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Dan Be

Dan Be

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 May 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off I want to thank Osprey for hooking me up with this awesome pack! You guys and gals rock!!

As most anyone who backpacks will know, Osprey has been making some of the best packs on the market for years now. They never seem to disappoint. Yet again, Osprey has somehow figured out a way to improve their pack designs. The major improvement with this pack is the "AG" or Anti Gravity suspension system. Seriously, this system seems to make the pack feel lighter than it really is. The large mesh panel on the back panel allows tons of airflow, while still being supportive enough for carrying loads up to 40lbs. Once you have the pack on you hardly notice it's there! The suspension system does an incredible job at distributing the weight, making the pack feel more stable in rough terrain.

The waist belt is the best waist belt I have used. It, along with the AG suspension system helps to distribute the weight of the load very well, allowing you to hike longer without feeling fatigued. The pack also offers cinch straps which help to keep the load in place, so the pack doesn't shift on you when you are maneuvering through large rocks or uneven terrain. The pockets are well thought out, making access to water bottles and snacks a breeze. The top pocket also removes so you can use it for short day hikes. And the large mesh stretch panel on the back works perfectly when you need just a little more room for a few items, or the trash you are packing out.

If I didn't know any better, I would assume this pack was German engineered. If you are in the market for a great pack, to fill the need for overnight up to 3 or 4 day backpacking trips, look no further.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I picked up these wheels when the rear hub on my stock wheelset started making some unpleasant noises. Now I am glad my stock wheels started having issues.

These wheels roll so much better than the stock wheels that came on my bike. The hubs roll smoothly, especially for a budget hub. Being 28 spokes I was worried these wheels may not hold up to my style or riding. After casing a few jumps and hammering these through a few different rock gardens I am convinced they are strong and stiff. The wheels track well through rocks, and even after a few hard cases they are still as true as they were right out of the box.

Another added bonus is these wheels weighed 1.5 lbs less than the stock wheelset they replaced. Saving weight where it matters most really improves the performance of your bike. These wheels have made a huge difference when accelerating, climbing steep or technical sections of trail, and they corner much better than my stock hoops. For the price I think these wheels are hard to beat.

These wheels were also very easy to install, and they come with two QR 9mm skewers, and end caps so you can use these wheels with a 15mm, 20mm, and 12mm axle set up. They also sealed up easily using only a floor pump.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was just going to write a review on how good these brakes are. However, you can read the 21 other 5 star reviews on these brakes and find out how good they are.

Bottom line: For a middle of the road brake set these brakes are hard to beat. Stopping performance is spot on, heat fade doesn't exist, and they look sick! Just buy them, you won't find many options at this price that work better.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I recently picked these shorts up and I must admit I love them! The shorts have the right amount of stretch so they don't get caught up while you are riding. The fabric also breaths exceptionally well.

I normally wear a size 34 and the 34 in these fits me perfectly. The waist has adjustment so you can snug them up if needed, or loosen them if you ate too much the night before your ride. The length is also spot on, not too long, not short.

I am a fan of Troy Lee moto gear and now I am converted to their biking gear. Troy Lee just knows how to make gear that functions and fits well. Buy these and you won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Slapped this on my fork so I could upgrade from a 180mm to 203mm front rotor. It works well and is super easy to install.

My caliper aligns perfectly with the rotor making stopping easy and smooth. Just make sure you choose the correct adapter for the size rotor and mounting pattern on your bike.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

These shorts leave nothing to be desired. The material has just the right amount of give, and it feels like it will hold up for years to come. The craftsmanship is top notch, and the layout of the pockets is well thought out.

These shorts can easily transition from the mountains to the pub and look at home anywhere in between. As has been stated, these shorts do run small. I purchased a size 36 and I normally wear a 34. The 36 fits very well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well what is there to say about this chain that hasn't already been said? Well first off the chain is affordable and will last for many miles to come. It is lightweight and provides smooth shifts. The Powerlock Link is awesome, especially for trail side repairs or general cleaning and maintenance.

Looks like everything I have to say about this chain has been said time and time again. So, I guess it is time for you to purchase the chain and find out for yourself how good it truly is.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on April 12, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

So after reading the reviews I decided to size up from a 34 to a 36. Normally I wear a size 34 short and I am glad I went up to the 36. The waist on the 36 fits well, but these shorts do run small.

