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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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phd minim ultra
old thread, but the only one I found talking about the minum ultra- anyone try one? exchange rate is not great, but better than it has been in the past- and you get to deduct 17% for the VAT that&...

In GEAR » A 13 oz down bag. check it out
July 15, 6:21pm

^ good to know :) I find that trout cook much better when the coals "lie down" a bit, so mine haven't been exposed to overly hot temps and don't expect they ever will

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
July 15, 5:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp"
steven- ahh that's good news, I like the 1/2 pyramid pitch as well- seeing I'm a little shorter shouldn't be too much of a problem ron- that's great news- a little longer AND a l...

In GEAR » MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp
July 15, 12:33pm

Re: Re: Re: "MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp"
Steven- can ask how tall you are? if your tall and fitting in a 1/2 pyramid pitch it's roomier than I would have thought (@ 4x8') :) also did you ever get to try any a frame pitches? ...

In GEAR » MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp
July 15, 8:13am

bubble bags
^ BPL being out of them what prompted me to make my own- glad to see you were able to find them :)

In GEAR » UL Point and Shoot Camera Protection
July 14, 4:45pm

I use a small aloksak lined w/ thin bubble wrap for my little olympus- 8 grams

In GEAR » UL Point and Shoot Camera Protection
July 14, 8:38am

can't speak to the BPL ones, the spoke ones I have are ~ 2mm, so a little bigger than 1/16" (but less than 1/8")- I wouldn't attempt to stand on my grill :) but it's strong e...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
July 14, 7:20am

the Izula is a very flat and light knife, making it a very good choice for neck carry it is plenty large enough and stout enough to handle batoning duties (within reason- your not going to be sp...

In GEAR » Neck Knife Conundrum
July 13, 1:10pm

yup- I carry trekking poles, thanks for catching that :) your right, you would realistically have to figure in cost of a bivy w/ a poncho/tarp- that does add significantly to the cost unless ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Shelter - what to do?
July 13, 12:56pm

can't comment on the bpl quilt as I have 0 experience w/ it- you might try a search on it and see what you come up w/- my guess is that almost everyone who owns have some experience w/ pushing ...

In Gear Lists » Maroon Bells, CO end of July gear List
July 13, 7:14am

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