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Michael Hill

Michael Hill

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Park City, UT

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I grew up spin fishing and occasionally fly fished. With the warm winter we've had in Utah I've decided to get into fly fishing. This reel was recommended to me as a solid reel for a good price. So far I've been really pleased with it. My father has been fly fishing for years and tried it out for a few days. He's now considering snagging one for himself.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

Saved My Noggin
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear a large in pretty much every helmet. The large fit me a little big, but when I put in the larger cheek pads that were included it fit great. A little on the heavy side, but not so much that it was uncomfortable. I used it primarily for DH up at The Canyons and Deer Valley. Really glad I had the full face protection when I crashed this summer. Went down at roughly 25-30 mph and slammed race first. Hit my forehead on a rock and slammed what would have been my jaw into the dirt for a good 30'. Walked away with a headache but nothing else. I'll be replacing it next season with a new one.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding the Blend as my primary ski for about 4 years now. I haven't found a ski that is more fun to ride in all conditions. Thanks to the wide waist and lightweight construction they float in powder. Take them in the park and they have a great flex pattern for butters and jibbing. I grew up skiing bumps and not too many skis as wide as the Blends handle bumps that great. These handle bumps and crud with ease. They're basically the epitome of a one ski quiver. Just be aware they are a lighter ski. I'm 150 lbs and I tend to have a laid back skiing style. Even then I've pushed them close to the snapping point a few times when I really start charging a line. My dad took them for a lap at 230lbs and he felt like he was going to snap them on a groomer.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

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

I've been a fan of Dakine for a while now. I'm still using my Heli Pro pack daily after over 13 years. I was so impressed with my backpack and Dakine's warranty policy I picked up a boot bag a couple years ago. It's served me really well, but I'm heading out to Japan in February for a ski trip and needed a way to travel with all my gear. I bought the 185 cm bag and was able to comfortably fit my 179 cm Line Blend's, 185 cm 4FRNT YLE's, poles, boots, outerwear, and some ski tuning supplies. The tuning supplies tucked away nicely in the exterior pocket. It comes with removable boot back to keep your liners away from wet skis. I had enough room after getting my boots in that I was able to lay two coats, pants, goggle's, helmet, and mitts on top of the skis. Should make life a lot easier getting through the airport and train stations now that I can fit everything in one bag.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Thule Archway Rack for 3 bikes for my hatchback this summer. Within about 3 months the rubber straps that came with it had already torn. It could be partly due to the shape and size of my bike frame. I picked up a couple packs of these extra straps to throw in my trunk. I figure they'll continue to blow out, but for $15 they last long enough its worth it. I've started using bungee cords to help secure the bike to the frame and I do these straps up a little looser. That has helped to let them last longer.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a bit of a wider head, so I have a hard time finding bills that look good. Most hats are either too narrow or they are like 51-30's. I'm not a huge fan of totally flat brims. This hat hits the perfect middle ground.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: X-Large

My favorite thing about Saga's hoodies and coats is the longer length without feeling like you are drowning in it. I'm a taller guy at 6'1", but only weigh 145lbs. I like my hoodies to fit long, but most brands if I go up to an XL they are way to wide. Saga's hoodies have a longer tailored fit. The panels built into the side are super stretchy, so you can still move freely when up riding.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hillwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I've owned at least 20 pairs of these over the last 15 years. Right now I think I have 5 pairs in my closet. Simple, clean look, and functional. It also helps that I have a really wide forefoot and they break in really nice after a couple days of wearing them. Protip - If you're like me and hate lacing up shoes especially skate shoes. When you lace them to the top eyelet instead of tying them, cross them back down to the second eyelet just like you would lace them going up. Then go cross them once more to the top eyelet. You should be left with about an inch or two of lace that you can just tuck under the laces on top of the tongue. Won't loosen up on you and you don't have laces snagging on anything while skating.

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