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 July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you spend a good amount of time on the trail then you likely carry a few snacks with you. After-all you're going to want something that provides a little energy when you start to bonk. These waffles not only provide that energy but they're also delicious. Take a few on your next hike, ride, or run. You won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start by saying I love the trigger shifting feature that Shimano offers. But I'll never discount an excellent product and Sram offers excellence in their X01 line of components.

This shifter requires very little throw to actuate which facilitates extremely quick shifts. Though I might admire the trigger of a Shimano shifter there is no denying the effectiveness of this shifter. Plus, it will mount to your Sram Guide brakes for a clean, simplistic appearance. If you're looking for a light weight, aesthetically clean, and simply functional shifter then look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I'll start by saying I'm not partial to Sram or Shimano. I own bikes with components from both companies. So what makes this different from a Shimano XT derailleur?

To start this derailleur is 20 grams lighter than an XT derailleur. Sure, that's not a huge weight savings for a derailleur that costs significantly more. However, this derailleur seems to shift quicker and more directly compared to it's counterpart. You also get the cage lock feature which makes installing and removing the rear wheel a snap.

While XT has the bargain advantage, I would say X01 has the performance and technology advantage. But if saving weight is your thing then you'll likely be considering this derailleur.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are more choices for water bottles today than ever. Your selection ranges from insulated, plastic, metal, double wall, single wall, and on and on. So really the choice is yours and chances are there are several options available offering the features you want. This bottle offers a simply and proven design.

Though this bottle is plastic and is not a double wall design it does have it's merits. First is the large opening which allows for ice cubes to easily fit. This also makes cleaning the bottle extremely easy. Sure your ice won't last as long in this bottle as in a double wall bottle, but chances are this bottle will last much longer than any double wall bottle available. I've dropped one of these from 40ft up and watched as it bounced off rocks only to discover it was still holding every ounce of water it contained before that mishap.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a durable water bottle that can hold ice and is easy to clean then this is one to consider. Plus this bottle has even more style seeing as it rocks the Goat!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't my first Pike, and likely won't be my last. Since I put the first Pike on my bike I've been very pleased with how awesome it performs.

The 35mm stanchions provide a stiff platform for riding rough terrain. The chassis is fairly light weight considering how robust it is. You're also able to find the right tune for the trails you ride due to the rebound and compression settings. If you're looking for a great do-it-all trail fork this is one to consider.

Want to chat about forks? Contact me:
dbennett@backcountry.com 801-736-6396 ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I've been wearing these shorts for years now. Though I have swayed from the Prana Stretch shorts I always come back. Why? I like being comfortable.

These shorts offer the right amount of stretch. They breath well on hot days and they are super durable. I typically get a few years of use out of a pair. Also, if you're use to the old style of sizing I used to wear a large in these and the 34 fits the same as the old large.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Take a second to look at the tires the pro's are running on their downhill bikes. Even pro riders who don't ride for Maxxis are running these tires with blacked out logo's. Why? Because they want the quickest rolling tire that offers the most amount of grip. After more than 15 years of proving itself the DHF has risen to the top of the field and has cemented itself as the king of the nobby tires.

If you're looking for a tire that rolls well while still providing tons of grip then look no further. This truly is the king of the DH and Enduro focused tires. You won't regret it. I know I haven't.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

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

There is nothing worse than having a pair of flip flops fall apart on your when you're in a remote location. This happened to me while I was in Central America in a remote location. This left me walking barefoot for 3 weeks while I was there. The solution I found was to purchase a pair of Chaco flops. You'd be hard pressed to ruin a pair of these even in the toughest environment.

After owning Chaco flops for several years I now recommend them to everyone. Not only are they some of the most comfortable flops you can purchase, they also last forever. These provide excellent grip in wet or dry conditions, and unlike slick wet leather you'll still find plenty of grip from the footbed on these even when they are wet.

Bottom line: Buy these and don't look back. Nothing else compares as far as quality and functionality.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

It's no secret that Troy Lee Designs makes great apparel for motocross riders. They are my go to brand for any motocross apparel. So it's not a surprise that I have taken a liking to their mountain bike apparel.

This jersey uses a durable yet comfortable mesh material. This means it breaths very well making it ideal for long hot days in the saddle. It also looks awesome and brings some flair to the trail. If you're looking for a functional, stylish, and durable jersey this one fits the bill.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

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

After riding in numerous liners I decided to give these a try. Boy am I glad I did. These liners are hands down the most comfortable I've found.

When shopping for a liner short there are a few things I look for. First off is fit. I look for a liner that I barely know is there but offers enough comfort for a long day in the saddle. The chamois in these shorts is the best I've found in a liner short and it provides a plush feel without feeling bulky. Secondly I look for a liner that breaths well. These do exactly that. And lastly I look for a liner short that stays in place. These hold tight and don't move even on long rides. This is key so you're not constantly trying to adjust your liner while riding. Based on these criteria these liner shorts are simply the best I've found.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Magura has redeveloped their brakes recently and have made impressive improvements. These new MT6 brakes provide smooth consistent stopping power. The modulation and feedback from the lever is great. The stopping power is comparable to an SLX brake from Shimano and these won't let you down during a ride.

