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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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MSR Lightning Snowshoe Tails
not sure how long these have been out, but pretty slick idea- adds 5" of flotation to your shoes when you need it (remove when you don't)

In GEAR » MSR Lightning Snowshoe Tails
September 16, 5:19pm

I guess it doesn't bother me that Roger has expressed his opinion on different pack options- it doesn't bother me that I disagree w/ some of his opinions- I think that is to be expected ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort
September 16, 7:29am

good suggestion-I use a mixture of nido and hot chocolate to give make my via a mocha, I also use nido in my cereal as well- more calories and MUCH better tasting than normal dried milk my Walm...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 15, 9:01pm

changes in sizing
I noticed sizing also changed w/ Capilene at some point the older capilene was definitely long lived (still have some very old pieces)- I miss the old expedition weight capilene as well- heavier...

In GEAR » R.5 = Capilene 4 = Capilene 3
September 15, 6:07pm

I posed this very question last year, Tim Marshall (Enlightened Equipment) among others, said no worry on compression damage. If WM said the same thing, I believe it's a non-issue. I will add...

In GEAR » Compression damage to down Sleeping Bags
September 15, 7:50am

maybe I'm missing something, but the weights (for a 6' bag) appear to be identical - 24 oz???????????? as far a size, according to the charts they look pretty close as well- Hydrogen 62/...

In GEAR » WM Megalite vs Marmot Hydrogen
September 12, 8:56pm

see if you can find a GoLite Ion in Large- it will fit :)

In GEAR » Daypacks for tall individuals
September 12, 8:32pm

Re: Re: Windshirt
^ this has been my strategy of late as well- Montana too the windshirt (mine is a hooded Houdini) does pretty well w/ the typical short lived afternoon thunderstorm- it's also great for bugs...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
September 12, 8:15am

big 4
I agree w/ several who have said sleeping bag OK sleeping pad OK tent OK- ditch ground cloth- save 12 oz pack- change- a Osprey Exos 46 will readily handle 30-ish lbs (and the bearicade) and ...

In Gear Lists » Need Help with My big 4!!
September 11, 3:30pm

* SOLD* Osprey Exos 46 *SOLD*
Exos 46 size Large, excellent condition- all straps, bells and whistles :) in tact $SOLD includes paypal fee/shipping conus

In Gear Swap » Osprey Exos 46
September 11, 8:52am

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