Marshall Strong

Marshall Strong

Philmont Scout Ranch, Adirondack Mountains, Vermont

Marshall Strong's Bio

I work as a foreman at Philmont Scout Ranch over the summers, building trail and leading treks. I go to school at Middlebury College in Vermont, where I spend time backpacking, camping, rock climbing, and skiing.

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Marshall Strong

Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

3 5

I got these boots and used them on a few treks, probably a total of 150 miles or so. They're quite comfy at first, no blisters to speak of initially, and they held together well. However, I found that if they got wet or muddy at all, dirt would build up inside the mesh, deforming the inside of the boot and making it uncomfortable to walk around, causing rubbing. I had several friends with the same experience. The Breeze is a decent boot, but with so many out there to choose from that don't give me this problem, I go elsewhere.

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 27, 2012

5 5

I wasn't at all sure what the difference was between phd and regular smart wool socks, except that a coworker recommended and liked the phd. So I gave them a try and was thoroughly impressed. They're wonderfully comfortable, even after wearing them for a week straight. Whereas other socks have a tendency to stiffen up and become uncomfortable after being worn for more than two days, I never experienced any issues with these. Every day felt like they were almost new. Definitely using these on all future backpacking trips

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

5 5

Can't say enough good things about these pants. I use them all summer long, both for building trail and backpacking in (I do a lot of bushwhacking). I've put pairs of these through amazing amounts of abuse, and they just take it. When you first get a new pair, they do feel a little bit like stepping into a canvas tent, but after you break them in they get super comfy. The reinforced crotch and knees are a life saver. I prefer the tan to the blue, I've found they seem to hold up better for some reason.

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

3 5

I lead backpacking treks all summer long in New Mexico, and we always use micropur tablets. Granted we get them for free, so I've never had any inclination to use anything else, but I've gone an entire summer using these on some pretty sketchy water, and I've never gotten sick. Tablets don't break like pumps, they're quick, light, and low maintenance. just fill up your bottle, throw in a tablet, then enjoy 30 minutes later.

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

4 5

These were my first pair of climbing shoes. I learned to climb in my school's gym, and was thrilled to not have to borrow shoes anymore. I went several sizes smaller than my normal shoes (I'm a size 11 for sneakers, but got an 8.5 for these), so they're very snug but not to the point of being painful. They also tend to stretch a bit after you wear them a bunch, so I'd definitely air on the side of smaller as opposed to larger.

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

3 5

this was a steep and cheap purchase for me, so cheap and an impulse buy. It's a nice fleece, nothing particularly special. I'm six foot and 165lbs, I got a large and it fits me very nicely. My one complaint is that a lot of the plastic snaps have started pulling out or falling off. It's not a major issue, as I don't normally have them all buttoned, but I was rather disappointed. Otherwise, seems like it holds up well, had it for a few months now, wear it as a layer while backpacking

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

5 5

I bought this pack on a whim (steep and cheap strikes again) and it's been one of my best purchases. I use it as a school backpack, and it does absolutely everything I need it to. The main compartment easily fits a computer, multiple classes worth of books, and still has room to spare for when I feel like throwing in a change of clothes and set of climbing shoes. It's durable, comfortable, and a lovely yellow color. What more could you ask?

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

3 5

My previous thermarest got a leak in it, and since I was heading back out on the trail in a day, I didn't have time to get it repaired and had to buy a new one. The first thing I'll say about this is that it's big. You don't realize quite how big until you roll it out next to someone else's bedroll and realize that yours is about half again as wide. This thing is super comfortable, and I don't ever roll off it in the night like I did with other sleep pads. It's always a great night's sleep. The trade off is that this pad is SUPER bulky. I always end up wondering how I could have packed so much when I compare my pack to other people's, until I realize that the extra bulk is all coming from my thermarest. There is really no way to roll this thing up small. I have a 90 liter pack, so this isn't a major issue, but it definitely would be with a slightly smaller pack. With a thermarest, there's always the danger that it could pop while bush whacking if it isn't inside the pack or covered by something, which means that it always ends up inside my pack, taking up a ton of room. So while I like this bedroll, I think I'd buy a Z-rest next time - cheaper, less bulky, and don't have to worry about popping it constantly, which is an issue if like me you don't particularly like using tents

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 25, 2012

Most comfortable boots I own
4 5

I got these boots for a summer of hiking a year ago, and fell in love with them. They are incredibly comfortable right out of the box, they don't even need breaking in. Over time they just conform more to your feet. When they get wet they can get a little deformed, but a good days worth of hiking will fix that, and they'll be right as rain again. My one complaint was that in the previous model, the third aglet down was connected all the way around the boot by a strap that tended to break after some good hiking (or a week of building trail, which was what I was using them for). I purchased my pair of boots from EMS, who with Garmont's warranty gave me a new pair. However, a few months later the same thing happened again. From what I've seen, the newest models have fixed this problem and the strap is now protected by leather, so I'm in the process of seeing if I can get a new pair. Overall, the best pair of boots I've owned (and I've owned a lot). I get zero blisters and couldn't ask for better foot comfort for two weeks of backpacking with a 50lbs pack

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 25, 2012

5 5

My school's sailing team bought these for our whole team. Great for layering, or just wearing around on slightly colder days, when you want something warmer but not warm enough that you have to take it off to avoid overheating when you go inside. This comes on all my backpacking adventures with me, often gets used as a pillow. Couldn't be happier

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Marshall Strong wrote a review of on June 25, 2012

5 5

My school's sailing team bought these for our whole team. Great for layering, or just wearing around on slightly colder days, when you want something warmer but not warm enough that you have to take it off to avoid overheating when you go inside. This comes on all my backpacking adventures with me, often gets used as a pillow. Couldn't be happier

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