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Michael Kisow

Michael Kisow

Park City, Utah

Michael Kisow's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Michael Kisow's Bio


I live and work in Park City. I work a ton but still find time to get outside and try out all of the gear I buy from BC.com

Skiing and Biking are my main outlets but caving, climbing, backpacking, SAR, and many other pursuits find their way into my life.

Michael Kisow

Michael Kisowwrote a review of on September 13, 2019

3 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I wish the shirt did not feel so plasticky and cheap, other shirts that are 100% polyester such as the Patagonia sun shirts just feel more like a wicking high-tech material this thing feels like you’re wearing a bit of a garbage bag. Sizing seems to be fairly correct, when in doubt size up .

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Michael Kisowwrote a review of on April 28, 2019

3 5

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

I have loved my Trabec Race MIPS for many years but it was time for a replacement. The Tectal sits much lower onto your forehead. I was surprised how far down my forehead that the front goes, basically squishing my eyebrows and forehead skin down towards my eyes. You'll see that many reviewers are saying that it sits so low it's hard to fit some sunglasses. I wish it sat higher in on my head.

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Michael Kisow

Michael Kisowwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

Happy with the purchase
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Size small fit my rather tall mini schnauzer. He's 25 Pounds. It's a just tad big if anything. Not too long, but slightly too girth-y. I like that this coat does not sag to one side like a few others we have tried. When we want him to be more visible we use the red side out, when it's wet, we have the wax side out. The velcro has not failed. Warm and stylish but the price is in outer space.

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Michael Kisowwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

First off, this coat runs very large. I'm a L or XL in everything I own and I'm a Medium in this coat at 5'10, 210. It's so hard to decipher the differences between the various Filson coats (packer, cruiser, field, shooting) so I'll help you out with some of my learnings. This is one of the few tin coats that does NOT have the moleskin collar, which I like, the collar is tin. Also this coat does NOT have the zip in system, which I also like as I had no plans to zip anything into it so I didn't want the extra bulk or abrasiveness of the zipper system. This coat does NOT come with a hood, despite the photos showing a hood. My coat came VERY oily, it was super concerning at first but in two weeks it was all soaked in or evaporated. The pockets in this coat are perfect including the one internal cell phone pocket on the left and even the large "map" pocket on the lower rear. If you require lots of breathability, Filson Tin cloth is NOT for you. I vent mine by frequently unbuttoning to let some air in. Also, if you're someone who needs their shells to zip/flip up high to cover your chin or cheeks in a driving wind or rain, this is NOT the coat for that, unless you get the optional hood I guess. It looks super cool and I am satisfied with my investment so far. I do think I'll buy the hood soon so the coat and the hood can age together.

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Michael Kisowwrote a review of on August 2, 2015

3 5

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

I thought the "S" was better, like the iPhone6"S". In this case S means less battery life and also no constant elevation mode. There is no barometer. For measuring distances of hikes, it's great, but really sad that I can't see my elevation until I hook it up to the computer.

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Michael Kisow

Michael Kisowwrote a review of on February 28, 2012

5 5

Let me begin by saying that I am the worlds largest fan of the XA Pro 3d Mid GTX (who names these things?). I love those shoes so much that I was really unsure where the Wings Sky would fit in to my life. Now I know.

The wings sky are better for a heavy pack (40lb+) and for deep slush and snow.

I labored over the price for a year on the Sky's but now love my decision to purchase. I'm not sure that I will use the wings sky much in the summer but for walking the dog in the snow, winter hiking, and snowshoeing, they are perfect. Very light.

One thing that I like the Mid better is the speed lace system. When I just want to get my shoes on fast to potty the dog I'm frustrated by the need to lace a higher boot.

The mid's transition into runners, bikers, and scramblers more easily but the Wings sky do better for brush, thorns, snow, and cold. My feet have stayed very dry in both.

If I could only own one, it would be the Mids but I mean that comment not to detract from the Sky. I will be grateful to have the Sky over the mid when I am deep in the wilderness and cannot risk an ankle injury.

Also, the orange color looks sick and is not too loud with long pants on.

The Sky's took me a few days of hiking to break in before some mild arch discomfort left.

Remember, if you are looking for a boot that will tackle heavy muck and mud, you may want to look elsewhere. If you want light, fast, and sturdy look to the Mid 3d or the Wings Sky.

The Sky has a lacing system that is high quality. The lowest lace keeper has teeth like a mechanical ascender that prevents lace back-slipping when you pull tight and try to lace up the higher ones.

I'm an 11 in every Salomon under the sun. The Sky is a little roomier inside than I had expected though.

I'll never own a full-on heavy leather backpacking boot again.

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Michael Kisowwrote a review of on August 15, 2011

5 5

Spent just two nights in the T2 in ID. The initial footprint is surprisingly small yet the fly/vestibule seems massive. The poles and fly have deliberate ways to erect yet remain simple. The "two man" status is certainly with almost no gear. I slept alone comfortably with much gear. A great one person tent who enjoys a ton of gear or the ability to sneak in a repenting bivy'er when the weather turns. Felt sold. Packs down small enough yer feels just a tad heavy for just one person but very manageable. For one hundo, can't beat it. Including the footprint is a big plus.

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