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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson

Park City, Utah

Mike's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Mike's Bio

I am a multi-sport endurance athlete and I have a passion for outdoor adventuring using all forms of human-powered travel. That is why I choose to live in the diverse environment of the Rockies and moonlight as a professional multi-day adventure racer.

My team is Nike ACG / Gore-Tex and we have been racing together since 2004, including three expedition-length Eco Primal Quest races.

I look to Backcountry for all of my adventuring gear because they carry extensive inventory in every category, and each item is carefully selected by experts that use and abuse gear just like me. I never stray too far from The Goat!

Check out my team blog at www.nextepicadventure.blogspot.com to see what my teammates and I have been up to.

Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on December 1, 2008

5 5

NiteRider makes the toughest, most efficient LED systems available. Period. This means more lighting power for a longer period for less bulk & weight. The added benefit of the Dual is that you get two handlebar-mount heads that provide endless options for trail illumination: pointed inward to focus power on the singletrack; pointed outward to fan across double-track and roads.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on December 1, 2008

5 5

NiteRider makes the toughest, most efficient LED systems available. Period. This means more lighting power for a longer period for less bulk & weight.

I have spent a lot of time researching "Real" LED systems for my helmet and the MiNewt is the best value I have found. The 80gm head is barely noticable on my helmet and 110 lumens is plenty of brightness for most trail rideing when paired with a decent handlebar system.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on December 1, 2008

5 5

During my 10+ years of backcountry skiing and adventure racing, I have used every kind of adjustable ski/trekking pole on the market in the mountain rock and snow, desert sand, jungle mud swamps. Where the screw-lock verions with their failure-prone internal components have seized up or slipped, the BD Flick-Lock mechanism with its patented cam endures.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on December 1, 2008

5 5

The warmth:weight ratio for 800-fill down is unmatched, and nobody makes a lighter, more compressible jacket than MontBell.

Now that I have a MB Ultraweight Down Jacket in my compact mandatory clothing quiver, I can go confidently into the backcountry with just a top layering of polypro base, mid-weight fleece sweater and a Gore-Tex shell.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on November 29, 2008

5 5

I have been using Ascension Nylon Climbing Skins for well over a decade, and I have never felt inclined to switch to another brand. Any change that Ascension has ever introduced in materials or features have only resulted in improved performance. I have seen some of my fellow backcountry partners experiment with the "latest fad" in high-tech skins, only to return to trust-worthy Ascension quality later on. I have a ten-yr-old pair that I have r-glued once and wax regularly for hash early season and late season usage, and they still work perfectly.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on November 29, 2008

5 5

Kelty fills the niche for families looking for quality, affordable shelters. The Yellowstone 6 is no different. The five of us fit nicely with all of our bedding, aand the walls were plenty steep and high enough to fit a full-sized cot. Its easy enough to assemble that we let our 3 boys (all under age 12) set it up while we get the rest of the camp in order. We have used the Kelty in harsh desert and mountain environments without any noticable weaknesses. I highly recommend this tent for car camping families.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on November 29, 2008

5 5

I am typically a minimalist when it comes to camping, opting for a compact Therm-a-rest model for my pack. However, my wife can only sleep in spoiled comfort of a Hilton Dream Bed, so I got her the Luxury Camp sleeping pad. It has done wonders for expanding her tolerance for car camping and keeping us out of hotels when we get away.

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Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson wrote a review of on August 19, 2008

5 5

550 Miles of Trekking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and more through record soaking wet Spring run-off conditions. The Coconas held up beautifully with the plethora of footwear required for this ultra-endurance race, providing a form-fitting, friction-reducing layer to keep our feet free of debilitating blisters.

Team Nike ACG / Gore-Tex gives the Cocona Trail Sock a 5-Star rating!

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