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DRas

DRas

Sugarhouse, Sandy, The Cottonwood Canyons, THE BIRD.

DRas's Bio

I've been with backcountry for 2 years, and what can i say, i LOVE it here. Born and raised in SLC utah, grew up 15 minutes from snowbird. Catch me at the bird in the winter, on the cirque, in the gad chutes, livin the dream in Mineral Basin, studyin up in the bookends, or way out to last choice, maybe even on Baldy if im not feeling lazy. I love skiing as you can tell, its what i live for, and why i can tolerate summer.

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DRas wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sweet piece of gear, I cant believe it took me this long to get one!

Such a great idea and I'll always toss this in the back of the car for any car camping trip.

Super easy set up, would take a grill brush with you to clean it afterwards and put it back in the box for easy storage and transport.

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DRas wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a sweet bike at a great price. Keeps it simple in the front with the 1 chain ring, and the Apex shifter on the right side. Very smooth shifting without having to take your hands off the hoods.

Snappy ride, seems to transfer power well. Love the look and feel of the aero blade carbon fork that helps to keep weight within reason on the bike overall. Colors on the french flag option really pop in person, really nice looking.

Cross tires are going to make this a great all season commuter. Really fun and versatile ride. I'm 5'10 and the 55cm fits perfect.

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DRas wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

5 5

I picked one of these up after using a friends last summer on a couple trips and being super impressed with the tent.

In varying conditions it's performed great, a pretty decent rain overnight I woke up totally dry in the morning. A few windy nights were no trouble either, that is after I guyed it out, it was totally solid. As others have mentioned the improved door design this year is a nice upgrade.

Super quick and painless set up, the hub pole design is really awesome and easy to use. Everything you need is included, 10 stakes, guy lines and tensioners, pole sleeve/repair tube, footprint and a gear loft, making this tent an even better value for the price.

Lots of great little pockets in the tent for quick and easy storage and access to little stuff. Im 5'10" and have plenty of room to stretch out lengthwise to stretch out in the tent as well as sit in the middle of it.

Overall I really like this thing and looking forward to all kinds of great adventures with it.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 30, 2012

5 5

Have only had this a couple weeks now, haven't had the chance to really test it as I would like as the weather has been so nice here, but the initial impression from when I have used it so far its this is an awesome, light, warm, super versatile piece.

For fit reference I'm 5'10", 160lbs, 40 inch chest with broad shoulders and long arms and the Medium fits great. Nice trim athletic fit, would layer under a shell great.

Great hand feel to the material, much more pliable and quieter than a hardshell, with a little stretch to it, but still feels plenty tough.

Used it out waterskiing early a few mornings, was super impressed with the windproofing cruising around on the chilly lake when everyone else in the boat in a regular hoody was shivering I was totally comfortable.

This was also the only time I got to test the water repellency, everything that splashed on the jacket would bead right up with no real trace of moisture left on the jacket. This was a super limited test though.

After getting out of the water and being really cold I dried off, and tossed this back on over a t shirt and warmed right up. This provides lots of warmth for how light it is, definitely more insulating ability than I expected. Used it a couple nights camping and noticed the same thing.

Overall I really like this thing and think I have found my new go to jacket to toss in the back of the car or bottom of the pack 'just in case' Looking forward to being able to test it fully it once it cools down moving into fall.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Having long hair im always looking for a way to keep it back/down/under control, this is an awesome option. Coolmax fabric wicks sweat and dries quick. The Material is super light and really comfortable, i forget im wearing it after a few minutes. They are only printed on one side though, the inside is a weird coolmax/tech print. So if it gets twisted or pulled up it wont match all the way around, minor detail and it stays in places really well. Measures just a hair over 4 inches tall.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

These are going to be taller than what you see in the main image, they have them folded up like a headband, make sure to check out the flat picture in the detail view down below the main image.

They measure about 7.5 inches tall. Super light material, lots of ways to fold it and wear it, really versatile and comfortable. If you wanted a skinnier headband style check out item #BUF0013.

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DRas wrote a review of on April 10, 2009

5 5

Got the chance to try these out today for the first time, and i was lucky enough to have 12 inches of fresh at snowbird for my first time out on them. I could not be happier, they slay the powder, making big GS turns or quick pivot turns in the trees. Carve, smear, slash, wheelie, all more than doable on the hellbents. As it got more and more skied out i had to get back on main runs to make it back to the lift, they had not been groomed so it was semi hardpack with lots of variation, and super chunky/bunpy. i have the 189 mounted at +6 im 5'10" 165 lbs. These still rallied through the crud, and manky hardpack, throw em over on edge and hold on! you'll be laying railroad tracks in no time. I'm super impressed with the versatility of this ski, especially at 122 underfoot, 189 length (they are much longer than that BTW) and the huge rocker, get these and you will not be disappointed.

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DRas wrote a review of on March 11, 2008

5 5

Great ski, little big for groomers, but totally do-able if you are down to put a little more work into your turns. haven't had a chance to ski them in the pow, but with how soft they are with a 108 underfoot i cant imagine them being anything short of amazing.

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DRas wrote a review of on January 2, 2008

4 5

the material has a nice feel on the skin, but when it wets out from high aerobic activity, it takes too long to dry compared to other similar products. this is probably because your material is more dense, and does not have enough air/loft between the synthetic fibers - which would allow the air to circulate better and therefore dry faster. so bottom line.....it works very well as a fashion statement for a Vogue magazine cover, but in the world of athletic endeavors, it fails the test.

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