket- brand new
June 30, 9:49pm

Black Diamond CF poles
BD carbon poles, I'll have to +1 that, they appear to be as close to bombroof as possible for trekking poles they do double duty in the winter for snowshoeing as well- just swap out baskets ...

In GEAR » Heavy gear that works
June 30, 5:47pm

Patagonia Nano-brand new

In Gear Swap » Patagonia Nano Puff jacket- brand new
June 30, 5:18pm

good idea :)
^ I like it- thanks :) I can't take credit for the modding of the Ion, Tim Marshall did it for me (before he got famous :) )- his work is top notch the flap pouch I put my first aid kit, ...

In Gear Lists » my "help change the first number to 5" list :)
June 30, 1:00pm

nice pack :)
as someone previously noted, it's reminiscent of a modded Ion- albeit the Burn is much more refined :) the dimensions are pretty close too Burn 9.75 x 5.5 x 26; my Ion (L) 9.5 x 5.75 x 22 ...

In GEAR » MLD Burn
June 30, 8:33am

another 1.5 ozs :)
I took the suggestion on ditching the sit pad (albeit it was after I was reading the thread on the MLD Burn and saw several were running their neo's in thirds against the back of the pack) ...

In Gear Lists » my "help change the first number to 5" list :)
June 29, 9:05pm

Re: micarta vs. g10
both laminates, G10 is a grade of glass/epoxy, micarta can vary using cloth, linen and different resins- it's been around for over a century micarta is generally a little more grippy than g1...

In GEAR » micarta vs. g10
June 29, 6:15pm

I also scrape a corner, I've had better luck lighting w/ a small birthday candle vs the mini bic (use the mini bic to light the candle though :) ) like one of the above posters, esbit is my ...

In GEAR » Esbit Questions
June 29, 6:20am

lowered price (again)
$95- that's about 40% off of new (and this is new :)) thanks

In Gear Swap » Patagonia Nano Puff jacket- brand new
June 29, 6:09am

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