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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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Princeton Tec Eos gets another vote from me. I've owned several but this one is my favorite. It's one of the few that will take light weight lithium batteries which is great for cold weat...

In GEAR » Need Advice on Which Headlamp?
March 01, 2:14am

"Quit Changing Your Avatars!"
Ben - If you can stop your globe from reversing it's spin every once in a while, I'll stop changing my avatar! It drives me crazy... every once in a while the globe seems to spin cloc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Quit Changing Your Avatars!
February 27, 11:25pm

Montane Retailer...
I was very inpressed with Jackson Sports service to Canada. You could give them a try.

In GEAR » Montane retailer for US buyers??
February 21, 8:21pm

Bear Spray...
Bear spray doesn't come with a guarantee but it's your best option. Here's a link to a poster from Park's Canada that discusses bear safety in one of my favourite hiking areas...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
February 21, 3:16am

Leather on shoes
Roger - As always, thanks for the indepth info. I've never disected my shoes before but I did have a good look at my Merrell's and it looks like there "is" a solid (presumably...

In GEAR » wp/b shoes -- recommendations?
February 21, 2:25am

>> Seriously consider giving up on all shoes with any leather in them. It gets wet, regardless, holds a lot of water, and cracks when it dries. << Roger - I'm surprised to see...

In GEAR » wp/b shoes -- recommendations?
February 20, 12:51am

wp/b shoes -- recommendations
Ashley - Merrell calls the nubuck leather "Waterproof Dura Leather" whatever that is, so I don't think you have to worry about it soaking up water. It looks more like suede and is...

In GEAR » wp/b shoes -- recommendations?
February 19, 12:24am

wp/b shoes -- recommendations?
I have these Merrells and they are a good quality shoe. They have Vibram soles that are great on rocky terrain.

In GEAR » wp/b shoes -- recommendations?
February 18, 10:36pm

OK to layer windproof materials?
I asked Richard Nisley the same question but with regard to the insulating effect of wearing a wind top with a rain jacket. His response was: >>An air gap, up to 1 cm between the garments...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » OK to layer windproof materials?
February 14, 1:02am

I use baking soda. A small amount in a mini (craft store) ziplock lasts a long time and weighs next to nothing. I like the fact that there is nothing to spit out (LNT).

In GEAR » Toothpaste
February 13, 12:50am

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