Rich F

Rich F

Employee

Salt Lake City/Park City

Rich F's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Surfing
Skiing

Rich F's Bio

My story is not uncommon for those living in Salt Lake City. I moved here to ski/go to school. I finished up the school thing, so now I just ski, hike, bike, fly fish, backpack, surf when I can get away, and enjoy the mountains.

When I'm not outside, you can find me working in the Backcountry.com Retail Store at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City. Come on in and check it out!

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs

I purchased these as my Shaman's were a bit too uncomfortable for a full day of climbing. After breaking these shoes in for a full day I was amazed at the functionality of this shoe and the comfort provided. If I am planning to spend a lot of time climbing during the day these are my go to shoes. A great balance of comfort and performance.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

A must have shirt for a hot summer! The material is extremely comfortable and naturally stretches with body movement. The extra length in the back is a great addition. I absolutely love this shirt! It should be noted that the red color of the shirt is much brighter than pictured above.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the original SMART belay device and loved it's functionality so much that I upgraded to the alpine belay. This device is great for belaying, and gives a nice piece of mind as it auto locks when prompted. Great for lowering and belaying from a top anchor as well! Great device at a great price!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 1, 2016

Perfect little pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me preface this by saying I'm a bit of a backpack/bag addict. I have a bag for just about everything, each with its own specific purpose. For what I use the Index15 for, it's perfect! This is my go-to light day pack and packable daypack for longer backpacking trips. For city use, I use my Fjallraven Kanken so this is the one I grab for more technical use. The compartments are great! There's an internal pocket for a hydration bladder or to keep your water bottle separate from your other items. In my case, that's crucial since I usually carry a camera and don't want it to get wet from condensation from the water bottle. There's also a small, internal zipper pocket that holds my phone, sunglasses, etc. without crushing them. The larger external pocket is great for snacks, sunscreen and things I want easily accessible.
The straps on this are basic, thin, nylon straps but distribute the load perfectly (but really, how much load is there in a 15l pack). The weight and packability of this are a great feature, but while wearing it it somehow manages to have some structure.
This pack is replacing my older Cierzo 18 (the one with the cinch top). This new, fully zippered closure is more confidence inspiring and should undoubtedly keep moisture out better.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This square cooking iron is extremely versatile and will add a nice array of food options to your next camping trip. With a price point below twenty dollars this product is a no brainer! After a few trial and error sessions you will be cooking like a pro. Be careful not to get the iron too hot. I have cooked several eggs, cinnamon rolls, pies, and sandwiches with this tool. This is an awesome addition to the weekend camping trip, and a great gift idea.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs

This is a great advanced shoe for someone looking to take their climbing to the next level. The shoe definitely runs small, but will stretch out about 1/2 size after use. The aggressive shape makes it easy to find a foothold on the smallest piece of rock. All of this being said, my feet are definitely looking forward to taking these shoes off after a long climb.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

For days where I don't fee like wearing a T shirt or button up, there's this one. Regular fit is comfortable and true to size. The Dri-Fit material is great. I own a handful of Nike or Hurley shirts because of this material. It's one of the better cotton/poly blends for the price.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I have a couple pairs of the Clarks Desert Boot so I knew what to expect in terms of size and quality. Similar to the desert boot, these fit pretty large - size down if you're in between sizes. The quality is great and the styling is perfect for what I need them for. Weddings, classy events, etc. Overall they've been awesome, have gotten some compliments and are comfortable.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs

I got these for my lady friend who has a pretty tiny face. The style is perfect but they're a tad wide between the arms. To the extent that they fall off her face if she is active in them. I've had Raen shades before and the quality has been great so this is just a fit issue.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs

They're just what I needed. I have a pair of Chaco flips that I use for anything on the more technical side. For around the yard, vacation, etc., these are great. Soft, comfy foam top and lighter strap.
I got an 8 and they fit relatively true to size. I'd say if you're between sizes, size down. I always recommend that for flip flops.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 29, 2016

Just what I've been looking for!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had my 2007 Tacoma for about a year now. I had considered going the camper shell route but they're super expensive and I frequently haul a snowmobile that would require me to take the shell off and store it... and who has space to store a fiberglass shell half the year? Not me.
This tent is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It still allows me to pack enough for 6 people to go car camping (coolers, tents, duffels, firewood, cooking supplies, etc.) and have the tent sit over it all. I ended up getting some crossbars from a company called Relentless Offroad, which have been absolutely perfect. They're really simple and rated to hold a lot of weight and with the tent packed down it sits level with the top of my cab. The bars hold the tent about 8" above my bed rails giving perfect access to whatever I have under it.
The tent itself: This thing is heavy as hell, but once it's up on your rig I doubt you'll be taking it off until the end of the season. Myself and one other person were able to get it up there easily. Assembly is simple if you just follow the directions. Everything feels sturdy, from the zippers to the mesh to the nylon itself. Since weight isn't an issue you can tell that Tepui went with burly materials that will last.
As simple as it sounds, one of the best parts of this set up is the pad itself. I've never slept so comfortably on a camp trip. I had myself, another person and two dogs and still had plenty of space. It's much longer than a standard 3-person tent which was great for the dogs. Also, the interior walls are much more vertical than any other tent i've been in so at one point, during a storm, had 4 people and two dogs sitting up and still had room for two more people.
Overall, the design is great and I'm hyped to used it for more car camping trips this year. It's so nice being able to just flip it open and be ready to go!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the price, you can't beat this bike. DB advertises it as a do anything, gravel, light trail, commuter, etc. bike While I wouldn't take it on anything much more than a gravel/fire road, I'll admit it feels plenty sturdy. My main use is commuting, and at $700 retail there's not reason to not add it to your quiver. I live in SLC where hills are plentiful, depending on where you live. Previously I was using a single speed which was usually fine, but there are times where I A) want a lower gear going up hill or B) want a higher gear for hauling ass when it's flat. The 1x9 configuration on this has the PERFECT range of gears for where I live. The more upright position is comfortable, the disc brakes are solid and so far all of my expectations have been met. The beefier wheels are way better than my traditional 25mm single speed wheels, making me a little more confident after a few drinks. Oh, I also love the option of being able to add panniers and fenders.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I own several pairs of Janoski Max shoes and thought I'd give these a try. the fit, construction, etc. is the same. These have a better heel pocket that keeps my heel in place. I've not skated them, but they're my go-to daily shoe for the time being.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far so good! Maybe it's just because it's new, but opening the lock with the key is much easier than previous locks i've owned. With some, it's a struggle to get the key in and the flat part is a pain to get off the U. this one works flawlessly.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

For the price, you can't beat it. The material isn't anything super special, but it's a great fit and the faded style is awesome. This will be a staple in my closet this summer.

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