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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 Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very versatile and light weight. I use it for fast packing (and some running) and it holds up well. Has enough room for some essentials (food, clothing, etc.) and has plenty of space for water. You can remove the back panel too which is nice for additional weight savings.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my third pair of trekking poles (after breaking my first two). I'm a big guy and want trekking poles that are sturdy. These are definitely the right fit. They are durable (but a little heavier), and comfortable to hike in for days on end. Overall, I highly recommend. Just for reference, I'm 6'4" and 240lbs, these are long enough for me. They also work great for my wife, who is 5'4" and 110lbs. At a great price, these are a great buy.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the Marmot Argent 4p tent and I bought this after talking to a gearhead at Backcountry. I'm glad I did. The Argent tent is very nice and it definitely will last for several years to come, but the bottom get's the most wear and tear, so this is a necessity. Even after using this footprint a handful of times I'm already starting to see some damage. I'm just happy it's the footprint and not my tent.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried most of the Mountain House meals and this one is in my top three (along w/ Chicken ala King and Beef Stroganoff). Nothing tastes better than a tasty, filling meal after hiking for hours on end. These are super easy to cook and to dispose of. I end packing all the empties inside of each other to save space. Buy this, you'll love it!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a big fan of tasty food in the backcountry. After a full day of hiking the last thing you want is to eat disgusting food. These give you much needed energy, and much needed tastiness when you're on the trail. Strongly recommend picking some of this stuff up.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife is vegetarian and so her Mountain House options are fairly limited. She (as well as I) absolutely loves this stuff. It has everything you need to keep you feeling good on the trail, but doesn't sacrifice taste. She likes them so much she's eaten them for breakfast at home! Weird, I know.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on September 5, 2015

Best Bag I've Owned, Period.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is clear that Filson spent a lot of time designing a bag that is durable, roomy, and allows for organization. Everything about this bag is well made. The zippers are very sturdy, the stitching is exceptional, and the material is extremely high quality. This is a bag that will last for decades.

I work full time and go to school at nights, so I need to carry a lot with me at all times. It fits my work computer, my personal computer for school, several notepads/books, and of course, has room for pens/keys/accessories as well. I know this bag isn't cheap, but after using it for a few weeks I would have paid twice as much for it. Buying a new bag every year is a waste, just buy one and be done!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff works very well, I highly recommend picking some up. Doesn't pick up a lot of dirt while riding and keeps the chain very clean. You'll notice a big difference. Best $23 you'll spend on your bike.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They get the job done, and for that I am thankful. I have 10 of them on my roof for all sorts of Thule products and they all lock and unlock fine. After a couple weeks of use a couple of them stopped working as smooth as the others, but they still lock okay. Overall, I am a satisfied customers. I recommend them.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Buy this:
Innovations Microflate Nano CO2 Inflator

Buy some of these CO2 refills and enjoy. You'll be happy you did, I promise! I've used these more times than I care to count and they always work great.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a lot of mugs in my day and they all suffer the same fate... the wife. She drops them, loses them, puts some unknown substance in them that makes them smell like garbage, and ultimately wants to keep them for herself. I bought this because she didn't like "the color" and I heard some really good things about the Yeti Rambler. Long story short, I'm super happy I did because this mug is amazing. It's bomber, keeps my beverage hot/cold for hours on end and holds the perfect amount of liquid. I promise you'll love it if you try it. It's honestly my favorite piece of gear I own. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They are straight forward tire levers. They definitely do a good job and haven't broken. They have a good feel to them and they help me fix a flat. If you want an inexpensive tire lever, look no further.

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