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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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if you search for Esbit in the G Spot forum I did a comparo between esbit and wetfire- no comparison in the end- the wetire makes a great emergency tinder (even if things are soaking wet), but it d...

In Make Your Own Gear » windscreen for esbit stove
November 07, 11:08am

FS Cold Steel bird and trout knife
it's brand new (still have the box, etc)- I've wrapped it w/ ~ 10' of 200# spectra cord and has a new Firesteel secreted in it weighs 1.3 oz with cord/sheath/firesteel! :) $20 shi...

In Gear Swap » FS Cold Steel bird and trout knife
November 07, 10:58am

ahh- that's good to know! thank you Sir :)

In Gear Deals » New Oware Extra Large Bivys
November 03, 12:56pm

thanks Dave my NEO is the 72x20x2.5", some of the "traditional" bivies don't accommodate the thickness of the NEO

In Gear Deals » New Oware Extra Large Bivys
November 03, 7:28am

my wetfire tinders will be limited to one (couple in the winter) for emergency fire starting- Esbit is the clear choice for the stove

In GEAR » UST Wetfire Stove
November 03, 7:22am

10 oz pack
I do think that is a niche that a fair number of folks would be interested in- basically a slightly smaller Ohm, slight lightening of some of the panels (still keeping it on the sturdy side) 10 ...

In GEAR » ULA New Owner interviewed!
November 02, 8:38am

David- will this work w/ a full length Neo pad? also can you briefly contrast the two tops? does the netting pull up allowing you to tie it off above? weight? thanks much Mike

In Gear Deals » New Oware Extra Large Bivys
November 02, 8:20am

gossamer gear
LMK if it's something different- I haven't ordered anything as of yet

In GEAR » Pack mesh
October 27, 8:39am

thanks Mark for posting that- clearly demonstrates the Wetfire makes a great fire starter, Esbit makes a great stove fuel :)

In GEAR » UST Wetfire Stove
October 27, 7:47am

micro mesh
some of the ion guys have been using lycra micro mesh, found here: I recently got an Ion and have some work (or someone el...

In GEAR » Pack mesh
October 26, 9:10pm

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