ROBERT BETHKE

ROBERT BETHKE

Park City, Wasatch Mtns, Uinta Mtns, Sierra Range, Zion, Southern Utah deserts. Backcountry skier, hiker, mtn biker, backpacker.

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Robert's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Paddling

Robert's Bio

Luv the deep powder in the backcountry. Enjoy backpacking with light gear that works good. Working in the Finance Dept @ Backcountry.com since May, 2001. Have a son that I am integrating into the backcountry.

ROBERT BETHKE

ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

Used for mtn biking in the Park City area, got the white ones in a size large. Fit perfect, normal sizing. I typically use large gloves and these fit normal. There is a little velcro-like synch strap at the wrist for a snug fit. Nice compression padding in the palm. I like white so my hands don't get too hot, breath nice too. Great glove for the price.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

Like Dominick stated, this is great stuff. I like the smaller bottle to use for application of the Extreme Lube. When I got the large bottle, I had to shake it up for a minute to mix it together which was a little different for me. I too am a Park City based mtn biker, lots of dusty trails on the cross-country trails I seek so this stuff is ideal. Nothing like having well lubed equipment for excellent performance.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

Great product, bought this to keep at my yurt. Sort of like an insurance policy, it makes you feel better knowing you have it but you hope you don't need to use it. Knowing that emergency care is not close, being able to respond first comfortably really helps. This was not too big, yet has most everything I need for immediate care after an accident. I will throw a few other things in the kit like more bandages, some super glue, and more ibuprofen. There is plenty of room to add stuff. Then if I decide to travel somewhere exotic, this will be thrown in the backpack and I'll know I have everything.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on January 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought a pair of these for my son, he luvs them. Really warm, the gaunlet keeps the snow out, and they are made well. He is able to make awesome snowballs and has pelted me in the face a few times too! We also made some snow forts and dug a snow cave with these gloves on. The little "STOIC" red logo is placed in a cool place too. These are perfect for the little grom! My son fit into a XS size.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

4 5

I thought these might be too hot on me, I am one of those "hot foot" people. But no! They work great, perfect height to keep the dirt out (just over the ankle bone). You could use these multiple days without any issue and in just about any environment. These are a great deal too, the three pack is awesome. Get em while they last! Seriously.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

5 5

No stink, soft and comfy. I bought a bunch of these shirts and really like the look and feel. There is a little extra length so it doesn't crawl up my back when mtn biking. I hate doin laundry so I will use this a few times before I simply feel I must wash it, although it doesn't stink after a good workout. I just see the sweat salt lines so I visually feel it needs to be washed. Worked great on a week long backpack trip, just brought two of these shirts and everything worked out great. I am 5' 11' and 200 lbs, got an XL and it fits perfect.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on June 15, 2012

5 5

Great bag for the HUGE new 15" wide laptop they issued me here at work. I had a DaKine backpack but the new laptop would not fit so I had to upgrade. I am very pleased with the functionality of this bag. Lots of good adjustable webbing/straps with quick release buckles, things can be snugged up nicely. There are two internal storage areas, one fits the laptop and has an adjustable strap & buckle that holds it in place tightly. The other main compartment has plenty of room for all kinds of stuff including lots of side pockets that can hold and organize all the little things you need. The shoulder strap is comfortable and well made, it has an extra strap that will go around your waist to keep the bag tied to your body if you were cruising around on your bike (detachable cross-body strap). It has a water bottle holder on the side. Very durable fabric that will last, plus I chose the black color which shows little dirt yet looks professional. I used this traveling recently, it worked great as a carry-on while flying. Fit under the seat no problem. Patagonia made a functional, durable product that is made to last and meets the demands of today's mobile business world.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on April 27, 2011

