Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoff

Employee

Park City, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Jackson Hole.

Rob Wykoff's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Rob Wykoff's Bio

Raised in New England, moved to Jackson Hole in 2003 and joined Backcountry.com in 2006. Currently the Senior Buyer of Men's Apparel, living in Park City, UT.

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Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is an update to the Pegasus 32, a shoe that fit my foot perfectly. Fortunately, the new Pegasus 33 fits great too, and I like the slightly updated aesthetic and colors. These are great shoes for running, going to the gym, and wearing as an everyday sneaker. Fit is true to size.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs

Finally, some mountain bike shorts that fit and function like they ought to. Plenty of pockets, great waist fit and good length for XC/AM riding, below the knee and roomy, but not Juggalo. Belt loops are great because those adjustment tabs always wear out, and they can't handle the weight of pockets full of food and tools. These don't come with an integrated chamois, but that's fine; I'd rather wear bibs made for biking underneath than suffer through another poor excuse for a built-in diaper. Fabric is light, stretchy, and breathable, but seems tough enough after a few rides. Reflective hits are nice, I guess, but I don't ride at night very much. My only gripe would be that the styling is just a hair on the flashy/techy side with the neon mesh accents (that just provide ventilation for the cargo pockets? Weird.) but I'll take it. In fact, I'll take two.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, this is a good fitting and good looking helmet with some great features, but one fit issue that might be a dealbreaker for me. On the plus side, you have memory foam padding, BOA adjustment, and a slick magnetic clasp. On the minus side, the BOA system sits low in back and pushes the whole helmet up if you look uphill, and you can't move the system upward to compensate for this. The magnetic clasp is cool, but since it doesn't have that familiar feel like a quick release buckle, it actually takes a second longer for me to connect than my old helmet. And the visor is not adjustable. I think I will end up returning this helmet and going with a Smith Forefront, despite the extra cash.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs

Picked up a couple of these in various colors. They fit great, feel cool, and don't chafe. There's a little lens cleaning cloth stitched into the side hem, but that's about the only extra feature. Fine by me. I find they run true to size and fit like a tee shirt, not baggy like a freeride jersey, but not tight like a road jersey. For some reason the black seems to fit slightly smaller than the red, but it might just be me. If you want to fit pads underneath or you like some extra room, size up, but beware the neck might fit a bit wide.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought to replace a 4-year-old Black Diamond Storm I lost in the swamp while duck hunting. Turns out camouflage is hard for humans to find as well; who knew? Anyway, this one is smaller, and red so I hopefully won't lose it. The functions are a little harder to learn, but I've only had it for a short time. It is definitely brighter, and the batteries (according to the packaging) last longer. The battery compartment is also much easier to access and seems more robust. Time will tell if it holds up like my old one, but so far it seems to be a nice little lamp.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs

Got this for friends, and here is their review:

We are a family force to be reckoned-with in this sweet ride. The Thule Glide 2 handles really well both on and off-road, it's a beast on the hills, it has a nice cargo area underneath, good adjustable handle bar design with hand-break, & easily removable wheels for packing tight in the family car (or up top in the Thule Cargo Box). I'm also consistently surprised that even though it looks so massive, it fits through any normal doorway. And since it's important -whether your gear is a slick new mountain bike or a double jogging stroller - I'll mention it's a good looking ride was well. I will say 2 things that I think Thule should work on for the next model: 1) the locking foot break is easy to engage, but a little too difficult to disengage. 2) the most upright seated position for our toddler is still pretty far reclined. I could also see where this may have benefit to the design elsewhere...

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on August 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thule just seems to make great products. This is my first Cargo box and it does not disappoint. First off, I find it sneaky how much gear it is able to accommodate. It was also really easy to install. We actually choose not to leave it on top of our SUV and I'm able to store it in the garage, and lift, place & install by myself in under 10 minutes prior to a trip. Though driver side works best for my situation, I do think it's awesome that the side it opens and locks from is interchangeable. My only minor criticism thus far is that the plastic 'handle' on the side is actually shallowly screwed in, so it will break if you apply a significant amount of force (like trying to jam too much in the cargo box). My suggestion would be for them to glue it as well as a 'belt & suspenders'.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am absolutely hooked on my new Avex water bottle. It doesn't leak, is easy to use and fits in most cup holders in cars (a big plus for me, as having my Nalgene rolling around the car is not only annoying, but extremely inconvenient when you're driving and get thirsty).

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a huge fan of Osprey's Hydration Reservoirs - they are durable, lightweight and have a fantastic hose/valve system that works well every time and doesn't leak. I am also a huge fan of the magnetic valve that it comes with - just attach half of it to your shoulder strap, and the valve will never be dangling or out of reach (this is a great feature for mountain biking, as taking a drink become second nature and is easy to do on even the roughest trails.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I got the POC Index Air Adjustable Gloves about a month ago and have had them out for 15 rides so far. I am quite pleased so far, as they fit nice and snug, breathe well through the top of the hand, and the silicone print allows me to use my iPhone without taking off my gloves - making finding just the right song nice and easy. So far, so good.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the Smith Forefront Helmet roughly a month ago and am very pleased with my purchase so far. The Forefront is a very comfortable helmet right out of the box, with only minimal tweaks needed to dial-in the fit. You can move the VaporFit retention system in the back by snapping it out and moving it up or down. Personally, I moved it down a notch, so when I tightened the click wheel, it was properly secured at the lower-back part of my head.
The honeycomb Aerocore makes this a very protective, yet light and breathable lid, and the adjustable visor is a nice touch - I have been pushing it up and out of my line of sight on especially steep climbs. All in all, I would highly recommend the Smith Forefront to anyone looking for a new cross country or enduro mountain bike helmet.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just ordered a second color of the Icebreaker Sphere T-shirt, as it is one of the best shirts I've worn. It is extremely functional as the other reviews mention, but has a classic look that brings great style and versatility. Wear it traveling, because it doesn't stink even after multiple days (thanks Merino Wool), or Running, Hiking or Mountain Biking because it stays cool when the temps rise thanks to the Tencel blend.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just got the Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoodie for a trip to the Bahamas - I wanted to make sure I was fully protected from the July sun (yes, July in the Bahamas is a hot and humid as you imagine it is). The Tropic Comfort Hoodie was the perfect shirt for spending the entire day out on the water - I really like the loose, breezy fit and lightweight material - not only does it block the sun, it's also keeps you feeling cool. The hood and button-up collar are critical for those times when you need comprehensive sun protection. Fit is true to size.

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