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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushing

Employee

Anywhere with mountains, but mostly the Wasatch!

Mike Cushing's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Mike Cushing's Bio

Before I tell you about myself, we need to be friends. Everybody knows the best way to be friends is to follow that person. So click "Follow" so that we can be the type of friends that have inside jokes and embarrassing stories.

I've been with BC now for about 4 years, and it continues to be my dream job. I am fortunate enough to have access to world-class gear and I get to use it every day. Not trying to toot my own horn, but I know quite a bit about most of the products on our site (as well as products not on our site), but I definitely specialize in a few areas.

These areas include:
- Ice Climbing & Mountaineering
- Rock Climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, and big mountain)
- Skiing (alpine and AT)
- Backpacking and related equipment

Basically, if you're shaking on the side of a frozen waterfall or have a half-pad on a crimp, I can help you out. Even if you don't have a question and want to chat about cool places you've been, GIVE ME A CALL! If you have a question about something you don't think I can help with... Try me! If I can't I can at least get you to someone who really knows their stuff.

I'd love to be your own personal hookup in the outdoor industry. Give me a call anytime. My number is 1.800.409.4502 Ext. 4340 - Make sure to leave a voicemail if I don't answer (unfortunately I can't work 24/7).

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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Very sticky rubber, fits great, durable upper, and capable of sending easy 5th class climbs. This is my second pair and I don't plan on using anything different. They do run a tad small, so if you're in between sizes, consider sizing up. That being said, it depends on what you'll be using them for. If you plan on climbing in them, the smaller size is nice. If you're going to wear them to work and around town, size up.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently acquired an old 1992 camper. When camping at a crag, quality coffee is a must. If you're like me and enjoy quality coffee when camping, this is a must have. It works very well and doesn't take too long to grind enough for a couple people. You have the ability to adjust the coarseness of the coffee, so it can be used for multiple types of brewing. Highly recommended.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I traditionally don't use BD headlamps (they always seem to break on me). Got this as a gift a couple months ago and it's still going strong. Is bright, battery life is good, and seems durable. If you have something against Petzl (my preference), this is a close second.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Why have a Hero4 Black Edition w/ the standard clear housing? Black looks WAY better! But if you're the type of person skiing a green run pizza style, wearing top of the line gear, and filming every second of your sweet skillz in action, YOU NEED THIS! You'll totally fit in with the Team Red Bull crowd...

In all seriousness, this works well as a replacement housing. Highly recommended. My original clear housing broke, so I purchased the black housing as a replacement. Functionality is the exact same, just looks different (black vs. clear). If you can find a housing that's cheaper, it'll do the same thing.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great to reduce overall bulk & weight, but doesn't protect the camera at all. Great option if you're not planning on getting extreme.... Highly recommended.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for a couple months now and absolutely love them. Very high quality and function very well. I bought these after I retired my old BD draws. For overhanging routes, I hate draws w/ thin dog bones (the biner spins making it harder to clip). The dog bone on these is much more stable which prevents the biner from rotating. There are definitely lighter options out there, so if weight is an issue, I'd recommend using something different. For sport climbing vertical/steep angles, these are incredible.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for a couple months now and absolutely love them. Very high quality and function very well. I bought these after I retired my old BD draws. For overhanging routes, I hate draws w/ thin dog bones (the biner spins making it harder to clip). The dog bone on these is much more stable which prevents the biner from rotating. There are definitely lighter options out there, so if weight is an issue, I'd recommend using something different. For sport climbing vertical/steep angles, these are incredible.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this rope for about two months now and I absolutely love it. Doesn't pig tail like others I've used, and feel great in the hand/belay device. It also has a very durable sheath. Having pulled this rope over very sharp edges, I'm shocked it's still in great condition! I'll be using the rope for ice this winter and will update the review. But so far for Sport, it's a champ.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

Wife loves them! She likes to wear them climbing because they are comfortable and don't restrict her movements. They seem to run just a tad big, so if you're in between sizes she'd recommend sizing down. Overall they are great pants and should last for years to come!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great quality hat (what do you expect from Filson?) and looks really good. Seems to run a little small for my liking, but won't stop me from wearing it. Highly recommended.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Super comfy shirt. I'll likely buy another for my brother. Looks good and is great quality. This is my third Basin and Range shirt and they are all very nice. Recommend trying the flying dog plaid too.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

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

I've had it for a little over a month now and am very satisfied. Very good quality and feels great in the hand. Leather is very soft and breaks in quickly. Holds everything I need it to without being overly huge. Like a quality wallet should, it continues to look better every day!

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