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Micah

Wasatch, Bridger, Gallatin, Teton and Uinta Range

Micah's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

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Micah

Micahwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 33x32

These jeans fit incredibly well. They are durable and look great. They have just enough stretch to make moving in them easy and comfortable. This is my second round of these jeans and I plan on buying another pair when they wear out.

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Micahwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I purchased these because my 11 year old son had outgrown his Columbia ski bib and requested pants instead of a bib. I've had great luck previously with Columbia products for my boys. However, these pants were not in line with my normal experience. They fit my son well and performed well with one big exception. The fabric above the knees was pretty flimsy.

The first time my son wore them he came back in with two small tears in the fabric by his left hip. I was pretty disappointed and assumed it was his fault. I told him to be careful with his stuff, patched up the holes, and chalked it up as part of raising an active kid. The next morning he put his ski pants on and we headed out to ski. I loaded his skis in the truck for him. Somehow, between the time we left the house and the time we arrived at the resort, he had another hole in the pants. Not having time available to exchange them, I patched them again. Since then, they have held up well. However, I have to say ski pants that get three holes right off the bat is not what I'm looking for.

The good news is the pants have held up for another dozen days since, and my son thinks the patches are cool. The bad news is that I had to spend an extra ten bucks in patches. If you buy these pants, add an extra roll of tenacious tape or some cool patches.

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Micahwrote a review of on July 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love these boots! Solid enough for crampons yet supple enough to handle some technical rock climbing, they are a great compromise for mixed alpine ascents. They generally stayed very dry. However, when I had to climb through spring runoff, they kept my feet dry for quite a while. When finally inundated by runoff, they still kept my feet warm despite being wet. The sizing is great as I have found La Sportiva fits me well and find what fits in one model runs true to size in another; these boots are no exception.

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Micahwrote a review of on July 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used the XTherm on a recent North Cascades trip and it reflected heat like a champ. I was not disturbed by any sound generated by the pad and found the heat reflection to be remarkable. I do think that the Pump bag is neither useful for storage or inflation. Too large to store / pack my small pad and not effective at inflating the pad, I felt as if the pump bag was nearly useless. I'd prefer a useful stuff sack and a useful pump bag to a one size fits all option that does neither very well.

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Micahwrote a review of on July 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the original version of the Gregory Z pack and needed a larger version. The Z 75 fit the bill. It has plenty of room for a 4 day mountaineering trip. It carried everything that I needed quite comfortably. The only thing that I would fix is the exterior side pockets. They are too small to carry anything significant. I usually like to keep Nalgene water bottles in the exterior side pockets of my pack and the Z 75 pockets would not support this plan. I was able to make up for this by using the hydration bladder setup and putting my Nalgene bottles inside the pack.

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Micahwrote a review of on July 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used these on a Mt Shuksan mountaineering trip recently. They delivered what I was looking for, great eye protection. I had some fogging issues that were solvable by removing the side shields or just moving the glasses slightly. My only issue is that I wasn't able to ever quite get the fit just right, but each tweak made it a bit better. The fit issues I struggled with were a tendency to slip off my face and a bit of a hotspot above my right ear.I suspect these may work a bit better with a wider face. However, I couldn't have been happier with the sun protection and clarity.

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Micahwrote a review of on July 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This jacket is the perfect insulating layer. The athletic cut makes it fit under anything and the super light weight makes it easy to carry when conditions change. From relatively stationary winter fly fishing to skinning up the Spanish Peaks to kicking around town, this jacket covers it all.

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