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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

Dan Be

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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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

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

As you know Arc'teryx makes some of the best outerwear on the market. I can say from experience that you will be hard pressed to wear a jacket out in a few years of hard use. I have a Sidewinder that is now 14 years old and still looks new. If quality is what you are after then look no further.

This jacket has the relaxed fit which is the loosest fit Arc'teryx makes. This cut offers plenty of room to layer and comes with a longer looser fit than other models from Arc'teryx. The looser fit is perfect for resort riding or if you simply like a looser fitting jacket. I own this in a medium and I am 5' 10" and 165lbs, the medium fits perfectly.

One thing I love about the N80p-x is how quite it is. The shell material is still a hard shell but feels more like a soft shell. This makes it more supple to the touch and helps to reduce the swish swish noise that hard shell materials make. Another plus is the nylon flannel inside the jacket. This makes the inside of the jacket soft to the touch and helps to add the slightest amount of insulation.

Good venting, pocket layout, and the hood fits over a helmet. Pair this jacket with the Sabre pant and you have the best performing and arguably best looking kit on the hill!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 2, 2015

4 5

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

I recently picked these up in the Havana, Blue Mirror color. This is my first pair of Smith glasses with the CromaPop and it rocks! It's like looking at everything in HD. Colors are more vibrant and the world looks more colorful when you are viewing it through these shades.

Glare is non-existent with these shades on. The blue lenses work well for most light conditions. I find they do not work well in direct sunlight, such as when the sun is setting and you are driving directly into the direction of the sun. However that is just because this lens is a lighter lens shade, and Smith offers these with darker options.

The hinges on these rock! They tension the glasses on your face very well and you can be confident they will not slide off if you lean over. The nose and temple pads provide tons of grip on your face and in combination with the hinges ensure these shades stay put.

Sure they are expensive, but you get what you pay for with these. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a great polarized pair of shades but wants to view the world with a little more vibrancy.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I gave this to my brother as a gift. He loves it.

This down jacket is not overly puffy like some but still offers plenty of warmth. I would say you could wear this down to around 20 degrees with just a t-shirt under it and be totally warm. Plus this packs down very small and packs down into the left front pocket. This is perfect when you want to stow it in your pack without it taking up much room.

This is a perfect layer to wear under a shell on the really cold days but also works perfectly on its own around town. The only grip he has with this is that the zipper throw is on the left side. This is normal with a lot of Euro brands, but for us North Americans who are use to the throw being on the right it can take some getting use to.

He is 6ft 2 in and the XL fits him well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I gave this as a gift to my father. He loves it!

This shell is lightweight and can pack quite small. It is fully wind and waterproof and has the quality we have come to expect from Arc'teryx. This is the prefect shell for someone looking for a rain/snow shell for backpacking or traveling.

I purchased this in the XL and it fits well. My father is 6 ft and weighs in around 210 lbs.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 27, 2014

4 5

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

Giving is always more fun than receiving. When I gave this to my pup for Christmas he was not sure what to think of it. But as soon as I threw some food and water in it to test it out he knew exactly what to do.

This packs down fairly small and is ideal for backpacking. The two bowls do not separate which is the only gripe I have with this combo. However that is so minor I cannot complain.

The material seems durable enough to last for years to come. And the ease of unpacking and packing this kit up is well worth the money you spend. Your pup may not love it when it is empty, but fill it up and they will know exactly what to do.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I recently gave this to me 6 month old Nephew. I got the size 6-12m and it fits him very well. I am impressed by the quality of the kids garments that Columbia makes. Sure it is not a Patagonia puffy, but you can buy 2 of these for the price of one Patagonia puffy. That is important when you remember your little one will not be so little a year from now. So why spend more on something that they will outgrow in just a few months.

This jacket is very warm and he loves wearing it outside when the temps drop. I also love that the jacket is reversible. The nylon shell is great and and the DWR coating helps to keep stains from penetrating the nylon. The fleece is cozy and feels great to the touch. But when you decide it is time for a chance of scenery you can flip the jacket inside out and the fleece can be worn on the outside. This is great for people who are fashion conscious and don't want their little one seen wearing the same layer everyday.

For the money I think you are hard pressed to find a better jacket.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I gave this as a gift to me Niece who is 15 months. The beanie is a little large on her but still fits. She should be able to use this next winter as well. The mittens fit her now and likely will fit next winter too. For the price this is an awesome little kit to keep your little one warm and happy when the mercury drops.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 19, 2014

4 5

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

I live in an old house that is never warm in the winter. I recently purchased these slippers and I am loving them. They are so soft and warm. Instead of wearing a few pair of socks just slip into these puppies and my feet stay nice and toasty.

The insulation in these slippers was a little bunchy at first. However after only wearing them around the house for a day the insulation evened out and now they feel perfect.

I bet these would be awesome for cold weather camping when you do not want to wear your boots into the tent, but your socks are not quite warm enough. The bottoms look like they will eventually wear out if you wear them around camp or outside. However at the price these are offered at I say just go for it. When they do wear out that is an excuse for you to purchase a new pair.

I am a size 9-9.5 in most shoes and the XL fits well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on December 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these bottoms a couple of times now. They are a lightweight layer that breaths very well. They also do not hold onto moisture which is ideal when you are hiking a lot or hucking off that fresh backcountry booter. The materials is thin and you hardly notice you have a layer on.

The boot cut is the only way to go for a ski layer. You don't get the bunching up of your layer at the top of your boot. Plus who doesn't love camo?

I wear a size large in these and am a size 34 waist. They fit well and I even have a little room to grow fat in them.

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