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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

Wasatch singletrack - especially Corner Canyon, Lambert Park, Dutch Hollow, AF Canyon, Provo Canyon, and Park City

Aaron Bender's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Aaron Bender's Bio

I am currently the Merchandise Coordinator for the Bike Division at backcountry. I have worked at backcountry for more than two and a half years and am still stoked every day to help connect people with their passions.

I am most passionate about mountain biking but also enjoy hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, and xc skiing. I am originally from Kansas and moved to Utah after serving in the US Army to attend college and to take advantage of the amazing access to the outdoors.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Some approach shoes offer phenomenal traction but just don't feel good on your feet. Not so with the Patagonia Rover.
These shoes have bomber traction on a wide range of rock. They also have useful edges and are sensitive enough to inspire the confidence to use them.
These are definitely a more minimal shoe - flexible and not very much cushioning. They offer plenty of room in the toebox, so that your feet never feel constrained.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on January 22, 2015

5 5

I bought these tires to go on my wife's bike and she absolutely loves them. They have big meaty lugs to provide tons of traction yet don't seem to suffer the usual penalty of high rolling resistance.

They set up tubeless pretty easily , just not quite easily enough to be done with a floor pump.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This wallet strikes the perfect balance between being slim and having sufficient carrying capacity. I manage to fit six cards in it and am still able to slide them out pretty easily.
I have the nubuck variant which has a great classic look to it.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

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

I'm a big fan of the minimalist glove and this one fits the bill. The back panel is extremely breathable yet has stood up to numerous encounters with brush.
At first I was nervous about the palm being fabric but with around a dozen rides under their belt these gloves show no signs of wear.
Continuing the minimalist theme of the glove is the lack of velcro at the wrist. These gloves fit well enough that I never miss having the velcro. Velcro never seemed to last too long on my previous gloves, anyway.
Bar feel, needless to say, is excellent. These are the best Fox gloves I have ever owned and possibly the best gloves, period.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are just about the perfect mountain biking short. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable yet feels tough enough to stand up well to a crash.
They also fit very well and never get hung up on the saddle when getting off the back for a steep descent.
The pockets are large and positioned so whatever you keep in them won't interfere with pedaling. At first I was surprised by the lack of cargo pockets but the shorts are better off without them.
The shorts are also subtle enough to be worn off the bike. I have worn them a couple of times at work and for general casual use.
I have a 30" waist and the M/32 fits perfectly.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned, and broken, two clip-style seat bags so far so I decided to try one with a simple strap attachment instead. So far this bag has survived half a season and a handful of races with flying colors. The strap can be a little difficult to feed through your seat rails but once on feels secure, even without a secondary strap to attach it to the seatpost.

This bag also holds more than I expected. Though a tad tight, it holds a 29" tube, CO2 cartridge with inflator, a multi-tool, SRAM powerlinks, and a car key.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

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

I myself have owned and loved two pairs of Giordana Fusion shorts so when the time came to buy my wife a new pair of shorts getting her these was a no brainer. The chamois is super comfortable without being bulky. My wife loves the leg length and the style of the waistband as well.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

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

So I'm that weird guy who loves barefoot, minimalist shoes. In college I was known as "that guy with the toe shoes." I have tried other minimalist shoes but I keep coming back to these. For me these epitomize the barefoot movement. I wear them almost every day.
I have owned several pairs of these over the years including the KSO and the KSO Trek. So far these are my favorite. They combine the breathability and comfort of the KSO with the increased traction of the Trek.
I have worn FiveFingers for everything from backpacking to running to everyday use. They excel in all conditions and no other shoe makes you feel more connected.
In the past I have had an issue with the sole on the big toe separating but so far these have shown no signs of that happening.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

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

The title says it all! They're Sanuks so they are awesome! These were a gift for my wife and she wears them more than any other shoe. And she has a lot of shoes.
These were a replacement for an old pair of Sanuks that she wore so much she wore a hole through the sole.
The only possible drawback she mentions is that they need to be worn with socks or they can get sweaty.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

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

I use these mostly for mountain biking and they are great for that purpose. They hug my face without being uncomfortable and they never ever slip. I honestly forget that I am wearing them. I have a medium to large face and these fit super well.
They came with the reflective blue lenses installed. These work so well that I haven't even thought to try the red. Some day I'll get curious and try them but the blue has worked well in rides under light conditions ranging from dawn to midday to dusk.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

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

I have a high opinion of all the Crankbrothers products I have owned and this pump only furthers that. About ten years ago I owned one of their first mini-pumps and it lasted a long time. Just like that pump the Gem has two-stage action. It can pump either high volume, which is awesome for getting a head start on airing up a tire, or high pressure, which is perfect for topping a tire off.
This pump permanently resides in my pack and will be what I turn to should the need arise.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have ridden these tires in wide ranging conditions from tacky hero dirt to super loose, dry and rocky. Even on super loose climbs these tires still manage to find traction. Don't let the small knobs fool you. In addition they roll very quickly.
I have the TNT version and they seal up as tubeless very easily. They set up on the first try. Little bit of Stan's and compressed air and voila. Not even any seepage at the bead.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on February 2, 2014

5 5

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

I gave my wife this jacket for Christmas and it has become pretty much the only jacket she wears. It's as stylish as it is warm and she has received many compliments on the color (she has the electric blue, which is really more of a bright and radiant purple). The only thing to be aware of is the fit is close on the hips.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on February 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a Mountain Hardwear Alchemy softshell that finally died after six years of service. After much deliberation the ROM is the jacket I decided on to replace it. I have used this jacket for activities ranging from dog walking to snow biking. With a fleece mid-layer this jacket maintains comfort below freezing during aerobic activities. The windproofness factor is key here. Even though the jacket is uninsulated the fact that it cuts the wind so well lets your body heat stay where it belongs. I am 6'3" and 190 lbs. and the large fits me perfectly. The jacket is longer than my Alchemy was and the longer sleeves make it so I can reach my handlebars while biking without the cuffs riding up. Also, the gray is a big win in the color department.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on February 2, 2014

4 5

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

Like so many backcountry.com products this hoody strikes a balance between style and performance. It fits well for a hoody and provides warmth and comfort when technical features are not required. It's great for use at home or around town.

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