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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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speaking of the e-lite :) I added a miniature "ranger band" to mine so the switch can't be inadvertently turned while packed- I also (like one of the above posters) ditched the plast...

In GEAR » Headlamp question
September 21, 8:06pm

Re: "packs:28oz at 1200cuin vs 2000+cuin"
Eugene- I too have found the Ion a little large (voluminous) for "normal" day hiking (but perfect for overnighters- 3 days :)). The Kompressor works much better for my typical day hike l...

In GEAR » packs:28oz at 1200cuin vs 2000+cuin
September 21, 5:20pm

light daypacks
depending on features needed (or not needed) there are certainly a bunch of lightweight daypacks out there. I've been using something similar to the above mentioned day pack- it's the Marm...

In GEAR » packs:28oz at 1200cuin vs 2000+cuin
September 21, 12:49pm

8 pound base
I agree w/ a lot of the statements here- if the goal is to get to a 8 lb base weight- there are several ways to skin that cat. An option for a light tent vs bivy/tarp, an option for a light bag vs...

In Gear Lists » 8 pound base weight
September 20, 8:01am

pole height
I should add that pole height is dependent on the pitch and where you tie off to-I definitely recommend a little backyard work before heading into the hills There is a really good (and recent) t...

In GEAR » Securing tarp guylines to trekking poles
September 20, 7:47am

brighter (and handier as a headlamp) than the small micro lights, not a trail lighter (well in a pinch it does OK)- you'll need more light if that what the intended use is- for camp use (and oc...

In GEAR » Headlamp question
September 19, 3:54pm

my simple setup
I use a tarp/poncho, but it should be similar to any tarp- I tie a bowline knot in one of the guy, this end is attached to the tarp grommet or loop via a larkshead knot, the other end goes directly...

In GEAR » Securing tarp guylines to trekking poles
September 19, 11:41am

Re: Re: Well, I'll give cowboy a try!
"So ... what is the word on VIA versus Java Juice?? At least I know where to get VIA, but may have to search for the Juice, but I won't bother unless there is a promise of superior coffee....

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 19, 10:20am

Re: the "Do it all Pack"
Joe said "Limiting yourself to one pack? The horror.............the horror........" ^ this :) jack of all trades, master of none if the horror came true, I'd probably opt for a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the "Do it all Pack"
September 19, 9:13am

good looking gear list :) do have a question though- I see you don't pack a windshirt, but instead pack a rain jacket- how has the Triumph worked in the capacity as a windshirt? Curious as ...

In Gear Lists » Solo UL Sierra Gear List Summer 2010
September 18, 3:47pm

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