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Josh Rhea

Josh Rhea

Salt Lake City, UT and Columbus, OH

Josh Rhea's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Josh Rhea's Bio

I am a skier, first and foremost. Give me cliff-strewn, powder-choked, tree-free steeps, a la Snowbird, and I am one happy camper. Downhill and freeride mountain biking is a close second.

I've been with Backcountry.com since February 2003, and love the roller coaster ride my job has been since day 1, back when we had a mere 35 employees.

Josh Rhea

Josh Rhea wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

3 5

These are super comfortable pads - great for pedaling and the knee coverage is excellent - they don't slide off the knee like other knee/shin pads I've owned.

However the clip fasteners on either side of the knee are prone to popping off. It can be just an annoyance - hit your top tube with your knee and your inside knee fastener pops off, making you stop.

Or, it can be devastating in say, a race. Had a race crash where both sides popped off, I had to dismount the bike and reattach my pad in the middle of my race run - cost me a good 30 seconds. NOT cool! I'm selling these pads and trying something else.

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Josh Rhea wrote a review of on September 12, 2008

1 5

I really like Sombrio shorts and jerseys, so I had high hopes for this jacket as a riding-specific jacket. It is a good jacket with great waterproofing, but a couple things could be better thought-out:

The armpit vents follow the contour of your pit, so that unless you are reaching above your head the vents remain largely closed. However when riding they should open up enough to be useful.

The interior fabric feels a bit clammy compared with some of the 'dry touch' stuff out there in winter outerwear. Otherwise, nice piece - great zips with tight tolerances, etc.

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Josh Rhea wrote a review of on July 22, 2008

4 5

Hands-down the most comfortable pads I've ever worn. I don't even notice them when wearing them. I've put a knee down a few times and they've stayed in place and done their job, although no super high speed crashes (yet). The stitching however ripped right out as soon as the pad hit dirt. Not sure what to do about that, I left it and they are holding together, for now. Kinda disappointing that a $110 pad should start falling apart on the first impact.

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Josh Rhea wrote a review of on October 3, 2006

5 5

I don't know much about kayaks but I paddled this around some finger canyons in Lake Powell - what a blast. It's amazingly light for dealing with loading on roof racks, etc. Put it in the water and it's expectedly unstable side-to-side but man it's fast. Just an easy paddle and you are just cruising. Really fun to use...kinda like a road bike on the water. Fast fast fast.

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Josh Rhea wrote a review of on October 3, 2006

5 5

I've got a narrow, oval face and these are one of the few large-lensed glasses that actually fit my face and don't look ridiculous. I bought them for style but their light weight and polycarb lenses have made them perfect for biking and other sport uses.

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Josh Rhea wrote a review of on October 3, 2006

5 5

I actually have a pair of Chongs, the predecessor of the Zong. Have had them over 3 years now and they just won't die. Bomber sandals...and still one of my favorites. The only time I have issues with sliding out the back is if its a bit wet, etc. I almost lost them in knee-deep mud hiking a slot canyon recently, which is a situation it would've been nice to have the backs on, but I honestly prefer the ease and comfort of the backless sandals. Five stars.

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