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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhns

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Salt Lake City, UT

Ben Kuhns's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

Ben Kuhns's Bio

My time as an overweight, happy baby was spent in Lincoln, NE. At the age of five I packed my prized set of Legos and made my way to Logan, UT, family in tow, where I would spend most of my childhood. It was with entirely too much red hair on my head that I graduated high school and moved to Salt Lake City to study graphic design at the University of Utah.

Sadly we didn't work out and she left me when she realized my first love was the camera. Nate King and I started our descent into pixel making together in the bowels of dirty, abandoned industry. Years later I find myself photographing high-end piles of carbon tubing and their requisite accoutrements.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

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

This is a great looking boot with a nice fit and quality materials. That said, this is not a go anywhere, do anything boot. The tread is not robust enough for serious days out in the mountains.

For light hiking, kicking around town, or otherwise casual use these will be a great addition to shoe rack. If you're looking to purchase a boot dedicated to hiking only I'd probably look elsewhere.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Terraduro is a simple, stylish, and comfortable shoe for whatever the trail throws your way. The sole is nice and grippy when you need to clip out of the pedals and the shoe provides a good platform to apply power to the drivetrain.

The velcro straps are great for dialing the right fit through the front of the shoe. The ratcheted buckle is easy to use and seems to hold up well.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy installation and fantastic stopping power make these a pretty no-brainer purchase.

Obviously the rotor is only one half of the braking equation, but if you stay on top of your maintenance and make sure your brake pads are in good shape you will get plenty of use out of these rotors.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

4 5

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

How to win your anniversary in two easy steps:

1. Purchase Frye Campus Purse from Backcountry.com
2. Give Frye Campus Purse to your significant other on important day.

Seriously, what else to say? If you know Frye, the know the reputation for style and quality that the name carries. You also know the unfortunately high price tag that name carries, but can't put a price on love.

This is a pretty big bag and should be sufficient for most people's daily carry needs. I'm not sure you could comfortably get a laptop in here, but just about everything else seems fair game.

There's plenty of internal pockets to help keep some semblance of organization as well.

Overall a five-star bag, but docking one star for the price tag.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on January 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I liked the look of this bag and bought the XL thinking it would be suitable for my SLR and a standard lens.

I was surprised by how small even the largest model is; no way was I getting my D800 in there. That said, if you run a smaller mirrorless setup I think this is probably a great holster style solution.

Ultimately I returned it unused and went with the much larger Dakine option:

http://www.backcountry.com/dakine-dslr-4l-camera-case-255cu-in

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on January 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you live and breath photography, you know that owning one perfect camera bag is impossible. There's the break-your-back huge bag for when you need to take everything, the slim and understated bag for blending in, and then something like this Dakine case for keeping just the essentials safe.

I'm pleased to say that when you only need your body and a lens, this case is about as good as you can ask for. The expandable bottom accommodates larger lenses pretty well; however if you only shoot telephoto, you might want to make sure your particular weapon of choice is going to fit.

The bag should accommodate any standard SLR body, but the big pro bodies with integrated grips probably won't fly in here. That said, the bag holds my D800 with no issues.

The ample carrying options mean that it is pretty easy for me to find something that works with whatever else I need to carry on any given day.

Bottom line: most of the time I can't get away with a bag this small, too much gear to carry. However, anytime I can get away with running minimal equipment, this bag is exactly what I was hoping for. I anticipate using it for many years to come, Dakine products have always held up exceptionally well for me.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on January 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought these recently to replace my aging ski pants. I knew I wanted to go Gore-Tex this time around, but the high end 3L stuff all have price tags that are hard to stomach.

Enter the Powder Bowl from Patagonia. The pants were soft and comfortable out of the bag and well featured. The mesh interior is great and the large leg vents get the job done when things get swampy.

Despite the "slim" designation, I find the fit to be plenty relaxed; the pants certainly don't impede any movement. I might have been able to size down to a large, but with the adjustable waist tabs I decided to stick with the XL.

I've yet to wear them in truly rough conditions, but my initial impressions lead me to believe that they will be more than up to the task.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

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

I wanted to give my girlfriend a nice pair of leather boots for Christmas. I knew these were likely to be too big at a size 6.0, but I was hoping to discover that they ran small. No such luck, fit seemed true to size and we had to return them and search for something available in smaller sizes.

Fit issues aside, they struck me a well constructed boot. The leather was soft and looks great in brown. I appreciated that the boot had a decent, treaded sole; important for Utah winters. If we carry a size that fits you, I would certainly recommend them.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

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

I bought these for my mother as a birthday present.

Honestly, she wanted them more as a well supported every day shoe than a dedicated hiking shoe. It's no surprise that they more than deliver as a walk about shoe for daily life - if they are built to handle trails, a sidewalk is going to be no problem.

Fit was true to size for her at a 9.5. Sole is very sturdy and provides plenty of traction. The Charcoal/Sterling Blue color option is nice and understated.

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