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Michal Patten

Michal Patten

Park City, Utah

Michal Patten's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on August 24, 2010

5 5

I switched to hiking in trail running shoes a few years ago, but just started using light weight wool socks. What a big difference! These are great at moisture wicking and protect my feet from friction. I wear and 8 shoe and bought a M sock. It fits perfectly after 3 washings. The profile is low, but with my XT Wings they have enough coverage. I just ordered 3 more pairs!

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on August 11, 2010

5 5

I bought these several weeks ago and just love them. I got them in "Madder Brown" which is more the color of dry Virginia red clay (I know, pretty specific....) and less orangey than the image appears. I wear between a 7.5 and 8 in most shoes. I got this style in an 8 and it fits well, but there is no extra length. The footbed is very comfortable, the sole durable and styling surprisingly versatile.

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on June 7, 2010

5 5

I've been wearing these pants for hiking for about 1 1/2 months and have been very pleased with them. They provide good lightweight protection, dry quickly when they get wet, are flattering and true to size. Update: I've been stopped by a number of people asking me where I got these pants and have given several pairs as gifts. I also had to go back for a second pair for myself!

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

At just about 1 pound, this bag is surprisingly warm. I used it recently in damp conditions and about 40 degrees and was just fine. I particularly like the stiff zipper tape as it makes it easy to zip and unzip without pinching the bag. I also like that it unzips all the way so that I can stick out a cooling fin when necessary. When zipped all the way I don't feel constrained due to the design....And I love the beautiful purple color!

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

Each time I use this tent I like it even more. Equally great for car camping or backpacking, this tent is easy to set up (first time in the dark and in the rain < 3 minutes)and delivers a dry night's sleep. I purchased the footprint also which works perfectly and is also extremely light. I've used it in dry western conditions and in the rain on the AT and have had no condensation problems with two people. My only slight complaint is that if it's raining it's hard to get in and out of the vestibule without getting wet, as the profile is so close to the tent.

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on December 3, 2008

4 5

My Chilkats are my primary winter boot. I use them for snowblowing tasks, walking my dogs, hiking and snowshoeing. I agree with other reviewers that getting the right size is key as they are rigid enough that you can't really 'break' them in. These rugged boots take a little practice lacing them properly for the type of excursion you are taking. I wear a 7.5 in most shoes and got these in an 8 and they fit me well with a medium heavy sock. I would definitely buy another pair when these wore out.

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

I love these pants. They are a little big in the waist, but the drawstring helps. The fabric is extremely lightweight and comfortable but protective against brambles when hiking. I've even taken a few tumbles and the fabric did not rip. The leg pocket is very handy for ID, cell phone or small map.

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Michal Pattenwrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

I just started trail running this summer after 5 years battling Plantar Fasciitis. I was concerned that the harder sole would bother my feet, but they felt great the very first time that I used them. I normally wear a 7.5 - 8 shoe and got the 8 which fits perfectly. I like the roomy toe box and the pull type lacing. I tend to over pronate and turn my ankles. These shoes provide great stability. I'm so happy to be on my feet again and enjoying the trails!

8.3.09 - OK. I still love these shoes, but the lacing system frayed and broke while I was hiking. I use them a lot, but I was hoping that the lace life would be the same as the tread life....which is still quite serviceable after a year. I'll have to find out if the lace can be replaced instead of my current knot and electrical tape solution.

9.14.09 - My lace repair job is working just fine, but something funny happened 2 days ago. I was hiking with 3 friends who were all wearing these shoes. I was complaining that the laces are long and sometimes get caught on stuff on the trail or I step on them. Only one of us knew about the pocket at the end of the tongue where you can tuck in the excess lace!

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