Dave Gibson

Dave Gibson

I live and play in my home base of Salt Lake City.

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Dave's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking

Dave's Bio

I'm into quite a bit of outdoor activity, that's one of the best things about living in Salt Lake!

In the winter you can find me hovering around Snowbird and the Wasatch backcountry, glued to the weather/avalanche reports.

In the spring/summer/fall you can find me stuck on a bike of some sort. Whether it's doing my 3 weeks downhill-resort-style in Whistler, to rallying XC and freeride in Moab, Fruita, and Brian Head, I make the rounds. Also known to cruise around at high speeds on the asphalt, on my single speed city cruiser. If I'm not on my bike, you'll either find me backpacking or day hiking with my dog Snake... anywhere from Mill Creek, to San Rafael Swell, to Goblin Valley.

Being outdoors makes me smile.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

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

First of all, I'm really picky when it comes to my bike shorts. They need to fit right, have ample pockets, and be able to handle abuse. I ordered 6 different pairs of shorts and returned all of them but these. They are super comfy, and stretchy, which I really like for comfort, and there's mesh panels in the back and side to breathe. Adjustable waist cinchers help dial in the fit and there's pockets galore, 5 total. They are technical, but don't look like bike shorts, as you could go somewhere after riding and not look like a goon.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on May 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just picked up a couple of these and they are great. Keep in mind they are small, with only a 10x12 top surface...but they also fold down flat, maybe 3" thick. Perfect for keeping your beer and plate of food off the ground...they also double as a stool. Another plus is they are aluminum, lightweight and super easy to keep clean.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

5 5

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

Merino is where it's at, hands down the best material for a base layer! It's softer than cotton, and doesn't itch at all. Best part is it does not hold odor like poly base layers. My Patagonia capeline (although nice) stinks after one use, but I can do day after day with this top and it does not stink. I'm on like day 10 with no washing and I still get rides home with nobody in the car complaining! The monkey thumbs are nice on colder days to tuck in your gloves, or don't use them when it's warmer. I also like the long zip to control your temp when you warm up.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We got this bowl to replace our Ruffwear Quencher dog bowl (http://www.backcountry.com/ruffwear-quencher-dog-bowl?rr=t), which was starting to lose it's waterproof-ness over the last 5 years. The Bivy dog bowl is nice and light, with welded seams, it will probably never leak. If you need a great dog bowl, this is the one.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just used this on a week long road trip and it worked great. I got the 17L (small) for using inside the car, for our driving snacks and drinks. The sides are actually pretty thick, so the insulation is pretty decent for a soft cooler. But take note, this will not be replacing my hard coolers by any means, but it's a great alternative for a secondary cooler. The bonus for me was when it's empty, you can flatten it and pack it up, where you can't do that with a hard cooler. It's made well and seems really durable.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got a couple sets of these to replace my old stakes, and they are killer. I went with the 6" version, because I believe that's all you really need. In the past I've always gone with 8-10" stakes and had a hell of a time getting the last 2-3" into the ground so you don't trip on them. This solved the problem, not to mention they are extremely light. I actually threaded 5mm paracord into these to make loops to pull out easier. Works like a champ.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on July 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had mine for 7+ years and it's still going strong. It packs up smaller than a folding chair, but will provide ample shade against rain or sun. I like the adjustable design; you can pull it wide to give more coverage (which makes the height lower), or you can push the radius tighter to give more headroom. Add this to your camping kit, you'll be glad you did.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

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

I was skeptical about the comfort of these shoes, plastic clogs? But, they are super soft rubber that seem to heat mold to your feet after wearing for a while. Yeah, they look a little weird, but I'm sold. Plus, I like you can use the heel strap, or fold them up out of the way. Once they get dirty, just spray them off, it's that simple. Great after a long day on the trail...

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was surprised how well this piece insulated, even though it's scant at only 11oz. I wear it under my jackets and don't even notice it's there, until the wind blows and I don't feel it :) - I ordered the Medium size and it fit me great. I will say the arms are fairly short, which is fine for me because I'm only 5'-6"...so if you have long arms and normally wear a Med., I'd size up to the large. Other great thing, it packs down smaller than a 32oz Nalgene...so this will always be in my pack when I need a little more insulation.

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Dave Gibson wrote a review of on December 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a pair of "slip on" or "step in" boots, so I chose these. I was worried about the overall support, because there is nothing to tighten the boot, but I was really surprised. You don't even need the handles, because after a few times of using them they stay very wide and open, and you can easily step in with a quick motion...and the same goes for taking them off. They almost suction to your foot when stepping in, and they are really soft and cozy with a great arch support. I was using these in 10? temps in mud and snow and my feet never got cold or anywhere near wet. I'd definitely recommend these boots if you're looking for a non-lace up style. *Note: They run about 1/2 size larger than your normal shoe, so I'd think about sizing down.

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