Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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peter's Passions

Alpine Touring
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

peter's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah in 1991. I like to Snowboard, Ski, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross Race and Motocross. I work in the Video Department at Backcountry.com

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great footprint to pair with the kelty salida 2 tent. It can pack into the tent bag so everything is always together. The straps attach easily to the bottom of the tent and it protects from roots, rocks and rain. If you get a Salida 2 tent you should spend the extra money and grab this footprint also.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great inexpensive tent that is lightweight and very easy to set up and break down. I am 6 feet tall and it has plenty of room for me and one other person. The tent does not come with a footprint but I bought a salida 2 footprint when I got the tent and I am able to pack that and the tent into the bag that was supplied. This tent only has one door but that has not been an issue for me. I really like the mesh gear loft that is supplied with the tent. I use this mostly for summer camping without the rainfly and it is very well ventilated for hot nights in the desert. I recommend this tent to anyone that is looking for a light inexpensive tent for backpacking or anything else for that matter.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These straps allow you to set up and adjust a hammock very fast. They are slightly heavier than some similar options but the ease of setup make it worthwhile in my mind. If you are trying to shave every ounce from your backpacking setup you may want to consider something else. I am 200lbs and have not had a problem with these stretching.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great hammock that is very comfortable for a tall person. You could easily fit 2 people in here. I use it with the Slap Strap Pro and would recommend buying those to go with this hammock. This hammock is lightweight and easy to set up with the Slap Straps. If you can get used to sleeping in a hammock this is a great lightweight alternative to a tent when backpacking. Otherwise it is a great way to relax while camping or in your backyard.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these with the K2 Annex 118 Seth Morrison ski. They are very lightweight and excellent for skinning. Everyone I know uses them in the locked touring mode when skiing on them. I have had them release on me multiple times in ski mode so now I always ski them locked out. I had them adjusted by a Dynafit rep and was instructed on the proper way to use the binding and they still release during high speed chatter and variable conditions. I am using them with K2 pinnacle boots and I suspect part of the releasing issue could be coming from that boots tech fittings but I do not know for sure. Either way most serious skiers use these locked out for the descent. If I had know that I would have ignored the DIN setting listed for this binding and gone with a lighter more stripped down binding.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like to compare replacing worn out cleats to tuning your skis or snowboard. You will feel the difference immediately. These cleats last much longer than Crank Bros in my opinion. They have a Right and a Left so be sure you install them on the correct foot.

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Pete OBrien wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these for racing cross because they are a little more forgiving than other tubes and they add an element of suspension to your ride. They have a removable core which I squirt 2 oz of Stans in during the fall when we get thorns. Usually I have to redo my Stans treatment in my tubeless mountain bike set up once a month because it dries up. In these tubes the Stans stayed viscous for over four months. Like all latex tubes you have to pump them up before every ride.

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