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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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Osprey Talon
might be a touch heavy, but the Talon 22 has quite a bit of room (w/ additional storage on the outside)- I haven't run w/ my 22, but I do w/ my 5.5- they are built very similar and the 5.5 is n...

In GEAR » Running pack for unsupported trips
November 24, 7:49am

I think your correct something could be fashioned, I looked at it pretty close and couldn't figure out exactly what that something was though :) I ended up selling my 25" Lightnings and...

In Winter Hiking » snowshoe tails (MSR Lightning)
November 23, 1:06pm

yeah that does look handy, I've practiced (including staying overnight) in debris shelters, but as the article points out- if you have sufficient snow the trench is a better option I do keep...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 23, 1:00pm

found this very useful guide to building a trench

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 23, 8:37am

weight savings
not a lot, a couple of tenths of an ounce- it's a much better sheath though and allows secure one handed removal- the zytel sheath has a nylon strap/button closure- Fallkniven did a great job ...

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
November 23, 8:24am

nice- got one for $5 shipped :) funny when I looked on amazon before it showed this used book available from $99?????????????

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 23, 8:12am

custom kydex sheath
if you prefer kydex over leather- I have a custom kydex sheath (a work of art really)- it has a removable firesteel loop and a removable attachment loop- it allows either horizontal or vertical car...

In Gear Swap » FS nice, light fixed blade
November 23, 8:04am

^ that sounds like a very effective shelter- you wouldn't have a drawing or pic of that setup- trying to accurately visualize it I tried ordering Mike's book and it appears to be out of ...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 23, 7:56am

darn tough
the darn tough micro crew comes pretty close for me, I'd second the $7 a pair sale though :)

In GEAR » perfect sock?
November 22, 8:35pm

^ ahhh very true- lots of powder in the Winter, gets hard packed come Spring

In Winter Hiking » Winter Day Hiking Items: Scenario
November 22, 7:22pm

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