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Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton

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

Ryan Hampton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Ryan Hampton'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.

Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

Keeps your Wig on Straight!
5 5

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

I have worn Buffs for many years now. the Newest addition to the collection, UV Shortie, is just as versatile, just as effective.
BTW I have a HUgE dome, and this is the only headwear I can sport for longer than 45 mins without triggering a level 5 migraine. Built for the Cro-Magnons out there. EMBRACE THE DOME!! Buy Buff...

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

Fatigue Killers!!
5 5

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

I wore these the entire 70 miles and 12,000 feet of elevation gain of the LHHT UItra in June. I usually shy away from compression gear during long runs because I feel it causes compensation injuries. But these gave me excellent support, breathed relatively well, and DEFINITELY helped with recovery. I actually went on a 5 miler the day after the ultra marathon. Buy 'em, you'll love 'em.

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

Wow! What a difference...
5 5

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

I wore this for the first 46 miles of the LHHT 70 Mile Ultra in June. Wicked like a champ, dried amazingly fast, no chaffing, no fuss. Even smelled new out of box the next day without washing! ( I'm not kidding ). This piece is super versatile. Great lounge wear, obviously superb running apparel. Totally worth the investment. Every piece of IceBreaker I have has lasted years, still retains the material properties advertised, and looks great. I love you IceBreaker!

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Ryan Hampton wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

Truly remarkable material
5 5

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

I have done EVERYTHING to this shirt; alpine climbing, ultra marathons, training runs, swimming, typed reviews, worn to watering-holes. stands up to anything...except deodorant. The material, as advertised, keeps you cool in the heat, and warm in the cold. Wicks amazingly, drys SUPER FAST. Honestly, as petty as it sounds, I have never had any material stain from my antiperspirant, but this bleached out...

No biggie though, still wearing it. I just tell everyone that those are stains of a working man!! Would buy it again and again.

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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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