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Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead

Mountain man at heart, engineering degree to provide for the family.

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Dean's Passions

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Snowboarding

Dean's Bio

Born and raised in Montana, currently living in Utah functioning as an electrical engineer. Greybird days, family, and mountain solitude keep me going. Oh and splitboarding! Need your board split? Contact me. www.mnttechnologies.com
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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Best Filter To Date!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We really love this filter, super easy to use, clean and maintain. The dual pumping action fills a water bladder in no time. We just pull the mouth piece from our bladder hose and insert that into the bottom of the filter and pump water directly into bladder. It's so easy a 5 year old can do it!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Shirt for the Little Miss!
5 5

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

Bought this for a 7 year old, she loves the shirt. Basically an adult version sized for children; sleeves roll up and button at upper arms, and there is some venting in the back. It is form shaped for a girl; not sure it's necessary for a child as it might limit freedom of movement a bit. It also seems to be treated with DWR which has helped with stains. So far holding up fine!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Shirt for the Jr. Partners!
5 5

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

Bought this for a 5 year old, he loves the shirt. Basically an adult version sized for children; sleeves roll up and button at upper arms, and there is venting in the back. Seems to be treated with DWR which has helped with stains. So far holding up fine!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Packs for the Jr Partners!
5 5

Love these packs, has all the bells and whistles of the adult packs just sized for the little ones. Plenty of adjustment, I purchased these for a 7 year old and a 5 year old. They both have the torso lengths as small as they go and fit pretty good. I purchased the larger 40 because they can grow into them. For kids of this age; if you want a pack that fits PERFECTLY, I would get the Fox 30 instead. Get them started early!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

So Far So Good
4 5

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

I picked these up for a seven year old and they are true to size. Support is basic; nothing really sturdy about them. Not necessarily bad, just don't expect a "backpacking" boot. They do have good breath-ability and typical Keen sole/material/construction. The heel material drops really low, I think to help facilitate getting in and out. The only down side is the lacing system. In typical Keen bungee style fashion, its more difficult to get the laces tighter as the shoe breaks in. Also you can't open the shoe up completely to get them on/ off (will probably need adult help). All in all good basic hiker for the Jr partners!

Update:
Still holding up after several trips, and they are really liked by the wearer; definitely not a true backpacking boot. No complaints heard. But in the future I will look for something else with more/higher ankle support.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

A True Hiking Boot for the Jr. Partners!
5 5

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

Picked these up for the starting 5 year old in our group, and he hasn't taken them off! What a great shoe, very impressive being a solid, TRUE, hiking boot for kids; it's the adult shoe shrunk down. Great support, waterproof, traction, build quality.... what more can I say? Don't skimp on the Jr. partners and get these!

Update:
Best boots for the kiddo's, hands down! Great ankle support, tight lacing, waterproof, good traction, and built tough! Only wish they had more than one color style!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Casually Hiking
4 5

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

I purchased this shoe as a daily shoe to get me around my URBAN surroundings. It is true to size and breathes well. It is quite light for how sturdy the shoe is, no issues to report. The sole is firm and seems to grip well on wet pavement/stone (always a problem with some mfgs' sole material durometer choices). I haven't and don't plan to use this shoe as a hiking shoe but for "urban hiking" its doing the job pleasantly.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Runs Small
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

As stated it does run small, I would guess at LEAST a full size as I couldn't even get my foot into the shoe. Strangely the sizing chart for La Sportiva is skewed one size small in comparision to other EU shoes' sizing charts. So I would use a more universal sizing chart and expect that they are correctly built/sized per EU sizing but there chart is off.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Casual Kicks
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

So far really like these shoes. They are comfortable and have a definite casual design build to them; I tend to ride in the heels of these shoes more and noticed a pleasant change in my stride gait. They breathe well and have typical Salomon construction. They do run small as I ordered these in 12 and the Salomon Synapse hiking shoe(SAL2476) in 12, and these were quite narrow and short. I ordered a 13 and they fit more like the Synapse in 12. These shoes have a "wrapping tongue" which means you have to always pull the tongue up once the shoe is on since its almost like a neoprene tube you have to get your foot into. Not sure what the "collapsible heel" is; yeah the heel does bend down but who's going to train/ruin their shoe so that it can be a slip on? Not sure about you but the first thing to usually wear on my shoes are the heel material. Also the blue color is quite striking and I found it hard to pass off with any of my attire; thus I ordered the green.

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