DBrohm

DBrohm

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Short drive away from the Cottonwood Canyons & the "Big 4" ski resorts.

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Dustin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Dustin's Bio

SUMMER: I've always loved sports, especially outdoor sports. Nothing beats being up in the mountains. Utah is the perfect place to live if you love the outdoors, especially in Salt Lake City. I feel so lucky to call Salt Lake my home. Honestly, you can do it ALL here.

My favorite outdoor sports in summertime are bouldering, sport climbing, hiking, and camping. Little Cottonwood Canyon is no doubt one of the best spots in the country for bouldering & climbing, with literally 1000s of boulders & routes scattered throughout the canyon. Most of them only have a 5 min approach (or less). When the temp in the valley gets up into the 90s, I like to head up Big or Little Cottonwood canyon to escape the heat. Most of the bouldering and climbing areas are hidden in the trees, making it much cooler than down in the valley.

WINTER: Snowboarding! Have been snowboarding for 12 years as of this winter (08/09). Snowbird is my favorite resort, but I like Brighton & The Canyons too. I am lucky to live in Utah, where the snow is the best anywhere. Dont believe me? Check out our license plates!

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DBrohm wrote an answer about on May 15, 2009

Affirmative. Indeed they do, TP. The Chaco Flips are probably THE best flip flops I've ever worn, hands down. The soles seem to last forever thanks to the Vibram rubber soles. Vibram rubber = bombproof... the Flip Sandals are too!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

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The DAKINE Deluxe Tuning Kit includes everything a skier or snowboarder needs to wax/tune their skis or board. The kit is all organized for you in a convenient black zippered case. Each item in the kit seems to be very high-quality and I'm pleased with all of it so far. The only thing NOT included is an iron, but for this price I can deal w/ it. (Check out the DAKINE Super Tune Tuning Kit- Item# DAK0836. It's basically the same kit but w/ an iron.) Great value!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

Don't let the $12 price tag scare you away from the Gerber Ripstop I Knife. It's a solid, well-made knife; perfect for anyone looking for a basic folder. It stays sharp longer than I originally expected it to. I have had the Gerber Ripstop I for over a year now and am still very impressed. For the price, you can't really find a better value.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

Do you ever feel bad after washing your synthetic (non-merino) base-layers with normal laundry detergent? I do. Each time I wash my base-layers w/ Tide, I can't help but feel like I'm ruining the fabric. There has to be something better to wash synthetic base-layers with, right? YES! I heard about Nikwax almost a year ago and have since used a handful of their washes and proofs. Each one worked much better than I had hoped. The BaseWash is for cleaning synthetic base-layers. "It enhances the fabrics wicking properties." For merino wool base-layers, use Nikwax WoolWash.

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DBrohm wrote an answer about on January 8, 2009

The Ama Dablam and the Mountain Hardwear Sub-Zero Jacket are both great 650 fill down jackets. The Sub Zero is a bit puffier and doesn't have a hood like the Ama Dablam does. You'd have to get the Sub Zero SL Hooded Down Jacket (MHW0016) to get the hood. So if you'll be wearing a Gore Tex shell over it, you should decide on the puffier Sub Zero w/o a hood, or the less puffy Ama Dablam WITH a hood.

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DBrohm wrote an answer about on December 29, 2008

According to the Icebreakers sizing chart, you'd be between a L and an XL. The L shows a 35.5" waist, while the XL shows a 37.5" waist. The Icebreaker website recommends "...when your body measurements are midway between two sizes, go to the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit." If you're a 36" waist, you should probably go w/ a Large.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

5 5

There's really nothing better than a Backcountry.com Gift Certificate. The possibilities are endless! And if you'll be giving a gift certificate as a gift this year, I recommend printing out the image of the gift cert (shown above). Then just write the gift cert # and password on it, throw it under the tree, and you're good to go.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

