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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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me like
Just got back from a four day trip into the Pintlers and have to say I like this pack. It carries very nicely and there are several design features I really like. The adjustable frame is really n...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 16, 8:29pm

Re: Re: 2 liter Platy
Billy- I don't think there is a way to get all the water, no matter what container there will be some untreated droplets on the threads or elsewhere; it's going to be a very (very) minute f...

In GEAR » Roll-Up Soft Bottle + Steripen recommendations
August 10, 11:03am

2 liter Platy
I borrowed this from someone here, but take a 2 liter Platy and cut the top portion off so the lower is ~ 1.5 liters- it stands on it's own and is very east to treat. My Steripen fits in it an...

In GEAR » Roll-Up Soft Bottle + Steripen recommendations
August 10, 8:19am

Re: You have $$
whoops :) pack is sold- thanks! Chuck- will get the pack out Monday or Tuesday

In Gear Swap » FS brand new Golite Pinnacle
August 09, 8:58pm

hooded, most definitely
Dena said "All I can say is for myself I've wanted a hood on every insulating piece I own, and the ones that don't have one I find myself missing the hood. I doubt I'll ever buy a ...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
August 08, 9:50am

I'm using the fixed length UD's, even w/ adjustable poles (BD Carbon Corks) I still needed pole jacks to use w/ my Duomid. I don't adjust my poles when hiking, so fixed length w/ the a...

In GEAR » Trekking poles - Gossamer gear LT4S or Black Diamond Fixed-Length Ultra Distance?
August 08, 9:01am

Golite Pinnacle
bumpity bump

In Gear Swap » FS brand new Golite Pinnacle
August 07, 6:23pm

running packs
bumpity bump

In Gear Swap » FS two running packs Ultimate Direction AK, Mountain Hardwear Fluid 6
August 07, 6:22pm

" in heavy rain, youre going to end up getting damp one way or the other "
^ this, I use a Helium 2 because 90+% of the time it's sufficient (hell-50% of the time my windshirt is sufficient), if it's really heavy rain or very prolonged rain- you're going to ge...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 8:52pm

FS two running packs Ultimate Direction AK, Mountain Hardwear Fluid 6
have two running packs for sale, Ultimate Directions AK pack size M/L "Designed by Anton Krupicka, the UD AK Race Vest brings minimalism to the world of hydration. Even though it weighs in ...

In Gear Swap » FS two running packs Ultimate Direction AK, Mountain Hardwear Fluid 6
August 06, 7:42am

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