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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Bad insoles
That confirms it. The insoles on Vivos suck. Not durable and soak up water like a sponge. On my Inov-8s the insoles are just the opposite. The upshot seems to be is that Vivo has good designs, but ...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 15, 10:59pm

Re: Re: vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
the specs say about 9.5oz dry, although I am not sure if that is with or without the insole. So your dry weights will be of great interest. Maybe it is not so bad. I'll have to comparet your...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 15, 3:45pm

Re: Re: vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
Well, apparently they didn't fix the durability problem. I have a pair now as well but am still burning thru the 4 pairs of Breathos I stocked up first. How do the Freaks retain water after bei...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 12, 10:10pm

Mt Defiance
Did Mt Defiance next door about 3 weeks ago. No snow until the very top and then very little even there. Gonna be a nice long 3 season for backpacking this year.

In Post-Trip Reports » Cascade spring dayhike
March 11, 10:22pm

The Duct Tape Miracle
Many years ago, a group of college students, me included, were on a week-long trip through the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas. It was spring break, and so perfect time to be in the desert. We we...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
January 19, 11:51pm

Re: Re: Re: PNW GGG is a GO!
Yes, Ian, that is correct. thanks

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
January 16, 1:37pm

Re: PNW GGG is a GO!
I'm in for this as well. What is better than awkward talk about gear in the rain with new people for an entire weekend. Oh, did I jinx us?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
January 15, 11:33pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
My understanding was that the Patagonia down treatment technology (plasma silicon something or other...I forget) was totally different than these DWR treatments. And that it was likely to be superi...

In GEAR » Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
November 07, 4:01pm

Re: RE: vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
I have not tried them either. Waiting for my stock of Breathos to wear out first. I did email VivoBarefoot with some questions and ever received a response. Wanted to know if they fixed a couple ...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
November 07, 3:56pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: WW GGG
My votes: Other - June so as not to conflict w/other summer plans (First choice) East of Seattle in the Issaquah/North Bend area (Second choice) Olympic Peninsula

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone up for a Western Washington UL GGG?
November 04, 11:48am

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