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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushing

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 December 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm can't say much that hasn't already been said on here. This harness is great and exceeded all expectations. My dog goes kayaking, climbing, skiing, backpacking, and running with us; this is always on him. We have this and the backpack version, and both are great. The harness has a burly handle for lifting them over obstacles, and great attachment point for a leash. Buy one and it'll last you a long time. Highly recommended!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 19, 2014

2 5

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

In short, they do what they're supposed to do -- keep you from losing glasses. Costa tried to reinvent the wheel here and go with a cable-like, ultra thin design. The problem is that it doesn't rest nicely on your back, but sticks out at odd angles and is uncomfortable. You can't really store the glasses with this on unless you guy another case that's bigger. I will post a picture, they're just weird. I'd recommend saving your money and buying something else. Or I'll just give you mine, I don't want it....

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Soft, stretchy, comfortable, warm, and sold at a great price. I'm 6'3, 210 lbs and ordered the XL. You'd have a tough time finding a better quality equivalent for the same price. I use them for biking in the winter, skiing, and climbing. Stoic lived up to it's name here!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Purchased these because I wanted a pant that I could both ice climb, and ski tour in. These are definitely great for both. They have a killer DWR and offer a loose, stretchier fit. I'm 6'3, 210 lbs and ordered the XL. They fit great but I need to cinch the waste down quite a bit. I think these could be improved with belt loops, which they don't have already. Patagonia included a fixed belt on the pants, but I still find it doesn't cinch down enough. I use these for ski touring when I don't need a hardshell, and they work great. The cuff fits over my boot just barely (Scarpa Maestrale). Overall, I'm very happy with the pants.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's weird getting used to this at first, especially if you're used to the gel floatant. It's a powder that you brush on the fly and voila, it floats! I generally use it on wet flies because I find that gel tends to lock the moisture in. My only issue (if you can even call it that) is that it's a two handed application, one for holding the bottle, the other for holding the brush. Try it out, it's a great product!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This collar really can't be adjusted smaller. The buckle isn't large enough for the interior light to fit through, thus making adjustments tough. It's light and bright if you can get the sizing dialed in. Overall, the actual product is well made and definitely gets the job done. Good product!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Been wearing these boots a lot lately and they keep getting better. I wish I'd known about these boots years ago, I've been missing out. The quality is apparent when looking at them and the fit is superb. These are boots that'll last for years and years. I'd recommend using Nikwas to treat the leather often. I typically wear a size 12.5-13.0 shoe and my foot was swimming in the 13. I then purchased the size 12 and it fits great. I would size down if you're in between sizes.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are wicked light, and very rigid. I bought these because Backcountry had them on sale and I needed a new pair of shoes. I was so impressed after using these that I am debating buying another pair. They are very light and super rigid which makes a noticeable difference when riding. They are definitely summer/spring/fall shoes, not winter. They are very breathable, which is good, but when riding on a frigid winter morning, your feet will freeze. I just bought some shoe covers, and voila, problem solved. You won't be disappointed with these.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not much to say here that hasn't already been said. It's durable, long battery life, bright, great lighting modes, and has a nice reflector in case the main light isn't enough for you. My only gripe (if you can even call it that) is that the button to activate the light is a little small. I do a lot of winter riding and it takes an extra millisecond to turn it on with gloves. It's sad that that's the only thing I can think of to critique the light. For the price, you can't beat it. It's not the lightest, smallest light on the market, but for the price it can't be beat!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only used this a handful of times so far, but it's enough to form an initial impression of the light. I bought this because I'm new to road biking and didn't want to drop hundreds of dollars on a fancy headlight. I can't speak for the long-term durability, but it feels like it's going to last a long time. It's very bright, and had a few modes to choose from. I do a lot of winter riding, so I like the big button on the top, it works well with gloves on. The light pivots so you can adjust it left to right if you want, and has vents behind the bulb to dissipate heat. Overall, this is a great light at a great price.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got this because I was sick of carrying a Costanza wallet. I can get 4 cards, 1 work badge, and a folded up fishing license in it without a problem. I love it because it's simple, unique, burly, and I think it looks cool. If you are like me and hate carrying around a massive wallet when you really only use a few cards, this is for you. And.... it's a kick ass price!

*****UPDATE***** These things are fall apart. Since getting my own, and loving it, I purchased 4 more for friends/family as gifts. Every single one of them broke. The pin that connects the lid to the body fall out and they're impossible to find once lost. I would try gluing them in, but the pins cannot be found. Great design, would be amazing if it weren't for the faulty pins. Save your money.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on November 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want a super durable light that's waterproof, versatile, and long lasting, this is your light! I have one I keep around the house, one in my car, and I have a PD35 mounted on a gun. They are very bright and have a heavy-duty feel to them. I guarantee you'll be happy with this flashlight. I prefer the LD22, but if you want a flashlight that's a little shorter and wider, then try the PD35.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on November 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these as a lighter alternative for a distance run on the Uinta Highline Trail. My wife and I each used one initially, and we took turns using them while getting over each pass. For distance hikes/runs when you want to go as light as possible, these are the way to go. They compact down very small, and provide a lot of rigidity when extended. The grips are soft foam which helps with the moisture. They are fairly specific when it comes to length, so you can't buy one and let someone shorter use it (won't collapse down and stay together). Other than that, they are great. Personally, I'd probably use a heavier trekking pole if weight wasn't a huge factor.

On a side note, these aren't as strong as heavy options. I made the mistake of using these (instead of my old trekking poles) while hiking the 16-mile Zion Narrows. At one point I slipped and fell into the river snapping my trekking pole in half. Not saying this wouldn't have happened with my other poles, but it would have been a cheaper mistake. If you're planning on doing the Narrows, rent the wooden poles.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on November 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for travel, not ideal for backpacking. Don't get me wrong, it still gets the job done. If you want something that's both lighter, much smaller, and more efficient, go with the Adventurer instead. I originally purchased this for backpacking, used it for a season, and decided to upgrade. This does a great job at sterilizing water, which is why I still gave this five stars. If you don't mind the size and weight, then this is a great option and will do just fine. Keep in mind that they recommend using lithium AA batteries instead of Alkaline because lithium will last longer. Although it's cheaper initially, you'll be spending more on batteries (another reason to upgrade). Lithium batteries aren't cheap, and you go through Alkaline batteries really fast. Overall it's a great unit that I'm sure you'll be happy with.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on November 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used SteriPENs for a long time, but recently upgraded to this model. Simply put, I recommend going with this model over the cheaper alternatives for several reasons: size, battery life, battery type, and weight. It's smaller than many models, which makes a big difference when packing for a trip. I keep mine in a shoulder pocket on my pack so that I can easily use it without unpacking my bag. Next is battery life and type. It's more efficient than cheaper models and you don't have to use clunky AA batteries. This takes two small CR123 batteries, which are both lighter, and seem to last longer. I previously had the SteriPEN Photon Traveler and it requires 4 AA batteries -- it's heavy as hell! Bottom line, if you want a SteriPEN that's small, durable, and efficient, choose the Adventurer. Also, it works well with hydration bladders and water bottles. I've noticed it's a little awkward using this in a bladder because the light becomes hard to see (so you don't know if it's on or not). It's easy to find out, but it's still a little awkward.

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