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 August 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a messenger bag kind of guy since my teens. This is not my first Timbuk2 and I doubt it will be my last.

Construction is dependable and their bags are comfy and reasonably roomy. You also can't beat the range of sizes and colors available for getting that personal touch you want.

My only hesitation is the laptop portion of the bag. It does accommodate the 15-inch Macbook Pro that is the defacto standard in my industry. The laptop area is not well protected though. I've added a padded sleeve to beef it up a little and I feel better about rolling around with the computer now.

The rest of the storage is easy to use and provides plenty of space for your daily carries - whatever they are. The straps are simple, but seems very durable and easy to use.

I have yet to fly with the bag, but I suspect it will be easy to carry on and comfortable for treks through the terminal.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

Feedback from my lady:

This is my go-to top for weekly yoga. The tank was soft and comfortable right out of the bag.

While the built in bra is a welcome touch, I ended up removing the cups as I felt like they didn't hold their shape well. I am not particularly busty so your mileage may vary.

So far I've found the Quinn to be comfortable through plenty of different movements; no chafing or unwanted rubbing anywhere. Everything feels secure without being constricting.

The range of colors is a welcome touch as well. I'll probably pick up a few more to add some variety to my closet.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

I needed to replace some worn out items in my dresser for the hot Utah summer.

These shorts hit the sweet spot of price and construction and no unnecessary extras. The fabric is reasonably light and the cut allows for easy movement in all directions. I do wonder a bit about long term durability, but at this price point I'm not sure it is a big deal.

The fabric detail in the waistband is a nice touch. I definitely see myself buying a few more of these for the summer.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5'
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I gave this to my girlfriend as a gift unsure of whether it would fit her well or not.

Fortunately it matched well with her body type - but a look through the comments here indicates your mileage may vary. Moving beyond fit the design is very thoughtful with waist pockets and a waist belt adding a nice dose of utility.

+1 to the reviewer who mentioned improvement after washing the dress. The fabric seemed to loosen up some after that first wash and removed any hesitation she had about the dress.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

It's hard to review something you hope you never actually use, but such is the case with this Kimber pistol.

Ergonomically speaking, the Pepperblaster 2 is plenty small enough to fit easily into whatever outdoor ensemble you are rocking for the day. The plastic body seems durable enough and the small grip makes it pretty easy to hold.

The safety mechanism on the trigger appears solid enough that I'm not concerned about accidentally discharging the pistol.

Hopefully I never come back to update this review with feedback on its actual use.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

From my lady:

Reading through the reviews of this mat (and the version without the fancy designs) it seemed 50/50 on whether this mat was grippy or slippery.

I'm adding my vote to the slightly slippery camp when the mat is brand new. That being the case, like many others have said, the mat does start to become quite grippy after a few uses. If you're willing to put the time in to get past the break-in period you'll be rewarded with a great mat.

Construction is excellent and the mat provides plenty of comfort during classes. The designs add a nice touch compared to so many solid color mats. The fact that this mat was constructed out of eco-friendly materials is the icing on the cake.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 2, 2016

4 5

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

From my lady:

This simple, easy to use design let's me carry everything I need to class in one easy package. Roll up my mat and towel, clip the bag around it and throw it over the shoulder. You can't beat that convenience.

Being able to leave the purse at home without sacrificing the ability to bring the small items I need to the gym is fantastic.

The holder seems to work well with a variety of mats, but admittedly I haven't tried them all.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5'
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: 2/Short

Picked these up for the lady as she's recently become something of a Prana-fanatic.

The immediate response was positive all around. She's small enough that fit is often a struggle for her. She particularly liked the relaxed leg cut towards the bottom and the length is such that she can wear them without having to pull out the high-heels.

Construction quality and materials seem to be quality as expected.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

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

Prana nailed it with the Theorem Denim. The pants were reasonably soft and comfortable out of the bag, I suspect they will only become more so as I wear them more.

Fit is slim, but not painted on like skate denim - perfect for me. Those with especially muscular builds through the legs may have less success with fit in this regard, though I will still encourage you to give it them a try.

Finish seems serviceable in all areas. Stitching is quality, patch and pocket accents are understated. I would have preferred a button fly, and I'm a sucker for a finished-edge on the outside leg seam but then we'd be talking about denim with a much higher price tag.

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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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