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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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great list
great list and agreed that your definitely in the "nit picky" range of shaving weight :) few little things- the BPL liners (while more spendy) appear to be lighter- mine for a 45 liter...

In Gear Lists » My Current Gear List
October 01, 1:11pm

is dri-release 100% syn? if so that's my preferred warm weather shirt- Capilene 1 to be specific shoulder seasons/winter I move to merino

In GEAR » 100% Cotton vs. 50/50 blend vs. Dry-Release vs. Wool blend
October 01, 12:55pm

Re: Sounds like Summerlite is the way to go.
I could fit in my summerlite, it's just that is was tight- mostly notably so in the shoulders. I think as the above poster stated, if your 170 and more of a runner's build you'll proba...

In GEAR » WM Summerlite vs. Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
October 01, 12:41pm

that spindrift does look nice- a little bigger than what I would typically need, but a nice looking pack nonetheless :)

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
October 01, 8:40am

can't comment on the montbell, but the summerlite is a very (very) high quality bag w/ an accurate temp rating- 30 degrees, obviously this could be pushed a bit w/ insulated clothing. I had to...

In GEAR » WM Summerlite vs. Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
October 01, 7:02am

not sure- I've used my Exos on longer trips where it was snowing w/o any problem- it's very close to your back, just guessing the Stratos is similar- sounds from some of the above posts lik...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
September 30, 5:13pm

^ agreed- I use a 2 liter platy hoser that is right against my back, water stays thawed pretty well there in my experience

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
September 30, 12:54pm

Joe- thanks for the insight into the Stratos, I should look at the Peak as well I'll add BCA and BD to look at as well volume wise I'm pretty confident low to mid 20 liters will suf...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
September 30, 8:42am

Re: McHale Packs -- Observations & Comments
"But David, you have already drunk the McHale Kool-Aid!" ^ that's pretty good :) I agree w/ several others that pack fitment is really crucial regardless of what pack you opt fo...

In GEAR » McHale Packs -- Observations & Comments
September 30, 8:32am

trinity alps
looks like a great area :) < also impressed w/ the cell phone pics :)

In Post-Trip Reports » Trinity Alps, Caribou Lake, Sept 24/26
September 30, 8:06am

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