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Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton

Cooper's Rocks WV, Oakland Maryland, Mt. Washington NH

Ryan's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Camping
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Ryan's Bio

Spend most of my time dreaming up my newest adventures. Have been climbing for some years. Enjoy single pitches and top ropes, bouldering. Also XC ski as often as the fickle PA weather allows. Run in the summer, and Bike as long as there isn't ice on the ground. Just love the outdoors.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on January 26, 2014

1 5

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

I would love to give these an in depth review, but I have never gotten to use them. I ordered a medium for a size 9.5 Peregrine Saucony. Way below the suggested size. I went to strap them on and they wouldn't even reach the gaiter loop on the forefoot. I tried to adjust them but to no avail. I'm actually kinda pissed at BC because I was out of the country for a while and never got to get back to return the, Apparently, BC now requires returns over 90 days to have the tags on them. Poor move guys, might look elsewhere for my gear.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on January 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these so I could run my iPhone on shorter jaunts without having to take my gloves off to respond to an email.txt.

They work great, probably the best touch gloves I've owned. PLENTY warm. Like maybe too warm. I wore them on an 8 miler in 10 degree weather and they wetted out after the first few miles. No biggie, they were still warm, but the range for them is WAY lower than 30-40 degrees. I couldn't imagine running in these suckers in weather above 20 or so. Great product, just break them out when the fair weather winter runners are stuck inside because of the wind/snow....

Run on!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

Grizzy fo Shizzy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Sported these for my first ultra marathon. Kept me dry and "supported" the whole way. They wicked fantastically. While my merino wool shirt soaked through, these bad boys stayed completely dry on an 85 degree day with 25% humidity, for 50 miles. Awesome short. They look great too for wearing to bonfires with a hoody. Buy em UP!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

Update!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Rocked these on a 50 miles Ultra. 50% roads, 50% trails. Man did they perform. As I said before, watch the roads, but expecting the stride differential, I made up for it and ran like I was in flats. So comfortable. I was among the only of a 100 person field that didn't change up my shoes at the transition zone from trail to road. I had confidence in the shoe, and it paid off.
Grab em up. What a fantastic shoe. And the color is BA!!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

The Bombdiggity;Watch the Advo Run Time
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought this watch for training and leading up to me first 50 mile Ultramarathon. The pace features are fantastic, as well as the altimeter and temp gauges. I actually owned a Suunto Core previously. (returned due to condensation in the face) The advertised run time with full GPS features is around 30 hours. I thought this would be more than enough charge time to get me through a 50M. I was wrong. Like, 40 seconds wrong!

The watch was awesome! Kept me on pace, kept me motivated. Kept track of my calories burned, elevation changes, miles ran. But I started to get a little concerned when I reached mile 48 and the watch started to flash the battery on the bottom. I knew from experience with other watches, that this meant the watch was a few hours from expiring. I was wrong again. With less than a mile to go, the watch pooped out. When I got onto Movescount.com, I loaded my track, 49.2 miles. I was so disappointed. My frist ultra, and I was cut short by only a few minutes and less then 8 tenths of a mile.

On president, I sent it back. I finished the race in 11 hours and 53 minutes. WAY under the 30-50 hour GPS functionality advertised.

On the other hand, this thing is sweet! It looks fantastic, works like a dream, and the pacing feature is unrivaled. But keep your rambles to under 12 hours if you want to track your whole series.

RUNR UN!!!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

4 5

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

I have put around 30 mile son these since purchasing them. I purposefully did a half road half trail route to see if I could break the shoe down.
The off road traction is wonderful. Super sticky, the lugs are both forward and rearward facing. It offers great grip both up and downhill. The shoe breaths very well and the cushioning is prime. I would say it is a true minimalist hybrid. IT certainly has more support than the 0 drop shoes, but the 4mm drop is great for trail feel. Watch them on the roads though. I wasn't quite prepared for the minimal transition and dealt with some tendon strain until I changed my form to accommodate.
The materials seem high quality.
Overall, I look forward to grinding in these for a couple hundred miles.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When UD says they've thought of everything...they have.
This vest is remarkable. The materials are tough! The fit is fantastic. The straps are easy to adjust on the run, the pockets are easily accessible (lets face it, this is the reason for a race vest).
Some highlights: The materials stretch to fit any body type. The Cuben Fiber is so thin, but super tough (Looks for it in shells soon). The stretch material in the back of the pack shrinks along with a bladder, should you care to carry one, and doesn't let a single thing jingle or jangle. The pockets under the arms are wonderfully placed, easy to grab a phone on the run. The Gel pack pockets are in great positions.
I can't say enough about this vest. It comes with 2 ultra hightech nipple bottles that won't spill a drop. I must say, when I opened it, I had some serious reservations due to the tiny size, but man is this thing perfect. Totally worth the investment.

