Denny McEntire

Denny McEntire

Bouldering, snowboarding, kayaking, backpacking, distance hiking, and sledding with my kids.

Denny McEntire's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Denny McEntire's Bio

I've been getting cold, wet, and dirty in the outdoors ever since I can remember. I've been a kayak instructor, PCT through-hiker, outdoor tour leader, snowboarder, skateboarder, and I've tried many more outdoor sports than that. Now I'm a father of two and love to get my family to enjoy the outdoors (even when they're kicking and screaming the whole time ;).

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Denny McEntire

Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this all summer, and it's been working great. I climb a couple times a week in the gym and usually get outside a few times each summer. This was an upgrade from a pretty low-end harness that I'd had for years, and it's a much appreciated upgrade. I no longer have to worry about getting uncomfortably pinched while hanging from the rope.

The adjustments are fast, easy, and secure. I've taken in canyoneering as well as climbing both indoors and out all summer, and it is not showing much wear and tear yet.

This harness was recommended to my by a friend who climbs a ton - both sport as well as trad. He used the same harness and had a great experience with it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a comfortable, solid, all around harness.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these for each of my kids, and they've worn them all summer. These are super versatile, which I love. The toe cover provides good protection. I've even let my son skateboard in them a couple times. They have been very durable, and show very little sign of wear after a summer of fun. This is an all around excellent sandal. I'd definitely buy them again.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these for each of my kids, and they've worn them all summer. These are super versatile, which I love. The toe cover provides good protection. I've even let my son skateboard in them a couple times. They have been very durable, and show very little sign of wear after a summer of fun. This is an all around excellent sandal. I'd definitely buy them again.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We've been using these inflatable air mattresses for several years now. They are the best thing we've found for comfort. This one was comfortable and comes with a nice carrying case. The air pump that comes with it is almost useless. Make sure you have something that will work better.

All that said, we've had problems with them popping. This one was no different. Thankfully it comes with a repair kit. However, next time around I'm going to consider trying a cot so I don't have to worry any more about springing leaks.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this stove early this spring. It's been great this summer. The best part about it is how hot it gets. I can boil water in no time, which is great when you need your morning tea.

It took a little getting used to the controls. Although it goes down to a low level, there's only a very small part of the adjustment that you can use for cooking eggs and pancakes before it gets too hot.

Overall we've been really happy with this stove and have had not issues.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 6, 2014

Great entry-level bike
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as my first mountain bike earlier this summer, and have been happy overall. It rides and handles well.

I was wanting a bike with both front and rear suspension and this fit the bill. I wasn't as worried about weight, so the aluminum frame was fine.

The shifters work great. I'm sure they're not the fastest at shifting, but it has never been a problem.

The only issue I've had is with the breaks. When I first got the bike the rear break was soft and wouldn't engage unless I pumped it a few times. I took it in and had them bled. They worked better after that, but now they are getting soft and I have to pull them in quite a bit before they engage. I anticipate breaks being the first component I have to replace on this bike.

I have had no problems outside of that, and have put many miles on it already.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on September 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding on this pedal for the last few months and found it to be grippy and durable. My feet have never slipped off. I've hit rocks with them several times with no damage other than minor scratches. I have not experienced any creaking. Overall, a great pedal.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on May 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these for both of my kids this season. I like the simplicity of the single strap, and they were snug so there was no slipping up in the heal.

