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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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exos 46
I used a 46 all last summer and never experienced any weird feedback, the pack tended to be on the loaded side though unless your doing very lengthy trips or carrying big gear, I think the 46 wi...

In GEAR » Hi -- question to Exos users
March 07, 4:02pm

I've been using the MSR Lightnings, in 25" they weigh 3 lbs 3 oz, that's pretty light- I own boots that weigh more :) I've used them in rough, step terrain and gently rolling te...

In GEAR » Snowshoes
March 01, 8:34pm

I feel I need a knife as well, it resides around my neck w/ ~ 20" of spectra line, a small fire steel, whistle and micro light- if push were to come to shove and I was separated from pack, I&#...

In GEAR » Wood cutting knife?
March 01, 8:22pm

re: price
yeah I wish all my knives cost $60 :)

In GEAR » Wood cutting knife?
February 27, 9:22pm

not UL, but I think pretty tough :)

In GEAR » Bear Grylls Catalogue
February 24, 9:16pm

^ I'd have to agree w/ that assessment (I was the one that previously owned the Gossman PSK) that knife you could baton all day and not have any worries, the convex edge really held up and t...

In GEAR » Wood cutting knife?
February 23, 9:31pm

merrell thermo 6
I'm going to give these a try, about the same weight/height as the Keen Growler, Polartec lining and 200 grams of Thinsulate, d ring for gaiters and snowshoe binding ridges pretty reasona...

In GEAR » Winter Boots, Which Ones?
February 21, 9:04pm

knife is sold- thanks

In Gear Swap » FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light!
February 19, 5:41pm

thank you kind Sir :) those micarta slabs look nice!

In Gear Swap » FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light!
February 17, 7:45am

bump for a very sturdy AND light knife :)

In Gear Swap » FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light!
February 16, 8:30pm

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