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ROBERT BETHKE

ROBERT BETHKE

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

ROBERT BETHKE's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

ROBERT BETHKE'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.

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ROBERT BETHKEwrote a review of on July 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this for mtn biking and it is so much better than my old MULE. A little more room, nice pockets and features within. The bladder is great, a quarter turn and you have the lid on tight (no more leaks). This packs has everything you need to carry the essentials for mtn biking. Hand down, this is my favorite pack to date.

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ROBERT BETHKEwrote a review of on July 3, 2015

4 5

I got these because I HATE wires! Full disclosure, I have been using Bose ear phones for years and luv them but wanted to try a wireless option. I tested these JayBird's on 3 mtn bikes rides. While the sound quality was nice, the earbud didn't fit my ear hole well and it would not stay in my ear properly requiring constant adjustment which isn't safe to do while riding your mtn bike obviously. It comes with 3 different sized earbuds for various ear sizes, I tried them all and no luck. Wireless was nice but they don't have the ear hole fit dialed yet. The Bose SoundSport earphones work much better with my ear hole so I returned these JayBirds and purchased a new pair of Bose SoundSport earphones. My mtn bike rides are much more enjoyable with the Bose earphones. If only the JayBird BlueBuds had the Bose earphone, they would be awesome! Thus the reason for the 4 star rating instead of 5. I guess Bose has a patent on their earphone design, it works better than any other I have tried.

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ROBERT BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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 BETHKEwrote 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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