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Mark Travers

Mark Travers

Park City

Mark Travers's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Mark Travers's Bio

Grew up outside of Boston, hiking and skiing in the White Mtns and sailing and kayaking on the Cape and the coast of Maine. Did a stint in central Virginia (where I picked up whitewater paddling) before moving to Utah in the spring of 2012. Moved for the skiing, but love getting out on my bike or backpacking in the mountains when it isn't so white and fluffy

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

My daughter has a pair of these and can't make it through a full day without someone commenting on them. The style is great and they are surprisingly easy to slip on and off. Once they're on, they stay put - she hasn't been able to kick her way out of them once. She's had her first pair for about a month now and they are holding up really well. The elastic band used to hold them in place still has its stretch and the leather doesn't show any signs of wear. All of the kids in our daughter's daycare class have these and her teacher loves having the kids in them.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

My daughter has a pair of these and can't make it through a full day without someone commenting on them. The style is great and they are surprisingly easy to slip on and off. Once they're on, they stay put - she hasn't been able to kick her way out of them once. She's had her first pair for about a month now and they are holding up really well. The elastic band used to hold them in place still has its stretch and the leather doesn't show any signs of wear. All of the kids in our daughter's daycare class have these and her teacher loves having the kids in them.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

I picked this up for the saddle bag on my mountain bike. It is light and compact enough that I really don't notice the addition. I also got a Syncros Micro 8 tool for my road bike since I didn't want the added weight and bulk of the chain breaker. Both tool sets seem really well made and have all of the basics that you could need during a ride

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

This tool set is really small and light - easy to tuck into your saddle back without noticing the extra weight or bulk. This has pretty much everything you could need for a regular ride, especially on a road bike. If you're planning on a longer outing or really rough terrain on a mountain bike, the Syncros Composite 14 and Alloy 16 add in a chain break tool which is a nice touch

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These came spec'd on my Santa Cruz Bronson and after three years I just picked up a new pair to replace the originals. These are great for Park City where we tend to have pretty buff trails that can get a bit loose/rocky later in the summer. These corner well and give a good bit of confidence on heftier descents. I would love it if these offered a touch less weight and rolling resistance for climbing, but I'm not really willing to sacrifice the control that the offer on the downhill

There are a lot of bikes in the employee racks at the BC office set up with these tires and for good reason

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I picked up a pair of these for my daughter who just turned 4 months old. They are still a bit big on her, but they were one of the only pairs we could find that were reasonably close. She doesn't seem to mind wearing them which surprised me a bit. The arms seem to be a bit snug above her ears but I'm sure they will break in a bit with use. These came with a little carrying pouch and a removable strap which are both nice touches. One thing to note is that the arms are not hinged so you can't fold these up like you would with regular sunglasses. They are slim enough that this isn't an issue for me - just something to keep in mind

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a couple sets of these in the saddle bags of both my road bike and my mountain bike. They are nice and compact and a good option for mid-ride repairs on a tire that has already seen some miles to break it in. I've used these to fix a flat on my roadie and to take off worn tires from my mountain bike and they were really easy to use for those jobs.

That said, these really aren't up to the task of mounting a new tire with a tight bead. I had to replace the tires on my mountain bike this spring and bent and finally snapped two levers before switching to a sturdier set.

If you're looking for a set to have in your backpack or saddlebag for mid-ride repairs I think these are a great option, but you should definitely consider a sturdier set to have in the toolbox at home

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 26"
Weight: 17 lbs
Size Purchased: 12 months

My daughter had a chance to use this over the weekend during a quick trip to Phoenix. We went for an early morning hike but it was already pushing 85 degrees by the time we were done and most of the hike was in full sun. The shirt is great for days like this - it's lightweight enough that she can have long sleeves without overheating too much.

I did find that I preferred the Patagonia Sun-Lite Hoodie to this since having the hood is a nice feature. The collar on this shirt does a pretty good job at protecting the back of her neck, but having a bit of hood to bunch up back there gives just that much more protection from the sun.

I got this in the 12 month size (which is actually 6-12 months on the tag). It's a little oversized for her (she's 17 pounds and 26 1/4" long right now), but having a looser fit is nice for warmer temps. Compared to winter items that we've gotten from Patagonia that were enormous, this ran much closer to "true to size."

The fabric is plenty soft to be straight against skin without needing to have a onesie or other layer underneath. The fabric has a decent bit of stretch to it as well.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 26"
Weight: 17 lbs
Size Purchased: 12 months

My daughter had a chance to use this over the weekend during a quick trip to Phoenix. We went for an early morning hike but it was already pushing 85 degrees by the time we were done and most of the hike was in full sun. The shirt is great for days like this - it's lightweight enough that she can have long sleeves without overheating too much.

