Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

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

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Nordic Skiing
Mountain Biking
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Road Cycling
Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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 Bender wrote 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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Aaron Bender wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

In the fall my buddy and I do lots of night riding on the trails in the foothills and mountains above Provo. This light works in a pinch by itself as a helmet mounted light but it truly shines when I pair it with an Urban 350 for a bar light. The beam is very bright with a long throw and a good spread. I have never seen a light as bright-white as this. Battery life is sufficient for a two to three hour ride especially if you use the mid-power setting for the climbs and reserve the full power for bombing the descents.

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Aaron Bender wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I honestly can't say enough good about this bottle. It keeps my coffee hot in the morning for at least 5 hours and is able to keep cold drinks chilled for even longer. I have even had ice last overnight in this bottle! Nothing else compares.

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Aaron Bender wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a huge fan of the Osprey bladder design. The bladder has a nice low profile shape which helps it avoid the sloshy waterbed feeling of other bladders. The rigid backpanel provides just enough of a frame to supplement any number of frameless daypacks. I also like that the lid is of the standard screw-on variety. It has a secure trustworthy closure that has never leaked on me yet.

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