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Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheeler

Gearhead

Brighton, PCMR, Lands of Utah

Rich Wheeler's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Surfing
Climbing
Yoga

Rich Wheeler's Bio

I've been in the outdoor industry since 2002. Been with Backcountry since 2008. I love this stuff. Shred on!

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Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been an avid Holden fan for over 10 years. I've always enjoyed their take on fit. I was looking for a pair of relaxation/yoga pants and decided to give these a go. First off, I am a 32-33" waist. I wear a medium in most pants. The medium barely fit. This coming from a guy who wears slim denim (Krew K-Slim, RVCA Spanky etc). I traded up for a L. The fit feels right and still very slim. Choose your size accordingly.

My only other gripe with these is that I can feel the knee seams on my skin a little too much. If they weren't so slim, it wouldn't be a big deal, but they are.

All in all, these are unique and have their quirks.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket/flannel is one of my favorites. It's my go to 30F-60F jacket. I could probably wear it down to the low 20s, but then I would switch to something else. Beyond the style and reversibility, I love the fit. I want to say its a slightly long/slim fit but in a size down way. For example, I like the long/style fit. I am normally a L. I went M in this and it was perfect.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is great. It's comfortable, has perfectly positioned gear loops and the wide hip and leg bands are super comfortable. They designed a great system to keep straps out of the way after you tighten them. I recommend this harness for anyone trying to send.

Fit wise, I'm a 32" waist. Ordered the small and then returned it for a medium. FYI

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pack. Once again Osprey has thought of everything. From a really easy to access hydration bladder to super functional zipper handles. This may be only a 14 liter but It can easily fit as much as a standard 20 liter bag. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to stow everything you need for a day hike. The shoulder straps hug in close enough to allow free range of motion with your arms. I am a big fan.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

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

I gave this as a gift to my hardcore climber buddy. He had previously owned the Compound hoodie and was in need of some new threads. He had the following to say after using it a couple times -

"It works great. Tight fitting, super breathable and stylish. I tend to wear it around town as well. Fits tightly, so I can't fit much more than a t-shirt underneath. It's also not as warm as I would like but if you team it up with a good under layer they get the job done."

He is 5' 9", 150lbs and the medium worked great.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

If you enjoy a little bit of everything, then this is the shoe. Great downturn for steep overhangs. Stiffer onyxx rubber for edging on slabs. Excess toe rubber for jamming in cracks. Like all Five Ten shoes in my experience they size a little small. I fit a size bigger than my street shoe.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Niche brings a lot to market with all their boards: Environmentally friendlier construction, a great brand story, a rad team, and boards that perform. They've scored numerous awards over the past few years. I've ridden hundreds of snowboards and this is the one I choose the Aether to be my main. What sold me was the boards versatile ability. It felt comfortable riding pow, slashing groomers and hitting up the park. It's rare to find a board that can do 2 of these, let alone 3. It accomplishes this with a perfect medium flex, a unique take on magnatraction and a slightly directional shape. I'd like to call out the magnatraction specifically because it is a little different than the Mervin brands. It is more aggressive in the center of the board and mellows at the contact points. I found this to cut down on any tick tocking feelings when flat lining into a jump or feature.

Size wise, I ride a 10 boot, am 5'11", 165 lbs and I ride the 156.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I bought these as a gift for my girlfriend. She was estatic at first but they ended up not jiving for her. The front tounge kind of sticks out far which detracts from the look for her. She also found the sizing very small. She has other Sorels in a 7.5 that fit bigger than the 8 in there. Make sure to size up!

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These pants are what you would expect from Smartwool. Made from the best materials, good fit etc. These are a great addition for camping, a cold hike or under ski/snowboard pants. I'm a 32" waist and the Medium was great. Would buy again and again.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This hoodie brings in a versatile package for camping, climbing and basically doing anything in the outdoors. Keeps you warm and protected. I found the sizing to be what I expected. I am 5'11", 170lbs and the L felt right.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Imagine you're climbing on loose rock. You reach your right hand up for what seems like a great hold. You grip. Your left leg loses contact, shifting your weight to the right. Next thing you know, you've pulled a grapefruit size rock off the wall and lost your hold. The rock falls out of your hand and lands square on you belayer's head. They're knocked out. If you're using a normal ATC, you're F*'d. With the gri gri 2, the body weight of your belayer mixed with the snag feature of the gri gri means you're just dangling there waiting for your buddy to wake up or for help to arrive. This is why I use the gri gri2.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was hoping this would be a flannel I could wear around the office. It felt to me to be too thick and more of an actual jacket. I would say if you're looking for jacket or for a flannel to snowboard in, this would be great. If you're looking for a casual longsleeve, look elsewhere.

I am 5'11" and purchased a large. I decided it was too big and returned it. I didn't like the thickness, so I didn't exchange.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have this shirt in the natural color. It's kind of wild but in a good way. A few design features I will note:

The fit is a standard relaxed fit. I wouldn't call this slim.

The sleeves are almost elbow length. They are longer than average. Kind of an early 90s style.

Fit wise, I am 5'11" 165 and went with a large. I was probably between M and L overall, meaning this shirt fits slightly big. I'm fine with it though.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This lightweight flannel makes for a great fall shirt. This is RVCA's regular fit. I would personally call it slightly slim but not as slim as their "That'll do" shirts. I am 5'11" 165 and the Large felt right for me. I probably could have squeezed into a medium, but I prefer a tiny bit extra room over the squeeze.

One other note is that the colors are slightly darker than the pictures portray. In a good way I think.

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