Michael Wellman

Michael Wellman

I rest my head in Kentucky for now.

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Michael's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Michael's Bio

Christ drives me. My motivation for anything and everything is that He may be known among all the nations. That happens first in my house with my wife and children. If He wills, I will be proclaiming the Gospel to people until I die and hopefully that will be why I die. Soli Deo Gloria.

Michael Wellman

Michael Wellman wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

3 5

Fit: Runs small

Simply put, the shirt runs small. I wear a medium in every shirt, even another Royal Robbins shirt. I bought medium, it fits like small. The 2nd reason I returned the shirt is this website. On the BC website, the above pictures make the shirt colors look vivid and bright. They are not. Ember is actually an orange and the blue is more like a baby blue.

So, sizing is a bit off and BC website doesn't show colors accurately.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on December 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pair of these socks in olive that I received as a gift. I have worn them 5 days a week for nearly 3 years. They do not stink. They have not worn down. There are no holes (unlike smartwool which always falls apart quick). The elastic is still good. They are still comfortable and they are still warm.
Best socks I've owned. Only other merino sock I can compare it to is my multiple smartwool running socks and some columbia hiking socks.
Any future merino sock purchases, I will look for Darn Tough.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on June 7, 2009

4 5

The water resistant material works well. When they do get very wet, they dry quickly just as advertised. They are comfortable the waist is extremely soft and fits well under a pack. After hiking 21 miles and carrying my wife's pack also they were breathing wonderfully. When I had to start carrying my son and both of our packs, the still held up. They began to become a bit loose midway on the trip and that was aggrovating and the main reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Also, I prefer to have a back pocket. The pocket preference doesn't lose them a star but the material stretching and becoming too loose does remove a star. All in all, good pants but I will be trying something else to be my main pair of pants.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on March 13, 2009

2 5

First of all... the description under the picture is different from the tech specs to the right. The insert glove is not Gore-tex as the description says. It is Gore Windstopper as the tech specs say. I asked someone before I bought them and they told me Gore-tex and when I received them they clearly were not. The shell is big and much bigger than I wanted. But, let me tell you this... they will keep you warm and dry if that is what you need. There is NO dexterity with these gloves. The is about 1/2 inch distance from your finger tip to the actual tip of the glove. So, you cannot use your finger tips. I got a pair that fit and the insert fit nicely. My hand fit nicely inside the shell. The outer layer of the shell was too long compared to the inner layer. Anyways, there is extra space in the finger tips which does not seem to be needed. There may be a purpose for that, but I cannot think of one. They are warm and keep you dry if you do not care to sacrifice almost all dexterity. The glove insert was nice to have for casual stuff though. I hope this helps.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on March 13, 2009

2 5

I bought these and returned them. The sole of the boot was comfortable, but the upper of the boot dug into my ankle. This is not something that will go away with breaking these boots in. I have had much experience breaking in boots in the military, so I know this problem would not have went away. This may have been a problem with my pair only, but I'm not sure. Also, the first day the shoestring broke. It seems that I missed out on a good boot though, when these were made in Italy. I hope this helps.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on March 6, 2009

3 5

There is nothing fancy about this pack cover. It works. There is a strap on mine that is useless, but thankfully it doesn't get in the way. I bought this cover for a H.A.W.G. pack and it is a little too tight when I have the pack and bladder full. I hope this helps.

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Michael Wellman wrote an answer about on March 5, 2009

The trinity has 1600cu. in and the REI website says the S/M size will fit "other packs between 1000-1700cu. in." According to this your pack needs the S/M size. I bought one for the H.A.W.G. and I thought it was a litte too tight when I had the pack and bladder both full. I hope this helps.

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Michael Wellman wrote an answer about on February 4, 2009

I have a medium and they are about 18 inches around and they have a cinch cord at the ankle which works wonderfully. I wore them over top of my old jungle boots from the military and they fit well. I wore jungles because I'm between boots and I had those lying around. You might get a little more stretch out of them though, with the fabric being as stretchy as it is. Hope this helps.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on December 11, 2008

5 5

These pants are great and Icebreaker puts out great products. These pants keep me warm, do not itch, wick sweat, and they fit snug. I do not prefer a bulky base layer and the next to the skin fit is perfect for me. There is much room to flex and move as needed. All around good product. I'll be buying another pair probably.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on December 11, 2008

3 5

This top is nice. The body fit is close and the gussets under the arms are great. Right out of the package it seemed to be itchy, but after a wash there was no itching at all. Keeps warm, wicks sweat, does all that it says it does. The neck is too loose and it could be a little longer on the tail. All in all it's a good product.

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Michael Wellman wrote an answer about on November 24, 2008

The m/l size will cover around 35 liters which is just shy of the size of the ethos with a full bladder, 2280 cu in. So, it should fit an average day pack.

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Michael Wellman wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

3 5

The footprint has 4 female buckles on them that have no purpose because they do not fit any of the male buckles on the tent or fly. It seems that the buckles were put on for a fast fly option but after contacting Kelty, they confessed it was a worthless design. Size and weight were fine. I used an old tarp I had and cut it to fit the footprint and the vestibules. Much better option because it keeps your gear off the ground while under the vestibule. If you make your own be sure to keep it just shy of the actual size so rain doesn't puddle underneath the tent.

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