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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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do they offer any overboot for it? I like the feathered friend setup w/ bootie and overboot, something for around camp in the snow

In GEAR » Is Western Mountaineering releasing a new down bootie in 2011?
November 17, 7:15pm

mt hood
nice report- thanks I know "typical" weather is hard to put a finger on, but what would you consider typical weather for September- I'm guessing it might a little different early S...

In Editor's Roundtable » September Around Mount Hood
November 17, 8:11am

I carry a 2 person heatsheet that I can use as a tarp (doesn't have grommets, but simply putting in a small rock or a little duff and making a little "bundle" works well) w/ that I...

In Gear Deals » Tarp for survival
November 16, 6:50pm

mine is a ID which is very similar to the Golite one (size/materials/weight) as mentioned you definitely want a bivy- my choice was the MLD Superlight, provides pretty good wet protection from spra...

In GEAR » GoLite Poncho Tarp
November 16, 6:20pm

yup that's certainly an option that would work well mitts simply gain some further temp ranges, but if you don't really need that, then gloves (w/ overmitts) will certainly suffice

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 16, 5:17pm

yup I think that sums it up pretty well :)

In GEAR » pot size
November 16, 5:14pm

these will be paired w/ Endeavor outer mitts- I also carry light (Smartwool liners) gloves I think most scenarios you'd be fine w/ gloves + Endeavors, but if your gloves were to get wet or i...

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 16, 4:57pm

good deal- I'm sending mine back- I want unicorns!

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 16, 4:35pm

how low
w/ my wife right around the 10 lb mark (looking to get that closer to 8), solo I've gotten relatively close to 5 lbs (6.5#)- I think I could get there, but 6.5 base weight is like hiking w/ a d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How low will you go?
November 16, 8:33am

pot size
we only do freezer bag meals- for two 900 ml, solo 600 ml (I occasionaly use a 450 ml if I know the meals can be covered w/ that size)- I've found those more than sufficient for a wide variety ...

In GEAR » pot size
November 16, 8:23am

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