Bryan Bennett

Bryan Bennett

Missoula, MT

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Bryan Bennett

Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

These 'croc' like shoes from vivo are excellent shoes to wear all around to help simulate the barefoot feel. I use them for running, travelling, on the water, and hiking with mostly good results. Out of the box they are around 8 mm thick and they compress to about half that after use. The ground feel is excellent, providing enough protection for smooth, and mild trail runs and are even better at home on the streets. They are not suitable for rough trails\scree. I thought I was going to slide around like crazy in them but the tiny bumps on the inside really do work to keep your foot in place. Something about them just makes my feet happy to be inside them.

Some cons....
It took me a couple weeks to get used to the foam on my feet. I got quite a few blisters at first but that has now stopped. You also need to be considerate of what goes into the shoe. Rocks and sand easily fill the shoe when using it in a wet environment which will also contribute to blisters. One idea to prevent this is to wear socks. I've used both thin wool and NRS hydroskin socks with great results.

Sizing...
They ran big for me, and I ended up sizing on the smaller end. (usually an 9 but went with 8). You want a lot of space for your toes but the 9's were simply huge.

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Bryan Bennett wrote an answer about on May 5, 2009

It works really well, I recently tried the super stretch #2 and a #3 synthetic with my girl and I was very happy. We took them down to around 35 deg F with no problems at all. The bags hug you great while your cuddling but if you need some space they will easily stretch out. I originally bought my super stretch because the length and size seems to fit my smaller body size (5' 10" 135 lbs) better than most but it never ceases to amaze me how much you can stretch out in them. My Dad is a big lover of his and hes 220 lbs!

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Bryan Bennett wrote an answer about on December 11, 2008

Please give us a callBryan Bennett: Hi kbl2626179, We would love to help you out, please use live chat or give us a call. The product pages her for questions and answers is more for the technical aspects of the products, so if you ever have any problems like this, feel free to contact us right away. Thanks!

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Bryan Bennett wrote an answer about on December 10, 2008

Cold weather really doesn't become a problem with this stove until you get at or below 0°F.Take a look at the MSR Stove Tips too for using at high altitudes:http://msrgear.com/stoves/windpro.asp (under the more info tab at the bottom of the page)Personally I think 0 degrees F is a stretch. I notice a distinct drop-off in performance below 25 degrees. Bryan Bennett: I agree with Jeff, my windpro has poor performance when it gets below 20 deg F or so. Sleep with the canister in your sleeping bag if your worried about it.

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Bryan Bennett wrote an answer about on December 4, 2008

No, at this time the AT soles are unavailable at Backcountry.com.You can order replacement soles through Black Diamond at: p: 801.278.5533.Also! Since BD, and every retailer is out of stock with the Factor AT blocks, you can consider getting the Method AT blocks which are exactly the same except for the color, and BD Mail Order has them in stock.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on November 14, 2008

3 5

I used this in Oregon on the pacific crest trail this season in July, which was pretty close to the peak of the mosquito season. It kept the mid day swarms off my face, but did nothing on my arms or legs. Around sunrise and sunset all hell breaks loose and it does very little to keep me protected. I tried to get away with using no DEET but a couple days into it and covered in bug bites, I had too. I liked the bandanna in the day, but it really didn't work well when it was thick as hell out.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

What can I say? I've been wearing Chaco's for more than 10 years. They support my feet like a champ, and never give me rub marks. I've backpacked with these as my primary shoe all over Utah and Montana. I've walked to class through a snowstorm with them, and hiked peaks in the Wasatch. The Chaco's recently graduated from a 18 day private Grand Canyon float. I even discovered a line in a free write from an x girl friend of mine talking about our love for Chacos. I tried to hate Chaco when they moved production to out of Colorado, but hey, now I like the shoes and everything.

The only downside... The grip on wet rock isn't amazing.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on November 6, 2008

5 5

I got this stove last spring and I have loved using it all summer. I first got to use it on the Dolores river, with some snow, so the temps were easily in the thirties and twenties, and it worked just fine. It even had enough power to heat potatoes on a cast iron pan. I took it on the PCT for a hundred miles and found it to be very efficient and easy to use. I ended up using less gas than my buddy who had the pocket rocket. It works awesome with the wind screen in place and has been very durable.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on June 30, 2008

5 5

I used one of these Bandits for a trip on the Dolores River, and also down Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River. For the Dolores (lower flow) it was a blast, and could easily do class III water, even a run on Snaggletooth (class IV). I found it a little overloaded with two bigger guys... the tandem model shouldn't be used by two big paddlers if your hitting big water (easily on lakes and calm rivers though). Westwater was very fun in it too, and it had enough float to make me feel comfortable in the bigger class IV water. It is a little narrow which makes it tipsy, but still pretty stable for a boat being 24 lbs. You could almost roll it if you had thigh straps too (heard of some one doing this but never seen it). This is awesome river boat for class IV and below, and would be more than adequate on lakes and for recreational use.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on June 10, 2008

5 5

I've been using mine for a couple weeks now and its one of my favorite sleeping bags so far. I've used it down to 25 deg F or so and was pretty comfortable (I am a cold sleeper). It packs down well and is soft. Not as small as the down option, but its the price you pay for synthetic. I slept in some pretty wet spots and found the bag to be quite water resistant. I am a skinny guy (130 lbs) and its plenty roomy, but still hugs me all night long. My only complaint is that it has no draft tube. This turned out to not be a big deal because the bag forces the zipper outward naturally and insulation blocks it.

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on March 20, 2008

5 5

This shell rocks. It has a high collar with lots of fleece to keep your face warm. Bomb proof construction (I've already ran into several trees skiing with not even a scratch). The jacket is also really light for how waterproof it is, wire brim is nice too. The side pockets also act as vents and the pit zips work well. Hard to really find anything negative about this jacket... it even goes way over my helmet!

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Bryan Bennett wrote a review of on December 19, 2006

5 5

Been wearing these pants for about a month now and I am very impressed. The fit is very nice, baggy, but not so baggy that you can't walk around. Super burly construction with fully tapped seams, and the Gore-Tex keeps you dry (still have yet to get wet in them). I really enjoy the large pockets which also keep your things dry and the side vents help a lot to cool you down. Only downsides to the pants are that the side vents don't function as easily as I would have liked them too, and they need to put scuff guards on the ankles so skiers can use them!

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