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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear ListBob Marshall Open 2015

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Still processing...CPU crash...
Dude- that is an incredible (incredibly painful) story! I'm glad you made it out safe, not glad you didn't get that FKT you worked so hard for- there will be another day. Push Harder- t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following Ralph and Allen's JMT FKT attempt
August 01, 4:53pm

I'm not an audiophile so I can't really comment on the sound quality, plenty good enough for me. I've had mine a little over two years and ~ 4000 miles of trail running and they are st...

In GEAR » sports ear buds
July 31, 8:44pm

Extremely solid efforts by both gentlemen; big hats off! Just shows you what an incredible undertaking this is and what a incredible achievement is to hold such a record

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following Ralph and Allen's JMT FKT attempt
July 31, 3:23pm

take a peek at the Steiner 8x30's, these are a reasonably priced, relatively light (17 oz) small to mid-size bino; I used Steiner glass exclusively for 25 years as a game warden- good glass, ve...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 8:39pm

small packs from MLD
it was kind of funny, but I was going to call Ron to about the chances of reviving the Newt (or get a custom one built) and before I had a chance to call, Dave started this thread w/ the announceme...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 8:20pm

Re: 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Sweet- thanks for organizing this again :) Mike

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
July 30, 4:48pm

Re: Accessory pockets
They're listed for shoulder pockets, but that's where my bottles are going. I've got them slid through the elastic band over the belt, then attached to the little loop where the belt is...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 12:21pm

Re: Pics
not loaded, but I have a 50k this Saturday and hoping Sunday or Monday I'll be heading out for a couple of days w/ the Core :) the fabric is identical (color as well!) to my Exped Lightning-...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 6:42am

^ nicely done- thanks! Godspeed Gents

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT speed record attempt
July 29, 12:41pm

Re: Still works
worked for me as well :) thanks

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine Subscription $2.99
July 29, 6:37am

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