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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Fkt
their 30 liter pack looks like a nice option :); a vest style harness is going to be important for any really fast endeavors as more than likely it will involve at least some running- that style ha...

In GEAR » MLD has new FKT line
September 16, 8:37pm

polartec alpha
hmmm- while primaloft and other similar syns are warmer than Polartec Alpha ounce for ounce, if what Richard says is true and they (Alpha) recover most of their loft, the warmth might a lot closer ...

In GEAR » Microfleece 100
September 16, 7:37pm

exped mods
Thanks for the detailed post! I find the small ribbon twists as well, the triptease and linlocs looks like a viable alternative and like you point out non-permanent funny- I actually like the z...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
September 16, 7:12pm

Fastest Known Time- my guess this will be a lineup of some very light, on the edge pieces for folks who travel quickly. Should be interesting what Ron comes up with

In GEAR » MLD has new FKT line
September 16, 1:04pm

Exped mods
John- couldn't help but notice you changed up some of the compression straps on the Lightning; do you have a pic of what you did to the front of the pack? Always looking for weighs to lighten ...

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
September 16, 6:51am

I'm looking at this garment as a light insulating layer, that can also be used on the move in the right conditions. I see this piece fitting in shoulder season/winter. In winter a warmer insul...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
September 15, 1:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
well backcountry had it on sale and they just announced a additional 20% off sale items, sooooo..... I should have one in a couple of days to give a whirl :)

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
September 15, 6:48am

always better safe than sorry
I have a feeling this won't be his last attempt :)

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » Following Allen Currano's 9/12 JMT FKT attempt
September 15, 6:39am

my training stays pretty consistent throughout the year- even winter I manage to get in a fair bit of miles (via microspikes or running snowshoes); but recently I've started to add hill repeats...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
September 14, 8:43pm

24 peaks in 24 hours ADK's
two different folks, opposite directions- pretty good read; I'm interested as I'm going to take a vacation back east probably next Sept and the Great Range is on my to do list http://mtn...

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » 24 peaks in 24 hours ADK's
September 14, 6:51pm

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