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Chris R.

Chris R.

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Chris R.'s Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Chris R.'s Bio

Backcountry’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Chris R.

Chris R.wrote a review of on June 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to think that I would never use poles unless I was skiing. That has all changed. I am recovering from knee surgery so I picked up a pair of these so I could do a little hiking. They help a lot more than I expected. The extra stability and extra load off my knees is just what I needed. I am sure that I will be using them after I have fully recovered. I really like how light and adjustable these are. Adjusting the height and the straps couldn't be easier. I also really like how fast the go together and collapse.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bags. They are great for adding a little extra warmth to you sleeping bag. What I really like them for is traveling. Keep it in your carry-on so you have a light weight blanket on the plane. It worked really well in Indonesia to keep me off some of the questionable places I was sleeping. It also made a nice light sheet and helped wick sweat on hot humid nights in the jungle.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I wore this almost everyday while traveling in Indonesia. It helped keep me cool in the humid climate. Washing in the sink and hanging to dry to use for the next day was really easy. It looks good and performs even better. Its going to make a great hiking and running shirt as well. Its hard to see in the pictures but all of the current colors have small horizontal lines on them. The large fits me well with having a little room to move. They medium is almost base layer snug on me but would work well for running or other high output activities.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The large size is perfect for a single person and will work for 2 in a pinch. Its much softer than some other pack towels that I have used in the past. Drys you off well and after hanging for a few hours its ready to use again. Couldn't be happier with it.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought this for my wife and she absolutely loves it. She doesn't like to carry around a purse but this is small enough to carry everywhere. She uses the Fjallraven zip wallet FJR002A with it. There is enough room for it, her cell phone and a few small essentials. With it being made from G-1000 its going to last a long time.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on March 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was one item that I took to a trip to Indonesia that I am really happy that I took. I bought the medium and its just big enough to be comfortable and not too bulky. If you really need to save space this might not be for you but it was worth it for me. When you are on planes for almost 20 hours its nice to have something other than a neck pillow. It was nice to use this for a few hours and then trade my wife for the neck pillow. It was also more comfortable than a lot of the pillows provided in the guest houses.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on March 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

They are soft, comfortable and fit true to size. They are a little too warm for me for skiing at the resort. For me they are best camping or climbing in cold weather. I prefer merino for my base layers but these work good enough.

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Chris R.wrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This packs really small and doesn't weigh much. If you are going to be in a buggy area its worth taking it with you. I bought it for a trip to Sumatra and it worked great. Its really nice to be able to keep the bugs out of your face. I'm looking forward to use it this summer backpacking. If may look silly but its totally worth it.

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