Great filter, made me want to drink more!
5 5

Best filter ever. Just got back from a backpacking trip in southeastern Utah. Not much water around, have to plan your camps near various springs. Normally I would pump using the MSR MiniWorks with a reliable field serviceable ceramic filter cartridge due to potentially nasty water I would have to use deep in the desert. I took the MiniWorks along (1 lb) since I had not used the Autoflow Gravity Filter (14 oz) yet and wasn't sure about the filter clogging up. I thought it may last for a few days and then I would be pumping ...and pumping. But NO! I filled the red bag up with approx 5L of life giving "water" and started filling up my 1L Nalgene which took only 2 mins 10 secs. My buddy was psyched now that we basically had a water faucet, totally convenient. We would filter approx 8 liters a day and the flow rate was maintained until about the 25 liter point, when it took 2 mins 30 secs ....bummer! We felt like we were cheating! It was so easy we would just guzzle and cook with the 0.2 micron filtered gold whenever we wanted, no more pumping! No shoulder muscle pain after 5 days! It worked the entire trip (6 days) with no filter clog issues! Almost made me wonder if it was really filtering. Sure, I had to figure out the removal of bubbles around the filter, the backflow process too. No stress mon. Get it ...best gear upgrade I have had in years. And don't bring your MiniWorks as a backup ....ya don't need it.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

3 5

The shirt was a nice look but the sizing is way off, more than any shirt I have ever purchased. Since I am 5' 11" 200 lbs, I am typically an XL in shirts and after washing this shirt shrunk down to a Med to Large size (no kidding). If you are a Large, go with an XL. If you are an XL, go with a XXL.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

3 5

The shirt was a nice look but the sizing is way off, more than any shirt I have ever purchased. Since I am 5' 11" 200 lbs, I am typically an XL in shirts and after washing this shirt shrunk down to a Med to Large size (no kidding). If you are a Large, go with an XL. If you are an XL, go with a XXL.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

1 5

It tasted good but there was something in it that gave me the worst intestinal gas pains ever! I was backpacking in Zion Park, ate this the night before, started hiking thru Hop Valley and started to hear a concert of sounds coming from my gut. Explosive diarrhea then hit about every 5 mins all along my all day hike. I typically like most Mtn House food but this one was horrific. I understand the culprit might be some kind of soy based noodle ingredient. I will never again eat this one .....ever! Hated it! Stay away .....

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

The whole left/right sock thing is kinda different but they placed an easy to see "L" and "R" on the top of each sock that is easy to figure out when you are tired or completely drunk! The performance was excellent as they did not create blisters on the heel area. We were on a backpacking trip in Zion Nat'l Park and we had both cold and warm days, no issues either way. Get em.

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

Good stuff, reliable for energy restoration. Not hard on the stomach. It is a 2 Serving size ...but we all know this is perfect for one hungry person after a long hard day on the trail. Lots of sodium but I needed it on my hike-thru backpacking trip in Zion Nat'l Park, the desert can take it out of ya. You might want to bring along a french bread baguette, break it up into bite size chunks and throw it in the bag a few minutes after you add the hot water. It really adds to the meal. Enjoy!

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on April 5, 2010

5 5

I have owned a pair of these for quite some time so after they started to wear a little thin I had to get another pair. They are great for backpacking, day hiking, or whatever ....mostly I wear them around the home at night. The zipper pocket is nice so my cash doesn't fall out. I am a size 34 waist and the large size fits me perfectly. They expand a little and have a draw string. Get em, you will luv them. These are a MUST for anyone that likes comfort in the backcountry!

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ROBERT BETHKE wrote a review of on December 31, 2009

5 5

My six year old luvs these, we were sledding in very cold and snowy conditions for hours and his feet were warm and toasty. Easy to put on, the velcro-like strap at the ankle helps keep them on tight. He can sinch up the top with the easy to grab draw cord, even with his gloves on, to keep the snow from entering in from the top keeping him dry which is half the battle. Come on ...it's your kid, their comfort and happiness is worth the price of these great boots. Sorel is the best brand for warm and dry in winter.

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