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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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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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thanks gents :) the Zions look like they are cut fairly trim-true? I prefer a more traditional/roomier cut MH has a Chockstone Casual (cut roomier) that is a 4 way stretch pant- looks like it&...

In GEAR » what pants am I describing
December 14, 9:13am

what pants am I describing
I'm looking for a light-ish weight Schoeller (or Schoeller like) ~ 5-6 oz/yard pant- cargo pockets, cut on the roomy side w/ a good DWR. The old Patagonia Rock Guides and Rock Craft pants are ...

In GEAR » what pants am I describing
December 13, 5:02pm

Alpine Start
got my Alpine Start today- love the Schoeller material, but my Large fits more like a Medium :( - I'll send it back for a XL

In GEAR » Layering strategy for Winter Running
December 13, 1:08pm

Re: first run in BDAS & Cap4
with those temps and even lower, my experience is the Cap 4 is more than sufficient alone (layered w/ a windshirt)

In GEAR » Layering strategy for Winter Running
December 13, 10:21am

Re: Not meaning to tread jack
Rocco- that combo would more than cover your desired temps, I prefer fleece mitts as they dry quicker and still insulate when damp- down or syn mitts/gloves need to stay dry, sometimes tough to do ...

In GEAR » winter mitt layers
December 13, 10:18am

Re: winter mitt layers
you're on the right track- a very light glove for fine work, a mid weight fleece mitten and a mitt shell- gives you several possible combinations, all three for the coldest temps I use Smart...

In GEAR » winter mitt layers
December 12, 8:54pm

Osprey Hornet
Bueller? Bueller? :)

In Gear Swap » WTB Osprey Hornet 32 M/L
December 11, 7:12pm

few observations
Thanks for posting the new list! few observations: personally I wouldn't venture into the mountains w/o a real shovel- several to chose from right at 16 oz, a 10 oz hit I'll gladly t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping
December 11, 7:14am

WTB Osprey Hornet 32 M/L
I can only find S/M's on line, need a M/L- Osprey Hornet :) thanks in advance Mike

In Gear Swap » WTB Osprey Hornet 32 M/L
December 09, 6:51pm

Re: Re: Really light wind shirts
I have the MH Ghost Whisperer (hooded) it weighs in at a svelt 1.9 oz and packs down to smaller than a pack of cigarettes :) I added a shock cord in the hood which put it at 2.0 oz even It shed...

In GEAR » Really light wind shirts
December 09, 7:08am

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