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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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capilene bottoms are ~ 5-6 oz, wind pants ~ 5-6 oz- still saving weight and more importantly opens up lots more options it's cold and windy and your in your shorts- add wind pants it'...

In Gear Lists » Northwest Gear List from a rookie!
September 11, 9:34pm

ti spokes
not sure the composition- I did order the "raw" ones- they have painted ones which wouldn't be a great choice (the paint might burn quickly off though?) I thought about stakes as w...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
September 11, 8:00pm

w/o going into the big 4
won't go into the big four as it sounds like you've got some ideas already-clearly some weight to be shaved there in you kitchen you need to add the weight of the fuel canister- it's...

In Gear Lists » Northwest Gear List from a rookie!
September 11, 7:52pm

great info!
glad I bumped into this thread as I've ordered a new pack rod (sorry it's a spinning rod :)) and wanting to keep the weight down on the tube. my current aluminum tube is rather bullet pr...

In Fishing » Durable but light fly rod tube for backpacking
September 11, 5:49pm

30-32 degrees is probably a safe bet w/ the Neo
I've slept w/ mine several nights right at the freezing mark, more importantly so has my wife who sleeps on the colder end of the scale, w/ no comfort issues. I think that's a relatively...

In GEAR » NeoAir & Winter Conditions
September 11, 8:23am

titanium spokes
great thread :) as BPL no longer sells the Ti rods I starting looking elsewhere- turns out most Ti bicycle spokes are 14 gauge which is equivalent to 1/16" you can find them for ~ $2 a s...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
September 10, 8:31pm

my .02
first off the list looks pretty darn good :) these are probably most repeats, but here goes :) filter AND tabs- you can go w/ just tabs shave a quick 5 ozs if you have a pack liner- really...

In Gear Lists » New to UL. Please critique my Gear List
September 10, 8:04pm

for black bear country I leave it at home
most of my hiking is done in grizzly country and I always carry spray, occasionally I hike in country that is grizzly (but not black bear) free and I leave the spray at home I agree w/ that kno...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 10, 7:31pm

or simply change the name to "wetwhitestufftopofthemountain" 600 lid :) looks like lots of folks would be interested in a 900 lid- the "fry pan" is not very handy (and heavy)...

In Gear Deals » Snowpeak 600 lids are here!
September 10, 1:14pm

micropuff has gotten heavier, but the nano isn't :)
I just picked up a Patagonia Nano, M's size large is 10.7 oz- not too bad. Would be nice if Patagonia decided to do a Nano vest. I've been using a R1 as my summer insulating layer (Cap ...

In GEAR » What jackets are everyone wearing?
September 10, 1:09pm

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