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Michael L

Michael L

Australia, Nepal, Europe...

Michael L's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Michael L's Bio

Higher and higher...!

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

It just works
5 5

If you're after a solid water bottle that works, look no further. I hung this thing of my pack trekking in Nepal (see photo) and it never failed me.
I filled it with hot water at night and it warmed up my sleeping bag, I then slept with it for extra warmth and then had something warm to drink in the morning. Perfect.

You can just see the Goat sticker on my bottle in the photo!

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 6'1 and 180. I wear mediums because I like my fit to be unrestrictive but close. If you like your shorts baggy then size up.
I use my shorts for almost everything, whether it be trekking, cycling or just around town. The pockets are well sized and placed too.
Their lightweight is one of the best things about them, but they are still really tough.
I little pricey but I've had them a year and they look good as new, even after a month in Nepal!
Love them.

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 6'1 and 180. I wear a medium in these. They aren't too tight and not too baggy, just right for me. No worries with the length either.

I got these to trek during winter in the Himalaya under a soft shell. They're too warm if it's bright and sunny and you're working hard but if it's windy and cold, these pants protect you really well. They provide excellent warmth under a shell and increase the wind resistance if layered under a shell.

A worthwhile addition to your kit if you're out in the backcountry during winter. I can imagine these pants being very useful for climbing in cold weather too.

Highly recommended.

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Me - 185cm/85kgs
Size - medium
Colour - Phantom/Magma

I've had this anorak for a week and I'm really enjoying it. As my title suggests, it looks great (photo to come) and will keep the functional types happy too.

It's really comfortable on top of a T-shirt or other base layer. It's light enough that you don't really notice you're wearing a pretty durable and protective piece. I've walked through a few city parks with it on and it keeps the elements out really well. Wind resistance is good and it breathes surprisingly well too. I doubt it would be suitable for high energy pursuits but it wasn't designed for that.

I gave it 3 stars because I've only had it for a week, haven't had an opportunity to really test it out. However, I do expect it to get more stars on my next review.

UPDATE: OK I've had this for a while now and I've worn it almost everyday in this autumn weather. It's ideal for this shoulder season with a mid layer underneath. The anorak moves nicely with my body with the extra layer and it does an excellent job of keeping the wind out. Not wind proof but very resistant to cold winds. I like the velcro cuffs, they're robust and do the job they're supposed to. Overall I think this is an excellent product and I'll be wearing it throughout winter too.

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

These are my first and only pair of barefoot runners. I've been running in these for 8 months now and I really think they're great.
They're really lightweight but they seem to offer great protection for such a minimalist shoe. You really notice the lack of bulk compared to regular running shoes and it's a good thing for me. They feel more natural on your feet and you get more feedback from the ground you're running on.
Highly recommended!

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Michael L

Michael L wrote a review of on September 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I do not leave home without my Buff and quite frankly, I can't believe it's taken Backcountry.com this long to stock them.

They work in all seasons and for all activities. If I'm not wearing my Buff then I have it in my pack, without exception. The product really is outstanding. Search YouTube for a couple of videos showing you how it works, brilliant!
The Buff is so versatile I use it to clean my sunglasses and coarse filter drinking water. Beat that!!

At this price, everyone needs a Buff in their kit.

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