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Mike Bromberg

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Mike Bromberg's Bio

Mike is an IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide that is seldom satisfied with his equipment.

Mike Bromberg

Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

5 5

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

More versatile and only very slightly heavier than the lightest windbreakers available, the helium hybrid is ideal as a light and fast wind/light precip shell. For ski mountaineering, alpine climbing or multipitch rock and even mountain biking, this piece is great when a little extra weather protection is needed, but a full on waterproof shell would be overkill.
I've used this extensively this spring (30 days or so) for ski mountaineering/backcountry skiing and find that it works well as my uphilling jacket for wind and light precip protection with a light base layer underneath. I often will forgo the downhill shell on warm days or when the descents are short and just wear the helium HD.
I plan to have this in the pack at all times this summer for alpine and rock climbs. I'll probably even carry it in addition to the full on waterproof shell for a little added protection in full on rain.

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

4 5

The Axcess pants have an awesome integrated transceiver pocket inside the right hip pocket. It has an internal carabiner for clipping the elastic leash on to keep it secured into the pants. If you are a "pocket guy" like I tend to be when wearing a radio harness at work, this is a great solution.

In addition to being a great gravity fed or sidecountry pant, those who dig a little roomier touring pant will find that the internal and external vents are super helpful.

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

5 5

I'd like to start by saying that I am a boot skeptic. I've been skied on 3 pairs the Garmont megaride with intuition liners exclusively for the past 6 seasons. I had found something that worked, so I stuck to it- until something better arrived: The Maestrale.

Boot choices are overwhelming these days, but in my mind the Maestrale is the clear champion for everyday backcountry touring. It is lightweight, has a great last for my narrow,low-volume foot, and tours like a slipper. As someone who is a tinkerer, I actually have been skiing these without molding the liners! A true testament to how comfy they have been right out of the box. I was initially a little uneasy about the tongue style line, but they have felt great.

I've been skiing mine with the Dynafit Stoke ski and have really been impressed with the even flex and excellent stiffness of the boot. This is certainly going to be my everyday ski mountaineering and backcountry ski boot.

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on November 24, 2009

5 5

In a product category that seems to have exploded in the last several years, the Transcendent jacket dominates the competition.

The features that set this coat apart from other lightweight down layers are:

- The brushed Tricot lining around the collar: comfortable, soft and warm.

-The napoleon chest pocket: my go to stashing pocket.

-Elastic finishes on the cuff and hem give it a finished look and better feel.

Don't let the comparatively inexpensive price dissuade you, this is the lightweight down layer you have been searching for.

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

4 5

This interface has proven to be the best of the best, however splitboards still have their issues.

When guiding groups of splitboarders, I always keep a #3 posi-drive screwdriver at the ready. Guests with the inevitable loose binding/screw are often smiling saying "that's why you get paid the big bucks!".

If you are still snowshoeing for your turns in the backcountry, join the split-board revolution and change your backcountry experience for the better!

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

4 5

Expert skiers looking for lightweight but responsive boards have come to the right place. Long ski tours with equal amounts of up and down will be perfect for the FreeRANDO! Often seen on the feet of european ski tourers on long high alpine routes, with big vertical, long distances, and leg burning descents. If weight is of high importance, and you can hold your own making small short turns, this is the ski for you.

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Mike Bromberg wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

5 5

The original dynafit binding is still the best in the line. Durability and lightweight. I have used others in the line and the metal heel riser is absolutely the best feature of this binding. Like Andrew mentioned, a spare toe (perhaps even a heel) is the best option for an expedition repair kit. To give you an idea about there durability, i've seen the heel of a boot break before the binding!

The only drawbacks are the lack of adjustability for using multiple boot sole lengths and the all plastic crampon mount. Confident users, looking for the best touring binding on earth should look no further!

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