Dustin McQuay

Dustin McQuay

Park City, UT

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Dustin's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Climbing

Dustin's Bio

I run a lot. I love to run in the hills I ride my bike, ski and snowboard once in a while. I used to climb a lot and worked in a gym, but I'm afraid I've neglected that for some time now.

Dustin McQuay

Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 28, 2012

4 5

Bottom line: Great design, I wish it lasted longer, but I still love it and would buy it again.

I need 3L for long runs in the desert. In fact I usually have to refill somewhere along the way. Recently the reservoir separator completely ripped. Now the water sloshes all over the place. Bummer. But...it makes me realize how much I LOVE that separator. And I've stressed this thing to the max. Bouncing it up and down full of 100oz for tons of runs puts a good deal of strain on it I would imagine. I feel like I got my money's worth and I'd be willing to buy a new one. I could probably just get a new one too, although I don't know if I can live without it long enough to send it back for warranty replacement.

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Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

Trail running in Guatemala
5 5

I took this pack on a week long trail running adventure in Guatemala and LOVED it. It was big enough to take water for almost a whole day every day. I only had to refill on particularly long days when we were out over 8 hours or so. I generally carried an electrolyte bottled drink in the bag to supplement the water.

I was able to carry the full bladder, the extra bottle of electrolyte, food for the day and an extra layer and still didn't have to open the expandable compartment (my extra layer was VERY thin though).

When the bladder is completely full, you will find that it moves around a bit while you run. But, I was still able to run with it.

I read a review that said the straps would slip. Even with it fully loaded, that did no happen to me.

The pack is very comfortable. It did not rub me weird in any places.

Love this pack. Recommend highly.

I was on this adventure if you want more details: http://www.mayanrunningadventure.com/

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Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 7, 2011

5 5

This pack has just what you need. It sits high on your back and is very comfortable. It has a hook for the bladder so it doesn't sag. Some people complained about that, but they must have changed the design. If you have a very large chest, it might be a little snug, but you'll probably still be okay.

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Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

4 5

We've got a ton of these. They're just convenient. The only thing I don't like is that the bit valve gets dirty over time and is nearly impossible to clean out well. I bleached one of mine for a while and I'm sure that made it sanitary, but I still couldn't quite get all of the gunk out. It's nice that it has a big opening to put ice in, easy for my kids to drink from, etc. I only use this at home and work. I wouldn't use it on the trail. When I drive up to work (much higher altitude than my home) or when it goes from cold to hot, water tends to leak out of the valve so I have to keep an eye on that.

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Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

5 5

I've been running barefoot for a long time (2 years?) Probably logged 500+ miles pure barefoot and another 500-1000 in shoes such as the Vibram Five Fingers and these Merrell Trail Gloves. Barefoot is great, but I really need some protection in the Rockie's. There's lots of rocks around here. ;) The Vibrams provide the closest thing to real barefoot, so I love them for that. But I've also injured my toes in them a few times. The Merrells protect your toes much better. The Vibrams are also harder to fit since they are toed. These have just a slightly thicker sole than the Vibrams. I feel like they give a lot of the barefooting benefit, but when I'm 10 miles out in the middle of nowhere, I don't have to worry about getting injured and not making it home. :)

I normally wear around a 10.5 and that's what I got in these, so they're reasonably true to size. My friends told me they had to size down a bit. Definitely don't size up. :)

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Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

5 5

I've been running barefoot for years. I keep trying to get my wife to try it but she thinks I'm crazy. Finally I got some of these merrells and suddenly she was interested. Why? Because they're cute and you don't look like a barefoot weirdo. Also, the shoe gives you a lot of the barefoot benefits, but still protects your foot pretty well from sharp rocks and stuff. So they are a pretty gentle intro to barefoot running. Since I got these, my wife wanted the, then my mother in law, them my brother in law...everyone wants them. These are good shoes.

By the way, since there's no "padding" to wear out, these things should last for a VERY long time.

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Dustin McQuay

Dustin McQuay wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

5 5

Bought this for my brother-in-law who is an avid runner and sweats a lot. He's going to start a running expedition on Guatemala (http://mayanrunningadventure.com) so he's running serious mileage. He's a bit picky about his running shirts and he RAVES about this shirt. Apparently its the best thing since sliced bread. I'll be trying one for myself soon.

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