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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Worth considering?
I've been peeking at those- I've been very happy w/ my BD carbon poles but find I rarely change the length on them- @ 9 oz for a pair it would cut my pole weight in half

In GEAR » TiGoat polies best/lightest?
December 12, 7:38am

alpine light
hmmm- looks like I'm getting an older one- no mention of drawstring hem, yet the one I ordered for my wife does Eugene- I like a drawstring bottom as well, helps to seal any draft- wish I co...

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 11, 9:18pm

as several have mentioned, as a hunter reducing weight is as much goal of mine as it is with backpacking I don't typically cover near the miles hunting as I do hiking, but 99% of the time th...

In GEAR » New Kifaru Pack - less then 3lbs, 5200 ci, will carry 100+ lbs!
December 11, 9:10pm

ex light
I haven't found the ex light overly fragile. I agree w/ Ben I certainly wouldn't be bushwhacking in it, but I wear mine plenty sans windshirt and knock on wood- no holes/rips/tears also...

In GEAR » Montbell EX Light (5.7 oz.) vs. Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket (11 oz.)
December 11, 8:51pm

burn off
I think a test could be done, w/ the caveat that certain combos might be more or less efficient w/ each stove. Choose a commonly used pot (plenty of those). Do multiple tests, this reduces any ...

In GEAR » Woodburning stove "Burn-Off"
December 11, 8:38pm

ahh- that would likely explain that :)

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 11, 6:46pm

new styles
interestingly the new Alpine Light Parka shows 0.1 oz more of fill, but weighs 1.5 oz more- same 30 denier material (this is size Men's medium)

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 11, 4:01pm

good articles
good articles- thanks for posting them, might be worth posting them in the Winter Hiking forum as well

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » snowshoeing
December 11, 1:42pm

I've been using Ron's spinnaker stuff sacks (of varying size depending on trip length)- more hardy than I first expected, given how light they are. I add 50' 170# dyneema cord w/ a sma...

In GEAR » Bear Bags
December 10, 12:39pm

army houdini
David said "Had it been windier I would’ve wanted a burlier layer that better resists pumping out heat by fabric flapping." you might want to take a peek at the Houdini Patagonia has...

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 10, 7:48am

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