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Mark's Bio

I'm a photographer at the Daily Herald in Provo but am quitting all that to travel the world for a year with my wife on May 26, 2014. Follow along at

Besides that, I climb like Daniel Woods.


Mark wrote a review of on April 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Happy to get these on the sale price when a 33 waist was back in stock but sad when they arrived and were far too small.

I just bought the prAna Stretch Zion short in a 33 and it fits perfect with a 12in inseam. Bought the Linear in a 33 with 11in inseam but was far too small in waist and leg.

At 6'5" I'll stick to my Zion shorts instead. Too bad, as the Linear felt super comfy and stretchy with pockets, so still 4 stars to prAna for quality build.





Mark wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this boot a few years ago for a strong, waterproof, backpacking boot that, I hoped, would last me for years. But no.

Felt great in store, best fitting for my feet out of all I tried on. After breaking them in on casual walks and at work over a week or two I started hiking with loads on steeper trails. After a short but steep training hike with weight I ended up with massive blisters on both heels which took weeks to heal.

Stopped wearing the boots for sometime, switched for a more cushioned sock and tried again on the short Portal Overlook trail in Moab. Same result. Horrible hot spots on the heels that led to big blisters and I noticed a very slight up-down slippage in my heel that was causing the problem.

Asked sales reps for advice, changed up socks again, added expensive insoles and tried different lacing techniques all to no avail.

While Asolo has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, they require me to return the shoes through the retailer I bought them from which, after months, (maybe a year of attempting to make them work), I'd feel pretty guilty doing. Now these expensive, would-be backpacking boots have been allocated as winter work boots for snowy street wear and nothing more.

I have a size 13 with a pretty wide forefoot and narrow heel. Might just be my foot but still, "straight up sucks."





Mark wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm an intermediate climber who had trouble finding an aggressive climbing shoe that wouldn't tear my toes up. I have a size 13 foot and long toes that really curl up in a tight shoe. The last aggressive shoe I owned left me with painful, bloody toes and kept me off the wall for weeks as they healed. Ended up trying the Miura after trying them on in store in SLC and was happy to pay the price, (considering my skill level), for a great shoe that has helped my climbing considerably.