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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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granite gear
evidently I did a pi$$ poor job of researching as it appears the entire line of Granite Gear Women's packs comes w/ s,m.l belt options that opens some possibilities :)

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 16, 9:27am

women's packs
are there any of the lighter women's pack that have swappable waist belts? I haven't found any. my wife tired out a small Exos 34 that I thought would be perfect for her- the torso leng...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 16, 8:06am

I was a little skeptical of the Flex-air, but for the $ I'd figured I wouldn't be out much if I didn't like. Well to my surprise (and my wife's) they are quite comfoy- we're us...

In GEAR » Pillows
September 16, 7:22am

Ti & torch
I've got a small torch, next time I play it w/ it I'll have to break it out I'd like to get a little heavier stock and make a nice lid for my 900 :)

In Make Your Own Gear » Snow Peak windscreen weight reduction!!
September 15, 9:33pm

impulse sealer
have iron, no have impulse sealer :) thanks good question on the valve- they are readily available- not sure on the install

In Make Your Own Gear » Big Pad Gets Little
September 15, 9:28pm

good idea- a play w/ a bitel top would work pretty well too I'm pretty impressed w/ the little 12cc one- it puts out a fair amount of pressure and you can direct the stream very accurately

In Philosophy & Technique » What's in your first aid kit?
September 15, 5:10pm

pack rod/small reel
you can put together a light kit that includes a ultralight pole (pack rod), ultralight reel (w/ 2-6 lb test), a light case and a small amount of tackle all under a lb this would make it much ea...

In Gear Lists » Fishing bare essentials?
September 14, 8:55pm

out w/ the old, in w/ the new
after lots and lots of reading/researching I've started all over with my first kit and ended saving an ounce w/ a much better kit my original kit looks like the normal small first aid kit- n...

In Philosophy & Technique » What's in your first aid kit?
September 14, 8:18pm

that's 2 lbs 3 oz correct?

In GEAR » Seedhouse 1 vs Fly Creek - comparison
September 14, 12:47pm

besides the big four
the thing that jumps out at me is the amount/number of clothing items- for a weekend trip usually the only spare clothing items taken are a dry pair of socks typically a upper base layer is worn...

In Gear Lists » Gearlist for this Weekend
September 14, 8:39am

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