Marshall Strong

Marshall Strong

Philmont Scout Ranch, Adirondack Mountains, Vermont

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Marshall'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

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

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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