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Michael Lindsley

Michael Lindsley

Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, Hood River, Gibsons BC, Anchorage AK

Michael Lindsley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Michael Lindsley's Bio

I am a university student in beautiful Portland, OR, whom loves the outdoors. I can be a little bit quirky, and a little behind the times (haven't owned a TV in over 5 years), but if their is one thing I am passionate about it is the local terrain. I snowboard, hike, camp, snow camp, cycle, and enjoy nature photography in my free time. I am employed by a little local company called Columbia Sportswear, so I never have a shortage of access to cool gear. However don't let the Columbia link fool you, I can be one of the hardest critics of there gear!

Michael Lindsley

Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

5 5

Whether you liked the 80's or not it's hard not to like the classic shape of the Frogskins. They sit comfortably on the head, fit most head shapes, and lend a sophisticated look in the summer. In addition to this Oakley has by far some of the best UV and anti glare technology, even without polarization. Think of these as an awesome take on classic driving glasses.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

5 5

I am now on my third Custom X, and I still regard this as the go to board for daily riding. The response is excellent, as it carves well but is not so touchy that it can catch. It also has a very good smooth ride, without compromising the overall feel of the board. If you consider the Vapor the Ferrari (Fast but touchy) of the Burton line than the Custom X is easily the BMW M3 (Almost as quick but oh so refined). Everyone should own one as their go to board.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

4 5

I love this board for two reasons; The feel on it is incredible, I can carve the terrain better than on any other board I own due to how well I can feel the snow beneath me. Secondly the weight is so incredibly lite. I have been snowboarding for close to 13 years now, and over the years I have beat myself up a bit. For this reason over the course of a day on the slopes generally joins and muscles strain a bit more quickly then they used to. When I combine the Vapor with lightweight bindings and boots the sheer lack of weight that I have to carry is incredible.

However I cannot recommend this board for beginner, and some intermediate, riders. The ride can feel a bit rough, and the responsiveness of the board and its edges can be a bit much at times. You need to wield a delicate touch when using this board, however it's well worth every penny.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

4 5

This particular jacket hits the sweet spot of good features, good price, and good styling, in one piece. The down insulation at 550 fill power is excellent for it's recommended casual use. In addition to this it's also fully waterproof, and the HyVent technology has decent breathability. If you are not a fan of the faux fur you can always remove it, or the hood altogether, for a sleeker look.

TL;DR Excellent streetwear jacket with higher end features.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

1 5

With this particular jacket it seems as though Peak Performance is trying to hit that moving target of the premium quality seen in Patagonia or Mountain Hardwear, but with the aesthetic quality of Moncler or Aether. Regretfully with this particular design you get a compromise on both.

I was excited to see the blend of synthetic and natural down insulation, as this does add improved resistance if the insulation happens to get wet. It also explains the slightly heavy weight for this jacket, as synthetic insulation does tend to weigh a bit more. The shorter length is also decent, as it does allow for easier layering under a hardshell while wearing a bib style pant.

So why one stars? It all comes down the price point. At $3-400 this jacket would easily garner five stars. However at this price point I expect a fully watertight jacket, with seam taping, highly breathable materials, and full down insulation to increase warmth while reducing weight. If the jacket were waterproof it would not need to have a blend of synthetic down mixed in. You can easily find a down insulated jacket (800 fill rating or higher) in the closer to 1 - 1.5 lb mark, and fully waterproof, from Peak Performances competitors.

TL;DR $3-400 features in an $700 jacket.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

1 5

I took a trip to The North Face store here in Portland, OR and ran into the same issue. The jacket fit fine, and had a decent amount of down, but the feathers were poking out along the seams quite a bit. Looking at the other jackets on the rack it seemed to be a common problem. I suspect the feather to down ration in this jacket is a bit higher than most, in the feathers favor. For this reason the harder feathers are causing down to leak out. I would check out something offered by Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, or Patagonia instead.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

3 5

I like the styling of Spyder products, and the fit as well. It is a nice not too loose, not too tight, cut across the board. In addition to this I like the fact that this particular product is a slightly longer length than most companies offer. The only real problem with this particular jacket is that their is not anything particularly unique. At the price point, and the feature set, why not purchase the Patagonia or Mountain Hardwear versions that are more heavily insulated and provide a higher quality? If Spyder wants to get into the down sweater competition they have their work cut out for them.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

Just like its hooded brother the Patagonia Down Sweater is an essential piece in any gear heads closet.

The fit is slim, but not tight, and holds the insulation properly against the body where it traps the maximum amount of body generated heat. In addition to this the material is soft, and supple, comfortable against the skin, and breathes very well. Lastly the chest pocket is an excellent edition as it is poised perfectly for quick access when this garment is worn under a hard shell.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

I will admit it, as much as I love my Mountain Hardwear and Marmot gear the Patagonia Down Sweater is a staple in any gear heads closet.

It begins with that classic slim Patagonia fit, that holds the insulation snugly against the body without feeling tight. In addition to this the 800 fill down is of excellent quality, and wicked soft. I find myself wanting to wear just a t-shirt underneath this guy, because it is that comfortable.

In addition to this the inclusion of a chest pocket, with enough room to hold a standard mens wallet or iPhone means that I do not have to worry about fitting necessary items where they can be easily accessed. Still a classic, and I hope Patagonia does not change it.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

2 5

I have a great deal of Burton products in my closet, and they have been very reliable throughout the years. Especially those which are part of the AK line. That being said I was a bit disappointed with this jacket, considering that for the price it should have significantly more features.

For instance offerings by Burton's competitors in this price point tend to offer premium synthetic down fill, or an 800 fill rating. In addition to this while the 2 layer material offers the awesome waterproofing Gore-Tex is known for it also suffers from the breathability issues that are known to plague Gore products. This is something that can be compensated with synthetic insulation, however with down any build up of condensation will greatly effect the ability to keep me warm.

On the plus side it's not all bad news. The styling is excellent, on par with Burton's latest offerings. In addition to this the use of a YKK standard zipper also means reliable function and easy repairs if necessary.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

This is going to be a very popular choice for those whom are looking for an excellent mid insulation choice. It features 850 fill down, giving it a higher rating than offerings by competitors Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear, and weighs in at a svelte 18 ounces, based off of the size large. I also like the fact that they utilize Pertex material in the face fabric, as it is highly abrasion resistant.

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Michael Lindsley wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

4 5

This jacket is awesome, not only for it's heritage, but it's versatility as well. The material is a soft supple softshell type, that oddly enough does not seem to snag or pill with regular use. In addition to this it utilizes Dry.Q Elite, which makes it the lowest priced air permeable laminate jacket in the MHW line up. In addition to this the fit is loose enough that you can layer underneath it easily, and use it in cold wet weather. My only qualm is that it does not feature a powder skirt. Add in a removable powder skirt and I am sold for life.

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