The shorts are made from quality materials and seem like they will last quite a while. The material is rough to the touch, similar to a pair of shorts from Carhartt. However, that being said, I don't think these will last as long as a pair of work shorts from Carhartt. But for the price these shorts are AWESOME!

If you like a loose, long fitting short then these are right up your alley. If you would rather have a more trim fit, and something that doesn't hang much past your knees then you will want to look elsewhere. These shorts fit very loose in the legs and have a longer cut. Think mid calf length in the correct waist size. However, combined with a fresh pair of Timberlands, a shirt that is two sizes to large and a flat brim cap, these shorts fit right in.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 30, 2015

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

The last pair of 5.10's I have been riding in were looking quite sad. The leather was stained from mud and they had a hole in the side from a wreck I took. Needless to say it was time to get some new kicks.

These puppies just happened to be on sale at 75% off! I then started to wonder if the shoes were cheaply made and if they would fall apart if used for biking, as they were originally intended. Still at 75% off I decided to give them a try. Oh how glad I am I did.

These shoes are sick! They are far more comfortable than I imagined they would be. The rubber is sticky and holds very well to a platform pedal. The mid-sole is stiff enough to provide support for short to medium distance rides (6-20 miles), but not so stiff that you cannot walk around in them when you are done riding.

After a few rides the shoes seem to be holding up very well. I even took a rock to one of the shoes mid-pedal and it hardly left a mark. I was going quite fast when I hit the rock, and I imagine not all shoes would have held up to such an impact.

These shoes would be a good purchase at their intended retail price. However at the discount we have them for they are truly a steal. Just buy them and thank me later.

I wear a 9-10 in most shoes, and 9.5 seems to fit me best in most brands. The 9.5 in these is spot on.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

These liners offer padding in all the right areas without bunching or getting in the way. After a grueling 3,970 ft climb, and almost two hours in the saddle, I can attest that these liners offer plenty of cushion.

Another plus is that you can wear these with any riding shorts that do not already have a chamois built in. This means you have plenty of options when it comes to finding new shorts for the trail.

I normally wear a size 34 in shorts and the medium fit very well. I recommend these to anyone looking to add some comfort, without feeling like you are wearing a diaper.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 6, 2015

4 5

Thanks to Liberty Skis and Backcountry.com for allowing me the opportunity to test these bad boys. At Backcountry, we feel the best way to truly know a product is to get out and test it in the real world, and share our experience through the community.

To give you an idea of what type of skier I am, I typically love large radius, stiff skis. These skis fall into that category and so I found myself really enjoying the skis. Unfortunately while I had these sticks the conditions were less than ideal for a wide powder ski, but nonetheless I still found myself having tons of fun. To give you an idea I skied these skis in variable conditions with the best conditions being 3-5 inches of wind packed, dense, 15% moisture snow. Other than that the conditions were similar to what you would find in Utah in March or April, warm and corn like snow.

These skis surprised me how well they handled conditions they are not actually designed for. I found they ripped all the above conditions, and I am sure these would be truly at home on a deep pow day.

In addition to the fat waist, the rocker tip on these skis help to ensure they stay afloat. The rocker also helps these to find their way up and over any crud you may encounter.

On groomers these skis do quite well. I found they do best if you keep them slightly on edge. Since the skis are so wide, if you don't stay on edge they can feel a little squirrely. But for a ski this wide that is expected. These skis also love going fast! So if you love shredding wide open pow at high rates of speed you will love this ski.

Also these skis are quite light for how wide they are. Many of the wide skis in this category feel heavy and clunky. These are quite the opposite which makes them easy to hike with. However side stepping can be a challenge due to the width and large twin at the tail.

The large twin at the tail provides plenty of float so you can land switch in deep pow. I found these skis rode switch very well, which could be attributed to the larger turn radius and the skis being stable going straight. If you like landing switch as I do, these skis will not disappoint.

I rode these skis at 5 back from center or 2 forward of traditional. If you like to jib I would recommend going 3 forward of traditional and if you like to ski forward and charge hard then traditional would be the sweet spot.

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