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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittaker

Salt Lake City, Utah

Mike Whittaker's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Mike Whittaker's Bio

I'm Mike Whittaker, a Backcountry.com Gearhead and world traveler. I'm also studying Materials Science Engineering at the University of Utah. In the winter I can be found in the Wasatch mountains looking for the deepest fresh. When I'm not skiing I'm looking for my next adventure: Flyfishing the US West, studying ichthyology in St. Thomas, researching renewable energy in Costa Rica. . .whats next?

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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittakerwrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

After a few years of telemark skiing the BD Verdict has become my all-time favorite ski. I use it in bounds about 50% of the time, skiing deep powder, hitting cliffs and charging groomers. The rest of my time is spent in the backcountry, where my Verdicts mounted with BD '01 Midstiff bindings get me anywhere I want to go. They are fat enough to handle most powder (although I've had days of 3+ ft. where I wished I had some Megawatts). They are lighter than many other skis of similar dimensions while still maintaining enough stiffness for touring and making aggressive tele turns. These skis are designed for anyone who is an aggressive skier and wants to push their skis day after day.

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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittakerwrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

I use this jacket for skiing on warm days and for kicking around town. It has been completely water proof for everything I've used it for (dumping snow to sleet) and it hasn't torn or worn out at all. I usually wear my Arc Gamma MX under this shell and haven't gotten cold yet. It is a great outer layer for touring because it is easy to get on and off, is really light and packs down well. At 6' 0" 180 the large is a great fit, with plenty of room to move around, though like most Arc jackets it's just a little shorter in the waist than I would like. All around a comfortable and functional shell.

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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittakerwrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

I use my Gamma MX for just about everything. It is a great midlayer for skiing, warm and windproof but breathable. As with most Arc'teryx jackets it is pretty short in length, which makes it great for a midlayer but a little short on its own. I don't really let that stop me from wearing it because I rock it around town all the time. At 6' 0" 180 the large was a good fit, if maybe just a little small. Overall it is a great jacket, and the polartec is an amazing performance fabric.

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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittakerwrote a review of on December 1, 2008

4 5

Cool in more ways than one. The texture offers a variety from the itchy cotton/wool beanies and doesn't pill (fray). It is semi-porous, however, and when used on the slopes will not stop wind and/or heavy precipitation. Best if used at your local party or bar.

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Mike Whittaker

Mike Whittakerwrote a review of on September 22, 2008

4 5

These shoes are a pretty hearty. I used them in a plethora of different conditions including stream crossings, bushwhacking, rock-hopping; I even scaled a peak with these guys on! They hold up very well, are really lightweight and are comfortable. My one gripe is that the lugs on the soles don't distribute pressure evenly when what you are walking/running on isn't flat. Where a flatter sole would distribute the pressure of stepping on rocks/stumps/small critters evenly, the lugs on these babys push on the insole at isolated points. It was more of an annoyance than a detriment, but its definitely something to consider.

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