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 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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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you spend a good amount of time on the trail then you likely carry a few snacks with you. After-all you're going to want something that provides a little energy when you start to bonk. These waffles not only provide that energy but they're also delicious. Take a few on your next hike, ride, or run. You won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start by saying I love the trigger shifting feature that Shimano offers. But I'll never discount an excellent product and Sram offers excellence in their X01 line of components.

This shifter requires very little throw to actuate which facilitates extremely quick shifts. Though I might admire the trigger of a Shimano shifter there is no denying the effectiveness of this shifter. Plus, it will mount to your Sram Guide brakes for a clean, simplistic appearance. If you're looking for a light weight, aesthetically clean, and simply functional shifter then look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I'll start by saying I'm not partial to Sram or Shimano. I own bikes with components from both companies. So what makes this different from a Shimano XT derailleur?

To start this derailleur is 20 grams lighter than an XT derailleur. Sure, that's not a huge weight savings for a derailleur that costs significantly more. However, this derailleur seems to shift quicker and more directly compared to it's counterpart. You also get the cage lock feature which makes installing and removing the rear wheel a snap.

While XT has the bargain advantage, I would say X01 has the performance and technology advantage. But if saving weight is your thing then you'll likely be considering this derailleur.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are more choices for water bottles today than ever. Your selection ranges from insulated, plastic, metal, double wall, single wall, and on and on. So really the choice is yours and chances are there are several options available offering the features you want. This bottle offers a simply and proven design.

Though this bottle is plastic and is not a double wall design it does have it's merits. First is the large opening which allows for ice cubes to easily fit. This also makes cleaning the bottle extremely easy. Sure your ice won't last as long in this bottle as in a double wall bottle, but chances are this bottle will last much longer than any double wall bottle available. I've dropped one of these from 40ft up and watched as it bounced off rocks only to discover it was still holding every ounce of water it contained before that mishap.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a durable water bottle that can hold ice and is easy to clean then this is one to consider. Plus this bottle has even more style seeing as it rocks the Goat!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't my first Pike, and likely won't be my last. Since I put the first Pike on my bike I've been very pleased with how awesome it performs.

The 35mm stanchions provide a stiff platform for riding rough terrain. The chassis is fairly light weight considering how robust it is. You're also able to find the right tune for the trails you ride due to the rebound and compression settings. If you're looking for a great do-it-all trail fork this is one to consider.

Want to chat about forks? Contact me:
dbennett@backcountry.com 801-736-6396 ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I've been wearing these shorts for years now. Though I have swayed from the Prana Stretch shorts I always come back. Why? I like being comfortable.

These shorts offer the right amount of stretch. They breath well on hot days and they are super durable. I typically get a few years of use out of a pair. Also, if you're use to the old style of sizing I used to wear a large in these and the 34 fits the same as the old large.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Take a second to look at the tires the pro's are running on their downhill bikes. Even pro riders who don't ride for Maxxis are running these tires with blacked out logo's. Why? Because they want the quickest rolling tire that offers the most amount of grip. After more than 15 years of proving itself the DHF has risen to the top of the field and has cemented itself as the king of the nobby tires.

If you're looking for a tire that rolls well while still providing tons of grip then look no further. This truly is the king of the DH and Enduro focused tires. You won't regret it. I know I haven't.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

There is nothing worse than having a pair of flip flops fall apart on your when you're in a remote location. This happened to me while I was in Central America in a remote location. This left me walking barefoot for 3 weeks while I was there. The solution I found was to purchase a pair of Chaco flops. You'd be hard pressed to ruin a pair of these even in the toughest environment.

After owning Chaco flops for several years I now recommend them to everyone. Not only are they some of the most comfortable flops you can purchase, they also last forever. These provide excellent grip in wet or dry conditions, and unlike slick wet leather you'll still find plenty of grip from the footbed on these even when they are wet.

Bottom line: Buy these and don't look back. Nothing else compares as far as quality and functionality.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

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

It's no secret that Troy Lee Designs makes great apparel for motocross riders. They are my go to brand for any motocross apparel. So it's not a surprise that I have taken a liking to their mountain bike apparel.

This jersey uses a durable yet comfortable mesh material. This means it breaths very well making it ideal for long hot days in the saddle. It also looks awesome and brings some flair to the trail. If you're looking for a functional, stylish, and durable jersey this one fits the bill.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

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

After riding in numerous liners I decided to give these a try. Boy am I glad I did. These liners are hands down the most comfortable I've found.

When shopping for a liner short there are a few things I look for. First off is fit. I look for a liner that I barely know is there but offers enough comfort for a long day in the saddle. The chamois in these shorts is the best I've found in a liner short and it provides a plush feel without feeling bulky. Secondly I look for a liner that breaths well. These do exactly that. And lastly I look for a liner short that stays in place. These hold tight and don't move even on long rides. This is key so you're not constantly trying to adjust your liner while riding. Based on these criteria these liner shorts are simply the best I've found.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Magura has redeveloped their brakes recently and have made impressive improvements. These new MT6 brakes provide smooth consistent stopping power. The modulation and feedback from the lever is great. The stopping power is comparable to an SLX brake from Shimano and these won't let you down during a ride.

Sure there is a little work to get these set up properly, and bleeding isn't quite as easy as some other brakes on the market, but these stoppers work exceptionally well once properly set up.

I pair this brake with an MT7 brake in the front and this MT6 as the rear. I find you get a little more stopping power from the 4 piston MT7 brake in the front and a lighter weight rear brake with the MT6. Overall that combination is an excellent one for anyone looking for tons of stopping power without added weight.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding with this brake for a while now and I'm impressed with the bite they offer. The 4 piston caliper provides tons of stopping power and leaves nothing to be desired.

I've paired this brake with the MT6 out back for the perfect enduro focused brakeset. The additional stopping power of the MT7 up front paired to the lighter weight MT6 out back makes for a capable, fairly light, brakeset.

If you're looking for something different from the norm give these brakes a try. You won't be disappointed.

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