Michael Grobicki

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Michael Grobicki

Michael Grobicki wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

I bought my R1 hoody about 3 years ago, yet it looks like I bought it just a few months ago. Wore it 75 days straight when I spent a summer in Alaska and it stood up to a massive amount of abuse in the form of bushwhacking, sea kayaking, and climbing. I pretty much never leave the house without it if I'm going hiking, climbing, snowboarding, etc. I'm ~ 6' tall, 150 lbs. and the medium fits me well. It definitely has a very athletic fit to it.

If you're looking for a lightweight fleece layer, then look no further.

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Michael Grobicki wrote an answer about on November 1, 2010

seeing as how normal bindings with a 4x4 baseplate will work on the slider plates, all you'll need for splitting are a pair of collapsible poles like the bd expedition. assuming that you've got the necessary avy gear/knowledge for traveling in the backcountry.

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Michael Grobicki wrote a review of on October 12, 2009

5 5

This sleeping bag is very light and packs down extremely well for a synthetic bag. I have used mine while backpacking in the Alaska Range and kayaking on the Prince William Sound so it has seen a wide variety of conditions. It kept me warm on all but a couple of nights where the temp dipped below freezing and I couldn't have expected it to keep me warm and comfortable at those temps anyway. I'm a warm sleeper so having the double zipper was nice to open up a vent by my feet. The hood adjusts easily and comfortably on those colder nights. Definitely a great summer/early fall bag for a wet mountain environment.

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Michael Grobicki wrote a review of on October 10, 2009

Worth every penny
5 5

These are the best boots I have ever worn, plain and simple. My feet are size 10 and medium-width and these boots fit them perfectly. They do take a little while to break in, but I have yet to have any issues with blisters or hotspots while wearing them. The pulley lacing makes tightening the boots effortless and no amount of sand or dirt that I encountered this summer could make it less smooth. The bulk of the action that these boots have seen was a 23-day backpacking trip through the Alaska Range and they can probably take many more trips of that magnitude. They are a bit scuffed up now from rocks and more bushwhacking than I would care to remember, but I didn't buy these boots to look pretty.

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Michael Grobicki wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

then it would be the ultimate ski jacket. fairly warm by itself thanks to the fleece lining and it has very good weather resistance. the only time i noticed it getting soaked was when i was out in a rain/freezing rain mix. the fit of the jacket is excellent, i can comfortably fit another layer or two underneath, but it doesn't feel too big when i just have a shirt under it. it has held up to countless attacks from trees and the like when on the mountain and the range of motion on it is great.

you do have to be smart about your layers though as the jacket doesn't have pit zips that you can open to quickly cool yourself off.

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