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Daryl Deprey

Daryl Deprey

PC for the trails, Big Cottonwood for the snow.

Daryl Deprey's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing

Daryl Deprey's Bio

Grew up in Connecticut and when it was time for an education I was off to the University of Vermont. While attending school I raced collegiate mountain bikes and eventually was one of the officers running the East Coast Juggernaut known as UVM Cycling. While racing I was able to achieve several goals and ultimately ended up making it to nations 3 times for downhill.

After school I spent some time in the Sugarbush Valley snowboarding and riding my bike.

After pondering careers for a while I found myself here with Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry, exploring what the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges have to offer.

Daryl Deprey

Daryl Depreywrote a review of on March 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I am an Arc'teryx first timer when it comes to pants and I now see what the rage is all about. These pants are bomber and fit incredibly well with a great balance of room and articulation. The half bib design is well thought out. Being made from a softshell material up top with a technical hard shell on the bottom they fit well and function even better. 

If you get too hot or need to use the bathroom they have a side zip vent and one on the other side that zips through to the top of the pant for easy access. 

Well done Arc'teryx, Well Done!

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on February 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With the addition of graphene, the Rubino line up has made a major step forward in terms of grip. While maintaining a decent weight and incredible durability the tire now offers up race level grip in all conditions.

In the past, I've felt felt a tire like this or the GP4000 all season was always a compromise when it came to weight, traction, and durability and I would pass on the purchase ultimately giving up flat protection for more grip. Glad to say there will be no more of that with these tires.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on February 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This was my second pair of the tights, and i own two pairs of the boxer briefs. What stands out to me is the durability in construction over other popular brands. After a year of use, for both tights and boxers, all of the seams are in tact at the rub point between the legs. This isn't the case with other brands.

My only warning would be, these are LIGHT, and while they're warm, the fabric could probably be a bit more durable. I'd watch out for excited pets who like to dance, because I definitely have some wear marks due to paws on a leg.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on February 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I'd have to say these do run a little small for slippers, especially booties where one may use a thicker sock during a yurt trip.

Other than that, the rubber sole is the the best feature here. The added durability makes these a great option for venturing outside.

I generally where a size 7.5-8 shoe, purchased a size 8 which fit snug at first, but has packed out a little. If i were to pick up another pair I would pick up a 8.5 or 9.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on February 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes you can. Enough said really.

The two-way mount of the shovel blade is absolutely incredible and the telescoping handle makes it very easy to use.

When in using the shovel in hoe mode, you'll have your pit dug out before you your partner pulled his snow study kit out. But more importantly if sh*t hits the fan and you're in a rescue scenario you'll be armed with the best tool for making a quick rescue.

Sure there's probably a lighter more compact option out there. But, with all things considered in the backcountry, you really shouldn't be skimping on such a valuable tool.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on February 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years i've been packing my foldable tree saw instead of a snow or avy dedicated saw due to it's stronger blade for taking down saplings which is ideal for mid tour bonfires.

This saw has a very sturdy blade, that easily handles some wood cutting, but the best feature is it's ability to be added to BD's trekking poles.

When out touring, digging several holes, and cutting multiple ECT blocks this feature is saves crucial minutes over using cords and probes, making it easier to evaluate more terrain.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on January 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

First off, the fit is spot on with these bib tights for me. Over the years sizing bib tights has been a bit of a compromise for me. The heavier weight fleece fabrics, combined with a windproof layer reduce stretch in the legs making it difficult to find a pair that would fit my not so pencil thin stature at 5'5'' and 145lbs. I would generally have to size up, but this resulted with an inseam or bib straps that would be too long compromising fit.

The size medium work perfect with my 31" waist and 30" inseam, along with offering the perfect amount of compression for my legs. Without a compromised fit, the bib tights sit great on my body and remain in place throughout my rides.

In terms of cold weather performance, I've been very happy with these bib tights as the temperatures have dropped below 35 degrees. Between 35 and 45 degrees the bib tights offer plenty of warmth and the wind protection on the front of the legs is very noticeable. As the temperatures begin to drop below 35 degrees I can start to feel some chill, especially on descents. However, this is nothing unexpected and would likely add a knee warmer or base layer for some more warmth on those rides.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on January 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

This is my go-to final layer when wind and cold are my only worries and a great safety piece if there's the chance of rain.

I purchased a size small and the fit is great when wearing over a base layer and/or long sleeve jersey. I generally opt for a size medium in most brands but the arm and tail lengths are perfect, and the stretch panels prevent any tight zones.

I purchased this jacket because of the versatility it has. The jacket is comfortable enough and plenty functional as a final layer across a large temperature range, while retaining the ability to be used as a packable emergency layer. It doesn't pack down as small as other true emergency options and weighs a little bit more, but I believe the improved comfort and function outweigh these small hiccups.

In terms of function, the jacket sheds light precipitation with ease and does a great job at blocking wind, eliminating the biggest cause of getting cold out there. However, the best highlight may be the breathability it offers over most emergency jackets that breathe similar to a plastic bag. This comes at the cost of extreme packability and a few grams, but it's what makes me want to keep the jacket on during a ride, without consistently playing with a zipper to regulate my core temperature.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite part about this pack is the simplicity thats combined with some serious durability that doesn't weigh me down. The main compartment easily stores my sleeping bag, cookware, clothes, and food for 3-5 days and the lid is large enough for all the quick essentials including my camera. With some purchased accessory straps my tent and sleeping bag are easily attached to the outside of the back in the traditional horizontal fashion. While these straps don't break the bank, it would have been nice as an included feature.

Previously, I've exclusively used packs with a suspension system like Deuter or Osprey, and have been blown away with the long term comfort this pack has provided. Without a crazy amount of padding on the back or waist belt the pack doesn't have the initial cloud-like comfort you get from putting on one of the more padded suspension packs. However, as my trips progress the simplicity comes into play and I tend to "forget" the pack is there or causing any higher pressure points.

All in all, I'm a huge fan of this pack.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 31x32"

I've had these jeans for several weeks now and have been blown away with the fit and initial durability of these jeans. I've been a long time wearer of Levi's but have to say I'm more impressed with the fit and stretch/mobility of these jeans. With the lack of elastane/spandex in the fabric, the jeans sit more rigid than the comparable Commuter's from Levi's and initially seem more durable, all while maintaining an incredible stretch for activities like hiking or biking around town.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on September 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using both of these products for years now. The ability to refresh waterproofing and extend the life of your outerwear is great. I've found the cleaner the garment the better the entire process works and recently tried spot washing areas with heavy dirt by hand with a sponge. This helped remove stubborn dirt/stains from the fabric's pores that the machine wash could not and I haven't noticed these areas "wetting out" any more.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on September 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Not a whole lot to say about boxers, but the fit is good and the merino works great as always keeping things cool and dry. The fabric in these seems to be not as soft as other brands and initially could noticed a bit of roughness (an itch) from the wool, but after several uses and washes this went away.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on September 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

The organic cotton used in this tank is soft and comfortable. I purchased a small and However, I would have to disagree with the tank being "loose" fitting. The cut is closer to an "athletic fit", so if you were looking for a loose fitting top, size up. That being said, for what I was looking for this piece fits great.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on July 10, 2015

She Loves It
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mountainsmith nailed it with the redesign of this pack. Simple sizing and a great price finally got me to pick up a pack so Kyrra can start carrying her load.

Kyrra's a 55lb Husky/Wiemaraner mix with about a 22 inch torso length and the medium fit perfect. Plenty of adjustment to dial it in where as I had a hard time getting a good fit with other brands due to the many different sizes and limited adjustability (particularly around her chest).

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