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Ben Jepson

Ben Jepson

The Northwest, primarily Northern Idaho.

Ben Jepson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Ben Jepson's Bio

I was born and raised playing in the mountains, and have made it a life goal to never stop. I like skiing powder more than any other activity, but I am also an avid climber, mountain biker, and backpacker.

Ben Jepson

Ben Jepson wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

4 5

This is a great shoe for general climbing. I've had mine for a few years and have bought replacements but I keep putting these back on even though they're worn and dirty because they are so comfortable. I climb a lot in the gym and a lot of mid-grade sport routes and these shoes have performed well. The are aggressive enough to use on your project (if you're not pro) and they are comfortable enough that you won't have to tear them off your disfigured feet after every pitch. The rubber does wear fast unfortunately, but that can be expected from a soft sticky compound.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

4 5

I love this pad. It's thick and inspires confidence to go for that big move. It's not super light or super technologically advanced or anything like that, but it's cheap and effective. It also is made to be transformed into a couch back at camp which can be pretty handy after a long day climbing.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

3 5

I threw one of these pads down below a route I was setting at the gym the other night and took a fall onto it from about ten feet up. I was surprised to find that it absorbed the impact completely even though it is only 3 inches thick. My only complaint is that since this pad doesn't have a hinged center, folding it to carry is a chore.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

3 5

This movie has a lot of rails, a lot of jumps, and a lot more rails. Awesome skiing, all of the riders raised the bar considerably with this film, but... it lacks any really substantial mountains like you might find in an MSP or TGR. Watch it, but don't buy it unless you're pretty stoked on handrails.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

Stop wondering if it's really worth the money and just buy them. I bought twelve and it is so nice to be able to walk away from my car with complete confidence that when i come back, my whole rack system will be there. And if I want to take it apart, the same key works with all of the components, from my towers to my ski racks and back again. Think about the amount of money you have invested in your racks, plus the amount you have invested in the gear that is held by those racks, and $110 for twelve cores starts to sound like a mighty good deal.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

I've been really happy with this fuel bottle, it does everything that a fuel bottle should do, and didn't break the bank. There was one occasion on a backcountry ski trip when this bottle was kicking around the bottom of my pack and I could smell a little bit of white gas. Lesson learned, keep it on the outside or be positive that it's upright and you're good to go!

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

I bought an extra large size right before a trip to Moab Utah and used all 9070 cubic inches of space. Just to give you an idea of how big this bag is, I had a sleeping bag, pad, tent, clothes, cookware/stove, outerwear, my climbing gear (including a rope) my half shell mountain bike helmet and also my full face mountain bike helmet, a frisbee, and a slackline. The bag didn't even flinch under the load, and the zippers stayed solid even when they were under a bit of tension. This bag is going to be pretty heavy when full, but if you can wrestle it up, it carries with the backpack straps pretty well, though not for long distances. Buy one and take a sweet-action trip!

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

I used this bag on a few backpacking trips this summer and use it as my couch surfing bag when I travel. It is really well designed, with a lot of little features in the head area that make sleeping more comfortable and keep the cold out. The little pocket and the glow in the dark zipper pull are also nice features that you may not find on other bags. There have been complaints that this bag isn't actually comfortable at 15 degrees. If you do some research on the Marmot site about this bag

http://marmot.com/spring_2009/equipment/sleeping_bags/synthetic/ecopro_15_reg
/info/details

you will come across what the rating numbers actually mean. The 15 doesn't mean that this bag will perform excellently at 15 degrees. The temperature ratings that Marmot gives for this bag are as follows.

Comfort: 29.3F / -1.5C
Lower Limit: 18.3F / -7.6C
Extreme: -13.9F / -25.5C

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

4 5

Ok ok, yes the cap has some issues. When you over-tighten the cap on this bottle the black plastic does have the tendency to separate from the metal part of the cap. It's easy enough to pop back into place, and the seal is quality so you don't actually have to tighten the cap down as hard as you might think would be necessary. Like any gear this bottle has a few quirks but, like any gear, if you handle it with some respect and don't just force it around, it'll probably do what it was intended to do. I use my bottle every day and after I got to know it, it's solid and keeps my hydrated.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

I recently outfitted my '09 Subaru Impreza five door with Q-Towers and so far they have worked flawlessly. Yakima makes it pretty easy for you, included with my towers were very specific directions and measurements to ensure that my racks were mounted in the correct place on the roof according to Subaru's recommendations. Yakima even included a small measuring tape to make the job easier. I did find that it took to people to latch the Q-Towers down, not because it was hard, but both sides have to be latch simultaneously. I routinely carry three downhill bikes and totally trust that my Q-Towers will stay put.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

Love them. Comfortable for long periods and fit very securely. The fit is true to Smith sizing, and Smith sizing is true to most people, so if you have a medium sized head, chances are pretty good that they'll fit you nicely. They're nice and compact but still have that stylie square look.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

3 5

TGR has been pumping out consistently awesome ski flicks for a lot of years, and this one has some high points. Tanner Hall and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa put down killer segments, although the song in Sage's segment made a whole room full of college students want to tear their hair out. As a whole though, I felt a little let down after watching this movie, it didn't have the magic and the soul that TGR has had in the past.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

I got a couple of the holds from this set in a bulk set that I bought and they are wonderful. Very positive and very finger friendly. They have become a go-to hold on my home bouldering wall because they are so nice to grab on to. Ideal placement would be on a steeply angled wall, but these holds also will be a doable challenge when used as roof holds.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

I recently returned several helmets because they did not fit correctly and in my current location I'm not able to try them on in a shop. I was more than stoked when my Giro Encore 2 came today and there were three different thicknesses of pads included. Nothing like the ability to fine tune the fit of one of your most important pieces of snow riding gear. Two thumbs up.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

4 5

I've never worn this harness myself, but I work at a climbing gym and this is the go-to harness for the ladies. We have the whole array of sizes at the gym and the sizing does tend to be on the small side, like others have mentioned. After that is sorted out though I've never heard any complaints. Even some of the smaller framed guys will turn a blind eye to the lavender color and opt for this harness instead of a BD Momentum. Buy it if you're a weekender or just getting into the sport.

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Ben Jepson wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

If you have a thing for spending your backcountry evenings hovering over your stove simmering up something delicious and exotic, you probably shouldn't buy this stove. If you would rather boil the hell out of your freeze dried pasta so you can go climb a mountain while the sun sets, buy this stove and get it done.

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