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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringel

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Chris Ringel's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

Good looking shifting
5 5

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

This was put on my sisters Surly Krampus. Here is what she says:
"If you're wanting to convert your drivetrain to a 1x11, this is your cassette. An 11 speed which fits onto your standard freehub body. It's a great cassette for the price, and it's black! It looks great and shifts smoothly."

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

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

These were put on my sisters Surly Krampus. This is what she has to say.
"These rotors are as stylish as they are functional. The black centerpiece looks great, but more importantly, they work flawlessly. Great stopping power, plus they are the quietest rotors I've used. No more goose honking down the trail. I'll definitely buy them again.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

New Favorite
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

I have been wearing Smith for years and have loved them but it was time for me to try something different. I picked these up before heading to Mexico. They were great at the beach, on the boat, and wandering through the jungle exploring Mayan Ruins. These fit my slightly large head really well. They have good coverage and the lenses are high quality. They are every bit as good as the Smiths that I have worn. Pick up a pair! You won't be disappointing.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

Way better than expected
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium - 5 inch

I didn't think I was going to like these as much as I do. They are super comfortable and the built in liner is nice. They are great for swimming, hiking, short runs and fish charming. The quality is great and the fit is what you would expect. I picked up the 5 inch and they hit just below mid thigh and are ..... baggy. I normally wear a 32 and the medium works good for me. I think they will hold up for a long time. I'm going to get some more.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

These have a unique look that I really like. I have a 34" inseam and these hit my just below mid-thigh which is what I was looking for. The hand pockets are nice and deep and the back pocket works great as well. The button is a little hard to do but it works. The material is a little stiffer than I expected but its starting to soften up. I normally wear a 31-32 and the 32 fit me well. The waist has just enough elastic to make them a little forgiving but I would size up if you are on the edge.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

I was hoping that this would be long enough to cover my neck and still pull over my ears. This wasn't the case as its not actually 1/2 the size of my regular buffs. I don't normally need the full length of the normal Buffs and thought this would be perfect but its not. It works great just around the neck or as a headband. It would be a lot more versatile if it was a few inches longer.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

These work for keeping the chill off your skin while skiing or hiking and will also prevent you from getting sunburned while out fishing. I like that you can wear it as a gaiter or a headband or any number of wacky in-between options.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these for years and just picked up this set because I wanted more. They really shine while traveling internationally and wanting to limit the amount that you take with you. These allow you to pack a lot of clothes in a small space and stay very organized. They make it easy to pack over a weeks worth of clothes/gear into a carry on size bag. I also like using them to store gear. The small one is great for a headlamp, batteries, chargers, etc. They even come in handy to organize some of my climbing gear. The material and zippers are high quality and have lasted years of heavy use.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: standard

After years of thinking about it I finally started doing yoga. I haven't been that many times but I am really enjoying it. So far this mat is amazing! It does have a smell at first but let it air out for a couple of days in some fresh air and it will dissipate. You can also wipe it down with a 50/50 water/vinegar solution to help it out as well. I like that it is a couple inches wider and a few inches longer than a normal yoga mat without feeling giant in class. I'm 6'1" and I think that the standard is perfect for me. I can fully lay flat on it without a problem. The 5mm offers just the right amount of extra cushion that I need for my aging knees. The mat is also very gripy and I don't slip at all on it.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My wife needed something for everyday that will keep her warm while cross country skiing but also looks great running errands on an early spring day. This vest is just what she needed. It layers really well with zip-up hoodies and cowl neck sweaters. This vest was her favorite compared to other similar vests because of the seamless arm holes.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Recently bought this for my wife so she could have something with more coverage when switch swimming in cold water. The fabric is a tight weave ND gave her just the coverage she was looking for. This swim suit is elegant and flattering, perfect for all day on a boat.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is just my wife's style so I was excited to pick this up. She really likes it but wishes it was a little longer. Looks best when layered black on black because of how much the wide arms makes the front of the shirt move around.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I've bought a couple pairs of reefs for my wife over the years. These are the least comfortable. She really likes how they look but not to be used for any long shopping trips or walking on sandy paths. The main complaint is the straps are just thin enough that they cut in a bit.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Recently went fishing on the ocean and needed something to keep my lady out of the sun. It fits her perfect and the fish goo washed right off. She can't wait to get out there again.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Recently went on a trip to Mexico and got this for my wife. She especially loved wearing it when we were traveling from beach to beach because the straps are supportive without ties or latches digging in. Layers great under tops and was a staple for the entire trip.

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