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Dan Be

Dan Be

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 August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding in this helmet for a little while now, and I can say it is the best helmet I have ever owned. Not only does it fit exceptionally well, it is light and comfortable.

There are plenty of vents, so riding on hot days is noticeably more comfortable. The visor works well with goggles, and the removable camera mount is slick in it's design.

Now on to safety. This helmet meets the EN1078 and CPSC ratings. But the icing on the cake is the MIPS system. MIPS was engineered to reduce twisting forces during an impact, which can reduce the likelihood of a concussion, protecting your most valuable asset.

If you really charge on your enduro bike then you will be pleased to know this helmet can accept a removable chin bar. Snap it in place when you are riding the bike park, or racing down a gnarly line. Then pop it off for those days you plan on riding long distance over a more tamed trail.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No, I'm not inviting you to be linked into my network. But rather explaining how this chain will tie your drivetrain together.

Now there are lots of lighter weight chains on the market. They also cost a bit more than this. So if you are looking for a reliable chain to link your cranks to your cassette this is an affordable, durable option.

My one gripe will all Shimano chains is they don't offer an easy link, so taking your chain off to clean it can be a hassle. Other than that, this chain works well, and though it is heavier than most, it will last for a long long time.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are two people in this world. Sram peeps and Shimano peeps. If you are from the later then you likely love pulling a trigger. I know I do.

This new shifter is awesome. Not only does is look awesome, but it shifts through your gears like a hot knife through butter. !SMOOOOOOTH!

A nice feature of this shifter is you can pull the trigger, or press it from the backside. So no matter if you like pulling a trigger, or pressing a lever, you will be happy with this shifter.

The right hand shifter weighs in at 143 grams including the cable. Sure it isn't as light weight as the XO1 shifter, but it is lighter on your wallet. And anyone who has ridden with an XT shifter will know it will last until you retire your bike. Now pull that trigger!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding a few bikes with the new M8000 groupset I was convinced Shimano had done it again with the XT line. Once again they had brought an awesome product to market in an affordable package.

This derailleur changes gears with ease, and does so in a smooth positive motion. Not only does the M8000 derailleur work very well for a 1-11 setup, for those of you who still want to run 2 or even 3 gears up front you now can. Until now, 11 speed drivetrains were all 1-11, leaving a lot of riders longing for an additional gear up front. Shimano has put an end to this with this new line.

The medium cage is all you need for a 1-11 or even a 2-11 configuration, but the long cage affords you the option of a 3-11. Seriously!...33 gears! Now you don't have an excuse for not making it to the top of the climb on your pedals.

The medium cage derailleur weighs in at 272 grams. This is slightly heavier than the XO1 2.1 derailleur, but again it is almost half the price. If you want an affordable 11 speed derailleur look no further...you have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So Sram has been the king of the 11 speed drivetrains for the last few years. After all, they did bring it to market first. And undeniably the Sram drive trains work very well. However, it is an expensive proposition when looking to upgrade your existing drive train to an 11 speed one. Trust me, I have been looking at the options for over a year now.

Enter the new M8000 groupset. Now you can get into an 11 speed set up without giving your left arm (which you will want to control your dropper post lever). Not only is the new M8000 groupset affordable, it works very well. The shifts are positive and efficient, snapping into gear without delay.

I purchased this cassette in the 11-42 tooth configuration since I live where there are abundant steep and sustained climbs. What a difference the 42T ring makes compared to my last 36T that was on my bike. Not only is climbing easier, I find I conserve a lot of energy which can be used on the descent.

As usual, Shimano has spared no attention to detail on this cassette. It looks great, and the machining is top notch. For the price you won't find a better 11 speed cassette on the market. Another huge plus is this cassette will fit any existing Sram or Shimano 10 speed freehub body, making it easy to upgrade an existing drivetrain and sparing you the cost of changing your freehub body to an XD driver.

How much does the 11-42T cassette weigh? Mine came in at 431 grams. Sure, this is more than the XO1 cassette, but this is 1/3 the price.

If you are in the market for a solid 11 speed cassette that works with a standard 10 speed freehub then look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

I gave this pack to my father for his birthday. He loves it!!

For anyone looking for a comfortable pack that can carry a weeks worth of gear this is a great option. The pack offers lots of room for your clothing, food, tent, and sleeping gear. The large stretch pockets on the outside of the pack allow you to easily stash gear that you will need to access quickly. The suspension system on this pack works exceptionally well to keep the load balanced and to distribute the weight of the load.

If you're looking for a large backpack for week long adventures this is a solid choice worth considering.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

It isn't a secret that Therm-a-Rest makes some of the best sleeping pads on the market. I personally have had mine for 14 years and have never had a problem with it. I have over a hundred days sleeping on that pad, and I can't imagine how different camping would be without it.

I recently gave this pad as a gift for my dad. He has been a scout master for years, and just recently he received the silver beaver award for his dedication to the boy scouts. He spends more time sleeping in a tent than most anyone I know, whether it is with the scouts or with friends or family. Knowing that his pad was getting tired after years of use, I figured this would be a perfect gift.

This pad is lightweight, has a great R value for most conditions, and it packs small. I'm sure that this pad will provide years of comfort, and will be as reliable as all the rest of the Therm-a-Rest pads my family has owned.

