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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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what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
we both are now using trekking poles so it would appear logical to utilize a "tent" that incorporates a trekking pole(s) I have no complaints on the Carbon 2, it's a little cozy fo...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 02, 8:54am

grizzly country
the option of choosing to not hike in grizzly country is a sad choice indeed, you'll be missing some of the spectacular and wild country in the world :( I've had 20+ "encounters&quo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 01, 10:47am

recent incident in Glacier
I carry a firearm for a living, but always carry spray in grizzly country recent incident in Glacier w/ Jack Hanna

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 31, 6:05pm

also have extra
I also have a bunch extra if Michael doesn't have enough

In Gear Swap » WTB Reflectix Insulation
July 31, 9:30am

I like the waterproofness/dust-proofness, but I agree 6.7 oz isn't exactly nano light my Olympus FE360 (w/ battery) is 4.1 oz (albeit not waterproof)

In GEAR » UL cameras?
July 31, 9:08am

hooded :)
Dave- ^ that should be hooded, not hoodless :) Mike

In GEAR » Windshirts (which one)
July 31, 8:55am

I'd strongly suggest hooded, just a lot more flexibility for little weight penalty (I even occasionally use it as part of my sleep system) sizing- I can speak to Patagonia-they come slightly...

In GEAR » Windshirts (which one)
July 31, 8:33am

can't comment on those stoves in particular, but Don's stove (Bushcooker Light) weighs in at a very svelte 2.4 oz, nest perfectly in a Snow Peak 600, is very ruggedly constructed (titanium)...

In GEAR » Wood Burning Stoves Education
July 30, 4:58pm

this is an area that redundancy makes the best sense (at least in the climes I hang out in) mini bics are great and I've not had one fail and one always goes w/ me hiking/backpacking, but I ...

In GEAR » Bic: The lighter lighter
July 30, 4:49pm

my wife has the arroyo and she sleeps a little on the cold side and has slept comfortably in it to freezing

In GEAR » Opinions on the Marmot Arroyo?
July 29, 7:24pm

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