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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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good deal- I'm sending mine back- I want unicorns!

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 16, 4:35pm

how low
w/ my wife right around the 10 lb mark (looking to get that closer to 8), solo I've gotten relatively close to 5 lbs (6.5#)- I think I could get there, but 6.5 base weight is like hiking w/ a d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How low will you go?
November 16, 8:33am

pot size
we only do freezer bag meals- for two 900 ml, solo 600 ml (I occasionaly use a 450 ml if I know the meals can be covered w/ that size)- I've found those more than sufficient for a wide variety ...

In GEAR » pot size
November 16, 8:23am

Re: Re: winter layers
Ryan- eric's advice is very sound, the last place you want to find out your made an err is in the backcountry, much better in your backyard. If your a little on the cold side (I'm just t...

In GEAR » Winter gear and layering advice
November 16, 8:13am

EN ratings
I think those ratings are useful, but also a wee bit cautious (they probably don't want them going the other way!) I've used a neo air several times at or slightly below the freezing mar...

In GEAR » What is your cold weather sleeping system?
November 16, 7:54am

winter layers
might be worth peeking around a bit as there have been several good winter layering threads of late I'm going to be using a similar setup as you have originally posted, my expected temps are...

In GEAR » Winter gear and layering advice
November 15, 8:26pm

how low
I've experimented a bit w/ emergency blankets in the past- and for your "normal" thin mylar blanket, I think Richard's assessment of 60-ish degrees is pretty darn close my curr...

In GEAR » how low (temperature) could you go with this?
November 15, 7:58pm

Re: neoair+thinlite
Konrad- it's the 1/8" one- just shy of 2 oz :)

In GEAR » Colder weather sleep pad recommendation
November 14, 6:49am

I posted a similar question sometime back and came to the same conclusion (that eric has already proven out)- a neo air w/ a pad like the GG nightlite should get you into the teens pretty decently ...

In GEAR » Colder weather sleep pad recommendation
November 13, 7:02pm

maybe I missed it, who exactly is uncomfortable?

In GEAR » WHY Comprimise sleep comfort? for a FEW OUNCES?
November 13, 3:51pm

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