Bryan Rees

Bryan Rees

Park City, UT

Bryan's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Bryan's Bio

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

Bryan Rees

Bryan Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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 Rees wrote 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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Bryan Rees wrote a review of on February 22, 2011

5 5

I've had the privilege now of riding a Burton Joystick, Burton Sherlock and Never Summer Legacy, and the NS Legacy is by far the superior board. Super smooth all-mountain performance.

I also love that it's a mid-wide board. I'm 6'2", 210 lbs., wear a size 11.5 boot, ride goofy with a +15/-6 stance and ride a 161. Some wide boards at that length are just too wide. This is the perfect fit.

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Bryan Rees wrote a review of on February 22, 2011

5 5

What can I say. I love this jacket. It's the perfect shell for day-to-day wear. Layer up underneath on those extra cold days...nothing more than a base-layer and tee when it's bluebird skies.

I'm 6'2", 210 lbs and rock a Large in the Mascot Big Stripe and it fits perfectly. Not too bulky on its own and just right when I need to layer-up.

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