Shane Baker

Shane Baker

Salt Lake City, UT

Shane's Bio

Born in WI, moved to UT as a kid and fell in love with the mountains, deserts, rock walls, slickrock, and everything else UT has to offer very early in life. Went hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, mountaineering as a kid with my father. Started racing BMX bikes on my own as a kid and then started competing in triatlons, and then marathons and long-distance cycling events. Went on to race mountain bikes and road bikes for a couple years. Enjoy cross country skiing, telemarking (randonee), alpine, and backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, winter camping, mountaineering, rock climbing (mostly sport), and most any new challenge that comes up.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on December 1, 2010

Toasty and well built
5 5

The little guy can now help me shovel at 7mo. while stylin' in his snowsuit. It actually is a bit warmer for him than I thought and I had to remove a couple layers underneath. The velcro cuffs help to keep the sleeves down so the gloves don't push the sleeve back up his arm. The bibs are adjustable at the shoulder allowing them to fit well as he grows. The leg holes fit well over boots but keep the cold out. I just wish the hood had some type of cinch to keep it from riding up in his face...but then again, he loved chewing on it as a pacifier.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on January 13, 2010

5 5

Bought these for the wife's mom...and she's super stoked! She said they were a very nice all-around boot for casual dress or just getting you where you needed to go. She said they were very warm and that she didn't need to wear thick socks with them. She also liked that they weren't big and clunky. Most of all she loved that they were sleek enough to be dressy and that you could use them for almost any occasion. So there you have it...a great mother-in-law present.

(Hope this review is o.k.) You may have some technical terms to put in.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

5 5

Well built, simple, reliable and lightweight. I have one of these in the glove box of both cars, in my backpack, in the house, and a few others. Love 'em. They also make a great back-up light when cycling if the main goes belly up or falls off a cliff. Great gifts for any occasion as well.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

5 5

Love this thing...wear it all the time. Going to buy another to get some color variety. Doesn't over heat your noggin' but keeps out the cold. I've used this thing for sitting in the office, running, skiing, or just bummin and love it all around. Highly suggest getting one.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on December 2, 2009

5 5

Light, stuffable, breathable...great to throw into the pack or to wear straight out of the gate. I bought this to put in my pack during ascents so I could wear it between my baselayer and shell on the way down when backcountry skiing, snow-shoeing, or while doing some ice climbing. However, I haven't used it for any of that yet...I've used it for camping, riding, loafing, and for running the dogs and it's lived up to every expectation so far...warmth without overheating or the bulkiness of some of the loftier down jackets. I compared this to Patagonia's down sweater and liked this one a bit more because it was less bulky around the collar and more fit around the waist. If this sweater fits too snug around the middle, I think the Patagonia version would be your baby! I'm 6'0", 155, have a 15.5 neck, 32 sleeve, and a 38 chest - I bought the small and it fits great (snug but not overly tight - great for layering). Can't wait to get a MontBell sleeping bag now!

Compare this to the Patagonia down sweater!

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on November 16, 2009

5 5

Super lightweight, easy to stuff in a pocket. Hasn't shrunk in the wash. Have worn for 5 'am runs and just around town and I’m equally happy. I've thrown it in the regular washer just with my clothes and haven't had any problems. Hat's definitely not for extreme wind or cold but great to keep warm if you're just kickin' it or while you're working up a sweat. I'm usually extremely sensitive to itchy stuff and didn’t get too much of an itchy feel with this guy so that makes me happy. Great all-around hat I'd recommend to anyone.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on November 16, 2009

5 5

I’m extremely sensitive to itchy stuff and didn’t get any itchy feel from this top at all. I’ve used this base layer for both cycling as well as running. As others have said, it breathes well, wicks well, dries quickly, and is great as a base layer under anything. I’ve worn this a few times at about 50-60 degrees without something over the arms and I would suggest always wearing a long-sleeve jacket/shell over it to give it a layer above it or you’ll get chilled very quickly. I’ve completely disregarded hand-washing it and I’ve just thrown it into the wash with my other tech wear and have had no problems or noticeable balling up on the surface yet and I’ve used this top at least twice a week for 2 months. All in all, love it and plan to buy many more.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on August 27, 2009