Finding a t-shirt that looks good and fits well can be pretty hit or miss. But the Oakley Toac Sword T-Shirt - Men's is no miss... it's definitely a hit! It's a high-quality heavyweight t-shirt (not too thin, not too thick or heavy), and the graphics are awesome. The Toac Sword shirt is now one of my favorite shirts. I'm thinking of getting another one in either black or heather gray.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

If you ever need a gift idea for someone, think "TNF's TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece." It's super soft, warm, well made, versatile, and looks great. Can be worn pretty much anywhere... and everywhere! It's a base layer when you hit the slopes, or a nice fleece pullover to wear on a hot date.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on October 2, 2008

5 5

Have been using the Mad Rock Mad Pad Crash Pad for about 3 years now and it's still going strong. Originally I bought the Mad Pad crash pad because it's one of the most inexpensive pads I could find, and yet one of the biggest. I still haven't seen a crash pad this size for less. Not even close! Aside from the Mad Rock Mad Pad's obvious economical advantages, it's also tough as nails. It's been my main crash pad for 3 years and still doesn't show any real signs of wear & tear. The little carpet square it comes with, the "Madgic Carpet," is a nice bonus. I won't boulder w/o one now because wiping your feet before sending is just so damn helpful!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

5 5

I got the KEEN Venice Sandal - Women's as a gift for my sister-in-law and now she won't shut up about them! :-) Seriously though, she has nothing but good things to say about the KEEN Venice Sandals and she wears them all the time. The footbed is very comfy, supportive, and forgiving, even when you've been on your feet all day. The Venice sandals are a great looking, versatile sandal that perform the same whether you're hiking in the Wasatch or taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Damn, I think I need to get some KEEN Venice's of my own!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

At first I was super skeptical that ANY boxer brief could be worth paying over $20/pair. But after reading a few reviews of the Ex Officio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief I began to lose some of that skepticism. Ex Officio is known for durability and loyal customers, and you usually get what you pay for, so I decoded to give these bad boys a shot. I honestly never knew boxer briefs could be so damn comfortable! They just feel so light and soft and they breathe so well that they drastically reduce any sweating down there. I've since bought a few more pairs and now I won't go hiking or climbing without them. I strongly recommend picking up a pair of Ex Officio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs.

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DBrohm wrote a review of on August 22, 2008

5 5

I bought the Pacsafe ProSafe 700 Combination Padlock just before a recent trip to Portland, OR. I hadn't flown in a while, and I didn't have any TSA-approved locks . I had heard about how durable and secure PacSafe products are so I thought I'd give this lock a try. Right out of the package, my first impression of it was that it looked pretty damn tough! Setting the combination was super easy too, and you can change the combo as often as you want to. Before getting this lock, I've always used Master locks for everything and never had any problems w/ Master. But after this round-trip flight to Portland, I know know that Pacsafe locks are just as durable and secure as those big, burly Master locks. I recommend the Pacsafe ProSafe 700 Combination Padlock to anyone who needs a TSA-approved lock for their luggage, or for locking anything else!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on July 31, 2008

5 5

The AC is broken in my house right now, so whenever I'm at home I make sure to throw on my North Face VaporWick Ruckus T-Shirt. Sure enough, I don't get nearly as hot and I don't feel all sticky. This shirt breathes and wicks moisture extremely well. It also dries super quickly whenever wet. When you go to take your shirt out of the washer, it's damn near dry already. Try it out yourself if you don't believe me!

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DBrohm wrote a review of on July 31, 2008

5 5

I've owned the North Face Roadhog cargo shorts for about 2 years now and they're still going strong! I've always been a big fan of TNF clothing and I own quite a few different pieces. For the last 2 years, my Roadhog cargo shorts have been a regular part of my wardrobe. I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of them too. Usually I just wear them to work or around town as an "everyday short" but I've also worn them hiking quite a bit. They're very soft and comfortable and fairly lightweight too. The cargo pockets are pretty big and can hold quite a bit. I strongly recommend these shorts.

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