Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian

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 Mikaelian wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Yes, it is a $65 T shirt. But for hot weather, i have never worn anything so cool and comfortable. i wear hiking, yoga or just to work when it gets really warm. They only have a little give, and it is a 'Trim fit'. so if you like loose, you may want to up size.
They are very thin and light, scary so, but i have not torn one yet. Have 2.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are my favorite shorts. I would wear everyday, but people start wondering about you.
The fabric is very stretchy. Nylon, but it does not have that stiff or crinkly Nylon feel. And surprisingly cool for how sturdy the fabric is. i like the simple built in belt. I have a 31" waist, got the Medium, big but love them. They are plenty long for me, bottom of knee.
I would recommend getting a few colors.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It still works fine.
I got mine in 2006 , i think. No problems. Band has not broke, all functions work. I have only replaced the battery twice so far. Bezel does not really move much, but i never have used it.
I don't wear it daily, it is big. That is the only negative comment i have ever had.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

5 5

Wearing Arc'teryx for nearly 10 years, my first pair of gloves.
Of course the fit and dexterity is great. Constructions is really a work of art. Besides that slick Tri Dex fingers construction. They use Gore Pro for the gloves. No loose Gore Glove liner floating around.
i never really liked Gauntlet style gloves, but their attention to detail and slick closure system is so easy.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on August 30, 2013

Arc Stingray
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Sweet Arc'teryx quality , of course. But it seems more like a hardshell to me. NOT that there is anything wrong with that. Absolutely waterproof but definitely seem to be more breathable Then Gore PRO.
Fit, I have a old pair of small Arc pants that are getting a little tight for my now 31" waist. but the New Arc fit in a small , is plenty comfy. For Arc'teryx, I would not really call these athletic cut. They are down to the knee, then get pretty big. Sort of styling, without too much extra bulk.
Photo- Brand new pants and 10 year old Sidewinder shell. On a 5 below Zero day.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on August 30, 2013

Black Diamond Drift
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a 100mm ski, light enough for ME to hike with. Couldn't be more happy with the Drift. I am one of those guys who has been skiing on tele gear for 30 years and quit dropping the knee a long time ago. Apparently i was in serious need of some new Tech. For me ( 150 Lbs) a 176 , 100mm ski is just Right. The Semi rocker does not look like much, but that also did the trick for me. Just enough to make turning easy, and still give a stable paltform. I can drop my knee with confidence now. see photo.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on August 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Yes these are like wearing nothing. Perfect for hiking in Utahs HOT summers. could never figure out why Hiking shorts had to be made of thick canvas with 6 cargo pockets, flaps, snaps. Yes they have 2, almost worthless pockets, but so what. They do have a built in belt , and really long inseam.

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Jeff Mikaelian

Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Another Great pair of shorts in my Prana collection. A nice alternative to the synthetic Mojos.
I got the Medium ( I am about a 31" waist) and they fit great. The Tie waist has Not come off no matter how many Sun Salutations and Downward Dogs i do.

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Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on July 8, 2013

5 5

I got the E98 at the beginning of the season. I have been skiing for 45 years and these are THE most powerful ski i have ever been on.
So mostly have skied on some pretty narrow skis, my last skis were 88mm waist. These carve groomers like a much narrower ski. And they power through any conditions like a dream. And they Really prefer to go Fast.
I weigh 150 and ski aggressive and got the 180cm. Perfect. I demoed the E88 previously. It is a fun ski, but lacks the metal of the 98 and is a much tamer ski.

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Jeff Mikaelian wrote a review of on June 17, 2013

5 5

I only use poles when the trail gets steep or rough. So in my pack much of the time. This was the pole I had to get. They are so easy and even fun to deploy, and just as easy to break down.
I am used to adjustable poles for skiing and debated if i needed it. Plenty happy without. I am 5'10" and got the 120cm , perfect.
I am careful with them . Try to avoid jamming into Granite boulders in talus slopes.
Another great BD product.

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