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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushing

Employee

Anywhere with mountains, but mostly the Wasatch!

Mike Cushing's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Mike Cushing's Bio

Before I tell you about myself, we need to be friends. Everybody knows the best way to be friends is to follow that person. So click "Follow" so that we can be the type of friends that have inside jokes and embarrassing stories.

I've been with BC now for about 4 years, and it continues to be my dream job. I am fortunate enough to have access to world-class gear and I get to use it every day. Not trying to toot my own horn, but I know quite a bit about most of the products on our site (as well as products not on our site), but I definitely specialize in a few areas.

These areas include:
- Ice Climbing & Mountaineering
- Rock Climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, and big mountain)
- Skiing (alpine and AT)
- Backpacking and related equipment

Basically, if you're shaking on the side of a frozen waterfall or have a half-pad on a crimp, I can help you out. Even if you don't have a question and want to chat about cool places you've been, GIVE ME A CALL! If you have a question about something you don't think I can help with... Try me! If I can't I can at least get you to someone who really knows their stuff.

I'd love to be your own personal hookup in the outdoor industry. Give me a call anytime. My number is 1.800.409.4502 Ext. 4340 - Make sure to leave a voicemail if I don't answer (unfortunately I can't work 24/7).

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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

I've been trying a ton of different shoes over the last couple years and finally settled on the Altra Paradigm shoe. It fits great, feels great after long distances, and is quite durable for the weight. They fit true to size. Highly recommended.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

Purchased these for my wife and she's in them 24/7. She's worn the speedcross for years now and can't get enough of them. The colors are great, the quality is top-notch, and they are the best trail runners money can buy. She ran an off the couch marathon in these things (not recommended), and didn't finish with broken feet! Overall, I highly recommend them.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This was my first fleece, and I can't imagine why I would ever need anything other than the Snap-T. Super warm, great quality, good fit/design, and reasonably priced. Patagonia makes great stuff and this is no exception. Highly recommended.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

Purchased them for my wife and she absolutely loves them. They look great and are very functional. In my opinion they are quite overpriced for what they are, but I guess not everything is about value. They are very stylish and seem durable. They do run small. Wife wears 7.5 and had to return for size 8.0.

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Mike Cushing

Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230 lbs

I love Altra shoes. I've been using them for a while now and can't speak highly enough about the quality & design. I'm 6'4", 230lbs and these provide a good amount of cushion. Fit true to size, I went with a size 13 and they work great. If you're in between sizes, I'd go up. Overall, highly recommend them.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on October 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: 38x34

I've had the Basin and Range Storm Mountain Chino pants for a few months now and practically live in them. They are very comfortable and have a nice tailored fit that make them look casual yet professional. I have an office job that allows for casual wear, and these are my pant of choice. I'm a big guy and struggle to find pants that fit without making me look like I have tree-trunk legs. I'm 6'4" 230lbs and wear the size 38X34. The length is perfect, allowing me to sit without the pant riding up. The fabric feels solid, but I haven't had them long enough yet. It wouldn't surprise me if these last for years without breaking down, they feel very durable. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone looking for a casual/professional pant for everyday use.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

Best Approach Shoe!
5 5

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

Bought these for my wife (I also have a pair), and she absolutely loves them. Not only do they make great approach shoes, but she's climbed 11's in them. They are super sticky and make surprisingly good climbing shoes! If you're in the market for some solid approach shoes, you won't regret buying these. Highly recommended!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

Does an incredible job holding chalk!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It does what all other chalk bags do, and not much is different on this one. I like it because it has a great closure system and a nice strap. The Trad version is bigger which works well if you have larger hands. Highly recommended!

PS - Notice the book in the background? If you don't own Holy Ten Sleep, the Ten Sleep guide book, it's probably the best book ever published.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

Crush it!
5 5

Wife loves these things. Wear these if you want to send your 5.13 project, or if you want to look like a bad ass crushing 5.9's. They are a high performance shoe, and they work great for steep climbs. If you're a new climber, I'd recommend going w/ something cheaper. No need to destroy the shoes on easier stuff when a shoe half the price will do just as well. Only my opinion...

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

Save Your Neck
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First world problems, I know, but these really help your neck when you're belaying all day long. I used to make fun of people wearing these things, then I tried them, and now I won't go back! These are a great price compared to other belay glasses on the market. Highly recommended!

Photo disclaimer: I was using a Grigri w/ a friend holding the rope before taking the photo. Safety first!

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

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

Bought these for my wife when she got into Tele a couple years ago and she absolutely loves them. They are comfortable, warm, and very responsive. She used to use Black Diamond boots and likes these much better. These are lighter, come with a better liner, are warmer, and are higher performance than the BD boots she had. She is constantly recommending these to her Tele friends.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

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

I bought these primarily for running and absolutely love them. They are very light weight so you hardly feel them on your face. Because the frame is nonexistent, air flow is better than other glasses so they don't fog. The photochromic lenses are great as well and have a wide range of tints. If you have a small head, these aren't for you. They work well for mid-large size faces. Overall, I highly recommend these.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

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

These should be a part of every runner's quiver. I always wear compression socks/sleeves to prevent injury and improve recovery. These work great and I highly recommend them. Make sure to measure the circumference of your calf before buying them. They won't work as well if you don't get the right size.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had the 1.0 version of the Chips bluetooth headphones and absolutely loved them. These are a step up, but not necessary in my opinion. The original ones work great and these do too. If you haven't upgraded to wireless yet, you should absolutely! You won't believe how nice it is to make calls and listen to music without the inconvenience of wires. The sound quality is so-so, but the convenience totally makes up for it.

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Mike Cushingwrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these to partner up w/ my Jones Flagship. It's a very stiff setup and ultra responsive. This binding is very well made and super durable. I look forward to several years of hard riding on the Flux XV. If you have a soft/medium flex board and you want some playful bindings to use, these aren't for you. Overall, I highly recommend these!

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