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Michael Blatt

Michael Blatt

Portland, Oregon

Michael Blatt's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Michael Blatt's Bio

I am a Portland, Oregon native who moved to Salt Lake City five years ago to get a degree in bioengineering and surf the mountains (on skis). Once winter's over, I like to get out into the desert and highlands and camp, climb, hike, and do pretty much whatever else presents itself.

Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So it goes without saying that the Zion is a) one of the most popular items on this site and b) that it is truly the best pant for climbing, camping, hiking, and anything outdoors (I love them for skating as well). However, my girlfriend has been claiming that my beloved Zions are "dad pants" and should not be worn in public. While I might disagree with her impressions of the Zion, the Brion is the perfect compromise between your typical chino and a technical climbing/hiking pant.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These shorts offer the ruggedness and range of motion you can count on from anything in the Zion/Brion lineup, but also is sleek enough to be worn around LA or Miami on a Summer night! Be sure to go with these for your next set of dress, climbing, and hiking shorts-- they're unbelievably versatile!

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

This is a great hoodie for those wanting a more sporty material than cotton, but be wary that the waist and wrist cuffs are not very functional. I also found the sizing to be a bit larger than my personal preferences, but I'm hoping that a couple shrinks from washing/drying will fix that no problem.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 28, 2018

5 5

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

This is a great alternative for anyone looking for a great baselayer that isn't wool. I wear these under my 3L pants on a 10-20 degree powder day and have no problems with warmth. I personally wish I bought a size larger however, so that way it'd be easier to slide the pants up for putting on ski boots.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 9, 2018

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

This down sweater is an incredible deal for what you're paying. Up front, any jacket that costs $200 should make you wary. Luckily, with the Down Sweater, you're getting a 600-fill down jacket backed by the Patagonia name! Definitely can count on this piece lasting a couple decades with proper care.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on January 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 35 reg

These pants are insanely versatile to say the least. My go-to for anything outdoors-- skating, climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking... the list never ends!

I went a size larger than I usually buy for streetwear since I wanted a little more range, luckily the built in belt mitigates that issue.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this pack for my Dad since he lives in Portland, OR where it rains far too much. This pack is great for carrying climbing gear to the gym or outside, bringing a laptop and other items to work, and beyond. The price is at the high-end of the backpack spectrum, but it's genuinely worth it!

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I'm a huge fan of G3 skins. After switching to BD's a few seasons ago, I made sure to not make the same mistake when gifting my girlfriend skins for the holidays. Super easy to trim with way less hardware involved than the BDs.

I see a lot of people in the reviews asking questions on sizing, so here's my two cents:
I sized these based on the width at the waist (for most skis, the most-narrow spot on them) based on my own experiences sizing skins. Many places online will suggest getting a skin that's as wide as the tip of your ski (the widest spot on most skis), which is totally ok, but arguably unnecessary. While having more surface area is beneficial to gripping the snow, you're generating the least amount of traction at the tip and tail. This also makes the skin corners less likely to peel away as you skin up; resulting in longer-lasting glue.

Only other advice is to make sure you aren't covering the edges when trimming!

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Went for the snowshot this year because I have had plenty of success wearing 2L in lightweight mountain west snow (probably would've gone something 3L if I was spending the winter in Tahoe or the North West) , and have yet to be disapointed! Have had the opportunity to test in heavy, wet snow conditions

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for (obviously) for tuning up my own skis and my friend's skis and boards. What I like about this setup is that it is a little less expensive than the swix counterparts because they omit an edge tuner (I ski a fair amount of park and slide on rails often where sharp edges are pretty unsafe). The iron is incredible compared to the old clothes iron and you can't go wrong with swiss-made base wax! Stop spending money getting your skis tuned at the resort; step your wax game up!

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this duffel because I a) wanted to have a duffel to travel with and carry ski equipment and b) because I trust the Osprey brand. An incredibly rugged duffel with pretty much every bell and whistle I could want in one. Stoked to see how it handles air travel, car camping, and desert trips this Spring and Summer!

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you were like me, you have spent plenty of time just filling coreshots with wax to get by... grab some p-tex, do it the right way, and keep your skis going! Super easy to use, and you can get away with using a wax scraper or a straight edge razor to get rid of the excess p-tex if you don't have their specific file.

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Michael Blatt

Michael Blattwrote a review of on December 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is pretty much the best bang for buck you can get on a pack. The two compartments (front/back entry) allow you to keep your avy equipment separate (this compartment features two placement positions for your probe and shovel handle there) and accessible, while the back entry is great for storing extra gear and lunch.

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