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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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the Mutants have deep lugs in addition to a grippy compounds and handle loose surfaces well I've got a 4-5 shorter (5-6 miles) runs under my belt with the Mutants and so far so good, will b...

In GEAR » Trail runner with approach shoe grip?
August 24, 5:59am

Justin- I have a Chameece jacket and vest, they are "normal" 100 wt fleece, no grid I find the grid (Cap 4) better for cold weather, high output stuff- running, x-country skiing, etc a...

In GEAR » in search for perfect fleece
August 19, 8:14pm

I'll occasionally take a Bushcrafter SAK (blade/saw/awl) for trips, but learned that batoning w/ a slip joint is a little sketchy- the saw portion is OK for smaller stuff, but for trips where ...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
August 19, 9:31am

Re: Mh fluid vestpack
I have the now discontinued MH Fluid 6, the VestPack looks like it replaced it. It carries very nice; I've also run with several different vests and keep coming back to the MH. I use mine w/ ...

In GEAR » Trail Running Pack / Vest
August 18, 6:10pm

Re: Re: anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
Jim- sounds good :) pm sent thanks Mike

In Gear Swap » anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
August 18, 6:29am

Exped Lightning
I'm with Dave, definitely check into the Lightning 60- I use it shoulder seasons/winter and find it pretty comfy with 30-35#s, the waist belt is one of the best I've used, the 210 Dyneema X...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
August 17, 7:19pm

Re: Re: anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
Dylan- thanks! if I can't get a section of Z Lite, I'll definitely hit you up :) Mike

In Gear Swap » anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
August 17, 6:32am

Re: Re: DIAD (done in a day) Spanish Peaks
Peter- thanks :) I would say roughly 2/3's I was able to run, more than I thought going in it's a UD phone pocket; I'm still looking for the perfect spot for my phone- it's my c...

In Post-Trip Reports » DIAD (done in a day) Spanish Peaks
August 16, 7:56pm

anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
anyone trim (or thinking about trimming) a Z Lite pad?- I'm looking for 4 sections worth to use as a pack "frame/pad thanks in advance Mike

In Gear Swap » anyone have a cutup Z Lite pad?
August 16, 7:48pm

DIAD (done in a day) Spanish Peaks
I've hiked/backpacked all over Montana, but had yet to get into the Spanish Peaks area, I fixed that on Saturday :) I picked a 24 mile-ish loop that would take me into the heart of the Spanish...

In Post-Trip Reports » DIAD (done in a day) Spanish Peaks
August 16, 4:47pm

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