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Bryan Rees

Bryan Rees

Park City, UT

Bryan Rees's Passions

Snowboarding
Skiing

Bryan Rees's Bio

I Fly Fish all year round with a little camping, hiking, trail running, and snowboarding in-between.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on December 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this beanie. Wear it almost every day in the winter and hunting. However, if you're looking for a beanie with a larger cuff...this is not it. If you were to cuff the beanie like in the picture shown you'd only cover the tips of your ears. I don't think I have an overly large or tall head (7 3/8 fitted hat size) but I only get about an inch or inch and a half cuff out of it and the bottoms of my ears still stick out with the cap pulled down tight. Not annoying or bad, but worth mentioning.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on December 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34 Long

Let me start by saying how much I love the products Topo puts out. Quality product all around, all the time. I love the brand and was stoked to try these pants.

I am 6'2", 195lbs and typically wear a size 33 or 34 pant. I went with the 34 in these and expected a bit slimmer fit, but the waist on these were just too tight with little to no give in the fabric. As others have pointed out, if you're a bit thicker build, size up! I immediately went to look for the 36, but as luck would have it they were sold out.

I also bought the "long"...and they are just that...long. Enough fabric for a tall guy like me to roll them a couple times and be comfortable. I probably wouldn't cuff these, so unless you're 6'4" or taller or like a cuff, then the regular length should be just fine.

They are also a lighter weight pant suited for spring/summer. I'll most likely buy a pair in a different color in the spring (in the next size up).

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on December 2, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

Note: I ended up returning these after trying them on and comparing to other similar pants, but thought some details on my impressions of the fit would help.

I usually like a slimmer fit, but being 6'2" and 195 lbs I'm always cautious of pants being TOO tight. I bought a 36 when I usually wear a 34 for fear these pants would be said slimmer fit. There is definitely a bit more taper to the legs and I really like how everything fit overall, but the waist was just way too big. These pants most likely fit more true-to-size than expected. There is also a TON of forgiveness in the fabric (seems like way more than 1% spandex) which helps.

The green color is also a bit darker than shown.

Not a bad pair of pants overall. I just ended up liking a similar pair in the end better.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on September 23, 2015

Far more than selfies
5 5

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

GoPro is by far the best POV camera on the market and the Hero4 Black is the top dog. It's hard to say much more about it than what Backcountry and GoPro have already said, so I'll let the video below do the talking. This was shot on my first day out with the camera. We set up the GoPro on the bank of the river using the 3-Way Grip (sold separately) and pretty much forgot about it while stalking a monster fish. The wide angle of the camera ensure we got the epic hook set and amazing reaction from my buddy all on camera. Definitely made a day for the memory books that much more memorable to have it all on film.

I will say there is a LOT to learn in order to get the most out of this camera, and I'm still learning, but I have not regretted this purchase and look forward to many more epic moments captured.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on September 23, 2015

My Favorite Sunglasses To Date
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs

These are by far the best pair of frames I've owned to-date and fit my lifestyle and style appropriately. I wear these every day and get complemented on them regularly. From the daily commute, to the trail and onto the river, these frames are solid. They don't slide around on my face, but aren't overly snug either. The rubber pads on the nose help with that, but the arms are relatively tight compared to other similar frames I've owned as well. This also ensures they don't slide out of my shirt if I've got them off hanging from my collar. I got the Howler Bros. colab with the orange ear pads and I love the pop of color.

Beyond the looks, the polarized frames are great for everything from driving to fishing. Smith knows how to do lenses so this shouldn't come as a surprise.

I'm thinking of getting a pair in each of the other colors as well!

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on September 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works as expected. Holds water. Large cap that screws on tight so you don't get any leaks. Nice wide mouth for easy filling. Sufficient tube length for my height (6' 2") and pack. I purchased this with the Fresh Reservoir Filter from Camelbak and haven't had any funky taste issues.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on May 21, 2013

5 5

I was looking for a few specifics in a heart rate monitor. I wanted GPS built in, Strava/computer compatibility, minimal pieces (i.e. no foot pod), and I was on a budget. The Forerunner 210 met and exceeded my desires in a running watch. Seriously, do your homework-or don't and just listen to me-you'll be hard pressed to find a watch with similar features in this price range.

