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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 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 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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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on April 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this as a front tire on my bike and absolutely love it. Super easy to mount tubeless. I wish backcountry would sell more 26 inch tires. There are still lots of people out there with "ancient" mountain bikes but hardly any 26 inch options with a healthy BMI (it you know what I mean).

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love these sunglasses. They are probably the ones that I wear the most. They're super comfortable and light. My wife doesn't like them and I actually think they're pretty dorky looking, but at least I can't see them while wearing them. Haha.

Changing the lenses is easy. Great for mountain biking as they don't fog easily. I've got the gold mirror lens and Smith advertises is at a brown tint, but it's actually a gray tint. It's not a very dark tint, so might not be the best option for really sunny days for those with sensitive eyes. Nice thing is if you get these shades and aren't crazy about the lens you choose, you can just buy a different lens.

For sizing reference, I have a very big head and these fit me well. I notice a lot of the reviewers of these have small heads and are happy with the fit. Must be because of how flexible the frames are. Those with bigger heads are probably best off with this version of the Parallel (as opposed to one with smaller lenses).

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love everything about this outfit but the available colorways. I bought the blue on for my daughter because I don't like any of the girl colors. This really is a great outfit. I just wish the colors weren't so funky. Really easy to don and doff. Fits well. Good quality.

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Christopher Smithwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was deciding between this back and a XL TNF Base Camp duffel. This one has some nice convenience features that the TNF bag doesn't, but I decided to go with the TNF bag. This bag didn't feel like it would be as durable and I didn't like how shiny it was. The advantages it has over the TNF Base Camp is more pockets, shoulder straps that can be moved a little bit faster (but not much), and a built-in storage bag. The fabric on this has a softer feel than the TNF bag, but that could be viewed as a pro or a con.

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