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Daryl Deprey

Daryl Deprey

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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 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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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on July 10, 2015

All-Season For The Win
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been in the market for a 4-season tent for a little while now, but really wanted to keep it simple and have something I can take out in the summer months with me without over heating. Sierra Designs hybrid double-wall system works great for these needs. I've used this tent extensively since February trying to get it out in all of the possible conditions. However, I've been fortunate enough and haven't been stuck in any crazy storms or wind, so I can't really comment on stability in those conditions. However, here's what I can comment on.

This tent is incredibly easy to pitch. It's designed as a stand alone tent, so there's no need for stakes if the conditions are nice, but I've found using them keeps the fly and body nice and tight along with letting air flow between the fly and body a bit better.

The double vesitbule system is also great for extended stays as you can you the rear one exclusively as storage and use the front as your doorway keeping everything clean and tidy.

Another positive is its relatively light weight. I've carried it solo on weekend trips with just me and the pup, but breaking out the parts between hiking partners should be no issue either for sharing the weight to get out on longer excursions.

And by far the best feature for me and my dog is no internal facing mesh. This was also one of the reason I was looking for a heavier duty 4-season tent for all of my seasons. Mesh gives her the crazy idea that she could break out. However, without the see-though material or the tiny holes for her nails to get stuck on I have no more worries of her breaking through the mesh. and thats a huge win.

That's it for now. I'll be back with more once I actually get stuck in a storm.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While Diamondback may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking about road bikes, they did an excellent job on this frame.

Fit - with slightly less aggressive geo than a full fledged race bike, this frame has all day comfort while still maintaining quick handling and incredible stability on descents.

Ride - the Podium frame does a great job with balancing performance and comfort. While the frame didn't have superbike acceleration, it was quick to respond when getting on the pedals and turning the bike. Generally, I'd expect a bike with this type of response to be less compliant than the bike actually was, which ultimate made this frame a great balance of performance and all-day comfort.

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Daryl Deprey

Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While Diamondback may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking about road bikes, they did an excellent job on this frame.

Fit - with slightly less aggressive geo than a full fledged race bike, this frame has all day comfort while still maintaining quick handling and incredible stability on descents.

Ride - the Podium frame does a great job with balancing performance and comfort. While the frame didn't have superbike acceleration, it was quick to respond when getting on the pedals and turning the bike. Generally, I'd expect a bike with this type of response to be less compliant than the bike actually was, which ultimate made this frame a great balance of performance and all-day comfort.

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Daryl Deprey

Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While Diamondback may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking about road bikes, they did an excellent job on this frame.

Fit - with slightly less aggressive geo than a full fledged race bike, this frame has all day comfort while still maintaining quick handling and incredible stability on descents.

Ride - the Podium frame does a great job with balancing performance and comfort. While the frame didn't have superbike acceleration, it was quick to respond when getting on the pedals and turning the bike. Generally, I'd expect a bike with this type of response to be less compliant than the bike actually was, which ultimate made this frame a great balance of performance and all-day comfort.

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Daryl Deprey

Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While Diamondback may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking about road bikes, they did an excellent job on this frame.

Fit - with slightly less aggressive geo than a full fledged race bike, this frame has all day comfort while still maintaining quick handling and incredible stability on descents.

Ride - the Podium frame does a great job with balancing performance and comfort. While the frame didn't have superbike acceleration, it was quick to respond when getting on the pedals and turning the bike. Generally, I'd expect a bike with this type of response to be less compliant than the bike actually was, which ultimate made this frame a great balance of performance and all-day comfort.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have one night in this bag outside and i'm pretty blown away. However, being an award winning sack this year i shouldnt be surprised.

This is by far the most comfortable bag i've slept in. The integrated down blanket does a great job increasing comfort (like at home) without creating any restrictions you get from a mummy bag. The extra material of the integrated blanket does a great job of keeping you warm (it was snowing where i camped...). This is also why i describe the bag as "sleeping IN a cloud" and that cloud being down. You can just wrap yourself inside the warmth and unrestricted comfort.

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