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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!

Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

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

RVCA makes the best button ups and this is no exception. The material on this flows nice and looks good. Can't wait to rock it more as the temps rise this spring. Fit wise this shirt is on the medium to slim side. I like it like that. If you've had other "that'll do" models, you know what to expect here. Size wise, I fall between a M and L in these, but went L here.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

I bought this as a gift for my friend and he as the following to say about it:

I got this sleeping pad along with the Therm-A-Rest Saros 33 Synthetic. Together they work great. The temps plummeted down to the low 30s after a hiking in the low 70s all day and I stayed fairly warm. I was able to move around without slipping off the pad which is great because I toss and turn a lot. The pads self inflation worked fairly well but it took a while to really squeeze all the air out. It maintained its air wonderfully throughout the night. Overall this is a great set up for me.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

4 5

I bought this as a gift for a friend. He has the following to say about it-

I bought this bag along with the Therm-A-Rest ProLite plus sleeping pad. Together they work great. The temps plummeted down to the low 30s after a hiking in the low 70s all day. The low fill in the bottom of the bag wasn't an issue but I wouldn't recommend this bag without the sleeping pad attached. I was able to move around without slipping off the pad which is great because I toss and turn a lot. I do wish the bag was a little more compatible however. Overall I am happy with this set up.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Overall this pack is great. So far I have taken it on a overnight trip in southern Utah. It was a very hot day and the mesh air vent did a wonderful job of keeping air flow between my back and the pack. It was very comfortable and the hip swing in the belt worked well. I appreciate the wide array of pockets as I tend to be compulsive about organization. I look forward to more adventures with this pack.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on March 15, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this hat. It's has a nice lightweight feel and a medium depth. My only caveat is I found the back clasp to not stay shut very well compared to some similar hats. This has in some ways made the hat unusable. Brixton should step their game up there.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

I bought this as a gift for my dad. He has a large head and always struggles to find a helmet that fits him right. Step in the Giro Nine, with adjustable fit and larger sizes. Can't be beat. Plus the protection and functionality is great as well.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a carry on bag that would hold up to rugged abuse, including the rolling wheels. I like ho Dakine uses skate style wheels on these that are less likely to get caught like the rollerblade wheels. They're also lower profile. The telescoping arm seems pretty burly as well. Inside the main compartment, you get the max space to pack this thing to the brim. On the outside you have 2 pockets. I like using the bigger one for ipad etc and the smaller one for my wallet, phone etc. This bag rocks.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Hard to go wrong with any probe, but it seems you have to balance length, weight, and price when looking around for one. This BCA 270 seems about the right length, I'm not one to stress much over weight, and the price seemed pretty reasonable. It deploys quickly and easily, stays locked in place until your done, and collapses pretty simply. I was a little surprised to find that a longer probe isn't a bad idea- I probe around 230 cm of snow recently in Utah while just poking around, but overall, I think I made the right choice. 5 star

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

A snow saw might not be something you'll use everyday, but when your out there and do need one, whipping one out of your shovel is probably the most convenient thing ever, plus it's pretty badass to whip something right out your handle and start hacking away at a branch or cutting snow into bricks. Can't say its the lightest shovel in the world, but I'm not one to count ounces, so overall this thing gets the job done in all the right ways for me.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I first started heading into the backcountry, I was trained with a Tracker 2, arguably one of the simplest beacon interfaces that can be used. So when it came time to get my own gear, I decided to spend the few extra bucks and drop in to the Tracker 3. I love the small, sleek size, the screen is clear and easy to use, I like having the ability to track multiple burials, (though I hope to never have to worry about it!) and while not terribly important, the bleeps, blips, and boops sound like something from Galaga in the 80s. Biggest complaint is the removal of the "pull to search" feature of the Tracker 2- now you pull a little switch and twist a small knob, which is a slight pain in the ass to use with mitts or gloves on.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased one of these to replace one I've had for 10 years. Yes, 10 years with no issues. Just a little haggard looking from traveling. These bags hold up amazingly well considering the abuse the airlines put them through. The materials, zippers, and skate style wheels make them bombproof. Great product!

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

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

I would call this a slightly slim fit crew neck. Overall I like that fit and was happy this had it. The fit is also slightly boxy in the shoulders. Great features include the stealthy front pockets and super soft mixed blend fabric. 10/10 would buy again.

Fit wise, I am normally a L and went L in this.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these for my girlfriend, as she had a pair of lashes from a few years ago that were worn out. It's of my opinion that 32 runs a little more snug than most brands (Burton, Salomon etc). I would say the same for these. You're either going to want your street shoe size or .5 bigger. I also suggest getting these heat molded or at least putting some time in them at home before going on hill. The liner needs to form. Once formed, these are hard to beat. Lightweight, comfy and a great medium flex. Plus I love the traditional lace.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

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

I was looking for a pair of urban boots. Coming from a skate background, these caught my eye. My favorite feature in the liner. It holds your foot in place well, giving it the support it needs to be comfy all day. Size wise, I found these to fit as I expected them. I wear 9.5 in vans etc and these fit the same.

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