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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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they did look good, I was hoping not to spend that much- like many things though, I often end up spending that much (and sometime more) when it's all said and done :)

In GEAR » recommendation on light goggles
November 22, 1:18pm

day hike
Scott- the Talon 22 does seem like it carries much more than it's advertised volume-cavernous for such a small pack, most of my stuff is pretty low volume though yeah I don't agree w/ t...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 22, 7:37am

Re: Re: my ti grill
yeah nothing like fresh fish caught minutes earlier :) if I could find a reasonable source for ti spokes (or the like) I'd consider it

In Multiple Use Gear » Cheap alternative to the zia fabrications ti grill?
November 22, 7:26am

Re: Re: recommendation on light goggles
"used to be you could get goggles that were separate eyepieces, sort of, connected by a bit of skinny webbing and with an elastic band around the head, that must have been pretty light, but I ...

In GEAR » recommendation on light goggles
November 22, 7:11am

the larger diameter one is a standard easton aluminum arrow, the other side I sourced from Ace Hardware- they have a small section of tubing/square stock/etc in a display bin, I found a tube that f...

In Multiple Use Gear » Cheap alternative to the zia fabrications ti grill?
November 21, 8:29pm

Mary's conclusions
I've come to the exact same conclusions as Mary :); this versatile piece of gear is used year round

In GEAR » windshirt?
November 21, 7:36pm

my ti grill
myog ti grill weight 1.5 oz and nests all together- easton aluminum arrow section, ti bike spokes

In Multiple Use Gear » Cheap alternative to the zia fabrications ti grill?
November 21, 7:16pm

think about folks that have broke the 5 lb barrier for base weights- a 3-4 day trip food/water might account for double or more of their base weight if someone lists only a 1 liter platy bottle ...

In GEAR » Including the weight of water
November 21, 7:03pm

hand size
not sure of ring size, but wear medium sized gloves- fits my hand great I've got two of these, thus the reason I'm selling one :)

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
November 21, 6:46pm

from their site looks like close to 6 oz of fill (800), so yes it should be pretty warm :)- if they had one w/ hood I'd grab one, my "warm" jacket has to have a hood

In GEAR » Choosing a down jacket - it's that time of year!
November 21, 3:37pm

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