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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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Merrell Shoe Question
I'm a big Merrell fan and have the Moab GTX low-tops and am on my second pair of the non-gortex version of the same shoe (the Moab Ventilator). I don't like hiking in the Gortex model becau...

In GEAR » Merrell Shoe Question
September 23, 10:07pm

Big guy...bike camping. Help with tent selection
I have the Copper Spur UL 2 and I can tell you for sure that you would be fine with the length of the Copper Spurs. I used my Large NeoAir in the Copper Spur this weekend and I had extra room at t...

In GEAR » Big guy...bike camping. Help with tent selection
September 21, 12:57am

Big Agnes vs NeoAir
I used the BA IAC for a while and liked the comfort but not the weight. I switched to a Prolite 4 short and dropped 8 oz. from my pack and lost some comfort. I picked up the NeoAir short and ...

In GEAR » Big Agnes vs NeoAir
September 18, 1:56am

is this a product defect?"
You should also check that it's not your sleeping bag zipper that has the defect. It's rare but zippers can sometimes have sharp spots and if you are lying on the zipper (putting weight on...

In GEAR » is this a product defect?
September 18, 12:02am

Total money spent on gear
I think you'll find that switching to ultra-light is the inexpensive part... it's the "tweaking" that gets expensive! I finally got my hands on a NeoAir size Large and when I p...

In GEAR » Total money spent on gear
September 17, 12:18am

Juan de Fuca Trail
Dan - I don't wear gators on that trail but I have long legs and a light pack (and trekking poles!) so hopping around on the sticks and rocks to avoid the mud holes isn't a problem for m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
September 13, 8:55pm

Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
Russell – The problem is that your “field experience” and mine are very different and you should be willing to learn from people like Kutenay who have spent a lifetime working around these...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 12, 7:39pm

I had some burning issues with my uncoated Ti pot (Snow Peak Mini Solo) whenever I simmered pasta (Side Kicks) even though my Primus stove turns down very low. I resolved it by putting the Ti ...

In GEAR » Non-Stick Ti Pots - Worth the weight?
September 08, 1:11am

Thinking About Bears and Cougars
Miguel - Too bad I didn't know you were in my area, I could have arranged a trail meeting. As for the bears and cougars, we do have a very healthy population of bears and cougars in this ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 05, 1:40am

You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
- Low top hiking shoes These are number one on my list (Merrell Ventilaters do it for me). After years of pre-taping my feet to prevent blisters (unsuccessfully) and suffering with bruising on...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 27, 11:05am

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