Ben brewer

Ben brewer

East Tennessee/Western North Carolina and the Pacific Northwest

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Ben's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking

Ben's Bio

I was born and raised in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, but I go to school in Portland, Oregon. I ski and hike because it makes me feel alive, not because I want bragging rights.

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on March 7, 2010

4 5

I wore this jacket for eight days straight while backpacking in the highlands of Guatemala, and I've worn it every single day on the mountain this ski season. It keeps you warm, even when it's wet. It's not, however, the softest wool--a wee bit scratchy. LOVE the thumb holes and fit, however. Really a useful, versatile piece.

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on December 13, 2009

5 5

I got one of these shirts on the cheap, and I don't think I would pay full price for it. That being said, it's my favorite shirt. Period. The flannel is soft and warm, the cut is stylish, and the colors are GREAT. I have to keep myself from wearing this shirt for a week at a time (believe me, it's hard)

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on December 6, 2009

4 5

So as far as the helmet goes, the vents are nice, the adjustable liner is perfect for dialing in a precise fit, and it seems sturdy. The bluetooth was easy to set up and seems pretty streamlined, as far as operation is concerned. Audio quality is good. Only complaint--this helmet makes you look pretty goofy. A little like Toad from Mario. Not really significant enough for me to return it, considering how much I like the helmet itself, but it certainly knocks the rating down a bit.

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

5 5

I have lusted after this jacket for a while and I was SO excited when it went on S&C a week or so ago. I was even more excited when it came. This bad boy is not only stylish, it is WARM. It is pretty thin, but it must compressed or something, because it feels twice as warm as some of my much thicker fleeces. And I know it's not windproof, but it's damn close. Also, the fleece is SO SOFT! It feels as good as my monkeyman, but without the shagg, so it packs smaller. Overall, I am PUMPED about this jacket.
That being said, as with most arcteryx products, I would die before I paid retail for it. If you can pick it up for under 150, though, I totally would. These are WONDERFUL.

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Ben brewer wrote an answer about on November 25, 2009

The skullcandy cord that came with the helmet was SHIT, at least on my model. I grabbed the aux cable from my car, however, and it cleaned up the audio in a hurry. I dunno if it was just my cable or if they're all like that, but you can fix it with a six dollar cable from Radioshack

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

2 5

This jacket is HEAVY, not packable, hard to layer, and simply not very good quality. While this jacket might suffice for keeping you warm at a frat kegger, it won't do a damn thing on a mountain but overheat you and then be too big to stuff anywhere. Also, why in the world anyone would buy this jacket now that Arc'Teryx's Strato is only TEN dollars more, baffles me.
If you want this for style points, I guess it works, but if you're looking for any kind of serious outdoor performance, keep looking.

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Ben brewer wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

I picked this beanie up for pretty cheap of S&C the other day and I have to say, I'm impressed. I was looking for something a little thinner and more low-profile than my Coal Frena, and this fits the bill (and my head for that matter) perfectly. It's soft, thin enough to stuff in a pocket or fit under a helmet, it's WARM especially for its weight, and it looks damn good. Buy two.

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