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Dan Be

Dan Be

Gearhead

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing or just about anything outside. Feel free to contact me when I am in if you have any questions, I work Friday-Monday. Friday, Sunday, and Monday I am in 12:00 MST - 10:30pm MST and Saturday 7:00am - 5:30pm MST. You can also contact me anytime at dbennett@backcountry.com

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The time has come that I replace my helmet with a new one. Having tried a few options on the market I was wondering if I should go with something other than the Vantage. But how can you deny a good thing?

This is the most comfortable helmet I have owned. This helmet is light, vents very well, and fits with most goggles on the market. It doesn't hurt that this helmet looks amazing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

I gave these as a gift and have feedback to share.

The styling of these boots is great. They look awesome, are well constructed, and work well for snowy days. Unfortunately, if you have a wider foot these may not fit. These were too narrow for my moms foot. If they had fit she would have loved them, but if they don't fit they aren't comfortable.

My sister really wanted to keep them, but her foot is a different size. I had to return these due to the width. However, if you have a standard width, or even narrow width foot these will likely fit you well. I give these boots 5 starts for the stylish looks, great construction, and overall solid design for a casual snow boot. I wish they were just a little wider, but you can't win them all.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 15, 2016

4 5

First of all if you have a large dog this is not the bed for your furry friend. However, for most medium to small dogs this is a great bed for hitting the backcountry or car camping.

I wouldn't recommend this bed if you are looking for something that will keep your furry friend warm in cold weather. There simply isn't enough padding to insulate against cold ground. However, for cool to hot weather camping this bed works great. It packs fairly small, is easy to clean, and keeps your furry friend from sleeping on the ground or your tent floor.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 15, 2016

4 5

I picked up a pair of these to mount on a pair of Armada JJ skis. I knew I didn't want an ultra-light backcountry touring binding for those skis. Rather I was looking for a binding that was more at home in the resort, but could help me access side-country terrain. This binding does exactly that.

It is easy to swap between walk mode and ski mode, and the design seems as though it will be durable enough for many years of use to come.

Certainly if you are looking for a touring binding that is ideal for long hikes or approaches then you will want to consider a true tech binding. However, if you want a pair of bindings that ski just like an alpine binding in resort, but assist you in accessing the terrain just on the other side of the gate this is an ideal binding. The 16 DIN means that even the burliest shredders won't have to worry about pre-releasing while hauling the mail. Sure the elastic travel on this binding may not be as much as on the Look Pivot, but then again the Pivot can't help you access terrain outside of the resort.

Bottom line: This is a great binding for someone who will spend more than half the time they are skiing in resort. And when they do venture outside of the resort they aren't hiking for miles.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned 3 of these. Every time I bring one home my dog get so excited.

Sure this isn't the best disc if your dog loves chasing the disc for long distances. These just don't fly super far. However, my dog still loves to chase this disc, and loves playing tug of war and chewing on it.

The disc holds up way better than I imagined it would and my dog has a hard time destroying one of these discs. He eventually will rip it to shreds, but it isn't without lots of chewing.

Overall, this is a great toy for a dog who enjoys chasing a disc, but would rather chew it to shreds.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 12, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: large

This hoodie has a rather strange fit. It is tight in the shoulders and upper chest, and really loose in the mid to lower torso. It is basically boxy feeling, but doesn't offer the room in the upper chest that a boxy fitting hoodie normally would.
The hoodie is a great mid layer and does provide decent warmth. If the waist had a cinch to allow you to bring in the waist, and the shoulders didn't fit so tight I would buy more of these. Unfortunately the odd fit just ruins the whole hoodie for me.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

I gave this to my sister as a gift and she loves it. She travels a lot for work and fun and always takes this pack with her. She loves the looks, and it can carry enough supplies for a day around town or at school.

Sure this doesn't offer tons of pockets or complicated features but if you just need a pack to hold a days worth of gear this will do. Did I mention it looks fresh!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 4, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Are you thin? Do you always have a hard time looking for a shirt that fits and isn't baggy? Look no further. This shirt is super slim.

I purchased this in a size large and it was so tight I could barely get into it. The length of the sleeves and torso was spot on, but I could barely move once I got the shirt on. I gave this to a friend after trying it on. It was way to slim for me.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 4, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: large

These flannels look great, and for the money are a great value. However, the stitching on these is sub-par, and the fit is very slim.

I ordered two of these in a large and though the length of the torso and sleeves is spot on, the best and armpits are too tight. If there was more room in the shoulders, and the stitching was better I would probably give these flannels 4 stars.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Do you find yourself wanting more grip from your tires? Buy this tire and never worry about what conditions you may encounter.

I found myself in need of a new front tire after my Magic Mary bubbled all over. Since that tire had been so good to me I was about to get another one. However, I noticed the Shorty and figured why not give it a try. After all I have loved tires I have ridden in the past from Maxxis.

This tire has large aggressive lugs, yet still rolls quick considering how knobby it is. Loose over hard? No problem. Sand? No problem. Hardpack? Still grips. Gravel or Mud? No problem. This tires likes it all.

The large side lugs offer tons of cornering grip, while the large center lugs aid with braking. This tire also self cleans very well.

Bottom line: if you are after a tire that grips no matter the conditions you may encounter this one won't let you down.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Want a layer that is equally at home at your favorite pub as it is around a campfire? Well look no further.

This flannel has a classic look and you're bound to get compliments anytime you are wearing it. The biggest plus however, is that this flannel is insulated and will keep you warm when most others won't.

The insulation is just enough to keep you warm on a cool night around a campfire, or on your chilly walk to your favorite pub. The insulation is hardly noticeable, and doesn't make the shirt feel puffy or bulky.

Typical Marmot craftsmanship here. You can count on this flannel to provide you with years of stylish warm for the cool fall or spring nights.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced my Magic Mary with this tire up front since we were out of the DHF. I wasn't sure if this was the right tire on the front, but after riding it for a while I am convinced this tire works well as a front or rear tire.

The large side lugs provide confidence when cornering and the center lugs provide excellent braking performance. This tire isn't exactly the quickest rolling tire, but if you want a tire that will provide you with tons of traction no matter the conditions this is one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I might be biased, but I think Arc'teryx makes some of the best clothing on the market. My bias is rooted in a long history of wearing Arc'teryx items, and so far none of them have let me down. I own jackets with over a decade of use, and they still look new.

This hoodie may not last as long as the the outerwear I own from Arc'teryx, but I expect it will provide me with years of comfort and warmth.

This hoodie would make a great mid-weight layer for those colder days in the backcountry. It wicks moisture well, and provides lots of warmth. The fleece inside is super comfortable, and the shell material is made of high quality polyester and elastane. This material makes the hoodie stretch some, and helps it to be water resistant.

Around town this hoodie looks fresh, and has a long trim fit. Typical fit for Whiteline items, making this a great piece for on or off the hill.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Powerlink isn't new. It has been around for a long long time. However, for some reason Shimano has yet to adapt it. Why? Not sure. They enjoy living in the past I suppose.

This chain shifts well, is durable, and comes with a Powerlink. This allows you to remove your chain easily so you can clean your chain and bike, or perform maintenance. I highly doubt you will regret buying this chain.

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