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David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Juneau Alaska

David Mitchell's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing

David Mitchell's Bio

Office worker by day, Scuba Instructor, Skier, Hiker, Fisherman and Dad by all other times.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

2 5

Bought these to replace the paper thin insoles in my Rossignol ski boots. They are comfortable and I am ok with them, but I'm not seeing a huge difference in support over the stock ones and I think my feet actually tend to run colder with these insoles than they did with the originals. Not going to throw them out or anything but don't see them as $$ well spent over any other insole.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

5 5

Generally, I'm not a huge fan of Pelican boxes. Don't get me wrong they are fantastic products without much equal but they are bulky and heavy for the internal storage you really get. Pelican is a fantastic company with great customer service. I really do like my 1060 case. I use it on the boat to store my wallet, phone and any other small things I want to guarantee will stay dry. It's lightweight, not too big and always dry. The clear top is an added bonus in that you can see what's in the case. Definitely wouldn't mind having several of these.

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David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

4 5

I'm on my second pair of these shoes. They are real comfortable and are a good year around shoe. They are flat that is for sure, less heel than most shoes I wear. My only real complaint about these is the laces wear out pretty quick and pulling at the top has no affect on the lower laces, you have to go through the laces like a boot to get them snug. Overall, good shoes and I probably will keep a pair in my arsenal for awhile.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

4 5

Currently wearing these shoes, They are pretty warm and honestly don't breathe real well but typical for Keen, they are very well made and very comfortable. Tough and very durable along with waterproof, these are nice shoes. I've spent several evenings shoveling the driveway in these and never got cold or wet feet.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

I use this out on my boat and when camping. Works good, though I prefer to make a little less and pour it into a 2nd cup rather than drinking from the Jet boil cup. Also don't put this on the cup until the water is hot and the fire off (duh) My Brother did that and we had hot coffee squirting everywhere!

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

Got this pack for Christmas a couple years ago. Overall I'm happy with it, I've used it not just for skiing but as a daypack in the summer and it's worked well. Deuter's documentation that came with it is extremely week and without the internet, it might be tough to figure out all the attachments and features but that aside it is pretty well thought out and I love the front access zipper. I'm a photographer and the ability to put my gear in there and have quick access to it is great. Pack balances well with skis on it and my only real complaint is the shovel pocket. Once you put the shovel in you lose about 1/3 the internal space and putting the shovel in is a real pain, this could be because I have a large shovel too.

The pack is very well constructed and I haven't had any issues with any part of the pack from a construction point.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

Had these for 2 seasons now and no complaints. Other than that they are a little long for my short legs but not Patagonia's fault. Waterproof, we ski in Rain, hail, sleet and snow her in SE Alaska. These have been great. I typically just wear a single base layer under them and am nearly always fine with just that. But have thrown in another layer on really cold days and never remember being cold or wet in these. Thigh pocket is great for lift snacks and has extra velcro on the flaps and the pocket itself to keep stuff secure. Overall all I can ask for in a pant.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

This has been a great jacket. I'm on my 2nd season with it. Very warm even on those days when it's blowing 40 and 15 degrees. Lots of pockets and the powder skirt works well. It also has the ability to attach to my Snowshot pants but I've never tried it. The jacket works so well with wicking and keeping you dry that I find I have to move my phone to the internal pocket rather than the chest pocket. Otherwise, my phone is soaked with condensation.

Not a fan of wearing it around town when not dressed for being outside. I usually wear a plain polo shirt to work and when it's cold out this jacket just isn't warm enough. I prefer my Wanaka for that. Then again that's not what this jacket is intended for.

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on January 31, 2012

5 5

I'm currently on my 2nd Wanaka jacket. Because, this jacket runs pretty big. I'm 5'8" 210 and usually wear an XL in jackets and shirts. The XL was huge on me, I wore it for one season and loved it. But in the end I actually gave it to my 6'3" father in law! He is thrilled with it. I looked at a ton of options for a replacement and decided I wanted another Wanaka. I got a large this time and it's still a little bulky but I'm very happy with it. Perfect coat for Southeast Alaska winters!

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell wrote a review of on January 31, 2012

5 5

Picked up a Variant Brim last year and I love this helmet. Fit is awesome, lightweight and warm when you want it to be. Open the vents and let the steam out! Awesome with my IO goggles. Put the Skullcandy speakers in it and they are mediocre but that's Skullcandy's fault not Smiths!

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