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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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"The big difference between these two, in my opinion, is the bug hood. If you get the Omni, you can get a full bug hood but still have the option of using the full fabric hood in nasty weather...

In GEAR » lightweight bivy-neo compatible
February 11, 7:53am

great info- thanks looks like w/ side zip and bug hood it's close to the same price as the Superlight Superlight in long, bug hood $180, Omni- $160 weight is very close too Omni w/ hoo...

In GEAR » lightweight bivy-neo compatible
February 11, 7:26am

lightweight bivy-neo compatible
Hi- looking for a lw 3 season bivy to be used in conjunction w/ a poncho/tarp that is compatible w/ a full (regular) size neoair I've found two that I believe would fit the bill- the MLD Sup...

In GEAR » lightweight bivy-neo compatible
February 10, 9:00pm

bonus firesteel
I'll throw in a free firesteel of your choice- 3/20, 3/16 or 3/8" :)

In Gear Swap » FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light!
February 10, 7:43am

sorry it's been sold

In Gear Swap » very light knife- Bark River PSK
February 09, 6:42pm

the only alternative I know of is wetfire tabs and they are not as efficient as Esbit (in my testing anyways)- they make one of the best emergency fire tinders out there and thus one is in my kit, ...

In GEAR » Esbits: How to maximize fuel efficiency?
February 09, 5:29pm

*SOLD* FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light! *SOLD*
this is a dandy knife, custom made by Scott Gossman- the PSK 6" overall, 2.5" cutting edge, O1 steel, 1/8" stock, full convex edge knife weighs in at a scant 2.4 oz w/ no wrap,...

In Gear Swap » FS Gossman PSK knife- nice and light!
February 09, 8:33am

WTB (*FOUND!*) MSR Lightning or L Ascents- 25/30"
found a set- thanks

In Gear Swap » WTB MSR Lightning or L Ascents- 25/30"
February 09, 8:10am

I should update this thread- some time ago I found a real steal on a used marmot Atom long, I had Tim do a conversion on it and it came out beautifully! the original weight was 25 oz, it's now...

In GEAR » is this bag a good candidate for a quilt conversion?
February 04, 6:41pm

bow saw
could you show a little more detail on how the blade is attached? I found an old Wyoming saw blade and was thinking of rigging up something similar thanks

In GEAR » What knife do you carry backpacking?
January 30, 8:25am

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