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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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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

STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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