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Michaelsoft_

Michaelsoft_

SLC,UT

Mike's Passions

Fly Fishing
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking

Mike's Bio

I've been a working for Backcountry.com since July of 2011 as a Gearhead and now in Accounts Receivable.

I spend most of my time in the winter snowboarding at resorts and do some backcountry riding and hiking.

During the rest of the year when there isn't snow on the ground I spend the majority of my time trying to outsmart fish with a fly rod and spend a good deal of time hiking and camping.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

5 5

In an age where we want everything in life to be stimulating, Hydro Flask stepped up to the task with drinking liquids. These are durable and extremely scratch resistant and taking a sip of water becomes an actual experience. I use mine for water mostly, and the water stays ice cold for hours and hours. I don't know where they got their claim of 12/24 hours, but regardless the water stays about the same temp for 6+hours. Haven't messed with hot water as much, but know I can leave it in my car with hot water and come back for lunch and it's still really hot. Definite recommendation

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on February 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I wanted to love these waders. My body type is short and skinny. I'm 5'8" and 150lbs. I have a pair of Redington Sonic Pro waders in Medium now and they are a little baggy so I thought going with something higher end, and a size smaller would solve the problem. It was the complete opposite. I bought these in size small and they were humungous! My pant inseam is 30-31 inches and these had to have been 32-34 or somewhere in there. The waist/chest area along with the legs were all for someone twice my girth. BUT the booties on the small fit perfectly... size 8.5/9 shoe and these fit snug as a bug.

Needless to say, if you have a slimmer body type then I would stay away from these. If you have an athletic build and/or bigger frame then definitely go for them... and here is why I would choose them if the fit worked:

Adjustable Suspenders - SO convenient. The adjustability is easy to use, but a little awkward just to put them on. Either way, awesome feature.
Knee Pads! - Yes removable soft foam knee-pads. Awesome feature again for when you have to kneel in the river to get your Grip n' Grin shot, or sneaking up on a spooky hole.

Waterproof Pocket - many waders claim to have water resistant or waterproof pockets for your phone or keys, but this one is legit. After losing one phone to this feature on other waders, i'm happy this one was bombproof.
Booties - insulated booties are nice, plus the anatomically shaped booties for left and right. They were awesome. but don't expect softness and plushness... they are not either.
Materials - bombproof materials and awesome construction. Great construction in the crotch area. weird, but nice feature when you're bending down a lot.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

I have bought a couple pairs of these in the past and return them every time for size. I always forget to order a full size down on these. I usually wear a 8.5/9 in all of my vulcanized shoes. On these I had to go with an 8. Definitely a better quality than any van's classics or a lot of other vulcanized shoes i've had in the past though.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got the Camo OG's. I love them, but hate them at the same time. The color/camo is super subtle so it's not the typical camo/ex-army style. But the fit is much wider in the legs than the regular K Slim pants. Maybe it was just the pair, but I was bummed they were not a slimmer fit. But I'll keep them because they still look good.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just bought the Roadkill color and they are pretty cool. I think these may be a bit different than the other colors as this has somewhat of a wax or other coating on them. They feel heavy/stiffer than other colors but It makes them look cooler cause of the texture difference. good skinny fit and stretchy like everyone else has said. i believe the leg length is about 32 on the 32 waist.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Love the jacket, everything I would expect from Arc'Teryx. I found the arm length is a bit long for me. 5'8 150 lbs, bought a medium and definitely would have sized down to a small for overall arm length. a little long is good for cover, but it is now bunching which I hate. Overall, stellar jacket and happy I went with the SL vs AR.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I found that this had some good/bad reviews online. I've used it a little bit and haven't had any issues. Some said that the USB adapter made it really tough to get the card out after you transfer files, but I didn't have a hard time with it at all. Seems to be stellar, performance wise. One thing is that I'm not sure why this says it is made by GoPro, as it is made by Lexar and there are no indications of it being from or by GoPro.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Bought this as a gift and now I'm going to buy my own. The tip is completely transparent, and after seeing it in action the first day I was pleasantly surprised how well it did. This is definitely something I would only use on a lake or on a really slow deep pool as the sink rate may be a bit too fast for the not so deep and fast stuff.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got the 3+ black edition and haven't had a chance to play around with it too much. This is sadly my first GoPro that I've owned, so I can't compare to previous editions. The reason I went with a GoPro is the size and versatility of it. I can take it anywhere in virtually any weather or environmental condition and still get great video and photo results. If you want something versatile then this is for you. Save your money on the other ones and just get the black, the features are well worth the extra chunk of change.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

In all seriousness, my wife loves this. a few things she has mentioned: awesome support. She loves it for running, but if she wears it to the gym she feels like it's too intense and is uncomfortable, but doesn't feel it is the fit, just the support. She likes the thicker straps, but said something about the Velcro slipping a tiny bit. Overall it's awesome for medium/high support.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my wife and she loves them. The material is really soft and comfortable. She liked the ankles that have frilly stuff.

A few things she's expressed: they have a low rise and sit lower, on the hips rather than up higher like a lot of leggings. She also has a 34''inseam and they are a tad short on her.

So if you like a low rise and don't have really long legs, then you'll love them!

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I loved these shoes. I had to make a last minute decision on getting some new shoes to take on our backpacking trip to the Tetons. You would think it'd be a bad choice to get shoes right out of the box and take them out, but I wasn't disappointed. Salewa have a "No Blister" policy, so I saw myself as testing that out.
The fit was more narrow, I don't have the most narrow foot, but I loved the snug fit. I am usually between a 8.5 and 9, I got both and the 8.5 fit better for me. I felt the 9's had too much room for me. I love that the laces go to the toe, so you get an all-over fit. I do have to say, due to my lack of preparedness, I didn't get blisters, but my feet were sore everyday. But when I woke up they felt great, and didn't start hurting until the last segments of our hikes for the day. The toe is stiffer for the approach style, which was primarily where I felt it, in my forefoot. I can see that these got more and more comfortable the more miles I put on. I loved them overall.

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Michaelsoft_ wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Took these as my only pair of pants on a 28 mile backpacking trip. It rained, snowed, sleeted and hailed on us along with tons of sun. These pants kept me warm, dry and happy. The back is extremely breathable and I could feel the heat dumping out while I was hiking. The front is water resistant and wind-proof so it kept me from the wind chill. The back is not water resistant however. There is a fleece liner, so these would be better for active, cooler weather.

Fit: I am 5'8 and my waist (depending on brand/style) is 30-32. I like wearing things right on my hips and the waste on the mediums was spot on. However, they were a little too long for me. It didn't bother me, but if you are particular about length, the sizing chart is spot on with this being about a 32 inseam.

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