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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.

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Daryl Deprey

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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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on May 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

While i may not have the biggest legs in the world or the smallest these fit a little tight in the legs compared to other 511s and it may be due to the "commuter" fit.

Waist size is perfect and I really enjoy the slightly higher rise (designed to not look like a plumber on the bike), but like everyone is saying these are a little snugger in the legs than other levis.

That being said, I'm probably going to pick up another pair. I'm alright with the tighter legs and really dig the rest of the fit and stretch. I'll have to have a riding/work pair and a clean pair.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on October 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

So, for years, I've generally been unhappy with button-up shirts. Usually they're cut to wide through the entire shirt, or when they get skinnier they're too tight in shoulders. Due to never finding the right fit, I've been on a tee, raglan tee, or sweater kick to achieve the fit and look I'd like.

The comment about fitting V-shaped individuals is spot on. I'm overly excited with how this shirt in a size small fits nice and slim through my mid section, but has plenty room/articulation in the arms. I've never been this satisfied with a button down and I think I've found my brand with Arc'teryx.

A little background info is I'm 5'6'', 155lbs with a 38" chest, so you can can get a bit of the proportions.

Aside from the fit, the material is quite nice and should work great out hiking or cruising the town with friends.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

What's better than a non-stick frying pan? Non-stick boxer briefs.

A bit skeptical at first to add even more fabric where storage space gets tight, but the built-in dividers do a great job keeping everything comfortable.

The modal/wool blend handles winter activities with ease, but as a the the temperature rises I would probably seek out a lighter weight alternative for being active.

All said and done though, these are incredibly soft and comfortable and are a now a big part of my underwear quiver since I've picked up another 2 pairs.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

With a full laundry basket this is the go to shirt. What's better than a cool looking shirt that won't stink up the office.

A side from the fact you can wear it for a week in the woods and then to work on Monday, the shirt manages temperature incredibility and outperforms cotton in the moisture management department. While not as dry as some polypro garments, an easy solution to a sweaty hike is a quick fiver to to hang the shirt to dry. By the time you've drank your water and munched a snack it'll be dry and ready to go.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are a great simple running short. With two side pockets that are perfect for an ID, spare cash, or an iPod, and a rear zippered pocket the essentials for a couple hour run are there. When loaded up, the waist band does a great job keeping the shorts in place and you out of a 90s rap video.

The best part is probably the feel of these shorts. With a soft and light touch you barely notice they're on. The short isn't only comfortable, heat and moisture are handled 100% while out on the road or trail.

If i had to nit pick, I'd like to see the fabric be a bit tougher to push these in the durability department went out on the trail or hiking but these are running shorts and perform great as them.

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Daryl Depreywrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

6 or so months ago my underwear quiver needed to be redone. I was stocked with holey, blown out, less than optimized cotton garments.

Since the upgrade to wool I've never been more comfortable in my pants. Fit is great, breathability is unreal and moisture management is pretty impressive. These are also proving to be more durable with little signs of wear and tear over 6 months.

Between comfort, durability, and performance the return on investment over your standard fruit bowl undies is unreal. Definitely worth every penny

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