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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

Employee

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 Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on March 6, 2016

4 5

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

I gave this to my wife as a gift and she is stoked on the comfort, fit, and style. She is also a perpetual fan of the backcountry goat.

Her only note is that the fabric does not seem quite as soft as it was in previous backcountry branded items.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on March 6, 2016

5 5

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

For years I have heard about how good Darn Tough socks are. I finally gave in and decided to buy a pair. The materials are top notch, the cushioning is just right, and they feel like they will go the distance. I look forward to taking these out on the trail once the mountains thaw out.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on February 14, 2016

5 5

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

This is the first sleeping pad I have purchased in about 5 years and I was blown away by how far they have come. Somehow this pad manages to bring together plush comfort and light weight. The pad is also a very effective insulator. The pad does crinkle a little, but less so when it is filled with air.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

4 5

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

When it comes to gloves, my highest priority is how well they perform during cold weather biking. To enable reliable shifting and braking they have to be warm, windproof, and flexible. This combination can be hard to find, but these gloves have it dialed. I've been out on several winter rides and these gloves kept my digits warm and happy every time.

These also work very well for XC skiing - providing ample warmth yet maintaining a high level of dexterity.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These shoes combine comfort and style very well. The insole and midsole provide just enough cushion to keep my feet comfortable all day without making me feel like I'm sinking into my shoes. The excellent materials and construction give these shoes a great sense of style.

The fit seems to be slightly on the large size. I usually wear an 11.5 to a 12 so I went with the 12. They feel a little long in the toe box, but not long enough to where I would want to go down a size.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

5 5

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

A good first aid kit is a must-have for any backcountry adventure. Regrettably I must admit that I went far too long without having one in my pack. Eventually I decided to quit depending on luck and invest in the Ultralight & Watertight .9. This kit is light on weight and heavy on functionality. I haven't had to use it yet, but I feel a lot better knowing I have it.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

I freely admit to being a lazy backpacker. At the end of a long day ,and after setting up camp, the last thing I want to do it spend a lot of time cooking my supper and then cleaning up afterwards. Enter the Mountain House Entree. Backcountry cooking doesn't get any easier than this. I tend to always be hungry enough to finish off a 2-serving entree on my own. I've tried, and liked, a number of Mountain House entrees but the lasagna is the one I keep coming back to.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

By virtue of being a sleep monitor, activity tracker, and hear rate monitor the Charge HR is a great tool and guide for overall health. During the day you can track your steps, floors climbed, and calories in/out. By night it lets you know how well you sleep. This is one device that really does it all. I appreciate how it constantly tracks your HR and saves battery life by only turning the screen on when you bring your wrist up to look at it, tap it, or push the side button.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I had already worn, and loved, the Olukai Kamuela shoe for some time when I decided to get a second pair of shoes to wear at work. Naturally, since my experience with the Kamuela had been so positive my first thought was to purchase another of their shoes. And I'm glad I did. Olukai has a way of combining style and comfort that borders on alchemy. I will note that these do fit a little bit looser than the Kamuelas.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

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

My wife used this as her day-to-day bag on a recent trip to Italy. She loved the size, as it was large enough to carry all over her essentials yet not so large as to be cumbersome. The convertible straps enabled her to adapt the bag to the needs of the day. She also loved the security of the main compartment having both a zipper and a flap. Her only nitpick would be that the water bottle pockets are on the smaller side.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

Raises the Bar
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were an upgrade wheel for my Niner Jet 9 RDO and they have been awesome from the start. I didn't realize what a huge effect a good pair of wheels has on a bike's handling until I got these. Just as advertised these seem to sit at the zenith of stiffness and lightness. They have also proven to be quite strong - staying true despite a few hard hits. Additionally, the greater internal rim width lends tires a wider and more usable contact patch.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No matter what other sealants I try I always come back to Stan's. It just seals better and lasts longer than anything else. Nothing ends a ride faster than a flat tire, especially when running tubeless. When I absolutely have to trust my tires to go the distance I turn to Stan's.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

I run these rotors with circa-2013 X0 brakes and consider them to have been an instant upgrade. While the X0's were never slouchy in the first place, the Centerlines definitely upped their game. My brakes are now fade-free and, for the most part, noise free

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As Shawn mentioned below, air pressure is very important for this tire. Once you get it dialed, though, this tire grips and does not let go. This is currently my rear tire of choice as it seems the tread pattern is very suited to it.
These were a tight fit when being installed on my Arch EX rims. On the bright side, that pays off by keeping an excellent seal once they are set up.

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Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

Grips & Rips
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I currently run this as a front tire on my Jet 9 RDO. While some people might think it a bit overkill for an XC race-oriented bike, I think it suits quite well. It rolls quickly but digs in enough to save my bacon when I cook a corner. Northern Utah trails are known for their diversity, with trail surfaces ranging from loose and loamy to dry and dusty. This tire grips them all equally well.

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