Mike Morse

Mike Morse

New England

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Weekend warrior who rides to stay in hiking shape. Fast and light or fast and reckless, either way I like to get where I'm going in a hurry.

Mike Morse

Mike Morse wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

4 5

Got these for winter hiking in the White Mountains and they haven't disappointed. They are great on hard snow and ice. I've taken them up and down slopes of roughly 45 degrees with no issues. One word of caution, I wear size 11 boots and Im on the last adjustment hole so keep boot size in mind because you might need to get the extension bars.

The one annoying thing is how long the strap is. I can strap myself in then go over the top and back 3 times before it's not flailing all over the place. I'll probably end up just cutting the excess.

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Mike Morse wrote a review of on December 24, 2009

4 5

I got these for winter hiking and I really think they work great. They keep me dry though I do end up with a lot of frost on the inside of them.

The sizing is a little odd though. I ordered a large (size 11 non plastic boots)and the bottom didn't fit around my boots but the calf fit nicely. I got an XL and they fit nicely around my boots but I've got the tops pulled as tight as they go. It works though.

The reason I'm worried is the reinforced section is only glued on and its already starting to peel away from the rest of the gaiter. I've used them maybe 6 times so far. Durability may be an issue.

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Mike Morse wrote a review of on December 3, 2009

5 5

Got these pants for winter hiking and they have performed fantastically.

The pockets are very convenient, the back 2 zip and the side pocket has a snap to keep it shut. They shed water very well and they are reasonably warm. I couple mine with a pair of Under Armor Cold Gear or Nike Pro lined tights and haven't felt even remotely cold in single digits with large gusts of wind. Coming in at 90 bucks is serious bargain for these.

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Mike Morse wrote a review of on November 29, 2009

4 5

I love these poles.

The biggest plus for these poles, or any black diamond pole for that matter, is the flick lock. I can adjust my poles in gloves, in any weather with absolute ease. The other brands twist lock has always been a pain for me and these are idiot proof.

The foam handles below the main handles are great on steep pitches when holding the handles isnt really ideal. The shock absorber isnt really noticed but I do feel better in the shoulders after long days.

The downside of these poles is they are a tad on the heavy side for poles and they are kind of pricey but I'd buy them again and when its time to retire these (a few years from now?) I will be coming right back to the newest model.

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Mike Morse wrote an answer about on August 12, 2009

Since I got these, Ive started wearing my old S Lab Wings (The all red ones) out for more non trail running and Ive found the soles are wearing quickly. These have the same rubber as the original version so they will probably get eaten up quickly by the roads. So to answer your question, yes they are fine for the road, you'll just notice wear much faster. That goes with any trail runner though as the rubber is usually softer so itll grip better on roots, dirt and whatever else you throw at it.

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Mike Morse wrote an answer about on June 12, 2009

Theres only 1000 being made and they will sell for $160. They are red on the toes and fade into yellow in the back. They look incredible. check out here for a pic: http://outside.away.com/outside/gear/200906/essentials-trail.html

They arent on Salomon's website yet but I expect them to be coming soon.

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Mike Morse wrote a review of on May 24, 2009

2 5

Pros: windstopper and still breathes well, sheds water well.

Cons: Not at all warm, baggy fit

Im not sure when youd ever want this jacket. It seems like its perfect for 60+ degree days, but then you dont really need a jacket, or theres much lighter/smaller options for those days you just need an outer layer. Bottom line is that theres better options at the price point.

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Mike Morse wrote a review of on May 19, 2009

3 5

Pros: good price, 4 sided entry

Cons: Heavy, non adjustable

I really like these pedals. Ive had them for a few seasons now and took them from my trail bike and put them on my commuter and they are great for that. The four sided entry is fantastic. The release is a tad soft which is why I moved them off the trail bike. If you want to try out the egg beater design, these are a great choice.

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