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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 Be

Dan Bewrote a review of on November 23, 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 wearing this jersey for a few months now and I love it. It breaths well and has ideal venting in the arm pits. The material is soft to the touch but has proven to be very durable. If you want a jersey for the cooler days that keeps you warm while still breathing super well this is a great one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a lightweight and comfortable grip this is a great option. I've been riding them a while now and haven't had any durability issues. They absorb vibration very well helping to reduce forearm fatigue. These are also the lightest grips I've used so if you want a light weight grip these are an excellent option. Removing them from the handlebar is a pain and is really the only drawback I've seen while using them.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

5 5

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

Patagonia nailed it with this bag. It has plenty of room for a days worth of supplies on the river. The construction and materials are typical Patagonia quality. You can carry a few river sodas too. Everything you need for a day on the river, nothing you don't need.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

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

This hoodie is perfect for when the days start to cool off. It's just thick enough to ward off the chill on most fall and spring days or cool mountain nights in the summer. It looks great and has held up well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

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

If you're looking for a super thick hoodie then you might want to look for something else. Now if you're wanting something to keep you warm before those early morning rides or after a late evening ride this is perfect. It's pretty thin but plenty warm. The fit is spot on and isn't too large or too tight. It feels like it will hold up to years of use.

If you want a stylish hoodie for before or after a ride this is perfect. I also love wearing this on cooler days when dirt jumping. Clean, classic design that will never get old. 100% awesome!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding at night with just a bar mounted light. It works but leaves you without much light to see around corners. This light is exactly what I was missing. It is compact and light weight and mounts well to your helmet. The light has 3 brightness modes which work well and on the brightest mode so you have plenty of light for riding trails swiftly at night. If you're looking for a bright, compact, lightweight light this is a great option. Oh, and don't forget this only comes with a handlebar mount. If you want to mount this to your helmet you'll need a helmet strap. Item #NRI0139.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We'd all love to run a super expensive wheelset like the incredible Enve M60 HV wheels. For most of though we don't have an extra $2,700.00 laying around to spend on wheels. Despite this we're still determined to get out and have fun on the trails. This is where a wheelset like the Crossride Quest WTS comes into play.

For the money this package is packed full of awesomeness. You get a stout wheelset with tires ready to run tubeless. As far as I know no one else offers a package like this and certainly not at this price range.

The tires set up tubeless easily. They roll well and offer lots of traction. I haven't had any issues with durability and they have held up to the dry rocky terrain I ride most often here in Utah. This may not be the lightest wheelset out there but you're also not spending your last two paychecks to afford them.

Overall this package is great value. You get a durable wheelset with tires ready to go for an incredible price.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cranks rock! They're super stiff and don't weigh your bike down. They're also extremely durable. I have several hundred miles on them so far and haven't had any issues with them. I would suggest Race Face crank boots to protect them as they don't come with their own boots. After a weekend riding trails in Moab my cranks show plenty of signs of rock strikes but nothing more than cosmetic blemishes. Had I put crank boots on before that trip they'd still look new.

If you have questions about these cranks or compatibility with your frame or bottom bracket hit me up.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sram has updated their 1x group and added an additional gear. This new derailleur has been updated to cover the spread of the new 10-50T cassette. Not only does it cover the spread with ease but it does so with a direct yet buttery smooth shift feel. If you're looking for the best in 1x drivetrains Sram has you covered.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After riding a 1x set up for the past 3 years I can say without a doubt that I won't run a front derailleur ever again. Sram is the company that brought a reliable 1x drivetrain to market and they haven't stopped updating since. Eagle is the newest rendition and once again Sram has made a great thing better.

The range of this cassette is amazing. Riding here in Utah I almost never need to use the 50T cog out back. However, I've been able to run a larger chainring up front to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing my low range.

If you're looking to go 1x and want the best range on offer I recommend looking at Eagle X01. Below is the gearing for this cassette.

10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50

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Dan Bewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

4 5

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

If you're looking for the warmest down jacket this isn't the one for you. However, if you're after a down jacket that is warm enough for temps into the mid-30's and can be worn under a shell or on it's own this is a great option. The shell material is supple and soft to the touch yet still resists light precipitation. The Q.Shield down is amazing. Not only does it resist moisture from rain, snow or humid environments but if you sweat in the jacket the moisture passes through the down instead of being soaked up.

This piece is perfect to pack up the skin trail and wear on the way back down. Lots of warmth while still being very pack-able. I'm normally a large in most jackets but purchased a medium in this due to the length of the sleeves and the room in the body of the jacket.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on September 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Is pedaling a means to an end? Do you find yourself dreaming of the descent while climbing to the summit? If this sounds like you the Bronson is the tool missing from your shed.

The VPP3 is vastly improved over the last generation and offers significantly better pedaling characteristics. It still offers incredible damping on the descents and soaks up even the worst brake bumps. I also find the VPP3 suspension likes to be pushed extremely hard in corners and will reward you with rapid exit speeds.

If you prefer a bike that is playful and loves to manual and jump then this bike is right up your alley. The short chainstays make the bike ultra flick-able and easy to control in the air. This is one of the most playful bikes I've ever ridden.

Looking to soar up the climbs? Well, this bike tackles them with Sram's Eagle X01 group. Now with a 50T cog out back you can tackle the steepest grades without breaking a sweat. I didn't think I needed a 50T cog on the cassette but now I find I can run a larger front ring to achieve higher speeds without sacrificing climbing performance.

The RockShox Pike RCT3 and Monrach RC3 work extremely well. Small bumps go unnoticed and large obstacles are soaked up with nary an afterthought. Paired with the wider hub shell found on the front and rear hub this bike will tackle anything you throw at it.

Bottom line: If you love climbing to access the terrain you ride but don't want to give up downhill performance this bike is one to consider.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

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

I think my title sums things up. These pants won't let down. Just read the hundreds of 5 star reviews and you'll have an understanding what makes these pants awesome.

The material is durable, breathable, just stretchy enough, and will also repel light precipitation. Add in the 5 pockets, adjustable waist band, and ideal tailoring and you have a pair of pants that are ready for anything you throw at them. Try as you might these never seem to wear out.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 21, 2016

4 5

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

Want a pair of pants that does it all? These pants offer great styling with tons of functionality.

The slim fit and sleek design makes these pants at home in your favorite pub, restaurant, or bar. To top this they also breath well, dry fairly quickly, and are super durable. You can spend all day hiking or climbing at your favorite crag and you won't regret wearing these. The slim fit and snap up cuffs makes them ideal for commuting to and from work or weekend activities. Snag a pair and you'll be ready for any task at hand.

I find they run true to size. I wear a 34/32 in most pants and these fit perfectly.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on August 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I will start by saying this helmet has the easiest to use strap system of any helmet I've tried. It snaps together eagerly and has a positive connection for a secure fit. Sure the helmet is a little heavy but it also offers some of the best protection of any helmet on the market. The ODS system offers excellent protection from impacts and twisting forces and helps to reduce injuries in the event of a crash. The only real drawback to this design is it doesn't vent quite as well as some other helmets and it's a little heavy. However, I don't notice the weight once it is on and I'll take the extra protection on offer from the ODS system.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is great. It offers tons of room to store your dogs food and treats and also comes with two bladders for carrying water. The bags detach with ease allowing your best friend the opportunity to lighten the load when he wants to run free. The harness is great and is comfortable.

I purchased a medium and large/extra large to find the best fit. My dog measures 90cm on his chest and the L/XL fit him best. The medium did fit but snugly and without any room to grow.

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