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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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how low
I've experimented a bit w/ emergency blankets in the past- and for your "normal" thin mylar blanket, I think Richard's assessment of 60-ish degrees is pretty darn close my curr...

In GEAR » how low (temperature) could you go with this?
November 15, 7:58pm

Re: neoair+thinlite
Konrad- it's the 1/8" one- just shy of 2 oz :)

In GEAR » Colder weather sleep pad recommendation
November 14, 6:49am

I posted a similar question sometime back and came to the same conclusion (that eric has already proven out)- a neo air w/ a pad like the GG nightlite should get you into the teens pretty decently ...

In GEAR » Colder weather sleep pad recommendation
November 13, 7:02pm

maybe I missed it, who exactly is uncomfortable?

In GEAR » WHY Comprimise sleep comfort? for a FEW OUNCES?
November 13, 3:51pm

I think he's just making a point between the warmth of gloves vs mitts :)

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 12, 8:16am

I've had much the same experience as you- starting out heavy and slowly working my weight down. When camping with my wife I've got our base weights down to ~ 12 and 10 #'s respectively...

In Gear Lists » Gear list needing guidance
November 12, 8:15am

Rick- Michael has provided some very sage advice for winter layers- minimizing sweat is very important I utilize a very similar strategy- thin base layer- I use Cap 1 or Merino 1, over this a wi...

In GEAR » Winter Hiking Camping
November 12, 7:32am

can't say on fitment- guess it would depend on how much additional room you have in your Endeavors mitts are simply warmer I carry liner gloves as well as the mitts (and overmitts)

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 11, 7:52pm

OR women's fit
got the mitts today (that was quick, but they are only one state away) the Women's Large fits, if your in the upper range of a Men's medium they might be a little small the kitties kind ...

In Gear Deals » OR PL 400 Fleece mit $20 + $7 shipping
November 11, 6:40pm

golf course
yeah our gold course doesn't have any groomed trails either, it's possible at some point she would have access to groomed trails- so if the E89 or 99 would suffice in the backcountry and st...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 11, 6:10pm

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