They seem to be made and sized specifically to be worn with K2 boots. My kids were in Burton boots, and so these were a little small. They had a hard time latching them on their own. I even found it difficult to latch them. I have been told that K2 boots are less bulky than Burtons, and that these would probably work better with K2s. If you're thinking about getting these to use with a bulkier boot I would consider ordering a size up to see how that works.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wasn't sure about the 3 in 1 system initially. It seemed like the liners were just something to lose. However, after using them I have seen the light. I love having the liner to protect my hands when I need to get my phone out to take a picture or check the time while I'm up on the slopes. The fact that the liners are touch screen compatible just seals the deal. They have kept my hands warm, even when the temperature fell below zero. It's great that these come with a place to put heat pouches (and they even came with a set), but I've never had to use them. I was so happy with mine that I had to get a pair for my wife.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these for my daughter because her hands were getting cold up on the slopes in her Burton gloves. Although they lack some of the features of her gloves, they do keep her hands warm. They have the techy silvery lining that reflects heat, which really does work. The nose wiper is next to the index finger instead of on the thumb, which works fine. I only wish they had a draw cord to seal the edge around her jacket. However, this has not caused any problems yet. All in all a good, warm pair of gloves.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife got these because they are big and would fit over her glasses. Unfortunately, her glasses kept fogging up under them so she had a difficult time seeing where she was going. Thankfully she has been able to get contacts to wear while riding.

The visibility is pretty good in all directions except down. I'm not sure if there are goggles that have good downward visibility, but these seem to stick out pretty far from her face (presumably to make room for glasses under), which gets in the way of downward visibility. These are decent goggles, but didn't end up working out for being used with prescription glasses.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for my kids to use on the slopes this winter. We wanted to make sure that they were comfortable and protected from the snow and cold while sliding all over the hill this year. They have worked great for that purpose.

The fit seems pretty true. My only complaint is that I wish they had made the shoulder straps longer on these. They seem roomy enough that the kids could both use them for a couple of seasons, except that the shoulder straps won't go any longer. This may end up limiting the amount of use we can get out of them. Outside of that, these are a great bib.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for my kids to use on the slopes this winter. We wanted to make sure that they were comfortable and protected from the snow and cold while sliding all over the hill this year. They have worked great for that purpose.

The fit seems pretty true. My only complaint is that I wish they had made the shoulder straps longer on these. They seem roomy enough that the kids could both use them for a couple of seasons, except that the shoulder straps won't go any longer. This may end up limiting the amount of use we can get out of them. Outside of that, these are a great bib.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Columbia has great quality products at reasonable prices, so I love getting them for my kids. This jacket is no exception. We got one each for my 8 and 10 year old. The fleece is thick, warm, and feels sturdy. We've had the kids in as low as -4f up on the ski slopes, and this kept them warm enough (when warn with an insulated shell and thin thermals). My son loves lounging around the house in his too because it is so soft and cozy. Overall I'm very happy with this jacket.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got one of these for each of my kids to wear on the slopes. The thin top is comfortable under their helmets, and the warm, thick lower keeps them protected from the weather. There is enough length that we don't have to worry about them coming untucked from their jacket collars. All around a great purchase.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Columbia has great quality products at reasonable prices, so I love getting them for my kids. This jacket is no exception. We got one each for my 8 and 10 year old. The fleece is thick, warm, and feels sturdy. We've had the kids in as low as -4f up on the ski slopes, and this kept them warm enough (when warn with an insulated shell and thin thermals). My son loves lounging around the house in his too because it is so soft and cozy. Overall I'm very happy with this jacket.

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Denny McEntire wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

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

I needed a new jacket this year, and since my last Burton jacket lasted for 13 years I decided to get another. I love the attention to detail that Burton puts into its gear. I debated between this jacket and another, but ended up choosing this one, primarily because of aesthetics.

I like most things about this jacket. There is enough pockets for what I need, the fit is comfortable, and the hood and neck closure are comfortable and do a good job of keeping the weather out.

The one thing that it lacks that I want in a jacket is wrist gaiters. This jacket does have a little elastic thing that is supposed to go over your thumb to keep the sleeves from riding up when you take a spill, but I haven't been using them much because they aren't super comfortable. I find myself wishing I had been able to find a jacket I liked with the wrist gaiters, especially since this will likely be the jacket I wear for the next several years. That said, I am not unhappy with my purchase.

Overall this is a good jacket with most of the key features.

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