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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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moisture mgt
my .02 I prefer a thin base layer (so does this fella ) as it's often all that is needed, even in winter (when moving o...

In GEAR » Chilly Weather Moisture Management
December 20, 1:27pm

I was going to suggest a Talon 11 or 22, they don't have an axe loop, but could be added rather easily other than the loop should come pretty close to meeting your requirements, although the...

In GEAR » Lightweight Day Pack for Running/Hiking in Winter?
December 19, 8:21pm

vbl bag
maybe another option w/ the bag is simply layer the down/syn jacket over top of the vbl??????- very little to no down compression this way either all my winter trips have been very short in dura...

In Winter Hiking » VBL clothing v.s. VBL bag
December 19, 6:08pm

pink snow
^ we've got that in Montana as well- like you said, spring (and even into summer) is when you see it- I've always avoided it, but it's nice to know why :)

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 19, 5:56pm

that makes sense- I've used coffee filters (pretty light :)) to "sift" the melted snow, which does the job pretty well good point on tracks/animal activity- I agree, I'd be loo...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 19, 5:40pm

heat exchanger
Ray- no need to apologize for being out hiking :) good tip on the snow mound how necessary is it to filter melted snow? I've always poured it through a coffee filter to take the "chun...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 19, 3:44pm

alpine light
^ good deal :) I think as someone else may have pointed out, the "new" model might have a little additional length as well- again for 1.5 oz- welcomed feature too

In Gear Deals » Montbell on Sale 20% off
December 19, 3:35pm

thanks Doug- very interesting piece- definitely looks like it would quicken sow melt :) I see they make a 10" and 12" version, 4.5 and 5.3 oz respectfully- lighter than the MSR exchan...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 19, 8:25am

^ which rbh socks are you using- the insulated ones? what temps can you use just the rbh socks/shoes w/? and just so I understand- just the rbh socks, light trail runners (and if needed the 40 ...

In GEAR » Need help with footwear layering
December 18, 8:25pm

nice :work ) I've made a few from some ti foil I have, I've also modified them so I can also use it to burn wood (w/ the addition of two ti stakes)- nice little backup and it's act...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 18, 3:37pm

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