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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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"extra" clothing
my "extra" clothing gets used most days in camp- cool evenings/mornings my down jacket is used around camp, quite often the pants as well, same w/ the hat- so not really extra weight for ...

In GEAR » Sleep system - how low can I go?
September 08, 9:29pm

Re: Testing....
^ good point- the summerlite I owned was too tight for me and definitely would have been too tight w/ additional layers if you have the room in your bag, I think the additional clothing you ment...

In GEAR » Sleep system - how low can I go?
September 08, 7:29am

Re: Re: Pack Recomendation
I agree w/ ben's recommendation- you have a nice light base weight, give some of the lighter framed packs a go first- if they don't work out you can send them back (if still in resalable co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pack Recomendation
September 08, 7:13am

several of the Osprey packs considered internal frame are probably more accurately described as external packs- the Exos series being one the Exos series does a good job of transferring weight, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pack Recomendation
September 07, 8:27pm

these are the droppers I'm using for 100% DEET, not sure if they are the same as the BPL ones or not??? they definitely work- they've been going two years now (just have to refill occasi...

In GEAR » Dropper bottles for deet?
September 07, 8:14pm

thanks I'm contemplating a Burn as well- a very nicely refined "Ion" :)

In Gear Lists » Golite Ion ger lists
September 07, 8:11pm

sabino trail
the sabino trails definitely have a large toe box- I normally want ee or eee and their "regular" 9 fit me perfectly- a normal (or low) volume foot I think would have trouble w/ the fit ...

In GEAR » Lightest Trail Runners with Large Toebox?
September 07, 7:24pm

another + for Via
instant coffee is easy and light (and usually crappy tasting!), w/ the advent of Via it makes it an easy choice what I'm carrying for my caffeine fix :)

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 07, 7:17pm

mine's a poncho/tarp
same 8x5' size, can use the same pitches modified pyramid I like this one too (found it in Ryan's book)- modified a frame

In GEAR » 5 x 8 Flat tarp setups
September 07, 6:12pm

^ is your Ion modified? curious as your carrying a fairly "traditional" tent and sleeping bag tia

In Gear Lists » Golite Ion ger lists
September 06, 6:22pm

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