5 5

These are great for those of us who are constantly breaking tire levers. They're super strong. On the other hand, they're a little bulky to sneak in the pocket while riding but work great for around the shop/home/garage or where ever you overhaul your ride. Also, I don't think I'll ever lose these suckers cause they're a nice bright color. I think Pedros has done a great job addressing the two main reason we need new levers - we've either lost them or broken them. These are a great little buy.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on August 27, 2009

5 5

Pedros is AWESOME. This Ice Wax is great for Utah riding where it's always nice and dry. I've used White Lightning for years and find this very comparable. However, the Ice Wax scores some points by being a little thicker when applying. White Lightning can squirt all over while the ice wax sticks to it for better application. I HIGHLY recommend this stuff to ANYONE for mountain or road.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on August 27, 2009

3 5

Glove is simply a pull-on type glove which is super-easy to get on and then has some stirrups on the center and pinky fingers which you can grab for easy pull off. Only problem with the gloves is that the stirrups get in the way creating a little lump while holding onto the bar and also irritate in between the fingers. This can become quite sore after an hour or so. Other than that, the padding is placed exactly where you need it while in the hoods, the gloves breathe well, and are well constructed.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on August 21, 2009

5 5

These work just like they're supposed to...nothing unexpected. However, a few words of caution: Don't leave the bike on the rack for an extended period of time in the sun, I've seen them leave black "o" shaped marks in the paint of a few bikes. Also, when you remove your bike from the rack, take the chain straps off and stow them in the car...people like to take off with 'em.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

I've ridden Bontrager 26 x 1.75-2.125 tubes for years at least until now. I've usually spent $5-$8 bucks a pop depending on the day on other tubes and I can get these for $4 and free shipping if I grab 'em with some other goodies. They're not the most compact but I'm usually not worried about that mtn biking. At 165 grams they're not the lightest, but they're not that bad when you're average tube is usually around 200 grams (for this size). They're great quality, super durable and sell for an excellent price. I'd recommend them to everyone and besides, at this price...why use a patch, just throw in a new tube!

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

4 5

Roomy, easy to set up and great in the wind and rain. You can dress standing up...if you're 6'0" or over you'll have to slouch a bit, but a good height all the same. Comes with the aluminum poles so you don't have to deal with the ends of the fiberglass one's breaking off. One con about the tent are the clips that hold the tent to the poles. Especially the ones that the rain fly poles mount into. They can tear out of the tent completely. Other than that, tent's great. Backcountry is great about swapping something that breaks. Walls and the tub floor hold out the water and do well - I've tried it in torrential rain and 50-60mph winds, and believe me, it'll take some water and keep you dry even when it's coming at you sideways. I also especially like the gear loft loops...I hook a light or two to them and play cards or just plain use the gear hammock that comes with it. Snag one of these tents and go play.

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

Love these things. Lightweight, super durable, and more than anything they ALWAYS get traction. The metal side rails along the bottom help to not slide sideways when you're on a bit of an icy crust but don't get in the way when going straight forward. The straps and attachment system are great. I've used these with boots, shoes, snowboarding boots, as well as telemark boots and they've worked equally well with all of them. The ability to attach a tail for added length when carrying a load just sweetens the love for these guys. I'd HIGHLY recommend these to everybody. Don't just buy one pair, buy TWO for you and someone else!!!

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Shane Baker wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

This bike is one of the best XC machines I've ever ridden. Very predictable and it did nothing that wasn't expected and everything that I did expect. After riding various trails from single track to slickrock I was impressed with the control of the bike at speed or when slow and technical. I compared this to the Intense Spyder FRO (the 5.5). It seemed the Spyder was more cramped and a smaller geometry in a comparable size (Large in my case) and more set for agressive downhill descents than cross-country. The Titus was a little more laid out and tracked a lot better in my opinion. I also got a lot less feedback from the rear suspension on the Titus. It was there when I needed it and I didn't even have to think about it while climbing or just motoring along spinning along a flat in between obstacles. For reference I'm 6'0" 160 and have about a 32 inseam and the Large fit perfect. Grab one and go race or just plain be the man to beat on the trail.

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