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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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daypack/stuff sack
oware also makes a light (2.9 oz) stuff sack/daypack- I think it's in the 900-1000 cu inch range I have the kompresser and it's a nice little daypack, I found myself using it for more th...

In GEAR » multi-use ditty-bag/daypack?
July 11, 7:01am

I'd agree w/ the assessment the Houdini is not a "athletic" fit, I was torn between a large (which I wear in 90%+ of the cases) and a XL so it would fit decently over a insulating lay...

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini vs. Montane Featherlite
July 11, 6:46am

I didn't think that the featherlite had a hood? I was going to recommend the Houdini based on that fact, but if the feathelite has a hood, I'll defer to the above :)

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini vs. Montane Featherlite
July 10, 10:06pm

id poncho
Hi- w/ mine I only carry 8 stakes, the ridge line guys (to my trekking poles) are 6.5' (x2) and then two at 4', four at 3' w/ all 12 probably 6-7' for the ridge ends, maybe four ...

In GEAR » Guyline length for Integral Designs Silponcho.
July 10, 1:05pm

changes to new model?
I see it's lightened up by a little (~ 0.7oz) - anyone happen to know what was changed? (besides the color :) ) tia

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 09, 5:52pm

you saved some decent weight w/ the new pad :) you now have TWO vests, not sure how good that's going to work- I'd consider replace one of the vests (the fleece one) w/ some kind of ligh...

In Gear Lists » Grand Tetons July Gear List
July 08, 5:00pm

ion list
the Ion definitely teaches some discipline w/ weight and volume :) here's my 4 day/3 night list (Rocky Mtns) Ion- duh :) it is customized (flap pocket, side/rear pockets w/ bungi cord) 11...

In Gear Lists » Golite Ion ger lists
July 08, 8:03am

Re: Re: Camp Shoes
^ neat haven't seen those before :)

In GEAR » Camp Shoes
July 07, 5:28pm

Re: Got a response from Golite.
I got the same reply :)

In Make Your Own Gear » The Deionization of a Golite Ion Backpack
July 07, 5:25pm

cooking for two
not sure if you could get away w/ a smaller pot or not- most freeeze dried meals for two require ~ 500-600 ml, another 500 or so for two cups of hot drinks puts you right at the 100-1100 mark (real...

In GEAR » Freezer Bag Cooking
July 07, 1:05pm

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