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Mike Collins

Massachusetts

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on March 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from a boot that was too big and didn't fit my long low volume foot well, these are awesome. The middle buckle really locks your heel down even when I barely crank it down which is huge. It makes such a difference when you are not worrying about your foot moving around inside your boot. I chose this boot because it was recommended for my foot by a bootfitter in SLC. If you are serious about skiing I highly recommend you see a boot fitter. It is amazing how much a difference it can make. Anyways, the stiffness of the boot so far have been good for me, although the ~5 days I have on them so far were very cold so we will see how they feel when it warms up a bit. The nice thing is with the three piece design you can swap out the tongue if desired. Time will tell how they hold up, but so far I really like these boots.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on November 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium.

these things are awesome. for the price, they certainly can't be beat. I had one pair and loved them so much I bought a second pair. They are very comfortable and stretchy. I mostly wear them for climbing outside but I also will throw them on when I am just hanging around and doing errands. I will probably buy a third pair because I wear them that much. I am a 31 or 32 waist depending on company and 32 length and the medium fit me pretty good.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on October 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This jacket seems great. The quality is very nice and the long cut is sweet too. I am 6 feet 170 with around a 41 inch chest and the medium fits great. I am kinda in between sizes (M and L) for other arcteryx jackets but this fits nice in medium. I can't speak to the performance because unfortunately the one I bought came with a small little hole in the back (nighthawk color). It was not available and then one came available all of a sudden in my size so I picked it up. Mysteriously I see this jacket again now available in the same size and color the same day my return was processed....Kinda sketchy. I have never once had a single problem with a backcountry purchase ( I have made far too many) but this was kinda disappointing. Luckily I was able to return it.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on May 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 12.5

These shoes are great. They are comfortable out of the box and they do not stretch very much so the fits stays the same. I am a size 13 and I got 12.5 because they were on sale and that was the only size. I don't see a need to go any smaller. They are snug but not too painful. I could probably go down to a 12 if I had to but I don't think I would want to. Performance wise I really like them, they are not super stiff so they have a lot of feel for the rock which I like. They are not aggressively downturned and I have climbed some steep stuff and they do great.

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Mike Collinswrote a question about on February 21, 2015

currently on the old volkl bridges the 09, which is cambered unlike the new model. I am looking at these potentially. Live and ski mostly east coast with a trip or two out west. I am 6 foot about 175 ski trees a lot. Thinking the 188 is prob a little big for what I wanna be doing. I do like to go reasonably fast but I like the ski trees like I said and pop of random stuff on the sides of trails and all that... Anyone have any input on sizing on these?

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Mike Collinswrote a question about on January 28, 2015

would something like this be a bit much for an east coaster? I make a trip or two out west but I live and ski in the east. I have a pair of volkl bridges that are a few years old which are great and I am keeping but was looking to possibly get something a little bit bigger. These seem pretty sweet but idk if it reasonable or just wishful thinking.

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Mike Collinswrote a question about on January 27, 2015

how do these new mantras compare to the bridges? I've got a pair of bridges that are a few years old (they seem to pretty much have stayed the same over the years) and I am looking at a new pair of skis pretty soon. I was thinking something wider than the bridges and I will still be keeping those as well. I was looking at the bacons but I just noticed these and the new design seems pretty nice. Mostly ski northeast with occasional trip out west.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the green sol x which looks badass. I love it for blue bird days, never had an issue. I also have the red sensor which I like, but I will be getting the blue sensor for low light days. Usually, the red sensor is okay but it can be a little bit too dark and hard to see definition on very cloudy stormy days which is just damn scary when you can't tell what's coming. I tried my friends blue sensor and it definitely provides a little bit better definition.. The red sensor is good when it is cloudy but here and there the sun pokes through.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

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

These shoes are great and I am really bummed they do not make them any more. Definitely going to get mine resoled. I don't climb ridiculous over hang roofs on the reg so I got these after having the shamans. This are still perfectly fine for the steeps but some people may complain? I got my street shoe size and they fit great now. Was a little tight at first but I think sizing up 1 to 1.5 sizes as some people said is ridiculous. They are leather and will stretch some.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this thing for 20% off and I am more than happy. It is hugeeee. I use two carabiners and some nylon webbing and it works great. I also made a bug net. It is very comfortable to sleep in while camping or to just hang out in.

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Mike Collinswrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

And I love it. I bought it for going away on weekends to make sure I had enough room but I honestly mostly use it for one day or two day climbing trips which it is great for. While you can certainly use a smaller bag (around 40 liters?) for all your climbing gear I like this because when we are moving around at the crag I can just throw it all in and it easily fits and I don't have to carefully pack it to move ten minutes away. If it is under pack, I just tighten up the straps and the bag is so light it's no issue. I have yet to find a situation where I did not have enough room. I can easily fit a sleeping bag, my hammock, climbing rope and all climbing gear with plenty of room to spare.

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