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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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In Gear Swap » WTB or WTT MSR Lightning (or Ascent) 30
October 16, 8:15pm

^ that definitely makes the decision a little easier, I'm sure he'll be just tickled w/ the bag :)

In GEAR » WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium
October 16, 4:39pm

Capilene 1 Men's LS for $19.99

In Gear Deals » Capilene 1 Men's LS for $19.99
October 16, 3:11pm

I've always just worked a little into the cotton- you don't want it dripping w/ petroleum jelly- you still want some dry fibers to catch a spark. I've gone to using firestraws- less ...

In GEAR » cottonballs with vasaline firestaters
October 16, 12:04pm

montbell excluded
one of these times MB won't be excluded :)

In Gear Deals » - 20% off one item
October 15, 6:06pm

Re: "WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium"
Eugene said "Would you say the quality of your Hydrogen is comparable to your old Summerlite? Also, why the switch from the Summerlite to the Hydrogen, both are similar in features, was it the...

In GEAR » WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium
October 15, 5:57pm

w/ the REI sale (20% off) going on till Sunday makes the price gap even wider :) I don't own a Helium, but do own a Hydrogen and can say that the quality of the upper end Marmot bags is pret...

In GEAR » WM Alpinlite vs. WM Ultralite vs. Marmot Helium
October 15, 5:14pm

I'd suggest a hooded version- adds very little weight, but a lot of function I use a Patagonia Houdini and have been VERY pleased w/ it- I think Marmot, GoLite and a few others also has offe...

In Gear Lists » What should I change?
October 15, 12:47pm

Re: What should I change?
wholeheartedly agree w/ Dan and Mary- add 3-4 oz of a windshirt, it is probably my versatile garment- light rain- no problem, wind up high- no problem (and breathes while moving), bugs- yup stops t...

In Gear Lists » What should I change?
October 15, 7:35am

original article
maybe I misread the original article, but I (like others who have already posted) came away with that slightly compressed down might not be quite the problem once thought- NOT that slightly compres...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Extraordinary Claims - Extraordinary Proofs
October 14, 8:20pm

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