Sure there is a little work to get these set up properly, and bleeding isn't quite as easy as some other brakes on the market, but these stoppers work exceptionally well once properly set up.

I pair this brake with an MT7 brake in the front and this MT6 as the rear. I find you get a little more stopping power from the 4 piston MT7 brake in the front and a lighter weight rear brake with the MT6. Overall that combination is an excellent one for anyone looking for tons of stopping power without added weight.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding with this brake for a while now and I'm impressed with the bite they offer. The 4 piston caliper provides tons of stopping power and leaves nothing to be desired.

I've paired this brake with the MT6 out back for the perfect enduro focused brakeset. The additional stopping power of the MT7 up front paired to the lighter weight MT6 out back makes for a capable, fairly light, brakeset.

If you're looking for something different from the norm give these brakes a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I prefer riding flat pedals to clipless pedals on my bikes. It allows me to be more playful and makes getting back on your pedals simple.

The main drawback to flat pedals has been they are heavy and bulky. This is not the case here. These pedals weigh in at 277 grams for the pair. They have to be one of the lightest weight flat pedals on the market. The pin placement is great and offers tons of grip. Oh, and they're super thin which helps you avoid pedal strikes.

What's not to love about these pedals? They are thin, light weight, and look good. That is everything I look for in a pedal.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you in the market for a slack, long travel, enduro focused bike that pedals well? If so, you're in luck. The SB6 is the most capable long travel bike I've ridden. This bike climbs very well for a long travel bike, and when the slope turns down this rig eats it up.

The Switch Infinity link keeps the bike from squatting too much while your pedaling, and helps the suspension feel bottomless when you're descending. I've noticed the traction is so good that I can clean many climbs I wasn't able to on lesser travel rigs. When descending this bike always has traction which means you can ride quicker into turns and brake later. This means you'll be quicker on all of your favorite descents. I've found myself riding through corners without braking where I've always had to hit the brakes. The suspension feels lively and encourages the bike to jump, slide, and pop off any obstacle along the way.

The component spec on this bike is worthy of mention. It's X01 drive train paired to Race Face Turbine cranks, DT Swiss wheels, Easton Havoc cockpit, Sram Guide brakes and Reverb Dropper Post, and Fox suspension front and rear makes for a capable and light weight build. My size large weighed in at 28lbs without pedals.

I recommend this bike to anyone who loves descending but wants to pedal to the top. This is the most capable long travel bike I've ridden and I don't have a single bad thing to say about it.

If you've got questions about this bike, or any of the bikes we stock feel free to contact me directly.

dbennett@backcountry.com
801-736-6396 Ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

After purchasing one of these collars for my dog a couple years ago I was instantly converted. These collars not only look great, but they're durable and will last for a long long time.

These collars make great gifts for anyone who owns a dog. They will love that the collar doesn't break down easily and doesn't get stinky. Plus this is the best looking collar you'll find for someone who likes fishing.

Durable, great looking, and easy to keep clean. What else do you want from a collar?

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

After purchasing one of these collars for my dog a couple years ago I was instantly sold. This collar will last for years to come and is super durable. The rubber coating on the collar keeps it from breaking down over time and also keeps the collar from getting stinky. Plus you're dog will look smart wearing the Oxford collar and you'll receive lots of compliments from intrigued dog owners who admire your best friends fancy collar.

These also make great gift for anyone who owns a dog. What's not to love about this collar?

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

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

I've been riding in these shorts for a few months now and I don't have a single complaint. They fit well, breath well, and have enough room to stash some goodies. These are baggy enough to be comfortable, but not so baggy that you feel like your riding in MC Hammers shorts.

The material has just enough stretch to be comfortable. It doesn't feel too stretchy like some shorts I've owned. The shorts do a great job breathing and they shed light rain too. All I can say is I am very pleased with these shorts.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 29, 2016

4 5

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

I've been riding in this jacket for a while now and I have to say I love it. The quality of the jacket is top notch and aligns with the quality I have come to expect from top notch companies like Arc'teryx. I also really love that the jacket has vents near your wrists. I find this allows sufficient air in when your riding, and is a unique placement that only a cyclist could really appreciate.

The GoreTex Pro material breaths very well and will keep you dry no matter how hard the rain pours down. This jacket also packs down small enough for me to carry it in my pack when on the trail.

Really the only gripe I have with this jacket is the fit. It is just a little too short in the torso for me. I understand this is designed to fit you while in the riding position but even then the rear is just an inch too short. The front is too short if you're not in the riding position, but when riding it does provide sufficient coverage.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 28, 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 this as a gift and all I hear is good things about it. The fleece is thin and packs fairly small. It also provides adequate warmth for a piece this thin.

As is typical with Arc'teryx the quality is top notch. I'm sure this fleece will stand years of use on the trails.

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