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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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map & compass?
did you mean to drop those? I also have dropped a pretty considerable amount of weight this year, but realistically won't be in the 10 lb range w/o some drastic re-shuffling of the big 3, cu...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 27, 7:56am

now these are light :)
here you go Dan http://www.moontrail.com/terra-nova-ti-1g-skewer.php

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 26, 8:56pm

ahhh- didn't know that, they do have a lot of rigidity (for the weight of the boot) my boots are gradually getting lighter, don't know if I'll ever get to the trail running stage, bu...

In GEAR » Need light but sturdy boots
August 25, 6:18pm

looks like the REI is getting high marks Jim- well that's handy :) I know the light ones are light, but how do they do as a summit pack vs the other higher optioned ones? do you have a...

In GEAR » summit pack recommendations
August 25, 6:12pm

Fred- very innovative! I seem to be quite torn between the spartan (Integral Designs, Oware, Zpacks) or the more fully featured packs REI, Marmot, MH, etc well nothing new there :) the inp...

In GEAR » summit pack recommendations
August 25, 11:40am

any1 pick up the 401 yet?
I'm starting to lean this way (401)- relatively light- I'm sure the band would save a few grams as well, sensitive receiver, altimeter- sounds like the compass feature might not be all that...

In GEAR » new garmins foretrex 301 and 401
August 25, 10:10am

"MERRELL Moab Ventilator mid-height boot I just returned from 220 miles on the JMT. Wore these the entire way. Ventilate well, drain well, dry quickly, great suport. I replaced the stock...

In GEAR » Need light but sturdy boots
August 24, 8:29pm

lots of options
both the REI packs look very viable options, the Patagonia looks nice as well (a little heavier than some of the others posted though) I found this one- pretty spartan (well quite spartan actual...

In GEAR » summit pack recommendations
August 24, 8:20pm

nice pic :) I bought six of these: http://www.ultralightdesigns.com/products/shelter/tiUL-Stake.html they are light (~ 5g), but I'm not sure how much I'd trust them- pretty puny co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 24, 6:02pm

thanks for the review
Kathleen- thanks for the review, there are not many non-gortex mids to choose from (seems like quite a few gortex ones though)- sounds like these might do the trick :) Thomas- my foot is relativ...

In GEAR » Inov8 370
August 24, 1:53pm

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