If you're a data junky like I am, then you'll love how simply the 210 syncs with Strava. The only setback for some (was not an issue for me) may be that it does not show elevation gain while you're running. It DOES store it however and all of that data is viewable after your run in either the Garmin software or Strava.

A lot of reviews online complained about the connector/charger. I can see the nitpick here. It's a pretty silly design. However, I've had no problems yet charging or syncing the watch and it's pretty easy to tell if all four pins are correctly aligned. No complaints from me given how amazing everything else is on this watch.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on October 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the perfect late season or cool weather sock. I just wore these at a race in 40 degree temps, rain and mud and my feet were nice and toasty (as much as they could've been).

I wouldn't classify these a "Light" sock...they're still pretty bulky in the toe and heel. Make sure you have the room. If you're looking for a really light sock, I'd go with the Ultra Light Mini.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on October 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you enjoy seeing where you're going when grabbing a much needed swig of hydration mid-stride over treacherous terrain, heading out on a long run as light as possible, and knowing that your bottle is securely in your hand at the end of an exhausting training session then this bottle is for you. A little extra bulk means you have plenty to hold onto and for it to hold on to you. The wide strap and breathable mesh help the bottle stay securely in place, even when you're sweating like a fool and can barely make a fist from that grueling 2,000ft climb. The angled neck means the less you have to strain to get your hydration, and also allows you to keep your eye on the terrain and not the sky. The pocket is perfect for energy gels, keys, even a phone if that's your style.

I was recently given a Nathan UD at a race and gave it away to another racer because I love my UltrAspire that much.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on May 9, 2012

Bomber
5 5

These waders are bomber. I'm pretty tough on my gear, and needed a pair of waders that I didn't have to worry about when climbing over logs, or through bushes, etc., and these were just the ticket. The 5 layer nylon around the legs and seat, plus the sonic welded seams gives me all the confidence I need to get to the perfect spot without worrying about what I have to go through getting there.

I'm 6'2" and 190 lbs and the Medium Long fits me perfectly. I have plenty of room for extra layers, but not so much that I don't feel secure when wading, or look like I've put on an extra 40lbs after securing the wading belt.

At half the price of anything similar from Patagucci and the rest, and 10 times more durable, you can't go wrong. Who needs Merino Wool lined booties anyhow?

I will say, if there's two things I'd improve here, it'd be the gravel guard boot clip (just way too hard to secure to my boots...tho' doable with a little elbow grease) and a loop or clip on the back to attach my net. Other than that, these waders have it all—durability, comfort, storage, and the right price.

Get after it son!

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on September 27, 2011

Look like you know what you're doing
5 5

okay...buy this pack for it's day-trip perfect amount of space, (cough) "water bottle" holders, and back-saving hip or chest versatility. It's just an added bonus that pretty much anything Fishpond produces makes you look like an instant pro. Well worth the few extra bucks for a dependable, well-constructed lumbar pack.

Vests are so last year.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on July 6, 2011

4 5

The fulcrum wedge is a great aid in training to run in a more forefoot style, which is a more efficient, stronger stride. I found it really great on longer runs, when my form would degrade a bit, the wedge still forced an efficient stride. The wedge takes a bit to get used to, but I barely noticed it after a few nice long runs. Just enough padding (may be too much if you're into the barefoot movement), but not so much that you can't feel the road.

I'm all for flashy, but be prepared for a ton of "Wow, those are bright shoes!" comments.

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Bryan Reeswrote a review of on June 7, 2011

5 5

It's true, when down gets wet its insulation strength diminishes. However, this jacket is very water resistant, and unless you plan on braving a torrential downpour (or extended periods of rain) in your adventures, this jacket will do just fine.

Fit is a little boxy depending on your build. I'm 6'2" 205 lbs and wear the Large. Sleeves are perfect, but the body is a little big, and the bottom hem hits just below my belt.

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