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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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fly creek review
thanks for the comparo- the fly ck is on my short list for a solo tent I'm 6' so I shouldn't have any problems w/ length your impression of the vestibule- I see the MSR Reflex has...

In GEAR » Seedhouse 1 vs Fly Creek - comparison
August 10, 6:06pm

Lander ?
Greg asked "Roleigh, Your review seems to be the only one on this boot on the internet with any detail. Wonder why. I'd appreciate knowing two things about this boot. One, is it overkill f...

In GEAR » Asolo Lander 476 gm mid-height boot vs. Dunham 430 gm boot.
August 10, 1:31pm

still works 8/7 :)- thanks! tried it for Outside magazine, but no go on that one

In Gear Deals » 1 Yr of Backpacker Magazine for $3.99
August 09, 7:52pm

bear spray
I like to have my own, but the lead person carrying is certainly better than none :)

In Gear Lists » Beartooth Wilderness 6-day list
August 01, 3:31pm

you might consider bear spray (if it's on your list I missed it)- this is primo grizzly country- I wouldn't hike w/o out it also there is an early backcountry elk season that opens in Se...

In Gear Lists » Beartooth Wilderness 6-day list
July 31, 8:47pm

OK gotcha- thanks

July 31, 8:26am

sit pad
that sounds perfect- a mere 1.5 oz and like you said can use as a sit pad (I imagine can even stick under your feet if using a shortie pad) how does the pad sit in the pack? sleeve? straps? n...

July 31, 7:29am

I purposely selected the Lander because of the lack of Gortex (they make an identical boot that is Gortex), it's getting tougher and tougher to find a Gortex free boot/shoe. I find Gortex a li...

In GEAR » Asolo Lander 476 gm mid-height boot vs. Dunham 430 gm boot.
July 30, 5:00pm

I can't comment on their utility yet as I just received mine today :) I have a upcoming trip so I can probably shed some more light soon. In a Men's size 9 they are 19.7 oz which is con...

In GEAR » Asolo Lander 476 gm mid-height boot vs. Dunham 430 gm boot.
July 30, 1:05pm

back pad
I'm looking at this pack (and already have a Neoair)- what's the smallest (and thinnest) back pad you can get away w/ and still be comfy? Is there a sleeve for the pad (kind of like a hy...

July 30, 7:27am

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