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R.J. Gardner

R.J. Gardner

Gearhead

South Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City

R.J. Gardner's Passions

Biking

R.J. Gardner's Bio

Backcountry.com's Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They're passionate outdoor experts passionate on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or slope. Follow adventures and exploits.

I grew up in Lake Tahoe. Live in Salt Lake City. I travel often to follow my passion for skiing. FOLLOW ME for stories about the places I go, the people I go with, and the things I do. For anything from gear to use on a trip to the best place to go around town to grab a cheap beer I’m around to help get you what you need for your next adventure whenever I’m not on one myself.


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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on November 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These boots are great, I can't wait to see how they hold up in the snow. One thing I hadn't noticed by the pictures, the tongue is all one piece of fabric that folds on itself, so when I first got them the fold kind of hit the top of my foot weirdly. Now that I've broken them in the fold is more to the side and I don't even notice it anymore. Built like they will last forever!

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on November 21, 2015

5 5

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

It is a thin baselayer, I would compare it to my old bodyfit 160. It's perfect for a baselayer while skiing, not too warm but when layered on top of properly, keeps me perfectly warm on cold chairlift rides. It's also super comfortable, sometimes I'll wear it over a t shirt out on the town!

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

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

Got a couple of these at the beginning of the summer in plans to wear them for hours at a time outdoors. They have been exactly what I needed, lightweight, breathable and durable.
The red and blue colors are awesome and work both in a casual environment as well as business casual!

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

Great shirt
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The material on this one feels somewhat like a sweatshirt. A bit thicker than your average crew shirt with the fleece blend, but it's not overly warm feeling the way it is textured on the inside. Perfect for night time shenanigans where you want just a bit of thickness to give a greater sense of warmth without having to bust out a hoodie. The body is a little slim cut, but not overly so which is great for a bigger guy like myself. Think Gene from wet hot american summer, but you don't have to cut the sleeves off, add a red bandana and some expert karate skills and you've got the perfect setup.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Stylish and functionality definitely come together with this shirt. Deus shirts typically run a bit too slim in the body for a bigger guy like myself, so if you have a wider body shape size up. The material is great, light weight enough for hot desert riding, but still feels durable enough to do whatever you get yourself into, and looks good doing it.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

One of my favorites to wear on a daily basis. A bit on the thick side for summer, but not overly so. It breaths pretty well for how thick the material feels. Very durable feeling material instilling confidence that I can go straight from work to camping without worry. The fit on it is great, not slim cut in the body, but not too wide cut either, just that traditional middle-ground between the two which is becoming harder to find it seems.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Great pant for everything. Comfortable enough to rock on the couch for a Netflix session, good looking enough to head to the bar for a stiffner. I would hesitate to wear them under my ski pants just because they are a little stiffer than sweatpants, but they could definitely work in a pinch. Good thickness to stay warm on brisk fall nights, but not quite thick enough to rock in a heavy storm. These are one of the more versatile weekend pants I own and definitely worth a buy. They are a little on the slim cut side, so size up if you want a bit more room in them for added comfort.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Which for me when I'm out camping or backpacking is basically just to charge my phone to take photos or listen to music around the fire. As mentioned before, a gopro would work too, but if you start adding more things, or want to charge something more like a DSLR camera or computer you may want to get the next tier up.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The sound quality on these is really nice. Great passive noise cancelling you get from the snug fit, allows for movement without having to re-adjust at all. With the snug fit did come some minor discomfort for me after multiple hours of use, but like Matthew I have a pretty large head so that was expected. The inline controls on the cable work as they should, answering calls, everything you would expect, and the microphone in there was great for call quality as well.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall this speaker is a great option. The sound quality is great in it's "indoor" mode. I would say that's the environment that this speaker excels in. Took it camping and used it in the "outdoor" mode. With that the sound quality went down a bit, but the volume level was great. Would make for a great speaker for bbq's out back, hanging out in the summer on the porch, things like that. In the camping environment I was a little nervous taking it out. It performed great but doesn't seem to have the high durability and weatherproofing features you find in other speaker options in this category (the Outdoor Technology Turtle shell, or the Skullcandy Air Raid).

When it comes down to it this is a speaker I would highly recommend if your looking for high quality sound out of a speaker that you would use around the house, or outdoor parties in less than extreme environments. Gives higher priced options like the Bose soundlink a run for it's money, at a lower price.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these boots for a couple seasons now, and I'd be hard pressed to say another would have done the job. First off this boot is stiff, not something for a beginner, but a very versatile boot for an aggressive or bigger skier. This is essentially the Cochise without a walk mode, making it feel stiffer and giving it a consistent flex feel. You can still swap out the soles between an alpine and tech sole block. I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking to do a lot of touring it, but the fact that you can swap those out is helpful for someone doing the occasional tour. I travel a lot so most of the time bringing more than one boot isn't an option. The lack of a walk mode doesn't make this the ideal choice for touring, but I use this boot for shorter hikes and unbuckle the upper to give some freedom of movement there. Any hikes longer than a couple hours and you'll see some blistering issues, but it's not really what this boot was built for anyway. As a daily driver it's the perfect boot. Stiff flex, supportive, and great energy transfer to the ski.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

I loved that the liner didnt pull out with my hand when I took the gloves off. I hate cheap gloves that dont hold on to the liners. My hands were never cold, even after working out in the snow for a few hrs. They were great gloves and would definitely run them as my primary pair.

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