Michael Morris

Michael Morris

17 Countries in 3 years...anywhere with altitude

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Michael's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking
Bouldering

Michael's Bio

I push myself to see and explore. I have this fear of getting stale and old in one place, and I'm hellbent on making sure that doesn't happen. From international travel to backcountry skiing, I'm going to keep moving until someone buries me.

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Michael Morris

Michael Morris wrote a review of on December 3, 2011

5 5

I bought this pack for a trip to Ecuador over the upcoming holidays because I figured I may be able to cram two weeks worth of stuff in it and still carry it on the plane. Hopefully that works...

Anyway, I got a chance to break it in the other day on a 2 day, 30-miler through some scrub land and oak hammock in central Florida. It was 85 degrees during the heat of the day, and I was a sweaty mess, but the bag was the least of my worries. I have the 'tall' size, and at a long-torsoed 6'1" it fit me very well. I had about 27 pounds in it when full of water, and it felt like I was carrying clouds around because the weight was so easy to manage. As hot as it was, I knew I couldn't expect to keep my back dry, but I got some nice airflow back there too. It took a little bit of a beating climbing around on some live oaks and running through palm scrub too, but held up very well.

Also, the top pocketing with its multitude of zippers and compartments was fantastic.

So, for initial impressions I'm quite pleased. I'll report back after Ecuador and see if there are any updates that need to be authored, but I'm very happy with the purchase thus far.

-Mike

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Michael Morris

Michael Morris wrote a review of on December 3, 2011

4 5

I took a long time to think about writing this review, because I wanted to get it just right. I've suffered plenty at the hands (or feet) of this boot, and have the blisters to prove it, but I also really think that it was probably mostly my fault. I have about 250-300 miles in this boot, and they've been in the Peruvian Andes and the Yellowstone backcountry and the boot has cosmetically held up well. They dry fairly quickly and can even hold up to a fairly heavy pack load. Problem for me was that I was constantly facing rubbing on the outsides of my feet. After a while with different socks and footbeds, I decided that my foot was simply too low volume for the wide heel cup in the boot. It was that problem that led my foot to splash around a little and rub in the wrong spots.

Fact is, I would still recommend the boots, because I do really like them, but just make sure you have a wide-ish foot, particularly at the backend, or they may hurt you a bit otherwise.

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Michael Morris wrote a review of on November 30, 2011

5 5

Awesome shirt. Fits true to size and very athletically. I've worn it on many multi-day long milage backpacking trips, and it has stayed funk-free and useable after some long hours on a sweaty dude. Dries out quickly too, which means you can get back to it faster. Overall, I'd recommend you buy plenty. You'll love them.

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Michael Morris wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

4 5

I feel as though I'm being a bit redundant, but the stitching on the sleeves is a little bit shabby. Mine has stayed in one piece unlike some of the others in the reviews, but there has been a little unraveling. Overall, this is basically my winter jacket down here in FL, and it has worked great for 'cold' weather running and some wear around town. Fit and cut are both great, and the price is certainly right.

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