miguel thomas

miguel thomas

MT Baker, The Cascades, anywhere theres trees and or wilderness.

Miguel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Miguel's Bio

Nothing makes me feel as free as snowboarding, but I am a also a avid hiker and camper, and have recently started climbing again after 8 years which is a total blast.

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miguel thomas wrote a question about on July 1, 2014

Hi there, I am interested in purchasing one of the POC VPD 2.0 packs, and was looking at both the 15l and 16l, they look drastically different in size in the pictures, oddly enough with the 15 being much larger. I am wondering if there is actually any difference to them other then size? I want a relatively minimalistic size bag, which the picture of the 16 seems to display, however, logically the 15 should be smaller. Thanks in advance for any insight!

-Miguel

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on June 5, 2012

3 5

I was pretty stoked about these shoes. They looked quite well made, and for some reason I assumed they would be hyper durable. They are super comfortable as I had guessed due to the Swedish massage tech in the foot bed, and dont give too much support which I like as somewhat of bare-foot enthusiast. The downside is that they are not so durable, the stitching along the right side of the left shoe started to rip out. This is a bummer because other than this issue, I would give them an excellent rating for the price. I still havent decided if I'm going to return them, because I really do like them, and I really just want a pair that isn't ripping.

As far as the nitty gritty is concerned I wear a size 12 in most shoes as is true for these. I have slightly wider feet than average and after a few days these broke in to fit nicely.

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miguel thomas wrote an answer about on February 3, 2012

I have to agree with Jeff, I bought these, and they sound only a little better than $30 skull candies, and sadly, skull candy is the better deal by far, because they have a life time return policy, whereas beats have none (other than BC's Superb one :)). This may be more advice than you want, but I just went through 10 days of intensive research to find a headphone that did what I wanted the beats to do. Unfortunately, I was, in the end unable to find a pair of over ear headphones that backcountry carries that was up to the standards that I was looking for. I got Audio Technica ATH M50s and couldnt be happier. They are a bit more bulky, but thats because they are professional monitoring headphones, however, with the bulk comes amazing sound, lows, mids and highs. The best part though is that they're only 140 bucks :)

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

This vest would very easily earn five stars in my book, however, there are no pockets for my hands, this is understandable considering its weight, however, I want me some hand pockets and would gladly have the vest weigh 2 oz more... cant attest to durability yet, as I've only had it a week or two, but I will update this review. Im 5'11" about 160-170lb and the medium fits great with room for a light hoody underneath.

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

2 5

These are pretty sweet! I think they sound as good as the Bose on ear headphones. Nice deep base, and pretty good with other types of music as well, classical, alt rock etc. They are relatively comfortable, but after 3 hours they start to make my ears sore. The quality on these seem to be good as well, no problem with the head band so far. Best part, awesome return policy which you cant get anywhere else... never again will I buy Bose.

Alright, so after about 2 months of mild use, the right headphone has developed an incredibly annoying rattling noise, both from walking or moving around, as well as from when there is more significant base in a song. I have taken very good care of them, always stored in the padded case, never wrapping the headphone cord around them etc. I really liked the sound quality prior to this, and I am very disappointed to have to send them back.

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

Preliminary
3 5

This jacket seems to be the same awesome jacket that Stoic has been making for the last several seasons. I can attest to the same solid construction, since I have owned the last 3 seasons of this jacket, until now, the sizing has been my only issue, but it seems they have it locked down now, which is great. Im 5'11" about 165-170 and the medium fits me on the baggier side, however im ok with that. This jacket also integrates well with the bibs, (also a medium [less baggy however]). Only two issues that keep this from a five star rating, that is, the cuffs could be a little bigger, my gloves wont fit underneath, granted I do have swany's with a pretty big wrist, but itd be nice to have the option, also the powder skirt is still only two clips, where at least the option of 4 would be better, this wont be an issue for me anymore however because of the bibs, but pre-bib, it drove me nuts.

Slight modification to the above. After a full season of using this jacket its held up nicely, however I have a few complaints.
1) the Velcro wrist tighteners are garbage, one ripped completely off (this has happened to 2 of my friends as well)
2) the wrists themselves are just too tight, I am unable to get my gloves inside (minor issue, but annoying non the less)
3) the overall quality of the bombshell line seems to be deteriorating, just not as durable or as well designed, in my opinion

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

Preliminary
4 5

So this is my completely un-field tested first impression. Pretty sweet. I had these last year, however they were a full size to big for me, so that somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for these bibs, however this year in the correct size, I like them a lot. Ok down to the nitty gritty. Construction looks and feels about the same to last years, sorta like a cross between gore, eVent and a shell. Possibly slightly more crinkly and more rugged feeling than last year, but that could easily be my imagination. The Mediums fit me well, I'm about 5'11" 165-170lbs. My one complaint overall, is that there is very little room for adjustment of the bib straps, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why, but they put them on what I would consider backwards...meaning, the Velcro folds underneath, so you cant just grab it and re-strap it, you have to reach underneath and mess around with it. Other than that minor issue, these things should be the only snow pants I need for a very long time!

Ill update this once we get enough snow to ride out here in NW-WA.

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miguel thomas wrote a question about on October 26, 2011

Hey guys, long time stoic fan here, I have in the past owned several of the bombshell jackets, and I know that the sizing has been revamped a few times. Im curious as to how the fit is this year? I have the medium from the past two seasons, the two seasons ago medium is too small and last years is too large, so if someone knows how the sizing is this year, that would be awesome!

Thanks in advance!

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on October 7, 2011

5 5

These are my go to favorite casual shirt. Very impressed with the quality and comfort for a Billabong product. As far as fit, these are awesome, I'm one of those in between large and medium people, Large in height, Medium in waist, which these seem to cater to, Im around 5'11" with a longish torso, I weigh around 165-170, athletically built. These fit athletically, but not, "giant body builder in a small shirt" tight. To those wondering about the depth of the V and whether they can pull it off, this shirt has a very shallow V, just enough to make it extra comfortable.

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

3 5

I was really excited for this one, I've been wanting another merino piece for a long time, I love all my current ones, however this one lacks an essential quality, which is a waistline that stays at your waist. its super comfy and warm and never gets stinky and all the other great merino qualities, but its too short in the torso, and has vertually no elasticity to keep it in place... still havent decided if ill be able to make it work, I wanna give it a fair shot, but it might be going back.

5'11" 165lbs athletic, long torso.

Edit: So after giving this guy a fair shot, I ended up deciding to send it back, I just need my shirts/hoodies to go past my waist. Nothing wrong with the material, or construction, just a funky fit, by all means this would be awesome if you have a short torso.

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miguel thomas wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

2 5

By no means a technical hoody, but non the less, pretty great. Very Very comfortable, the 50/50 organic cotton and viscose combo is fantastic. it comes out of the package softer than any sweatshirt I've ever worn. fit is quite a bit baggier than I expected for a medium, Im about 5'11" 165-170 relatively athletic, long torso, It could be slightly more athletic of a fit, but then again, this is a hoody for hanging out in and drinking beers, not for shredding the slopes, however its pretty warm, so if you like it steazy, you could throw it under a baggy coat on a mild day. Nothing wrong with it, just not my thing to have my sweatshirt hanging so loose.

Edit: After just a few weeks of very, very casual wear, this sweatshirt felt like it became a full size larger, very baggy for a medium, still way soft and cozy, but not so good for wearing anywhere but in the house. I didnt need a lounging around the house sweatshirt, I needed a walking to class and hanging out with friends hoody. Sadly this one is on its way back to BC.

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