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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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my subscription (same deal as last year) had just run out- so this was great timing- thanks a bunch! Mike

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine $4.99
July 29, 5:27pm

Wow! I thought things went a little awry on my last trip :) I heard about the hikers on the news, very sad. It truly might have been a case of good luck for you in the end. You'll have a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Teton NP Avalanche Canyon
July 22, 5:41pm

might want to do a search on windshirt- they are are very versatile piece of gear- they can cover a much wider range of conditions than rain gear at very little weight penalty (3-5 oz) they are ...

In GEAR » She sells down shells by the trail store
July 22, 12:43pm

a little bit of that and a little bit of this
I never paid any attention to my "technique", as it turns out I don't have any :) My last trip I started paying attention and I'm using most of the ones mentioned here- it vari...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking pole technique
July 22, 8:41am

not so special
I'd agree- not so special at $275 it's roughly 2.5 oz lighter than their "not special" down sweater- I own one of those and it's a quality garment w/ good loft and a few &q...

In GEAR » Patagonia Down Sweater Special Edition
July 22, 8:25am

mid or shoe
just out of curiosity what is everyone wearing- the low or the mid? I went w/ the mid as I was transitioning out of a traditional hiking boot, I'm thinking maybe the lows when these wear out...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 21, 8:54pm

Re: Merrel Moab Ventilators
I'd have to disagree w/ James' assessment, the only trails I've had them have been very rough and very poorly maintained (but the people are few and the views have been heavenly :)) ...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 21, 8:26pm

Re: just a heads up
I wonder if it was the goretex boot that folks were having troubles w/? some folks have a ridiculous expectation that if they wear gortex boots their feet will never get wet (they will get wet and...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 21, 4:52pm

ion mods
I hear ya- I wish I had even just a little sewing talent, sadly I have none I can't recall exactly what it was, but it was very reasonable and turnaround was ~ 30 days- this was some time ag...

In GEAR » Golite Ion how do you fit it all in
July 21, 7:11am

Re: Merrel Moab Ventilators
just to add to my previous report, got back from a trip where my boots were wet 80%+ of the time between post holing in snow, fording streams and the trails themselves acting like they were stream...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 20, 9:55pm

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