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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian

Gearhead

The Wasatch. I travel all over Utah and surrounding states to Mountain Bike, but never have to go anywhere else to Ski.

Jeff Mikaelian's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Jeff Mikaelian's Bio

Moved to Utah 30 years ago and never looked back(to Michigan). I have a few days of skiing in. I worked at Snowbird from 1979 to 2001 and have in 1000's of days, all WITHOUT the benefit of Fat skis. I have been here at Backcountry for 3 years and no longer ski on skinny skis. I still ride the lifts occasionally, but have been an avid Backcountry skier for 25 years. There is simply no better place to backcountry ski south of the 49th parallel.

Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought these for my 4 day Hut trip to Idaho last week. i have lots of lightweight gloves for hiking, quite picky about them. After the first 2 days ( blizzard conditions), I wore them all day the next 2 days. Excellent. From the early morning cold, to a brief warm spell to overcast and windy afternoon, my hands where comfortable. They are just warm enough. and they do seem to block the wind better then earlier Polartec wind blocking fleeces i have had. The palms look like they went overboard with the grippys, but they are not overly sticky.
Would Highly recommend .

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

When i first saw a Nano Air, it was one of the first pieces i ever saw with the soft quiet Nylon. thought it was great and wanted one. So i just finally got one. I have become sort of an expert, i now have 4 synthetic puffies. All nice, but the Nano has- the great outer material i just described. plus it seems to block wind better, The insulation does seem to regulate Temperature well. and overall warm for its lightweight.
Fit- for me , it is very fitted/ perfect layering piece.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This hits on the important things for a flannel shirt. First , it is comfortable. I like the polyester material, feels soft like cotton. It is pretty thin, but warm. It does seem to be wrinkle free and still looks like new after a few washings. Looks, the plaid is good looking..
Fit. I haven't had the fit problems as others. i have wide shoulders and most medium shirts are tight in the shoulders for me. this fits good. And i don't find the sleeves long at all in the Medium. I will admit there is a slightly unusual look and feel in the shoulder and sleeves, but nothing that will keep me from wearing in a Lot.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

First Tech Binding
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my First Tech binding, been Tele skiing for over 30 years. So yes, they are a bit more work changing over, but getting used to it. The rotating toes make it even a bit more difficult. That makes them more DIN certified, so I went with the Radical because i plan on using inbounds and sidecounty too. I liked the idea of being safer. Have yet to ride in the resorts to see how they compare to Alpine bindings. But happy so far

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

love at first Turn
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Unfortunately I only have a few days on these. But I loved at the first turn. The Wailer is a big change from my current skis, never have skied anything over 100mm and fairly standard chamber. I ski a lot of trees in the Backcountry and these make it TOO easy. Short Radius / Long radius turns are equally easy.. and Quick, just think of turning and they Go.
Will follow up when i have more days on them.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

I have had the basic Dakine Boot bag fro years. It has held up fine, but i wanted a bigger one to put all my outerwear in. This is plenty big, I haven't filled it yet. room for ski clothes and a change of Street clothes.
This Exclusive print is the BEST part. Reminiscent of 1950's Flannel sleeping bag prints. But with Jackalopes! Dakine always has great assortment of colors and Prints, but this is the best ever.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on December 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M-32

I bought these for Lounging around in.
I am at a Sweet Sedona resort now. Been lounging in them at the Casita, headed over to the Spa to do Yoga, then straight to hiking . Great for all activities, no changing necessary.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

Great Hiker too
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

This is my second pair of Altra and I use to Hike. Compared to the older Lone Peaks, these are Much better.
I loved the fit and comfort of the Lone Peak, but not much traction or life to the Thread. I have a narrow foot and I had lots of extra room in the Lone Peak, but didn't slop around. I got the same size in the Olympus and it seems to fit snugger up to the ball of foot.
The soles of these are Very interesting, 3 densities, with the center part being VERY soft and cushy. it will be interesting to see how well the last. So far no signs of wear at all.
And did I mention Cushy. My Old legs, hips and knees are loving these.
HIGHLY recommend

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on March 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs

That is what my cousin wrote to me after he used it for few days. He has gone through many serious medical issues the past 2 years. He told me he is always cold, that he wears 2 sweatshirts and is still cold. Visiting his friends in the Chemo ward he broke a sweat. they asked if if he was OK and he said it is the first time he broke a sweat since his surgery.
This is the most satisfying gift I have ever given.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on February 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This piece is Awesome. unbelievably warm. It is my first Thermoball piece and the technology behind it exceeds the hype.
This is very different from the Thermoball line. First, it has more insulation. Cut- it is fuller, like a Belay jacket. but fits very well under a 'Freeride' cut shell. And is my go to causal jacket to work.
Hood is a really close fitting one.. wears very nice under your shells hood. and great for when wearing alone on a windy day.
All in all i could not be happier with this jacket.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs

I have been wearing Capilene 3 pieces forever. This is my first new piece. The Midweight is the new 3, but it is all new.. I like the grid inside.. Can't say if it is warmer, but more comfortable then ever.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on October 18, 2015

Hiking favorite cap
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear this hiking almost year around, every time. Super light and wicking. Coolest hat to wear in hot summer sun. Really nice bill that doesn't warp when washed. great drawcord design. it rides low on head and hangs on in strong winds

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on October 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Last season i got to demo the Hakkaido. The Groomers were hard and smooth but the Hokkaido handled very well for a ski of this girth. We found a little skiff of settle powder in a boulder field for the video. I had some fun here and look forward to trying this ski in some real snow.
Please check out the video for Sandy's discussion of the ski.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on August 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been wearing the boxers for years. I have tried other synthetic underwear, but ExOffico are the best. The legs on the boxers are quite baggy, not so good with tight jeans. I got the briefs and really like them. My big gripe with Tighty Whities is that the leg openings are so tight. the ExOfficio aren't too tight and have a soft band that does not dig in.

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on August 30, 2015

Rambler good for all Beverages
5 5

I bought a few 20oz Ramblers for my Sisters Boat. Of course I broke them in. First we needed something to make Margaritas in. The Ramblers make excellent shakers, then you can drink out of them. We had left one full when we took off to the beach for the day. When we got back to the boat after a hot day, We still had mug full of drinks with Ice.
When we broke out the Veuve Clicquot, to use a plastic cup or Stainless Rambler ...

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Jeff Mikaelianwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x32

Never thought i would buy skinny jeans, I grew up wearing Bell Bottoms. But I love these. They fit me perfectly , Stretch is the key. Now the only kind of jeans I will buy, recently got a pair of Prana Axiom too. The material seems softer then most jeans, already broke in , and the 32" inseam seems longer then most too.
Don't think Twice, But these.

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