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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear ListBob Marshall Open 2015

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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ion mods
I hear ya- I wish I had even just a little sewing talent, sadly I have none I can't recall exactly what it was, but it was very reasonable and turnaround was ~ 30 days- this was some time ag...

In GEAR » Golite Ion how do you fit it all in
July 21, 7:11am

Re: Merrel Moab Ventilators
just to add to my previous report, got back from a trip where my boots were wet 80%+ of the time between post holing in snow, fording streams and the trails themselves acting like they were stream...

In GEAR » Merrel Moab Ventilators
July 20, 9:55pm

Re: Golite Ion how do you fit it all in
here's my take on the matter- this is a four day load out Tim Marshall was gracious enough to add a mesh top pocket and mesh side/fron pockets which made all the difference the top li...

In GEAR » Golite Ion how do you fit it all in
July 20, 9:39pm

Re: MB Thermal Sheet
^ good info thanks- looks like I better keep looking :)

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 20, 2:01pm

Re: Re: review
Ben- that wouldn't be good :) as possible alternative I've been looking at the phd minim ultra, but it's nearly twice the cost (although exchange rates are a little more favorable th...

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 20, 12:37pm

Re: Re: review
Ben- thanks for the input. 50 degrees is good sleeping weather here :) I do sleep a little on the warmer end of the scale. I also found that my MLD bivy adds a wee bit of extra warmth as wel...

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 20, 7:56am

Re: re: review
^ ahh that's good to hear I've got exlight too (and a balaclava if needed :))

In GEAR » MontBell Thermal Sheet Users
July 19, 10:21pm

folding poles
looks like a good idea :) I saw a pic of the BD ones (was in a trade show thread recently)- very similar design- I believe they were ~ 9.5 oz for the pair- which is about half of their current...

In GEAR » Lightweight Folding Trekking Poles
July 17, 6:16am

^ thanks- that's good to hear :) I'll probably shoot them an email, I'd fit into a regular at 5' 11', but my build is a little on the husky side and I would definitely need...

In GEAR » A 13 oz down bag. check it out
July 16, 12:51pm

phd minim ultra
old thread, but the only one I found talking about the minum ultra- anyone try one? exchange rate is not great, but better than it has been in the past- and you get to deduct 17% for the VAT that&...

In GEAR » A 13 oz down bag. check it out
July 15, 6:21pm

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