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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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fastpacking John Muir
thanks for the well written article and wonderful photos! very neat that you had attempted it in the past and were able to complete it this time it's definitely on my bucket list (along w/ ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
November 20, 8:11pm

source
blasphemy for someone down under!- they'll be bearing pitchforks outside Roger's house :) if someone would happen to stumble upon a source for this insulation, would be much appreciated

In Make Your Own Gear » any ideas what they (Ibex, Icebreaker, Smartwool, etc) are using for their new insulated garments?
November 20, 6:07pm

re: merinoloft
thanks for posting the link, that explains pretty well what it is :) weight for weight, nothing will compete (not yet anyways, maybe in the future???) w/ high loft down as far as warmth I'd...

In Make Your Own Gear » any ideas what they (Ibex, Icebreaker, Smartwool, etc) are using for their new insulated garments?
November 20, 7:21am

any ideas what they (Ibex, Icebreaker, Smartwool, etc) are using for their new insulated garments?
Smartwool calls it Smartloft, Icebreaker calls it Merinoloft, not sure what Ibex calls it, but they are using it in down looking garments- it's obviously wool of some sort, but they have done s...

In Make Your Own Gear » any ideas what they (Ibex, Icebreaker, Smartwool, etc) are using for their new insulated garments?
November 19, 8:37pm

fast pack weight
my Dragon for overnights is loaded w/ about 10-12 lbs including the weight of the two bottles full and food (down quilt, eVENT bivy, neoair, down jacket, small esbit stove/pot and the normal misc i...

In GEAR » fast packing pack
November 05, 7:39am

quilt
^ sweet :) Tim- I was under the impression that you quit doing custom work?-I know at one point you were doing it as you did a Marmot Atom conversion and an Ion upgrade for me a few years ago

In GEAR » custom quilt makers?
November 05, 6:59am

quilt
Aaron- pm sent :) Mike

In GEAR » custom quilt makers?
November 04, 7:41pm

custom quilt makers?
anyone doing custom quilts? ie your own design, materials TIA

In GEAR » custom quilt makers?
November 04, 6:35pm

Re: other montanes?
I believe their Dragon is their largest running pack; my guess is that any of their other packs aren't going to carry the same as their running line UD is coming out w/ a 30 liter running pa...

In GEAR » fast packing pack
November 04, 6:34pm

Dragon
I also own a Dragon (several pertinent posts in a thread in the SUL section) and would recommend it. You have to really thin your volume as it's only 20 liters (give or take a little), but thi...

In GEAR » fast packing pack
November 03, 8:18pm

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