Buy this pad and hit the trails, your next destination is waiting.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It seems the latest trend in the bike industry is to make everything matte black. Now, I'm not against matte black, but color can add spice in otherwise drab world.

More important than the color is how the grips perform. These puppies provide tons of grip. I haven't slipped a grip since I installed these on my ride. Awesome colors, and even better grip. What else could you want from a pair of grips?

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 27, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

I gave these as a gift recently and have feedback on them.

The worst thing that can happen while on a surf trip in a remote location is to have your sandals fail. Leaving you barefoot, walking through the rain forest trying to avoid every pointy plant that wants to draw your blood.

Well, you no longer have to worry about a failed strap, or soles that fall off after just a few weeks. These sandals are built to handle any environment you may encounter, from a rough/rocky beach to the sandy/rocky trails found in the desert southwest.

The soles on these sandals inspire confidence in even the slickest conditions. The tread is prevalent, and provides grip on any surface you might encounter. The lugs are deep, but not as deep as you would find on a Unaweep model. Sure, the deeper lugs are heavier than some other tread designs out there, but they won't leave you scrambling for grip.

These sandals offer lot of comfort too. Chaco does a great job designing the footbed so it offers maximum comfort all day long. The straps are durable, and you won't have to worry about them breaking when you least expect.

If you are looking for a killer flip flop that offers comfort, traction, and durability you need not look any further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off I want to thank Osprey for hooking me up with this awesome pack! You guys and gals rock!!

As most anyone who backpacks will know, Osprey has been making some of the best packs on the market for years now. They never seem to disappoint. Yet again, Osprey has somehow figured out a way to improve their pack designs. The major improvement with this pack is the "AG" or Anti Gravity suspension system. Seriously, this system seems to make the pack feel lighter than it really is. The large mesh panel on the back panel allows tons of airflow, while still being supportive enough for carrying loads up to 40lbs. Once you have the pack on you hardly notice it's there! The suspension system does an incredible job at distributing the weight, making the pack feel more stable in rough terrain.

The waist belt is the best waist belt I have used. It, along with the AG suspension system helps to distribute the weight of the load very well, allowing you to hike longer without feeling fatigued. The pack also offers cinch straps which help to keep the load in place, so the pack doesn't shift on you when you are maneuvering through large rocks or uneven terrain. The pockets are well thought out, making access to water bottles and snacks a breeze. The top pocket also removes so you can use it for short day hikes. And the large mesh stretch panel on the back works perfectly when you need just a little more room for a few items, or the trash you are packing out.

If I didn't know any better, I would assume this pack was German engineered. If you are in the market for a great pack, to fill the need for overnight up to 3 or 4 day backpacking trips, look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I picked up these wheels when the rear hub on my stock wheelset started making some unpleasant noises. Now I am glad my stock wheels started having issues.

These wheels roll so much better than the stock wheels that came on my bike. The hubs roll smoothly, especially for a budget hub. Being 28 spokes I was worried these wheels may not hold up to my style or riding. After casing a few jumps and hammering these through a few different rock gardens I am convinced they are strong and stiff. The wheels track well through rocks, and even after a few hard cases they are still as true as they were right out of the box.

Another added bonus is these wheels weighed 1.5 lbs less than the stock wheelset they replaced. Saving weight where it matters most really improves the performance of your bike. These wheels have made a huge difference when accelerating, climbing steep or technical sections of trail, and they corner much better than my stock hoops. For the price I think these wheels are hard to beat.

These wheels were also very easy to install, and they come with two QR 9mm skewers, and end caps so you can use these wheels with a 15mm, 20mm, and 12mm axle set up. They also sealed up easily using only a floor pump.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was just going to write a review on how good these brakes are. However, you can read the 21 other 5 star reviews on these brakes and find out how good they are.

Bottom line: For a middle of the road brake set these brakes are hard to beat. Stopping performance is spot on, heat fade doesn't exist, and they look sick! Just buy them, you won't find many options at this price that work better.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I recently picked these shorts up and I must admit I love them! The shorts have the right amount of stretch so they don't get caught up while you are riding. The fabric also breaths exceptionally well.

I normally wear a size 34 and the 34 in these fits me perfectly. The waist has adjustment so you can snug them up if needed, or loosen them if you ate too much the night before your ride. The length is also spot on, not too long, not short.

I am a fan of Troy Lee moto gear and now I am converted to their biking gear. Troy Lee just knows how to make gear that functions and fits well. Buy these and you won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Slapped this on my fork so I could upgrade from a 180mm to 203mm front rotor. It works well and is super easy to install.

My caliper aligns perfectly with the rotor making stopping easy and smooth. Just make sure you choose the correct adapter for the size rotor and mounting pattern on your bike.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

These shorts leave nothing to be desired. The material has just the right amount of give, and it feels like it will hold up for years to come. The craftsmanship is top notch, and the layout of the pockets is well thought out.

These shorts can easily transition from the mountains to the pub and look at home anywhere in between. As has been stated, these shorts do run small. I purchased a size 36 and I normally wear a 34. The 36 fits very well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well what is there to say about this chain that hasn't already been said? Well first off the chain is affordable and will last for many miles to come. It is lightweight and provides smooth shifts. The Powerlock Link is awesome, especially for trail side repairs or general cleaning and maintenance.

Looks like everything I have to say about this chain has been said time and time again. So, I guess it is time for you to purchase the chain and find out for yourself how good it truly is.

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