Do yourself a favor and buy one.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 7, 2013

Like a squishy bear hug for your feet
5 5

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

I bought these just last week before running a 10K road race. My old pair of Adidas had run their course, and I needed a new pair. I was fitting at a professional store and was told I had a neutral gate. I ran in both these and the "precision" and these just had amazing cushioning. These days, the difference in weight between a race shoe and a trainer is negligible. I have logged around 30 miles on these this week and haven't had any issues. My legs feel great at the end of long runs. I have a few blisters in new spots, but lets face it. We're runner right. Blisters just happen. Stop wining and deal.
Overall, really happy with them. Good support. Great product Mizuno!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had this for 2 seasons of winter mountaineering. Its latest test was on the summit of Mount Washington, NH in -40F with 50MPH winds. I didn't feel a thing. While my less than prepared compatriots shivered. I was able to stay still, after climbing the 4000 feet from Pinkham, on the summit for an hour before I started to get cold, and even then I blame my legs for this. This jacket is awesome for cold, sedate activities like cold belays and enjoying your top out...

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

Nice time-piece...wish I still had it
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So I bought the Core as a grad present for myself after getting my MS. I fell in love instantly. The watch is pretty large, for those of us that like the oversized face look. The functions are easy to learn, it only took me 10 mins. The barometer/altimeter is pretty fickle, but most watches of this design are. IT is importante to reset the alti as often as you can with known altitudes (summits, valleys, and base camps) as needed to keep you honest. The storm alarm has saved me more than once when I was ignorant to ignore the weather.
My only complaint is a common one for this piece, it fogs up pretty badly once you dunk it. It really is waterproof!! All of the functions worked fine after a 10M underwater snorkel in the Cayman's , but after that, the fog never went away. I returned it for this reason only. But kinda wish I didn't...really wish I didn't...That's it! I'm buying another one...

Buy em up! Great watch! Easy to use! Sick looks! Screams Explorer!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Love these. Bought them for a semi-dress glove that would double as an emergency set in my glove-box. So far, So good. Dexterity is OK? The material is very thick, but they are indeed warm. Absolutely NOT wind/water resistant, but thats not what they are designed to do. If you are looking for a glove to keep your phalanxes feeling nimble and warm while watching your favorite winter sporting event from the stands...these are your gloves.

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Ryan Hampton wrote an answer about on June 27, 2013

The jacket is really warm in minimal...

The jacket is really warm in minimal activity down to the 40's, and much lower if you are active. I use mine in the WV mountains during winter bouldering. (see pick). I just put on a P-gonia R1 underneath and this thing keeps you WAY warm. The spandex panel in the back wicks well and lets the garment breath. I would say its pretty bomber for wind also. I love mine. WILL BUY ANOTHER ONCE IT GOES THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. Which will hopefully be some time to come.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

Warm & Comfy
4 5

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

I bought this piece almost 4 years ago. It has become an essential layering piece in the early spring and late fall. Great for hanging around campfires and throwing on over a fleece longsleeve after a day of climbing. The insulation offers an effective layer, and the sleeve-less-ness adds good airflow to keep moisture down. I've even used mine as an emergency pillow.
Really solid shell material. I had to snag it on a nail to break the membrane, and the tear stopped without destroying the piece. A little thread fixed it up.
Nice addition to any wardrobe and looks spiffy too!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on June 3, 2013

Long Lasting...Incredible Stretch
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I've had this rope for 3 years now. It is by and large, an incredible rope; probably the best I've had.

I've used it in several conditions, both wet and dusty dry, and it keeps taking the punishment. It performs smoothly and securely in every condition. It flakes out like a champ, has NEVER knotted up on me, and feels great under tension.

The stretch is wonderful on trad and sport falls. I've described it to my friends as "being ferried down to earth by angels"; when you take a serious whipper. It has had at least 3 hard falls, all of where at least 10 feet above the previous placement, and the "landing" was as soft as a baby's buttocks. Used it for toproping for an entire season (before I knew better); the rope was very comfortable here as well.

I will be retiring her soon, to my great chagrin but not to her defectiveness, just have a rule I have, "3 and through". She will make great anchor loops for the retrievable rappels.

Mammut makes truly unparalleled gear. You won't be disappointed.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I wore these bottoms on a recent winter ascent of Mt. Washington, NH. The temps were hovering around -10F with 40-50mph winds. They wicked and dried incredibly fast. They kept me warm at rest stops, and for the summit photos. I really liked the 3/4 length. It left enough room for a liner and expedition sock without constricting the boot interface. After the climb, draped them over a chair and they dried in about an hour. The next morning, they smelled like I just took them out of the package. Definitely worth the cash. Will never buy another synthetic again.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this Jacket a few years back. I've actually owned 2.(not a wear problem, just liked the Chanel blue more than the black)

Got it primarily for running around town. I began using it as an additional "over midlayer" on cold belays. It works really well for this purpose. It also is slim enough that you can wear it through short sections, rather than having to take it off like a thick puffy. The porous construction allows it to breath VERY well, and the lining wicks exceptionally well. Again, due to the loose knit fabric, it dries quickly, and I've never had the traditional odor problems like I have had with other synthetics. It will also turn heads as it is a super unique piece. Definitely grab one. Full price is totally worth it.

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