Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin

New Mexico

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Ryan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Ryan's Bio

Heaven will be a place where every sunset dies beneath a mellow fire of crackling juniper as I soak in a bubbling jacuzzi nestled at the feet of all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks huddled together under a Van Gogh-like sky.

Reality has been pretty rad too: I spent much of my college life buzzing around the Américas practicing my Spanish in loud coffee shops and tiny restaurants that were converted out of people’s garages. When state-side, I was either slaloming not-so-steep hills on my university’s Alpine Ski Team (yeah, there’s skiing in Ohio...) or lacing up my mornings with muddy-calved trail runs on the only loop in town. After diplomeating myself, I thru-hiked the A.T. (Freedom!), married the woman I had fallen face-first in love with (Family!), and transplanted us into SW New Mexico (Mountains!). I currently hike and climb in the half-dozen nearby mountain ranges, practice yoga with a goofily huge smile on my face, and cook lentils and kale about as much as I can get away with.

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Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I found this light while searching for a "good headlamp for cycling," and I was impressed with the integration of the helmet-mounted headlamp and the rear red light. Although the price is a bit intimidating, you're getting two devices in one: a headlamp AND a rear safety light.

Installation: It took me 10min to get the light mounted on my Giro helmet since I was unfamiliar with the setup. Note: Light & Motion's website has additional installation pictures for clarification if you find yourself scratchin' the ol' noggin.

Impressions so far: I love that the light has a tilt adjustment, so you can dial it to point pretty much exactly where you want it to shine, and because it's on your helmet--rather than your handlebars--your light shines where you look, which means 360 degree visibility since handlebars are limited to pointing just in front of you.

I find the beam strength of the 360 PLUS is great for dark country roads, and even in neighborhoods here in NM where streetlights are not as common. The less bright of the two options (first option on the regular 360 model) is sufficient for most of my neighborhood rides when it's not pitch black out. I haven't used the strobe setting yet, but I'm glad that toggling between the lights doesn't include an option that turns the light off as is standard with most headlamps (you have to hold the button down to power it off). Also, I really like that the red light on the back can be turned off while leaving the front light on--helpful for not distracting riders behind me while off-roading.

What it's missing: One ding is that you can't really wear this light without a helmet, which is a bummer because I would love to take this thing hiking/running since it's so bright. Another improvement would be to add a toggle option so that the red light could be set to strobe for added protection, but the constant red light is still a BIG win for safety.

Overall, I'm really happy with the twin value of this light: It lights my way and watches my back. Ride on!

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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on September 16, 2014

This Leash Will Last Your For Years
5 5

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Wolfgang Man & Beast for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

This review is for the 4ft Black Latigo Leather Leash, and after using it about a dozen times now, I look forward to every walk so we can break it in just a little bit more each time. Just like your favorite pair of leather boots, this leash will bloom with age.

Starting at the base, the bolt snap is anodized black to match the black leather. The slider is flexy and the closure snaps shut like a mouse trap (read: no slip). The leash is secured to the bolt snap with a 1.5inch rectangle of stitching, and the base is stamped with -Made in America- so you can feel patriotic each time your clip into your dog's collar for a morning jaunt.

I went with the 4ft so that there is enough room for sniffing with minimal stray. The hand loop is secured with the same stitching as the base and is spacious enough for gloved hands come winter without feeling loose. The fleece lining keeps the leash firm in your hand when the temps are up, so there is no slipping in your paw while you are walking hers.

If you want a classic, black leather leash that's lined for comfort, WMB's Latigo Leash will crack the whip on quality.

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Ryan Conklin wrote a question about on August 30, 2014

I'm wondering about sizing here... I typically wear XL or XXL in winter gloves, but according to this sizing (my middle finger to base of palm is 9") I"m barely a LRG. Is this correct? (This IS my first pair of biking gloves, so maybe I'm just a noob.) Thanks!

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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

PICK UP YOUR DOG when terrain gets tough
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this harness because it's essentially the ruffwear approach pack sans side pockets. The harness is well constructed, stitching is strong, material is durable---typical ruffwear quality.

My dog is 30lbs and the SM fits her. I primarily bought this harness so that I can more easily/safely transport her up/down difficult terrain, and it is much better than having her carry an empty ruffwear approach pack when I'm doing all the carrying.

It's great for carrying your dog and shouldn't add to overheating during summer hikes given it's small surface area (compared to a pack).

One improvement: make it in more colors than red & grey.

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