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Dex Mills

Dex Mills

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I Frolic in the woods of Little Cottonwood Canyon with Unicorns!

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Dex Millswrote a review of on February 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everyone should have a tool like this for day to day lives. I use to be a Wave diehard, but after reviewing everything on this (its basically the wave, with added keys for the screwdriver slot) I knew this was the upgrade that I needed. The key set has a small collection of keys that all outdoor people will find a use for (allen keys for bikes and touring bindings was a big plus)

TL;DR- Just get the damn thing already

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Dex Millswrote a review of on February 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Helmets are something that you want tested but never want to test yourself.

With that being said the weight of this helmet is light enough that I forget that it is on my head. It work seamlessly with my Oakleys being worn either under or over the helmet. The active fit system was a bit of a pain with wearing a beanie under the helmet but removal is simple and I think that I will end up putting it back in come summer and I use this for biking.

Great helmet, comes with a carrying bag and all the details you need to protect yah neck Yah heard?

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Dex Millswrote a review of on January 19, 2016

5 5

Finally, some one actually did it and made a boot for my hobbit shaped foot. After spending hours upon hours trying to get stiff boots to fit my foot (107mm at the widest point) and struggling with boot shapes, I finally have a go to boot that doesn't turn my feet into a horrible boneitis looking mess.

For those wondering, out of the box these are a 102 last which will fit most feet, I needed to have the shell expanded and lucky enough with some help from the fellers at Deep Powder House I got them expanded to allow for comfort but still a tight feel.

I have not toured with them, and I will update this when I get to it. For hard charging in the resort setting look no further if you have had hell with boots in years past. They are stiff and provide excellent support for putting energy into the ski to make it do your bidding.

I haven't had any complaints about them other that It should be listed at a 120 flex max not the 130.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on January 12, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I received these bindings, I gots all sort of excited to have a binding that would allow me to charge and walk to all the great lines the watasch had to offer. While the binding did the job of holding me in when on the ground, it had all sorts of problems that gave me more greif then I wanted.

First off, I love jumping into the abyss on my skis, and the forces that it take to keep them on can be over the top. Still all the tyrolia bindings that I have had in the past have surpassed what I wanted. These bindings on the other hand enjoyed rocketing away from me any chance that they got. If you didn't land perfect, Even though I should, They split like a one night stand. I tried to make them work by adjusting the AFD and tightening up the bindings. This also appears to not be limited to myself, as I have heard similar complaints from other folks of similar issues.

Second, how the binding locks down is just a mess. The slider would not catch on many chances and after a couple hard turns, my heel would release and turn into a tele binding. Let me tell you flying down the hill penguin style when that wasn't in the cards is not fun.

Even with the weight difference, between the guardian and the duke and the ability to flat tour, I am going to go with one of those bindings next time as the pluses that this binding has over those in not worth the chance of meeting my dentist because they got into a fight with the snow and my ski boot, and attacked my face

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Dex Millswrote a review of on December 30, 2015

4 5

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

I got this as a gift for my parents pup, which starts freaking out if you don't throw the thing, so that when the pup ran away and didn't pay attention to where it was going, we could possibly find it and keep the exercise going.

It is super entertaining to see the black dog running around with a glowing ball, when it get dark that is all you see!

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Dex Millswrote a review of on December 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Being a long time fan of the googles that Oakley has put out I was glad to see they updated the one that started it all. The Size is perfect for me, and I have a monster melon on my shoulders so they never looked as if my face was getting drawfed or eaten like so many larger google do now a days.

I also wear these googles under my helmet as it works for me the best and keeps them in place during the inevitable falls that happen towards the end of a long day out skiing.

My only real issue with them is that some time the pressure on your face becomes too lax and allows for air flow and or moisture to get in. Could be a problem on a big day or if one is sensitive to wind, but it wasn't too much of one for me

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Dex Millswrote a review of on November 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a few pairs of the Outdoor Tech Headphones and always the biggest issue was the compatibility between devices. I am glad to say that these little speakers finally allowed me to simply switch between my phone and computer while working and or play.

The sound quality is bar none and the amount of adjustments that can be done for various sizes with the little rubber whatchmacallits, made the fitting process super simple. I was also pleased to find the ear hangers, so the headphones would stay on my ears if things got sideways.

