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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Re: Hydration for trail runs?
like Art said, it depends for shorter runs a handheld is sufficient ( or races w/ well spaced aid stations) for longer runs, my new favorite pack is the Osprey Rev 1.5- it's small, but ho...

In GEAR » Hydration for trail runs?
May 31, 5:41pm

PI N2
look at the Pearl Izumi N2, if you want a little lighter look at the N1- ~ 4mm drop and a nice wide toe box, super comfy and very good grip I just recently purchased my fourth pair of the N2'...

In GEAR » New Balance alternatives?
May 26, 3:32pm

no liners
for twenty + years I wore liners and wool socks (and heavy leather boots!), since I went to trail runners about four years ago I've never looked back Darn Tough Micro UL merinos are my cho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Liner Socks?
May 09, 7:48am

waterproof bivy
thanks much for the review, I'm purchasing one solely for multi-day running adventures and the eVENT sounds like the way to go for hiking I'll stick w/ a light pyramid shelter :)

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
May 07, 7:07pm

Re: Training for Backpacking
thanks for the article Dave! I concur with several that commented that a year round training regime makes things much easier :) having big trips, races or other events on the horizon have alway...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
April 30, 7:37pm

Helium
my Helium spends 95% of the time in my pack, but those 5% of the times I need it- it does the job; it's a no frills hardshell that works, the Helium HD might be worth looking into as well

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 14, 5:45pm

Pearl Izumi N2's
on my third pair (getting 500-ish miles/pair)- comfy, moderate drop- 4 mm, roomy toe box- this is what nixes me out of 90%+ of the shoes on the market now pretty lightweight and the grip is very...

In GEAR » Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
April 13, 4:19pm

new bike
got a new 27.5" mtn bike (DB Axis Pro) w/ the coupon and my dividend; reused the coupon a couple of times- pedals and a helmet was going to buy a Garmin Fenix (w/ the dividend, coupon doesn...

In GEAR » REI coupon/dividend - what ya got?
April 13, 4:06pm

Whisperer
I find the Whisperer to be warm below 40 degrees w/ a windshirt and base layer-has two zippered slash pockets and a drawstring waist which is pretty considering the weight, also a decent hood. It ...

In GEAR » Warmer and lighter than an Atom LT
April 13, 4:00pm

Re: Re: friends from Helena
Art- I let him know they that the big group site was cancelled. I left a message on his cell phone to check South Campground and also for possible cancellations at Watchman. They may be headed th...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd Annual BPL Spring Run -Zion Training Thread
April 01, 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

ULA Ohm
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