I did find that I preferred the Patagonia Sun-Lite Hoodie to this since having the hood is a nice feature. The collar on this shirt does a pretty good job at protecting the back of her neck, but having a bit of hood to bunch up back there gives just that much more protection from the sun.

I got this in the 12 month size (which is actually 6-12 months on the tag). It's a little oversized for her (she's 17 pounds and 26 1/4" long right now), but having a looser fit is nice for warmer temps. Compared to winter items that we've gotten from Patagonia that were enormous, this ran much closer to "true to size."

The fabric is plenty soft to be straight against skin without needing to have a onesie or other layer underneath. The fabric has a decent bit of stretch to it as well.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 26"
Weight: 17 lbs
Size Purchased: 12 month

My daughter had a chance to use this over the weekend during a quick trip to Phoenix. We went for an early morning hike but it was already pushing 85 degrees by the time we were done and most of the hike was in full sun. The shirt is great for days like this - it's lightweight enough that she can have long sleeves without overheating too much. The hood is enormous and will easily cover her face, so I had to put a sun hat on her instead. The nice part of having the hood is that it does keep the back of her neck and shoulders covered up pretty well.

I got this in the 12 month size (which is actually 6-12 months on the tag). It's a little oversized for her (she's 17 pounds and 26 1/4" long right now), but having a looser fit is nice for warmer temps. Compared to winter items that we've gotten from Patagonia that were enormous, this ran much closer to "true to size."

The fabric is plenty soft to be straight against skin without needing to have a onesie or other layer underneath. The fabric has a decent bit of stretch to it as well.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 26"
Weight: 17 lbs
Size Purchased: 12 months

My daughter had a chance to use this over the weekend during a quick trip to Phoenix. We went for an early morning hike but it was already pushing 85 degrees by the time we were done and most of the hike was in full sun. The shirt is great for days like this - it's lightweight enough that she can have long sleeves without overheating too much. The hood is enormous and will easily cover her face, so I had to put a sun hat on her instead. The nice part of having the hood is that it does keep the back of her neck and shoulders covered up pretty well.

I got this in the 12 month size (which is actually 6-12 months on the tag). It's a little oversized for her (she's 17 pounds and 26 1/4" long right now), but having a looser fit is nice for warmer temps. Compared to winter items that we've gotten from Patagonia that were enormous, this ran much closer to "true to size."

The fabric is plenty soft to be straight against skin without needing to have a onesie or other layer underneath. The fabric has a decent bit of stretch to it as well.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This sharpener is great for keeping your plexiglass scraper in tip top shape. I've found that I need to run my scraper through this after about 10 waxes or so. Keeping a nice sharp edge on your scraper makes the scraping process significantly easier and faster. Once I've run my scraper through the sharpener, I can scrape a pair of skis in only 1 or 2 passes rather than having to go back and bear down on the scraper. The world cup version of the sharpener is really easy to use since it has guards on both sides of the scraper - this thing makes it very easy to keep your scraper vertical as you pass it over the file.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The fabric in this shirt is very soft and lightweight with a comfy fit. The cut isn't too slim so it doesn't try to cling to you the second you put it on. The blend fabric is really comfortable against your skin and doesn't shrink very much in the wash. I'm really looking forward to having something lighter than the typical 100% cotton shirt for the summer.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The fabric in this shirt is very soft and lightweight with a comfy fit. The cut isn't too slim so it doesn't try to cling to you the second you put it on. The blend fabric is really comfortable against your skin and doesn't shrink very much in the wash. I'm really looking forward to having something lighter than the typical 100% cotton shirt for the summer.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

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

My daughter has a pair of these and can't make it through a full day without someone commenting on them. The style is great and they are surprisingly easy to slip on and off. Once they're on, they stay put - she hasn't been able to kick her way out of them once. She's had her first pair for about a month now and they are holding up really well. The elastic band used to hold them in place still has its stretch and the leather doesn't show any signs of wear. All of the kids in our daughter's daycare class have these and her teacher loves having the kids in them.

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Mark Travers

Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

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

My daughter has a pair of these and can't make it through a full day without someone commenting on them. The style is great and they are surprisingly easy to slip on and off. Once they're on, they stay put - she hasn't been able to kick her way out of them once. She's had her first pair for about a month now and they are holding up really well. The elastic band used to hold them in place still has its stretch and the leather doesn't show any signs of wear. All of the kids in our daughter's daycare class have these and her teacher loves having the kids in them.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

These socks are great for a snug fitting ski boot. They have just enough stretch to fit comfortably without slipping around or bunching up when you put your boots on. These are pretty durable considering how lightweight they are - my wife and I both use these as our go to socks and they've lasted through several seasons of heavy use. These hold their shape and size well even through several washings. I generally try to hang dry these, but sending them through the occasional drier cycle doesn't seem to hurt them at all.

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