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Andrew Swindle

Andrew Swindle

Steeps, Trails, and Rivers out West somewhere.

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Andrew Swindle's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing

Andrew Swindle's Bio

Love to fish, bike and ski. Utah has been home for a long time.

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Andrew Swindle

Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

Braking Prowess
5 5

prow·ess
1. skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.
2. bravery in battle.

The Shimano XTR Trail Brake has braking juju. It is the best Trail brake on the market. They provide fierce stopping power with comfortable actuation. The adjustable levers are fit for a king. If you've thought about going XTR, just do it and enjoy...they will not disappoint.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

5 5

This is the crankset of choice. Choice meaning that this crankset lacks nothing. The folks at SRAM put some time and effort into the 1X set up and they definitely spent some time on this carbon fiber crankset. With plenty of gearing options for your liking and built in protective tape to keep your shoes from rubbing that pretty carbon fiber this crankset is dialed in.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I throw big flies such as Hoppers, Cicaidas, and Stoneflies I lube 'em up with the Silicone Mucilin. A little bit goes a long ways and will keep you floating fish after fish. Don't use too much or else you will add too much bulk to your fly.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

This is hardly just a cup. this is your company's new liquid daily driver. MiiR offers some great color options and the durable stainless steel pairs well with custom logos should you choose to serve your clients up some custom logo goodness every morning when they pour their coffee.

The best part about MiiR is that they give a dam...or a well. Yup, for every sale of a MiiR product they donate to the MiiR clean water program which provides pure clean water to those who usually go without. I don't know about your company, but I'm on board with that. Next time your company is looking for a corporate gift give me a ring at 801-736-6165 and I will get you set up with a MiiR product that can help thousands.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

The XO1 Trigger Shifter employs similar mechanics and feel as other SRAM shifters. Having 11 cogs to manage on one shifter would be hellish if you didn't have the SRAM XO1 Trigger Shifter. This thing allows you to climb cogs at a rapid rate while providing fast transition on the down due to the quick trigger mech. Your thumb won't feel fatigued like it did when you played Super Mario Bros. as a little one.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

If you are looking to get into the 1x11 game that SRAM is putting out, look here. The XO1 rear derailleur handles the 11 cogs just fine and looks good doing so with ease. Best set it and forget it 1X on the market. It might not be as light as the XX1, but it is minimal difference for the more budget friendly option of the XO1.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

Hydro Flask puts out some of the better insulated bottles on the market. The wide mouth options are some of the best selling corporate gift pieces that we have to offer, as Hydro Flask can put your logo right on the bottle for custom bulk orders. With many options out there, this is one of the better gift ideas that you could do from a corporate standpoint. Who doesn't love an insulated bottle to keep fresh liquids cold or hot?

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

4 5

You know that nice sweater that you where over your favorite dress shirt? Imagine adding some technical fleece and functional zippers and BOOM, you have the Covert Cardigan. full zip functionality with the comfort of a sweater. The Polartec Thermal Pro is really REALLY warm, so be careful when layering this piece under a shell or jacket, you might over heat.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

If your a city slicker, but like to have the needed tech to keep you warm on frigid days then the new Arc'teryx 24 line is for you. Using the technical details that Arc'teryx employs in their best on-mountain equipment they have now developed a sleeker looking series of jackets and gear that will allow you to wear technical gear around town without looking like you just stepped off the tram in Zermatt.

The Khuno provides warm and cozy synthetic insulation with a Gore Windstopper face fabric for those nasty days around town. The flap covered hand pockets on this piece are more vertical deep bellow pockets rather than true angled hand pockets. However, make no mistake, the storage in this jacket is ample. So, for days when your wool dress coat just won't cut it, grab the Khuno and feel confident that you can make it to the next "L" pick up on those cold and windy Chicago days.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

This jacket is simple, clean, and functional without a lot of added bells and whistles. The face material of this jacket is smooth and sleek. Two large hand pockets provide ample room for daily necessities.

This jacket doens't block out high winds, nor does it provide great warmth - becasue it isn't designed to do so. The Arc'teryx Epsilon LT is made to be a lightweight softshell that provides what I like to call "springtime" comfort. There is a micro-grid fleece on the backer of the jacket that will keep you warm on cool sunny spring days. If you are looking for a lightweight jacket that can be worn around town and also put to the test on spring hikes and touring days, look here.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

If I had to choose 1 Arc'teryx piece to take with me into the frozen depths of hell, this would be it. The face fabric is Gore Pro, but very lightweight. The insulation is way too warm for most days, and it is synthetic so it'll perform well in the wet and damp. The features work well for utility but not fancy excess.

I love the following:

-Insulation(ThermaTek is amazing)
-Deep mesh internal stow pockets
-Fleece lined hand pockets with waterproof zippers and flap cover
-Warm hood that'll make you sweat til you can't sweat no more
-Pit Zips that won't suck up excess fabric due to hemmed insides.

I would recomend this to the most tech specific mountain climber out there as well as the guy or gal that seems to always be freezing throughout the day of skiing, touring, winter camping.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

4 5

This is a good all-around mountain bike helmet that has plenty of vents and a good fit. The rear RocLoc 5 adjustment works well to ensure proper fitting of the lid, but there are indeed better half shells out there - just not at this awesome price.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

4 5

For a softshell pant with Windstopper these pants are great. They offer great heat management with the more than ample side zips. These pants do have a soft brushed backer that keeps you toasty on colder days, but can be overkill if you are looking for a spring softshell pant. The built in waist belt is functional and not too bulky. I sized up to a Large for a more comfortable fit.

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