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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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anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
they look like they would make a nice snowshoeing boot; 200 gram insulation, waterproof, pretty light, speed laces and a neoprene "shroud" around the front anyone try these? thanks

In GEAR » anyone have any experience w/ Vasque Arrowhead boots?
March 26, 7:33am

also look at the Endurance
I picked up a pair of OR Endurance gaiters this fall and have used them a bunch for snowshoeing, little lower than the tall ones, but still tall enough to get the job done (I got plenty of opportun...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:10pm

150 or lighter
I like the lighter ones for base layers for "summer" temps- 150 or less; (for winter I've been using an Indie hoody that works really well) Ibex makes a 150 zip, I have one- it'...

In GEAR » Wool Base Layer 35F-60F Comfort while hiking?
March 25, 7:22am

Re: Re: Re: overnighter with day kit
they would be outstanding to have in a vehicle! I'm guessing it's a wee bit bigger after you used it, not sure how they get that bag packed so tight :)

In Post-Trip Reports » a winter overnight w/ dayhike kit- an experiment
March 24, 8:51pm

Re: overnighter with day kit
Adan- Hello :) I have a couple of Blizzard bags (unopened) that I (and wife) was carrying, but never tested out. The reports I've read are pretty decent, so I think they are definitely a viab...

In Post-Trip Reports » a winter overnight w/ dayhike kit- an experiment
March 24, 6:46pm

Re: Re: snowshoe experiment
Dan- good deal! look forward to hear about the conditions you experience :) Justin- my buddy has a cabin near Holland Lake and they went last weekend, this is the first time in his memory they ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 24, 7:21am

Re: Speaking of Snowshoes
Luke- my .02, I ditched the idea of my light running snowshoes as they had no traction beyond the foot crampon- I think some traction could be very handy w/ firm snow-down and up; I'm not a goo...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 23, 6:51pm

eric- I'll ask them sounds like I can't go wrong w/ either the Anker or Jackery, just like the idea of having a light as a bonus :) mike

In GEAR » anyone try the Black Diamond Ember flashlight/device charger?
March 23, 7:32am

Re: re
I might have to check the Fastpack 30 out, no real complaints on the Dragon, but it's really a one or two night pack tops- having additional room would definitely be handy for trips in the 2+ r...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
March 23, 7:30am

snowshoe experiment
^ looks like fun! last weekend I tried out a pair of MSR Shifts as I heard that model bantered around here a bit. I have a light pair of running snowshoes, but the grip on the shoes themselves ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 22, 8:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Bent Gate Moutaineering Customer Service
purchased a MB UL jacket for my wife (using paypal)- they had a good sale going on and had never purchased from them before so I thought I'd give it a go. after purchasing the jacket I get a ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 6:54pm

Marmot Hydrogen (2004 model)
first this is a 2009 model as the above poster I had WM Summerlite, great bag, just too tight for me. The Hydrogen is more roomy for myself (6' 190#). I find the 30 rating to be very accurate...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
September 30, 5:57pm

Golite Ion
discontinued now, but rumored to make a comeback- we'll see. great little pack, for a great little price. if you pack light and efficiently (and maybe some slight modding) this makes for a nic...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 18, 4:01pm

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
this has replaced my fleece hat- for the same weight I get a lot more warmth and flexibility- I can wear as a balaclava when I really need warmth, I can roll it up and use as a hat when I need less. ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
September 11, 8:27pm

Clif Bar Mojo Bars
I really like Mojo bars, they taste great and provide pretty good calories for their weight, they also hold up well in the heat- basically trail mix in a bar- my wife also gives them two thumbs up as ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
August 25, 7:43pm

I've not found a better tasting instant coffee, would give it a higher mark if it wasn't so costly

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
August 25, 7:39pm

patagonia down sweater
I also got mine on sale ($200 for a down jacket is just too much IMO). The fit is great, mine is a size large and provides just the amount of room over a base layer. The jacket has good loft and t...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
August 07, 5:01pm

Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
this is w/o any doubt a no frills no jacket- no pockets, no adjustable anything- it does have a zipper though! :) mine is a size large and is right at 6.0 oz, packs into the size of a baseball l...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
August 07, 4:52pm

Montbell Stretch Gaiter
these are very light gaiters, but work as well as heavier gaiters on the market fit is very good, the stretch helps the gaiter to conform to the shoe you do have to slip them on before donning s...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 29, 6:56pm

Wetfire Tinder Cubes
these came with my wetfire ti stove, as a fuel they didn't come close to the performance of Esbit for cooking, BUT as an emergency fire starter I don't think it has an equal. I'm talking ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 9:06pm