The only real issue that I have with these is the volume button doesn't seem to do didly squat. I have held it tapped it, pressed it like a gentle puppy and nothing happens even though it is listed to perfrom magic. That really isn't an issue because most of the issue can be taken care of simply on the front screen of the phone.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on September 15, 2015

Has the feeling of beta product
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this exclusively for a trip to Havasu Falls. The idea of having the tranquil waters flowing underneath my tent made the purchase quite easy. Even then this product, idea wise is spot on, but execution fell short.

While setting it up the first time in my back yard, the tension of the tent combined with the tent poles caused two sections to snap like twigs. I was glad that I had time to fix that problem before the trip, but was super disappointed in Tentsile, after reading that they brush their hands of any problems with broken poles. I know that tent poles will break here and there, but busting after one use, Not cool Tentsile, not cool.

With that problem taken care of, via my own wallet, time to go on something else that grinds my gears with this product. The weight of the straps is ridiculous. With out them this would be a go to product for my weekend adventures, but instead will be sitting most of the time due to that. I do know that they are working on a lighter system, but with the set up and the reviews on the stitching, it really does feel like this product was rushed to market and the public is getting baited into being product testers.

With all of those issue, I still would recommend this anyone that is car camping or camping out of one spot and weight isn't an issue. It was some of the best nights of sleep that I have had in years camping with the creek rocking me to sleep.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on September 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10


I am not a fan of the chacos as the strap system that they use tends to eat my feet alive and making the journey kinda suck, so I went with the classic thinking a change of pace would be a good thing.
Wasn't all that I was hoping for with these as the plastic corners ended up digging into my feet and the velco would come loose after extended hikes in the water at Havasu Falls, they did excel at not making my feet feel like they had been stangled to death.

I know that getting rocks between the foot and the sole of the shoes is something that will never go away with an open shoe system, but the simplicity of the strap system made getting them out super easy.

Great purchase for the price but I have never been a fan of sandals in general.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

There is a reason these shoes are classics.
The low profile, clean look of no laces allow for these to be my daily drivers for everyday. From classy partys to lunch meetings the van slip ons can do them all. The only negative thing that I every have about them is I have a wider foot so I do have to go up a half size for max comfort, and the tightness of the shoes the first few wears can be a bit painful.

I have used these for downhill biking in a tight pinch, and while they did not have the foot stability that my 5-10s did around my foot, the stiffness of the sole and the grip the waffle tread had on my pedal kept me on the pedals for the duration of the ride without a second thought.

TL;DR Great shoes for everything

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Dex Millswrote a review of on July 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As best put by a good friend my skiing style is in the line with a "Rhino going thru a china store all greased up on caffine" So I was in need of a boot that would provide the stiffness and support to make sure that I wasn't folding the boot in half.
The design of the two buckle system did put chills in my spine the first time that I was skiing these as I thought it would be a purchase that I would regret. Boy was I wrong about that . The boots provided the strenght and support to charge big lines fast, giver on big airs all with feeling of slippers while sitting on the lift.

The reason that I might be looking else where for boots because in no matter what the weather, I always had the feeling that my toes were on the verge of freeze off, with the stock liner. Other than a custom liner not much was able to be done to keep those suckers warm.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on July 4, 2015

5 5

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

I got these sunglasses after spending a small fourtune on Frogskins in the past. While that collection will never be replaced, for a change of pace these are some very capable replacements. The rubberized bridge and ear arms keep these suckers in place when moving in them. Also they are not super heavy, so there has been a few times that I have lost them, when placed on my head.

These are a larger size frame, so if you have a smaller face, they willl appear to be eating you alive. just a little side note the flat top and square top will make anyone with a rounded face look odd.

But I have the chiseled chin of a fine marble statue, so they look freaking sweet on me.

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Dex Millswrote a review of on June 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this too primarily for clearing shrubbery on some over grown trails in the NorthWest. The blade held its edge better than any other machete that I have used in the past, even with repeated strikes of rocks and the dirt. The serrated teeth on the other side provided an excellent tool for cutting through the thicker items that were too tough for the blade to hack thru alone.

I tend to like having items like this on outdoor adventures because of there versitality . This can be used as a plate for eating food in a pinch as well as a perfect place for holding a coal if you want to start a fire only using a couple pieces of wood,

The only reason that I give it four stars is that for its main purpose the teeth on the opposite side will hit you and do damage to clothing or worse self.

And if worst comes to worse, I have an item that the one and only Jason Vorhees would be jealous of, and fully capable of taking down entire hoards of mindless zombies and that is worth the price any day .

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