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Brian B.

Brian B.

Based in salt lake, recreate throughout the Intermountain West

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Brian's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling

Brian's Bio

Primarily a cyclist, but can be found XC skiing in the winter. Bike touring is the best way to camp and ride your bike at the same time.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on June 17, 2012

5 5

I bought this headlamp because it had the fewest light modes I could find. I don't want to cycle through 15 options every time I need light. High and low should do it. The Cosmo has high and low, with a strobe that's activated by pushing the button three times in quick succession. Both high and low have a dimmer option as well, which is pretty cool. Once the lamp is on, you just hold down the power button until you reach the desired dimness. More features than I wanted, but smart, well-thought-out ones.
I was very impressed that BD included Energizer brand batteries with the lamp, instead of generics. There may not be much of a difference, but it's a little peace of mind, regardless. For a $30 headlamp, it's exactly what I want. There are brighter, lighter, tougher headlamps out there, but for general use, I think this one does quite nicely. I also like that you can get it in white, which is much easier to find deep in a drybag or pack.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on June 17, 2012

4 5

This bladder is the first one with a quick connect I've used that didn't leak. It's silly to have to put all your stuff in ziplocs inside your bag because you can't trust the bladder, but that's exactly what we all end up doing. Thanks, Camelbak. This Deuter/Source streamer bladder is slick. The helix/bite valve is rock-solid, and ensures that all your stuff stays dry when you throw the bag in the back of the car at the end of the day. It's not that water will drip out if the helix valve is open, it wont, but it acts as a backup to inadvertent pressure on the bite valve. The fold-over top design is also nice, and a welcome change from the 'i hope it's tight enough' screw caps other bladders use. I dinged it a star because I wish the slider would lock on a little more securely. I haven't had it ome loose or anything, but for peace of mind, I'd like more security.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on June 17, 2012

5 5

This thing is nowhere near the 40 grams claimed in the tech specs over there. I put it on my digital kitchen scale and it weighed in at 7 grams, with the little lanyard included. Light enough that you (quite literally) won't even notice you're carrying it. Oh, and it's loud and small, and the lack of a pea makes it so it won't rattle around in/on your pack. well worth 2.50.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on June 16, 2012

5 5

I just picked up my third of these hats. I wear them daily, and they wear nicely and gain character over the years. I typically have to replace them when the snap back finally gives up the ghost, or comes close.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on April 22, 2012

Nice set
4 5

As others have said, the pan/lid is nearly useless, but if you were frying a small, square-ish chunk of meat or tofu, it'd probably work OK. The handles are pretty nice, but the lid gets downgraded here, again, because the bits of metal that hold the handle to the pan are a little sharp, and dug into the sides of my panniers more than I would have liked. A simple lid would have been preferable. It held a 225g fuel canister, an MSR Pocket Rocket, and a lighter with a small amount of room left over.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on April 22, 2012

4 5

This is a nice little tarp for solo outings or for use as a communal kitchen/gathering area with a few friends. Lots of tie-outs to make whatever shape you'd like, and one nice one in the center of the tarp that doesn't show in the picture. I pitched it using my bike as the supports, and it worked nicely (saddle for one end, and wrapped it over my front wheel on the other end).

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Brian B. wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

4 5

I'm really impressed with these gloves. I picked them up on a whim, because I've never really been happy with any pair of winter gloves I've tried. I recently rode in both mid-20s F and mid-30s F and the gloves kept my hands warm better than any of my other pairs, all while breathing well enough that my hands were dry when I took them off (this is not typically the case with other gloves). The fit is exceptional. I have very large hands, but these gloves fit very close and provide really good dexterity in all hand positions.
They only lost a star for the lack of a silicone screening or some kind of grip-enhancing treatment to the two braking fingers. The material is smooth, and somewhat slippery on the brake levers until you get used to it. I'll probably just brush a little silicone on myself, though, because I like them so much.
I can't yet speak to durability, but they seem very well made, and are reinforced with leather in the thumb area for extra toughness.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

While it's definitely not as nice for extended road rides as some of the more expensive options out there, these are my go-to bibs for mountain biking and road rides that I think will be under 2 hours. The chamois is substantial, but stays close to your body, and feels pretty low profile in the saddle. The rest of the fabric is nice enough, and doesn't typically bother me in any way.

Great bang for the buck, and seem to really last.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

I wear these for mountain biking, commuting, and road biking (can't wear those half-finger things). They're tough as nails, have low profile but substantial padding, and haven't worn out after wearing them exclusively for an entire season. My one complaint is that they're pretty warm, and can be a bit much in the heat of summer. Absolutely awesome once temps are below 80, though.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

These shoes are awesome for commuting, spin class, and short MTB rides. They're comfortable, wide, and reasonably stiff. They're not so awesome once you pass the two hour mark. After that, they seem to head downhill, fast. The thin insole takes its toll on your feet, and you start to feel the recesses in the plastic underneath. Awhile later, you feel the bolt holes for your cleats, and by the time you're at around 4 hours, everything hurts.
Basically, these are badass entry-level shoes, but if you ride a lot, you'll want something a little nicer.

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Brian B. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

3 5

I love the merino wool, but don't expect to load all your road ride necessities into the pockets. By the time I put tube, C02, and multi-tool in the middle pocket, it was hanging halfway down my butt. If you're riding with a pack or a saddle bag, this wouldn't be as big of a deal, but then why would you be wearing a jersey with pockets?

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Brian B. wrote a review of on June 19, 2011

5 5

I picked up these waffles out of curiosity and an inability to find them at any local stores -they had all sold out. I know why; these waffles are amazing. They are hands down the best tasting 'energy food' I've ever had, and seem to offer a similar boost to GU or half a sleeve of shot blocks. The waffles go down easy, and don't leave gooey remnants all over your mouth like the gels and blocks do. I can't recommend them highly enough. Buy two packs though, you'll eat more of them because they taste so good!

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