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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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* SOLD* Osprey Exos 46 *SOLD*
Exos 46 size Large, excellent condition- all straps, bells and whistles :) in tact $SOLD includes paypal fee/shipping conus

In Gear Swap » Osprey Exos 46
September 11, 8:52am

both display utm's

In GEAR » new garmins foretrex 301 and 401
September 11, 8:11am

I think there are a few offerings from Innov and Montrail that would fit many of the criteria- the "adjustable" part not so much GoLite on some of their shoes does offer a three part ins...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
September 10, 7:02pm

yes- they generally have a larger footprint, many of the mids are in the 9x9' range, but there are smaller ones- the duomid for example is ~ 9x5', their solomid is smaller yet, but still ve...

In GEAR » Which bivy + tarp for snow camping
September 10, 7:43am

I use a NeoAir regular w/ my Ion pack, it's folded length way in half, then in thirds- it's a perfect fit for the pack against my back- I leave just a slight bit of air in it to make for a ...

In GEAR » photos of your sleeping pad(s) with backpack?
September 09, 9:10pm

900 pot
Sam- great looking list- one thing that jumps out at me is the 900ml pot- that's the pot I use when hiking w/ my wife, solo I use a 600 and more recently a 450 also if your looking at sheddi...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
September 09, 9:03pm

I'd also recommend looking into a mid- both oware and mld (others I'm sure) make very light weigh mids that should fit the bill quite nicely- they also double nicely for 3 season use (can a...

In GEAR » Which bivy + tarp for snow camping
September 09, 6:12pm

"extra" clothing
my "extra" clothing gets used most days in camp- cool evenings/mornings my down jacket is used around camp, quite often the pants as well, same w/ the hat- so not really extra weight for ...

In GEAR » Sleep system - how low can I go?
September 08, 9:29pm

Re: Testing....
^ good point- the summerlite I owned was too tight for me and definitely would have been too tight w/ additional layers if you have the room in your bag, I think the additional clothing you ment...

In GEAR » Sleep system - how low can I go?
September 08, 7:29am

Re: Re: Pack Recomendation
I agree w/ ben's recommendation- you have a nice light base weight, give some of the lighter framed packs a go first- if they don't work out you can send them back (if still in resalable co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pack Recomendation
September 08, 7:13am

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