Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

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Christopher's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Christopher's Bio

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

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to use Crank Brothers Candy 3's and decided to make the switch to these about a month ago after getting tired of the Candy's inconsistent release. I love these! They're extremely predictable. I was debating between these and the xt race pedals and am glad I got the trails. I really like having the extra platform. It feels like it provides extra support underfoot and is big enough to descend techy stuff on if you can't get clipped in in time. The release tension is adjustable and mine came adjusted to about the middle. I've loosened mine to about as easy as possible and will tighten them if I find myself coming out of the pedals prematurely.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

3 5

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

I got these about a month ago and have already had to get replacement ratchets. Granted, they did break in a crash, but I think of crashing as being an integral part of mountain biking (at least it seems to be for me, haha). I will say that Giro's warranty department was very quick on me a replacement set of ratchets when I called them. I called on a Monday and they were at my house that Saturday (free of charge). If you rarely crash, then these will serve you well. Even if you do crash, just know that Giro has your back. If I had designed these shoes, I think I would have just used three velcro straps instead of two velcro and a ratchet.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The thing that drew me to these grips was the fact that the outside clamp is also a solid aluminum end cap. I don't like the look of a plastic plug in the end of my bars. They have delivered on everything I expect from a grip. Get these ones if you want a fat grip. If you want the smaller diameter that most grips have, you'll want to get the 30mm version. Overall, I'm very pleased with these. Price is right, grip is good, durability is good, and they come in a decent variety of colors.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this as a Christmas present for my wife and we both love it. The sound is really good for the size of it and the build quality is superb. Battery life is excellent. It's heavy enough that you wouldn't want to hike it into a campsite, but it's perfectly fine for car camping. I also like the fact that you can use it as a backup battery to charge phones or other devices that charge with a USB cord. Some of these bluetooth speakers come with a cord that allows you to charge it in a car's 12V cigarette lighter. This one only comes with a wall charge. I haven't found that to be an issue, but I think it's something that should be made clear in the tech specs.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on January 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought this in size large. I'm 5'11" and 185 lbs. It fits perfectly. The arms are very long, so I don't think tall skinny people should feel the need to size up based on sleeve length. It has thumb straps built into the wrists of the sleeves so you can easily put on another layer without having the sleeves bunch up your arms. I bought the Hardy Stripe/Classic Navy colorway thinking it would be red with navy blue stripes. I think that was the intent as the seams are sewn with a blue thread, but the stripes on the shirt are so dark that they at first glance appeared to be black. I'm still happy with the shirt, but figured I'd mention that because I think some people would be put off by that.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

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

These boots are very tough and I actually like the fact that they don't have Gore-Tex. They'll breathe better than a boot with Gore-Tex and the full grain leather has been plenty waterproof for my needs. I just treat them with Nikwax a few times a year. They're overkill for hiking without a pack, but I love these for backpacking.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a 4L Dromlite for about 8 years and it's still going strong with nary a leak. I used to use Platypus bags but got tired of them eventually getting brittle and leaking at the corners. Not a problem with the Dromlite! For easier pouring, I highly recommend the Spigot Cap (CAS0051). I've attached some cordage to the grommet on my bag so I can just clove hitch it to a branch once I get to camp.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on August 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite pads that I've used so far. My bike came with Formula organic pads. With those, my brakes would howl something fierce every time I was on a dusty trail (and I live in Utah, so that was basically every ride). I bought the SwissStop organic pads after the original pads wore out and I experienced the same problem! That's in the past now that I've switched to these sintered pads. They make a little bit of noise when they're cold, but they're fine once I've been riding a little. Also, it's never that terrible howling that I could feel through my whole body.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the 25 for my Formula RX brakes. I prefer the Formula brand sintered pads to these for the improved longevity, but we didn't have them in stock. These are a decent alternative. After all, they do stop my bike when I squeeze the brake trigger.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on May 8, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know, I know: it's kind of like saying the restaurant was wonderful except for the food. This pump does move a lot of air quickly and the gauge is very easy to read. However, I hat the chuck options. If you use the threaded chuck on a presta valve with a removable core, you risk removing the core while unscrewing the chuck (I've done this several times). If you use the speed chuck, you have to hold the chuck onto the valve while pumping. This gets the job done and I'm not going to rush out and by a different pump. The construction and quality are very good, but the design of these Lezyne pumps makes me think I won't get another one.

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Christopher Smith wrote an answer about on February 7, 2013

It's made of steel and plastic. It does fold up when not in use. I'm not sure what you mean by "DOES THE BOTTOM RAIL SEPARATE IN THE MIDDLE," but it is possible to use this to carry only two bikes and leave the other two spots empty. It's important to note that this won't do you any good on its own. You have to have a 2in. Yakima Hold-Up Bike Rack (YAK0289) for this add-on to be of any use to you.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

4 5

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

I normally wear an 11 and that's the size I got for these shoes. They are just right. They're a little on the narrow side, but I imagine they'll stretch a little since they're made of pig skin. I plan on wearing these with dress socks, so I'm fine with the size I got. If you want to wear thicker socks, though, I would recommend going up a half-size. They appear to be very well made, but I can't really speak to their durability yet because I'm waiting for some snow to melt here in SLC before I start wearing these.

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Christopher Smith wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

4 5

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

Contrary to what it says in the tech specs, these do NOT have a Gore-Tex membrane. They are straight leather. I found this out when I received mine. Not a deal-breaker, but it definitely makes it less of a value.

I got the charcoal/stone variant and I really like them. I noticed that one reviewer (Jonathan Rambo) suggests possibly sizing up if you're on the cusp and another (Ryan Hamilton) suggests the opposite. I tend to agree with Jonathan. I normally wear a size 11 and that's what I got for these. They fit just right. So well, that I can't wear thick socks with them. I'm sticking with this size rather than 11.5 because they are very comfortable and, being leather, I know they will probably stretch a little as I break them in. I definitely would not have been happy in a size 10.5, though.

The soles are weird and you kind of feel the lugs through the midsole. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to get used to. I'm not really sure what the point is of getting all creative with a part of the shoe that no one will see.

Overall, I'm very happy with these shoes.

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