Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Employee

Utah!

Christopher Smith's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Christopher Smith's Bio

I've lived in Utah since 2005 and have been working at backcountry.com since 2007.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

My 21 month old loves this jacket. She was really excited when we took it out of the box and wanted to wear it immediately on a sunny day. She has splashed in puddles in the rain with it on and stayed dry underneath. It does run big. I'm buying 18-24 month size clothes, but I bought her the 18 month size because I know The North Face outer wear for babies runs big. Better than too small though, because we know they grow quickly!

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We used to use the Oxo straw cups for our toddler. She kept breaking them. So now we use these and they are great.

UPDATE: My daughter had now figured out how to remove the valve from the top of the cup. Now she does this every time we give the bottle to her and it spills everywhere. I would recommend a regular Eddy water bottle for kids. Harder to take apart.

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

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

I bought this to add to my Osprey Kid Carrier which came with a hydration slot but no bladder. I have an older Osprey Raptor 14 pack that I use when mountain biking, so I'm already familiar with the previous generation of this bladder. The best feature of it is the magnetic mouthpiece and corresponding clip for the sternum strap. It's so nice having a convenient way to keep the hose from dangling. The on/off function is also, IMO, better than any other brand's. The bite valve itself isn't as good as Camelbak's and seems unnecessarily complicated, but I suspect this has to do with a Camelbak patent. This has a stiff backer plate on it that helps keep the bag from bowing out agains your back when in a pack. It's a very nice feature, but it's not as stiff as the previous generation was. I assume this was to bring the weight and production cost down. This change and the zip top do make it easier to put a can of beer in the bladder, though. Fill the bladder with ice water and stash a beer in it. You'll have water on the hike up and an ice cold beer for the summit.

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