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Mike Morse

Mike Morse

New England

Mike Morse's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

Mike Morse's Bio

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 Morsewrote 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 Morsewrote 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 Morsewrote 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 Morsewrote 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 Morsewrote 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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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

Pros: Warm, Amfib (wind and water blocking) chest and outer arms, fits nicely, durable

Cons: None at all

This jacket is a must buy. It doesnt feel super warm, but once you get moving in it, you realize the jacket and base layer is perfect for cold weather activity. The amfib front is perfect in the cold and I wear it as an outer layer on hikes all the time. Tree branches do no harm. The non amfib fabric is a nice mesh, that regulates your body temp very well on rides. Couple this jacket with Amfib tights and youll be able to handle even the coldest windest days in the saddle. I was hesistant to buy at 160, but would gladly pay 260 for one now that I've owned one

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 11, 2009

4 5

Pros: Bright, 4 modes, reasonable price

Cons: adjustments are in clicks, and sometimes an angle thats on the click would be perfect

Decent headlamp, works well and the battery life is solid for 3 AAA. Im doubting the 150 hours, and the first 10 hours are very bright, then the rest of them are kind of middling. As stated in other reviews, this is a solid pick at this price point.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 10, 2009

5 5

Pros: Lightweight, breathable, supportive, comfy, good rubber.

Cons: Can't really think of any.

These are my go to shoes. They are lighter and breathe better than the XA 3d pros, they are cheaper than the S Lab Wings, all without being too heavy or sacrificing too much support. I have flat feet and these offer enough support to keep my shins from screaming 2 miles in. Also fantastic for fast and light hikes. If you own one pair of Salomons, own these.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 8, 2009

5 5

Pros: Light, comfy, rain cover included, cooler (temperature) on the back than others Ive used, frame is light and effective, really like the fit on my back.

Cons: Side pockets arent very stretchy and it makes it difficult to pull out water w/o stopping. The inside of the hip straps chafe my hips.

I bought this bag as a day pack, as a switch from my bigger bags. Im impressed with it. It sits well on my shoulders and the padding on the straps is not bulky and still comfortable. The back padding is well ventilated and doesnt hold a lot of sweat. it comes with a rain cover (or at least mine did) I really like the top storage as there are 2 separate pockets there. the top zipper you can see in the pic and then another on the side. As stated above the side pockets are pretty tight and I cant easily It does have the option for a camelback bladder though. All that being said this is my go to bag and Id highly recommend it.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 8, 2009

4 5

Pros: Inexpensive, durable, lots of external storage

Cons: Not super light, no rain cover included, the hip straps rip my hips apart. The Verti-Cool is more of marketing ploy.

I really this bag. Its huge and the side straps allow you to keep it small if you dont need all the space. I love the spandex-esque pockets in the front and side. The bag has firm padding and the frame is very basic but it certainly gets the job done. I has large external pockets, but they dont have elastic tops, so stuff can fall out (Lots of dented Sigg bottles). I'd call this a pretty basic bag. I wouldn't take it on a week long trip, but a weekend backpack trip? For sure! The one thing I really hate is the mesh material on the inside of the straps, it basically a cheese grater on long hikes, does a number on my hips and clavicles. For the money, I can't think of a better bag.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 8, 2009

3 5

Pros: Breathable, quick break in period, great rubber (see below), durable

Cons: Fairly wide, lacing system slips, not very supportive, s

These shoes handle every thing I can throw at them. They are great dry condition shoes, not so great in wet conditions. My big problem is the foot bed is very flat, and at the end of a 30 mile day, they just dont get the job done. Short (<10 miles) hikes are right in this shoe's wheelhouse. I try and hike fast and light, so boots dont really play into my situation. If you have wide feet and live in the desert, these shoes are for you. If you have flat feet and live in a damp area or a place with winter melt until June, might want to look elsewhere.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 7, 2009

4 5

Pros: Price, fairly light, packs to a reasonable size

Cons: might be a little tight

I bought this bag when I was on a budget try to outfit my self for a back packing trip on a budget. I haven't bought a replacement. Its a nice bag that Ive slept in just underwear down to around 30. I woke up in the morning and I could see my breath, was warm with the hood pulled. It is a bit tight on the sides though, but its not meant to be a king sized bed. I like it a lot but can't give it a 5. Bonus points for the mesh bag and compression sack included. I certainly feel like Im getting my moneys worth.

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Mike Morsewrote a review of on May 7, 2009

4 5

Pros: Comfy, supportive, love the lacing, keeps the feet away from the elements.

Cons: We all know Goretex isnt that breathable. That being said, my feet may stay dry from the rivers and streams, but they sweat like crazy in these.

I disagree with the previous review. I have a letter from a well known shoe company thats 4 letters long that told me their warranty does not apply to me as Im too hard on their shoes. No problems here and I now have a nice collection of Salomons. I have flat feet and these mitigate that better than any other shoe Ive run in other than my old pair of Pearl Izumi that were motion control. 4 stars for the price and fact they dont breathe all that great

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