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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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Granite Gear Escape AC 60
I saw the Escape at an outdoor show recently and the Granite Gear Rep had one that was pulled apart to show the internal frame. The pack uses the Vapor Frame Sheet with a layer of fairly rigid...

In GEAR » Few Pics of Granite Gear Escape AC 60
April 21, 12:05am

MLD prophet - thoughts?
I don't have the Prophet but my Exodus has the same bungee cord setup and bottom volume reducer. I bought the Exodus for trips where I wanted to carry extra gear but ended up using it for weeke...

In GEAR » MLD prophet - thoughts?
April 19, 9:56pm

Montbell UL Super Spiral
The Super Spiral does have a full length zip. This was a concern when I ordered the bag because the website didn't mention the zipper. The zipper stops 16 inches from the bottom of the bag (...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Spiral
April 09, 12:39pm

Montbell UL Super Spiral
I forgot to follow up on this thread... I haven't had a chance to field test my new bag yet but I have to agree that it looks like a winner. My initial observations are that Montbell has...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Spiral
April 09, 1:12am

Protecting pills and vitamins
>> I suspect the ziplock really does not protect the pills from moisture << I accidently took a dunk on a recent fly fishing trip and here's what happened to my mini-ziplock pill...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Protecting pills and vitamins
April 05, 2:12am

Ok, honest now, Copper Spur UL2
The Copper Spur UL2 is fine for two people. I wouldn't worry about the narrow shape of the foot end of the tent, there is room for two pads. On one trip I shared mine with my son (we are...

In GEAR » Ok, honest now, Copper Spur UL2
April 05, 1:26am

3-season GEAR LIST (assistance)
Mike - I'm curious... why do you need gaitors? I've found that long pants do a pretty good job of keeping sand and debris out of my shoes and only wear gaitors if I think I'll be pos...

In Gear Lists » 3-season GEAR LIST (assistance)
April 04, 2:38am

Merrill Moab Mids
>> consistently and persistently suck in trail junk << ?? I don't understand that either. I'm on my third pair of Moab Ventilators (all low top) and I will buy another pai...

In GEAR » Merrill Moab Mids
April 03, 12:52am

using custom orthotics: a question
I've used custom orthotics for years and have had the same problem with shoes that aren't quite deep enough for the inserts. It only has to raise you a tiny bit if the heel cup is shallow...

In GEAR » using custom orthotics: a question
March 31, 9:29pm

REI: dividend + discount + 2 hp = BA Fly Creek UL1
>> But your way of doing it should mitigate the chance of your bag getting dampened << It's a double wall... the condensation will be on the underside of the fly not the inner, s...

In GEAR » REI: dividend + discount + 2 hp = BA Fly Creek UL1
March 31, 12:02am

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm