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Kyle

Kyle

Little Cottonwood Canyon , Snowbird, Utah, Michigan, Lakes, Rivers, Hiking Trails, Wasatch Mountains, Uinta Mountains, Pow Fields, San Rafael Swell

Kyle's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling

Kyle's Bio

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Here is some information about me. This is what I like to do.I moved here from Michigan in August 2010 for the "worlds greatest snow" It's a lot better then Michigan's lake effect I know that for sure. I love to get outdoors as much as possible. I camp, hike, fish, backpack and canoe a lot. If I had to rank my seasons, winter and fall would be at the top. There is nothing like snow and nothing like the smell of Autumn to let you know the snow is right around the corner. I use to play a lot of golf but the life of a board bum and my addiction to sweet gear doesn't leave a lot of funds to play much as of late. I love a good pizza so if you have any recommendations please let me know. I spent a year in Steamboat Springs CO. and if your ever there check out Gnarly Charlie's pizza in the Gondola circle. It's GOOD. I have a English Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Lucky and to offset the name Lucky I have an all black cat named Philly. I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me kbrady@backcountry.com, 1.800.409.4502 ext 4420.

Kyle

Kyle wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

Seasons of comfort
5 5

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

From the depths of winter through the end of spring, this bib will protect you from what ever Mother Nature throws your way. To warm, unzip the full leg zips to vent and cool off. If it is a -20 day, there is plenty of room to put on your extra thick pair of baselayer pants to keep you toasty. I have put these through the wringer. They are strong, durable and comfortable. My only complaint is the pocket space. Plan on only fitting a few very small items if that in them. 1 pocket will fit my Iphone (barely) and the other I usually keep a bard or some chews. Fit is pretty true to size. I went with the large over the medium because I do not like a euro fit but I could easily wear the medium. I mostly use these bibs for split boarding but I would use them for any form of mountain travel where snow is encountered.

Size Large Reg
5'8" 170lb
32-33 in waist

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Kyle wrote an answer about on April 2, 2014

Mary,

Here is your solution. The Optimus Vega stove is awesome. It is a canister stove with detached canister. This solves the heat issues David talked about. It comes with a windscreen and it simmers. Also, this qualifies as 4 seasons stove. This means the canister can be inverted for a higher output. For most days leave the canister right side up and your golden.
I have and use this stove.

http://www.backcountry.com/optimus-vega-stove?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6dmVnYToxOjc6dmVnYQ

Our number is (800) 409-4502 and my extension is 4420. My name is Kyle if you would like to talk about this or any stove we carry. My email is kbrady@backcountry.com if that is better.

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Kyle wrote an answer about on April 1, 2014

Unfortunately, MSR does not make a shoe larger that a 30 in. However the 30in shoe is is rated for 180 - 300 lbs. If you were to add the float tail in deep snow it would increase the float and would most likely never break. I would only be a little concerned about breaking on packed snow with a heavy load on top of your weight. I would only consider the float tails if you are planning on using these in soft deep snow.

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Kyle wrote an answer about on April 1, 2014

Unfortunately, this is not a life jacket. It will not help your dog float at all. This is simply a jacket for moisture protection, general protection and visibility.

Here is a link to a ruff wear Life jacket. With the life jacket in the link, your dog would be right on the line between an XS and SM. 22 inches being the largest size for an XS and the smallest size for a Small.
http://www.backcountry.com/ruffwear-k-9-float-coat?rr=t

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Kyle wrote an answer about on April 1, 2014

This is a beast of a board that will not help you progress very fast. I would go with just the Custom and not the Custom X. The Custom will be much better for all around riding. Where as the Custom X is a stiff charger that wants to be rode hard. Check out the Custom in the link below. It is the same board just a little softer and more forgiving. http://www.backcountry.com/burton-custom-snowboard?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y3VzdG9tOjE6MTpjdXN0b20

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

Great poles.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a splitboarder and I love these things. They break down small enough to fit in my pack. Strong enough to handle man plants or even the occasional sword fight. I have not had any issue with the push button freezing. I like the adjustable length. Shorter lengths on steeper boot packs, longer length on flats. I have not had any issues with the powder baskets pulling off. Just do not strip the grooves and your set.

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

4 5

This pack has a hard time figuring out what it wants to do. Not quite big enough for a true 1-2 night trip but a little to big for a true daypack. For most people this is a great pack for carrying a few extra pounds on a day hike or really light overnighters. Im planning on using it for water heavy day hikes and 1-2 nighters. If you just take a layer, nalgene and some food this might be over kill. Do not expect to get very many sleeping bags in the compartment. I have could barely fit the Therm-a-rest Antares and I would feel comfortable saying the zippers could break. My Brooks-Range Cloak 15 fits great. The Sleeping bag compartment does have a zippered divider, but it is not completely removable. There are a few small sleeves and pockts on the main compartment. This is nice for light organization but not something that should sway you one way or the other. The trampoline back is really nice on warm days and really does make a difference. I have 2 packs with the trampoline back feature and both carry weight great. That being said, I wasn't above 30 lbs on a single trip last year. I would consider myself a practical minimalist. I have some comfort peices but very light comfort peices.

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a chalk bag. The opening is wide enough to not notice and the bag is deep enough for everything to stay in it on falls. As far as the graphic goes, it's a wolf howling at the moon. Pretty cool if your into that sort of thing. The pocket would be helpfull for small items but it's just an add on. It comes with a belt and help offsets my womens harness.

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gotta love this Pas. I have used it everytime out this year. I use it to clean, to anchor and just to chill while waiting on a multi-pitch. It is easy to adjust the length with all the different daisy's you can clip to. The Biner is a little small 17mm opening. I actually ran into possible issue on a slab route. We had a lot going on with the anchors and I wasn't able to clip around everything. This wasn't an issue for the situation but it was annoying. The biner is easily changed.

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is a reason the ATC Guide has so many good reviews. Everyone is dumb.... or maybe it is a great piece. I am a begginer so I can not give you all these awesome pics or breakdowns on why this is the best Belay device. What I can tell you is, as a begginer I love it. It's a device I will not grow out of. I like the fact I can Rap/Belay using high or low friction. It gives me the choice when I want a little more control and braking ease.

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Kyle wrote a review of on March 2, 2014

4 5

This is a perfect example of a peice that is for certain people or certain situations. Great places to have this would be car camping, tailgaiting or just living out of your van down by the river. This isn't something I would use if I was car camping by myself +1, but if your heading out with a group of friends to go squatching for a few days, this is something you should consider. Bake or use the range to cook up homemade meals for you and your friendly area squatch to enjoy.

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