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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringel

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Chris Ringel's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Chris Ringel'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.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a light weight pack that will hold a lot and does not cost very much. It doesn't have any support of suspension so keep that in mind when you are loading it up. It makes a great climbing gym bag. It comfortable holds 2 shoes, 2 harnesses and 2 chalk bags. It also works well for hikes and as a carry on.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

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

I really like the fit of this shirt. I struggle with the fit on a lot of Patagonia. I am 6'1" and thin and a lot of their shirts are way too baggy for me. This has a much slimmer fit that I really like. Wears and washes well and looks good.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

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

I swear by Darn Tough. I have a few pairs that I have had for way than I could have ever imagined. These are great for everyday or hiking on warmer days. They last forever and are super comfortable. I wear an 11.0 shoe and large fits me perfectly.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

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

I have the men's version of these and bought a few of these as gifts. I like that Darn Tough has come out with some fun colors. These are really comfortable but thinner than other Darn Tough socks. They are a great everyday casual sock.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

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

I have been wearing and abusing these socks for years. They don't wear out. I have started walking around in the driveway to try to wear them out so I can buy more. They are super comfortable and wear well. I'm an 11.0 and the large fits great.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

These have become my favorite pair of underwear. Exofico is a close second. I think these are more comfortable and they fit me better. I use them for shorter runs with unlined shorts, gym, climbing, hiking, backpacking and everyday travel. I first bought a pair last year before heading to Sumatra for 2 weeks. They kept my dry and comfortable while trekking through the jungle. The antimicrobial treatment works well and they don't stick. They wash easy in the sick and if you hang them to dry they will be ready to wear again in the morning. I actually really like the shorter fit over the longer fit of Exoficio.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

I have been running in these for a few years and love them. They seem to help with fatigue after long trail runs and keep away some small shin tweaks that I was getting. They work great post run but I also really like how they feel while running. They are also great at keeping mud off your legs when you are out on a sloppy wet trail run. I also like pairing them with CW-X 3/4 stabilyx tights.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

So far I like these a lot. I'm recovering from a knee injury from last year and wanted something to give a little extra stability when I'm not wearing a brace. These are very comfortable and offer the support that I was looking for. They also help with fatigue which I really like. I have been using them for skiing and running and they work great for both. When running on really cold days or in snow I wear a calf sleeve so my whole leg is covered. I really like the CEP Progressive calf sleeve. I am 175lbs and 6'1" and went with a medium. The CW-X size chart had me in a large but the large was a little loose and didn't offer as much compression as I wanted.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x34

I have owned a pair of these for over a year and recently picked up a second pair. They have worn really well and I wear them a lot. They are by far the most comfortable pair of pants that I have ever owned. They have a nice slim cut and lots of stretch that make them comfortable. They are a little thin but they hold up well and are great when the weather starts to warm up. Size is true and I really like that they come in a 34 inseam. I own a number of Prana pants but I wear these more than any others. Love them. You should buy a couple of pairs. You won't regret it.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

I love these pants. First of all they are quite comfortable and fit very nicely in all the right spots. They seem to not have any excess material anywhere on them. I love the crotch air vents and the multi-entrance  zipped cargo pockets. My favorite feature is probably the direction of the zip off legs. Each leg zips from the inside of the leg toward the outside of the knee. I found this useful when creating some even airflow in the leg, without having to zip them off completely. Once I did zip them off, I was pleased to have the lower legs slide off over my hiker shoes. Great, great pants.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This hammock is awesome. Lightweight, durable and simple to set up. We slept two in it fairly comfortably. If you're solo looking for a sleeping hammock, I've been in none this comfortable. It's got plenty of material to wrap around you, plus sitting sideways, this extra material makes a great swinging chair with a back rest. My favorite hammock by far.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a must have for keeping your light electronics (phone, GoPro etc.) charged in the wilderness. It's very intuitive to use and packs up nicely. My only complaint would be the weight. For me it's worth having the power. The panel has also been well designed with multiple loops around the sides so that it's easy to mount to a pack or tree etc.

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