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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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Hydropel Sports Ointment
if you know your going to have wet feet, hydropel is well worth considering in a recent trip to NM we had over 50 stream crossings in two days, our feet were wet the entire two days of hiking- we t...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 8:42pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
great little piece of kit, while I carry a mini bic- the sparklite is my backup source of fire making and a darn good one at that. with the tinder tab nice and fluffed I've never had any diff...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 8:37pm

Snow Peak 600
I love this little mug, if they included a lid I'd easily give a 5. As is, it's very sturdy (yet light at 2.8 oz) and well made. Plenty of volume for a solo hiker. It has ample room inside ...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 11, 8:30pm

Four Dog Stove pot/mug lids SP 450/600/900
Four Dog Stoves has provided many of us with what we were wanting for our small pots/mugs- decent lids! I feel qualified to review them as I now have three- one for my SP 900, 600 and 450. All are...

In Cookware - Other
July 03, 1:09pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
best- as in most useful packs small, performs large very breathable, but cuts the wind amazingly the DWR finish is very good, for lighter rain/snow- nothing more is needed pricey- sure, ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 10, 9:19pm

Platypus .5 Liter
I use the .5 liter bottle on trips when water is plentiful. Even when water isn't plentiful I like to use the bottle for my Gatorade packet (calls for .5 liters). I don't care for the &quo...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
September 20, 9:19am

Sharpie Ultrafinepoint
this is a great little writing tool- the tip is ultrafine for detailed scribing, permanent marker- write easily on waterproof paper (maps/riteonrain notebooks) w/ no smearing- great for marking re-pac...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 30, 10:46am

Nite ize S-Biner
at 4 grams this biner is really strong- I made my own lw bear hang kit w/ this as the center piece I've tested it to ~ 12 lbs and appears it can handle more- occasionally the rope will slip out...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 30, 10:28am

Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
for years I used to wear two pairs of socks (syn liner/wool outer) old school. on the recommendations of several folks, I gave the Darn Tough socks a go. well....... these are bar none great socks. ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 23, 12:34pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
this stove is so easy to operate I think w/ some work you could get your pet to operate it :) the piezo starter I thought was some gimmick that would have me using my lighter in short order- not so...

In Stoves - Canister
August 18, 7:14am