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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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Re: What should I change?
wholeheartedly agree w/ Dan and Mary- add 3-4 oz of a windshirt, it is probably my versatile garment- light rain- no problem, wind up high- no problem (and breathes while moving), bugs- yup stops t...

In Gear Lists » What should I change?
October 15, 7:35am

original article
maybe I misread the original article, but I (like others who have already posted) came away with that slightly compressed down might not be quite the problem once thought- NOT that slightly compres...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Extraordinary Claims - Extraordinary Proofs
October 14, 8:20pm

4-day list
good list :)- few comments seems like a lot of batteries for a 4 day trip does your mug not have handles? I use my mugs (450 or 600 depending) for cooking and simply use the handles- never n...

In Gear Lists » 35 degree 4-day list
October 14, 7:31pm

day hiking
my day hikes are usually in remote areas and often cover long distances, thus always a chance you might get stuck out my list looks very similar- my pad is a little larger than a sit pad, I use ...

In Gear Lists » Generic day hiking list
October 14, 5:42pm

the R1 pants provide decent insulation, but will pale compared to most down garments

In GEAR » Pat R1 pants vs. MB UL Down pants
October 14, 7:21am

MSR Lightning 30"

In Gear Swap » WTB or WTT MSR Lightning (or Ascent) 30
October 12, 6:05pm

new list
UL backpacking is as much about leaving behind unnecessary items and getting items that serve multiple functions, as it is about lightweight gear. Your list clearly has room to improve in both are...

In Gear Lists » New list
October 12, 7:46am

nice job
great list and cheap! one option that wouldn't add much $, if you went w/ a poncho/tarp (ala Equinox) you'd be at 9 oz for both raingear and shelter- they can be had for ~ $45 vs $27 for...

In Gear Lists » Cheap Ultralight Gear List
October 11, 7:18pm

I find my windshirt one of the most go to pieces I own- in addition to wind, great for biting bugs, for short duration rain showers (which we typically get in the Mtn West) works great- I've ev...

In GEAR » Rain anorak as wind shirt?
October 11, 5:34pm

any more thoughts from reviwers?
last reviewer's comment was dated July- any of the testers have any more feedback? has anyone received info from Osprey on possible revisions to the prototypes? thanks Mike

In GEAR » First Look: Osprey Hornet 46
October 11, 4:31pm

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