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Kyle

Kyle

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Backcountry.com

Kyle's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Kyle's Bio



Hi my name is Kyle Brady and I’m a snowboarder. I have been struggling with this addiction since before I could drive. I have moved, quit jobs, and started a terrain park as well as a contest series in the name of snowboarding. Basically, my whole life has revolved around snowboarding since I could drive. After getting sick and tired of flat land activities and compost pile ski hills in Michigan, I relocated to Steamboat. I was in search of that classic western experience and POWDER! Well, I found it. Since then I have relocated to the beautiful Wasatch Front. I found a home at Snowbird and Backcountry.com and have decided this is the life for me. Living in Utah for over 5 years has opened so many doors to other activities. I have expanded snowboarding into the backcountry and yes I do split my own boards. I put over 100 day on my splitboard alone this season. I have fallen in love with climbing and canyoneering here in recent years. That and backpacking pretty much control the summer and keep me occupied till the flakes start falling.

If you ever need any help with any of our products here is how you can contact me

kbrady@backcountry.com


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Kylewrote a review of on May 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you’re looking for a versatile piece of equipment, the cloak series blankets are for you. I have used the Cloak 15 now on 3 trips with a low temp range of the high 30’s to high 40’s. Most nights I have been much more warm than cold. I have no doubt that I could easily take the Cloak 15 below freezing temps. You would need proper headwear because of the lack of a hood. Being from Michigan I have a great appreciation for synthetics, cold and damp in the winter and hot and muggy in the summer. When I moved West I fell in love with down but have always been weary of moisture. Hydrophobic down has helped ease those worries and at 1lb 4 oz you hardly notice the bag in your pack. I have 5 other bags currently in my house, 2 of which are mine, and the cloak is the softest to touch by far. It’s not even close and the other bags are quickly falling out of circulation. If you’re broad shouldered and a side sleeper, you could have some issues with coverage. Otherwise the size is not an issue. There are no zippers... let me say that again, no zippers! On warm nights you can sleep half covered and on cold night the draft tube and weighted side baffles tuck you in and keep the cold out. The fabric seems durable for its weight. I have Border Collie mix that sleeps in the tent with me and so far the Cloak has held up just fine. The Cloak 15 is quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces of gear I have ever used and is my go to for backpacking. Brooks-Range designed a great piece of gear for the person that demands performance in a variety of conditions.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 18, 2016

Nice and light
5 5

Don't want to carry a ton of weight with you but you're not sure whether the anchors are good to go in the canyon you're about to drop. One way to cut down is by using these descending rings. At 15kn they are plenty strong. They are tiny and light. The bigger ring is an omega ring rated to 22kn. I would use this in climbing anchors but I save the weight and just take the lighter trango rings in canyons.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

3 stage locking biner for 13.95.... Mic Drop.

It's under 3oz, has a major axis strength of 28kn and once again is a 3 stage locker for 13.95. I use it as a belay biner or any spot an idiot could somehow mess up a screwgate locker. I really only buy locking biners that have screwgate mostly because of cost. Now I have a 3 stage and didn't spend almost $20.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up for canyoneering. It can take a ton of abuse and wear. It is heavy but it will last for a long time. The belay loop is nice. I like to extend my device away from me and I personally like the belay loop in those situations. I also like to use Oval biners in canyoneering but for a steel belay safe MHS biner... $25 retail price is pretty tough to beat.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I actually bought these for canyoneering and I love them. I would imagine they are great for rafting, kayaking and paddling in general. In canyons I only use them when swimming or on longer wades. They have great grip and are really warm. I sat in 48-50 degree water for quite some time in the last canyon and I was nice and warm. I used them on a slimey wet rappel and didn't slip at all. Most in the group slid on their butts while rappelling.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this for Prusik cord, anchors, short haul line, emergency hand line... I can keep going. You should always have some sort of extra cord on you in most situations in the backcountry or on rock, It might as well be able to hold you if necessary. This 6mm cord has a strength rating of 7.2 KN or just over 1600 lbs. If you want something stronger in the same diameter, check out powercord by sterling.

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Kylewrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Strider had the Knot-a Collar and it always pulled loose. If he wanted to get out of it, he could. I also didn't like the way it the cord would choke him once it loosened up. This bad boy does none of that. It doesn't loosen up. It's wider and disperses the force when he pulls better. Overall, I like this much better in actual application.

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