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Dylan Berry

Dylan Berry

Western USA

Dylan Berry's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Dylan Berry's Bio

My story is like many others. I came to Utah after college in 2009 to the draw of the mountains. I was an religious skier before moving and since moving I have added backpacking, fly fishing, mtn biking and others to the growing list of things that beat work.

Dylan Berry

Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork is amazing. So supple in the chop and progressive enough to handle the big hits. Its incredibly smooth (ahem Fox). I had to dial up the rebound a bit out of the box and installed one of the bumpers they provide to make it more progressive (stiffer deeper in the travel) but it has easily met all of my expectations. I'm using it on a DB Mission as an AM weapon and it has handled everything from bike park days to long grinding XC rides. The 3 settings on the damper provide flexibility depending on what you are riding, it really handles everything well. Take the Fox out to pasture and saddle up with the Pike, best decision you will ever make.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got this derailleur mated with ZEE cranks and 1x10 speed XT gearing. With a Narrow Wide ring upfront no chain guide and the clutch engaged I have had no issues with the chain derailing and the shifting is smooth as silk. Before installing the NW ring I did have a few issues with the bike spitting the chain, but once I upgraded there were zero issues. So far so good with the ZEE!

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best brakes you can buy on a budget. Perform just as well as the XT's at a cheaper price. Virtually no fade when teamed up with ICE Tech rotors. Can't say enough good about these so I won't just buy them!

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a nice chain that I put on my bike initially during the build process. Due to a few problems I have since switched out for an XTR. None of the problems were the chain itself, it was user error (broken chainring caused a broken chain, then it was too short to use on my setup). This is a great budget chain and while the XTR might shift a tad smoother, it's hardly noticeable. If you looking for a spare or building a bike on a tighter budget I wouldn't hesitate to buy this chain again.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Loving these grips after a couple months of use. They've only gotten significantly tackier the more I have used them. The compound is pretty soft which is helps cut down on chop and vibrations being transferred to your body through the grips. While the compound is fairly soft they don't seem to be breaking down at a faster rate then expected. Would definitely buy these again!

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 3, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up on a closeout deal and have mixed feelings about them. I like the tread pattern and how they perform. I just haven't been that impressed with the durability. The sidewall is thin and folds over easily causing the dreaded burp. I've also ripped a tire open in between the knobbies on nothing that would be considered rough terrain. While I like how the tire grips and tracks I can't put a lot of faith in the durability and will look elsewhere in the future.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on April 6, 2014

5 5

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

These are the best looking and most comfortable winter sneaker/boot I have seen. very comfortable, warm and all of the colors are awesome. I have the Grey/Cobalt in this boot and it's sick. Durability is good, I've worn these 100+ times to the mountain are around town and except for a little wear which is excepted they look and function as good as the day I got them. Waterproofing has been great, I will definitely be getting another pair after these wear out, which seems like it will be a while.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on February 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this boot to use with the tech binding compatible soles that are sold separately. I wanted a touring boot that was geared more towards downhill, but was still comfortable and toured well. For me these boots are just what I was looking for.


So far they tour great, and are very light. Between the boot and tech bindings, my setup feels like there is nothing on my feet. Also the tech soles (walk soles plus) fit perfectly onto the boot, and function with the tech bindings flawlessly, they also have really good grip on rocks and other slick surfaces.


The touring function/walk mode is easy to use with gloves and offers plenty range of motion for what I'm looking for.


They ski really well, fit is good, I was lucky enough to just put my foot beds in and ride without even heat molding, though that wont be the case for all feet. The flex is listed as 120, but since companies don't have a standard measurement for flex, it kind of arbitrary. These flex a softer then a Dalbello 120 flex for instance. I was able to stiffen them slightly by adding a world cup booster strap.


Absolutely great boot, I'd recommend them to anyone whose preferences match mine.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on January 29, 2014

Aye-yi-yiiiiiiii
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I scooped up a pair of last years YLE's on closeout and it's proven to be one of the best ski purchase's I've made. I'm 5 11 170 mounted -3 from Center and ski this primarily at Snowbird.

The YLE is like a BMW, it's comfortable, handles well at any speed and inspires confidence. It handles everything on the mountain, although it is best in new snow, soft snow, and chop. I am in love with the profile of the ski. It's tip rocker is long, but mellow, and it has just enough rise in the tail to make them swivel/ slash and round out the bottom of your turn. And I'm a huge fan of camber in my skis, it improves on piste performance, edgability and personally I think it helps take some strain off of your knees.

I love this ski in fresh snow, it stomps air's with authority, has a fairly light swing weight, and is stiff enough to straight line over the chop on the run out.

As a dedicated pow stick this is an excellent choice and offers better stability then the Aramada JJ or the Atomic Bent Chetler, and it's also more damp then both of those skis so you focus on stomping your landing rather then worried about whats after it.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on December 15, 2013

A Different Perspective
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The JJ is undoubtedly one of the best powder skis on the market, and you could argue it has been a game changer in rocker/ reverse sidecut ski design. I have owned this ski for 3 seasons and my opinion of this ski is considerably different from alot of JJ enthusiasts. To me this ski is really good at one thing, and leaves something to be desired everywhere else. To me it really only shines in fresh snow. It floats amazingly, swivels and slashes with the best of them and it just a down right hoot to ride.

My impressions differ from most after you get out of the powder. It's passable on groomers if you need to get back to the lift. But in the crud, in between storms, or after all the fresh has been eaten up I find this ski really struggles. The lack of any running length under your foot and the reverse sidecut after the taper make this ski act like it's on marbles in crud and day after storm conditions.

Honestly I wouldn't expect this ski to do well in those conditions. Just looking at it tells you it's meant for fresh snow and anything else is whip cream on top. Because of all these reasons I have remounted mine with AT bindings to take advantage of the skis best features(no it's not a light set up but it's fun a hell on the way down).

If your looking for a one ski quiver I think you can do better(see rossi soul 7, nordica patron/helldorado, 4frnt YLE, Coreupt Slasher, Amplid Hill Bills), but if you just need a dedicated powder ski or touring set up that is focused more on the down then up, this is a great ski for you.

Overall as a powder ski I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.
As a one ski quiver I'd put it around a 2 or 3.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 27, 2013

My go to lenses
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Hi/Yellow, Blue Iridium, Dark Grey are the only lenses I need to worry about having. From Bright to dark stormy days this combo gives me the best optical performance. Conditions can change quick in the mtn's so it's always a good idea to go out with a few extra lenses or goggles. As another reviewer commented don't touch the inner lens with your bare hand, always use a goggle wipe and these will last a long time!

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 27, 2013

Great Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

4wt 8'0"

Update : This has been a really fun rod to fish, its acutally pretty powerful for a 4 st and you can throw a moderately weighted bounce rig with ease. I real enjoy roll casting this rod as well with its quick tip.

Had a chance to take this fun rod out a few times over the weekend. It's got a great feel to it and a very quick tip. Controlling the line and drift is amazingly easy. Have only been able to throw some nymph rigs so far, but can't wait to throw some dries. The rod feels as though it will have great touch for small to medium size dries.

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Dylan Berrywrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bring the party anywhere you go, great for skiing, rafting, hiking, or just jamming around the house. The sound quality isn't Bose but for what this is it's pretty cool. It could have better organized internal pockets but lets be honest you really only want this for the music and a few party suppplies.

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