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Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin

New Mexico

Ryan's Passions

Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Yoga
Alpine Skiing
Bouldering

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 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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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

5 5

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

Good fit: I'm 6'3'' and 185lbs and the LRG fits me well.

The stitching is done well and the buttons and material are of quality. I nabbed this at discount, major score, but although this shirt may be intimidating at $79, given its durability, style, and the pride of supporting a responsible company, like Patagonia, this shirt still kicks even at full price. Darn Good Shirt.

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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've worn these a few times now, but I'm really impressed with the quality of the stitching. The dark wood/mustang color is rich and looks good with jeans, slacks, or even sockless with shorts.

The clog feature is really nice for when I want to be a bit more informal or just quickly slip these on to tramp about.

The bottoms of these have a gnarly hawaiin tribal print and the side of the soles has a tiny olukai logo. The details are thoughtful with this shoe and although the leather, stitching, and quality warrant the price, the details are an added benefit.

The insole is really comfortable and supplies ample arch support. I normally use green superfeet insoles with all of my shoes and I won't need them with these given the superb factory insole.

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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good is that they are light, offer multiple fitting options, provide great sound quality, and have a relatively sleek appearance.

My experience: I've always wanted a bluetooth headset, so when I got these I was super pumped because I'm on the phone roughly 3hrs/day for work. On my first day I put my old plug-in buds away and had these guys ready to go; first call comes and it's my boss, and the call doesn't connect properly. I couldn't get it to answer using the phones. After apologizing and explaining, I try again on my next call, same thing. Later that day I gave the instructions another read-through and then it worked out the next time.

My difficulty: Even still, I don't think the ON/OFF nor the sync functionality is clear for connecting via bluetooth. I never know when these things are ON/OFF and it's hard to tell how to connect them. I guess I just hold the button down for ten seconds and then hit connect on my computer, but it's not crystal.

Maybe I need to give these more patience, but for now, I stick to using them for running/working out, rather than work calls.

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Ryan Conklin wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

CONS: Fit and E-Tip

Fit: I always wear an XL in gloves, whether liners or full-on ski gloves; however, I was surprised to find that these gloves in XL barely fit, the fingers weren't quite long enough. Short fingers, coupled with the super constricting sewing pattern used for the finger sleeves caused my fingertips to go numb on my morning hike today. Yikes is right.

E-Tip: I've tried the E-Tip twice now, and this glove is no improvement over the last time I gave it a shot. I MUCH prefer using my bare finger, even when it's cold out, when using my smart phone; bare skin is much more effective and easier than the E-Tip. I fumbled and struggled today to take pictures and eventually huffed, puffed, and took off the glove.

Suggestion: I use gloves without the E-Tip, and I cut a slit in the glove about 1'' below the top of the index finger, then I sew either side of the slit to prevent it from growing; then when I want to use my iPhone, I can slip my fingertip out of through the slit and back in when I'm done. I found this route much better than the E-Tip. The technology just isn't there yet if you ask me. I do not recommend these gloves.

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Ryan Conklin posted an image about on December 15, 2013

Sunday Stroll through Soledad Springs

This bag is great: it carried the leash, a nalgene, gloves, hats, and a few plastic bottles I found off trail and hiked out to recycle. We also use it for groceries, toting food and wine to dinner parties, or while strolling the farmer's market on Saturday mornings. Beats the pants off of plastic and keeps our wild spaces cleaner.

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