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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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In Gear Swap » FS MSR Lightning 25 snowshoes
November 06, 3:23pm

framed pack
I'd say 24 oz for a framed pack would put it into UL range :) pretty similar in weight to a Ohm, w/ a little more volume I'd be curious if the Y strap would be suitable for bear canis...

In GEAR » HMG Windrider backpack
November 06, 9:31am

35-40 #
35-40 lbs is a fair amount of weight, the Pinacle only has a ccf pad as a "frame"- not sure how it would fare w/ that much weight the Quest does a have a more traditional hard frame sh...

In GEAR » New Pack. suggestions? GoLite?
November 05, 7:32pm

Eugene- nice video and a big congrats on your finish! <-- reminder to self not to hike w/ Eugene- 50 miles- whew :)

In Post-Trip Reports » Deadman Peaks 50- Continental Divide Trail, Cuba, NM
November 05, 5:06pm

lower price
bump for lower price $140 shipped!

In Gear Swap » FS MSR Lightning 25 snowshoes
November 05, 5:01pm

winter over mitt choice
two things pushed me towards the Endeavors vs the MLD Event ones-as Andrew pointed out in his recent Alaska adventure, taping tends to be more effective than seam sealing, second I'm using thes...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
November 05, 8:00am

Re: Tabata Sprints
I've done a little scouring of the web on Tabata- I can see where this could be really beneficial (albeit somewhat torturous!) watching several videos (only 4 minutes long) I can see that ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training & Workout
November 04, 7:35pm

weights for the setup I listed above SW liners 1.4 oz PL 400 mitts 2.7 oz Endeavor overmitts 3.7 oz total 7.8 oz (me...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
November 04, 12:39pm

three part system
^ I'll be using a very similar setup 1 Smartwool glove liners 2. OR PL400 mitts 3. OR Endeavor over mitts I anticipate most of the time it will be glove liners on their own or in combi...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
November 04, 7:29am

I've had good luck w/ Houdini w/ light rain (and snow), depending on your definition of medium rain- probably a little less luck the Houdini will wet out, but as others have mentioned- it dr...

In GEAR » Alternative gear for light to medium rain
November 03, 7:08pm

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