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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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snowshoe daypack
bump this older thread with winter approaching as I'm looking for a daypack for snowshoeing- was wondering if anyone has tried a Osprey Talon 22 for such use? their Kode looks pretty nice, b...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
September 29, 8:38pm

down sweater
my wife and I both have Pat down sweaters- very well constructed, full featured, DWR is very good, but still pretty light I've since gotten a MB ex light that I use for summer trips (right a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Down Sweater Review
September 29, 1:00pm

nice job indeed
Brett- great job :) I haven't broken into the 5's yet w/ my Ion, but am in the 6's- so I'm getting darn close

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My first sub 5 lb trip!
September 29, 7:43am

Re: Re: tent stakes/pegs
I carry the same combo as Ben- except I carry two of the nail pegs- these go to secure the two trekking pole ends, I use the shepherd ones to stake out the rest if you go this route I'd advi...

In GEAR » tent stakes/pegs
September 29, 7:34am

post pics
Don- post some pics up of your new mods if you don't mind tia

In GEAR » Golite Ion Resource
September 29, 7:14am

price drop

In Gear Swap » FS North Face Diad rain jacket-like new
September 28, 9:09pm

Larry- thanks, I had several of those links saved, but many new ones too! :) thanks <-- another Ion groupie

In GEAR » Golite Ion Resource
September 28, 8:40pm

the thing to keep in mind w/ the Neo is it's pretty thick @ ~ 2.5", so if it's short somewhere- there is a pretty significant drop (vs a lot of ccf and inflatable pads) that might be t...

In GEAR » NeoAir Length
September 28, 1:02pm

Amy- I whole heartedly agree that it's much more versatile (much cheaper too if you already have the neo air :))- sit pad/kneel pad is very handy- even more handy w/ snow Brad brings up the ...

In GEAR » neo + closed cell or insulated mat?
September 28, 12:58pm

Re: neo + closed cell
Nick- good info on the new exped, not sure if a r value 3.5 is going to be enough for "winter"- the weight looks good though :) Mary- I think the r value for 1/8" is ~ 0.5, the...

In GEAR » neo + closed cell or insulated mat?
September 28, 7:10am

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