Michael Pinnell

Michael Pinnell

Summit County Colorado, BC, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico

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Michael's Passions

Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

Michael's Bio

If I'm not out doing something outdoors I'm usually dreaming about it! I have a 4 year old daughter so I take her on hikes and camping trips close to home. I'm into Alpine/backcountry skiing, fly fishing, duck hunting, backpacking, mountain biking. My wife and I LOVE to SCUBA dive too but we live in Colorado so we don't get to dive as much as we like. Just love the Western US and all the fun you can have in it!

Michael Pinnell

Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on January 1, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes these bibs are SUPER pricey. I've skied two very cold days in them so far this season. For starters they are super light, feels like your wearing a light nylon sweat pants. Better layer appropriately. Tons of cool pockets and zippers! My only irritation is the snaps for the drop seat can come undone if you twist funny or bend over. The Zippers are snug and water tight and don't unzip but for this kinda money I'd like a beefier snap. PS I got mine for 1/2 price:) If I paid $600.00 I'd not be as enthused. This should excel in the BC situations where venting and weight matter more. I've got a dozen days on these pants and the snap has recently popped off and is gone so now they have to be sent back to Patty and probably wont have them for the rest of the season. That should NOT happen with a garment with this price tag! PERIOD! I've downgraded to 2 stars.

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Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on March 6, 2010

4 5

I not a weight obsessed skier. Patagonia gear is bomb proof, whats more is these pants are a 2 layer water proof pant with thigh vents for under $200.00 you can't go wrong!! If I designed them I would modify the lower leg to cinch down around the boot, if you're postholing the pant leg comes up. Other than that great ski pants!

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Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

4 5

I like this pack it fits a shovel, probe, water, snack, camera, skins and a small first aid kit just perfect for doing laps at Loveland or Berthoud pass. Has a low profile so getting on a chair lift it doesn't push you too far forward like some ski packs do. Oh yeah and the avalung can save your life! Did ya see that video!

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Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on January 18, 2010

4 5

Backcountry's Merino wool zip tee was too good of a deal to pass up. I got mine for $35 bucks! Takes a few washes to soften up the wool. I bought the XL and it is a snug fit but comfortable, sleeves are long and I LOVE the thumb loops. Comparable garments sell for over a $100 bucks so this is a GREAT DEAL. I bought 2! Washing makes it BETTER!

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Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

This is my first AT skin, I was slightly nervous about having to trim the skins by hand ect... Relax it is a piece of cake! Attaching the skin to the ski is easy as well. Just be sure you're in a clean area when trimming or anytime your skin's glue is exposed (VERY STICKY STUFF). Skinning up a mountain adds a whole new demension to skiing! I will keep you posted on their durability.

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Michael Pinnell wrote a review of on October 20, 2009

5 5

AWESOME performance! If you're like me and cash is always tight you need your gear to pull double duty. This binding is perfect for those who want to venture off the resort, but need a set up to ski aggressively in bounds as well. These bindings drove my k2 Coomba's very nicely. They have not had a pre-release either. There is NO performance compromise with the Duke's!

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