Aaron Dean

Aaron Dean

If it's outside, I love it. But I spend most of my time in the Rockies and the West. A shout out to the South though, that's where I'm from.

Aaron Dean's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Aaron Dean

Aaron Dean posted an image about on September 15, 2011

Vestibule

Vestibule deployed on the BH6 and it's pretty sweet. I put a tarp down so the dogs have a place to chill that's shaded and not directly in the dirt.

The vestibule is a cool option but I haven't really found a use for it yet that made me think I couldn't live without it. It's a nice place to store camp chairs and tables and stuff when we leave camp for the day or at night to get out of the morning dew.

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Aaron Dean wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

5 5

Skied these in every condition this year and they haven't let me down one time. These are easily the best gloves I've owned. They look brand new after abusing them all season.

It has a lifetime warranty too? Easy decision, worth every penny even at full pop. This price @ 92.00 is a steal.

I will say that they might run a tiny little bit small. By my measurement I should wear a 7 but the size 8 fits perfect.

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Aaron Dean wrote a review of on April 29, 2011

4 5

I really like these snow shoes and have been using them for the last season. Plenty of hikes through Rocky Mountain and Brainard Lake and then one pretty killer hut trip to Fowler-Hilliard and the ensuing laps hiked up after making fresh turns.

It's easy to put the shoes on and take them off. The only reason I give it 4 stars and not 5 is it kicks up a little bit of snow in the back which isn't a big deal really, and there's a little bit of trampolining/bounce when the show snaps up (which kicks the snow up). I didn't even give it another thought after 10 or 15 minutes on the trail, but maybe it's something someone else would want to know. Really it deserves a 4.5, since it's not perfect.

It's a good company that manufactures in good ol' US of A so if you'd prefer to buy local, or you'd rather not have Chinese made shoes, here's your option.

For the size they did adequately in powder, but these are not a size designed for the deep stuff- but it gets the job done.

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Aaron Dean wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

5 5

After years and years of skiing without I finally broke down and bought a helmet. I guess after having a kid I decided I needed to be a good influence not to mention I don't think her mother would be happy if she had to put up with two of us drooling all the time.

I thought the fit was great, the vents didn't ever give me frozen head nor did I feel like I got overheated in there. I went with the compatible Smith goggles so the whole set up with nice and tight. There's a slick little headphone compartment on the ear covers that's a nice touch too.

I'd recommend this helmet to anyone, especially new dads who are taking too much heat from the wife!

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Aaron Dean wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

5 5

I've been using this box for a few years now. I figure it has about 25K miles on it by now. From Florida to Washington and everywhere in between. I've crammed enough for a family of 3 plus my 2 70lb dogs toys and food. We put a lot of miles on the road with camping and road trips and this thing has never disappointed.

I have this on my Honda Element on factory aero bars and have really put it through some testing. It seems to perform great in windy conditions and I for sure don't take it easy on the gas pedal when we're on the highway. I think it's safe to say you can clamp it down and forget about it.

Some things that might be interesting: Skis up to 182 fit without any problem for me in addition to 3 other snowboards. I think 1 pair of skis and 3 snow boards are probably just about maxed out but I think another pair of skis could be fit if you are a Tetris rock star (which I am, of course)

I'm not incredibly tall, strong or clever and I seem to have no problem putting this on the top of my Elemen without any help, so if you're concerned about it being a pain in the butt to get on and off, it's definitely not.

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Aaron Dean wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

5 5

Car camping, road trips this tent is pretty much right in your wheelhouse. It stores up nicely in my roof box, even though packed away it's pretty huge- but what do you expect, it's a freaking 6 man tent! Big enough for my wife and I plus plenty of room for my 2 year old to chase my two 70lb dogs around the inside. The vestibule is a nice touch especially when the dogs need a break from being corralled by the kiddo and would like some additional space to hang out.

The tent sets up quickly, and it only takes 1 person so if Mom needs to tend to the kids and dogs Dad can set up the tent without any assistance (or feeling the need to cuss.)

It's too bad the poles aren't strong enough to support a mounted flat screen... or are they??

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