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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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is your Teton trip solo? if so, here's an idea :) look into a poncho/tarp- golite, integral designs, others- usually under $100- now you have a solo shelter (and rain gear)- in addition this ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Shelter - what to do?
July 13, 6:55am

that's what I thought, was wondering how the above poster got 20% off- I even put down pants in and still didn't show up?????? maybe he just got lucky :)

In Gear Deals » 20% Off coupon at
July 12, 9:52pm

mont bell
^ when I put a montbell item in the basket- it shows no discount, when I put another item in it does ^ how did you get a 20% discount on the montbell pants/ tia

In Gear Deals » 20% Off coupon at
July 12, 9:42pm

I know this varies by individual, but I found the insoles on the Moab's to be a little lacking- I ended up putting some superfeet greens in mine and am much happier- of course ymmv :)

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 12, 8:36pm

Re: Yaak & the Bob
the Flash will be more than adequate for three season hiking in these areas- if you start pushing things into mid October (winter comes early in the Bob) or early spring (when there is still lots a...

In GEAR » WM Flash Jacket: Is it enough?
July 12, 7:57pm

for an ounce more (and more $ :)) you can get some of the more needed features w/ a Foretrex. The older 101 and 201 I see for very reasonable prices any more- they don't have as sensitive rece...

In GEAR » 1.4oz $70 GPS?
July 12, 7:47pm

Yaak & the Bob
I've hiked a fair bit around the Yaak and worked several seasons in the Bob as a wilderness ranger, the Flash (or any other quality lightweight down jacket) would make a very good choice for an...

In GEAR » WM Flash Jacket: Is it enough?
July 12, 7:42pm

I have a pair of the mids (non gortex)-good shoe, relatively light and nice that they offer a wide size too :) I did a five day trip last month w. them where we did over 50 stream crossings in t...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 12, 7:29pm

10 essentials
True- while backpacking many of the "10 essentials" are taken care of- the biggie being shelter. And while I certainly wouldn't carry an emergency bivy backpacking like I would day h...

In GEAR » Gear Geek 10 Essentials
July 12, 5:52pm

thanks!- I'm just a wee bit bigger, 5' 11" 190 lbs I did find these reviews- two of the guys were a little larger than they recommend and found while not roomy, didn't seem to h...

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 12, 12:55pm

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