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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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neo and water
won't wade into the water treatment debate :) I will say that if there is a relatively god chance of below freezing temps- I'd consider adding a thin pad (GG thinlight 1/8" ~ 2 oz) ...

In Gear Lists » High Sierra Trail loop gear list
September 17, 1:24pm

fall trip
yeah- that's (bugs/people) kind of what has me leaning towards a later trip :) I'm looking at the ULA Circuit fro my wife (depending on what she thinks of the Ohm when it arrives). It l...

In Gear Lists » The "not-another-JMT-list" list
September 17, 1:11pm

looks like a pretty darn good list :) I am (was) also a Exos 46 user- great pack, but I've gotten my base weight low enough (as appears you have as well) that I thought it was time to shed a l...

In Gear Lists » The "not-another-JMT-list" list
September 17, 7:56am

great video
great video and an amazing hike! :) my wife and I are planning on doing the JMT in 2012 (we're booked up w/ hikes already this coming year :)) after reading (and watching the video) I thi...

In Post-Trip Reports » John Muir Trail in the Fall
September 16, 9:01pm

good point
I guess I hadn't thought about it from that angle- although from the amount flak dished out- a new person reading this article and the accompanying posts will definitely be getting a wide array...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort
September 16, 8:33pm

ahh- gotcha

In GEAR » light colored windshirt?
September 16, 8:09pm

not sure what size your looking for in the Houdini- but they are cut pretty generous I most often purchase size large for my tops/jackets and the Houdini large fits me well and still has room fo...

In GEAR » light colored windshirt?
September 16, 5:25pm

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

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