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Troy Barry

Troy Barry

Intermountain Rockies: Tetons;Wasatch;GrosVentre;Winds;BitterRoots;Sawtooths

Troy's Passions

Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing

Troy's Bio

My adrenaline starts to flow around 5:30AM. The best part of the day is before the rest of the world has woken up and the rawness of nature is still living from the night hours. I enjoy the early morning training workout or laps on a peak or piece of single track. These are the most opportune times to run into creatures above us in the food chain. Exciting, exhilarating, story worthy.
I am a Hedonist, a four season athlete and outdoorsman, a father, a husband, an environmental scientist. I feel fortunate to be living the good life.

Troy Barry

Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

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

.....As Shania Twain would sing....."Feel like a Women"......My wife wears this coat every day. From my perspective, it is a fabulous fit on her ;) - and she would agree. This is not just another bulky down coat made for men that is being marketed to women. It is compressed, hourglass shaped, and sleek looking on my wife. The longer length that partially covers the butt makes for warmer days on the lift at Jackson Hole or Grand Targhee Resorts. She wears this to drop kids off at school as a car coat, for lift skiing, and as a down back-up for after a good long skin in the back country. It has crazy lightweight packability and goes in this great little tiny stuff sack. The water resistant aspect is key for any day. She seldom wears a hat as the hood has a perfect secure fit. With the 800 fill, this coat is essentially a wearable lightweight sleeping bag. The color is through the roof awesome with amazing turquoise accents and crazy bright, great Mammut orange logo on the upper sleeve! For a happier winter day (in case you weren't happy enough) - wear the Mammut Biwak!!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

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

My wife has a few of these icebreaker tops (too many if you ask me). She says they fit perfectly; the sleeves are the right length and the bottom of the shirt stays tucked into a bottom baselayer. She does admit that she upsized from initially ordering a medium (and is typically a medium) to ordering a large to gain length in the sleeves. It is soft next to the skin and this is the way to wear it for optimal performance. It really is true that you can wear this top up to around 3 times just air drying it before it needs a real wash - it has great anti microbial properties. When you have Icebreaker around that is 100% true merino with great fit and comfort, there is absolutely no reason to get any type of wool product with any sort of polypropylene blend. Hurry up while they still have your size.......

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

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

My wife has had these tights and has worn them for over two years. She wears them to trail run and as a baselayer for nordic skiing and racing...... and sometimes around the house all day if she doesnt have time to change :) She actually wore them under a skin suit in the Cours du Bois 90 K skate race where conditions went from spring-like to blizzard -like at the top of the Divide. She says they literally saved her ars. The compression memory has held up over time. They are breathable in the crotch and do not retain odor. The decals (silver and raspberry) partially came off after several months of washing. It is important to size DOWN with these. (If you are a large, order a medium). You want to have to wiggle into them.

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

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

My wife has these sneakers. She says they are true to size. The toe box is average to large sized - which works well for her. She has done lots of trail runs in the Tetons on the Arrow Trail, Crest Trail, and Grand Targhee Trails, etc...: she says these sneakers hold up in colder fall or wintery conditions (even without the Gortex) and have great sole stability and fabulous traction - even when climbing on wet or loose conditions. This is her third pair of Salomon sneakers; she wont go for anything else. She also gets alot of comments on the color - people love them!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

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

I grew up with these hats on my grandfathers head and always thought they were classic and useful when you are out in the elements. I now own a few of these. The original I use year round, the rancher when its -10 and the gore-tex hunter orange during harvest. Once you get one you won't wear anything else. I just started using it while I skin and the wool is great because it doesnt soak up your sweat when climbing so you can actually use it all day.
The Rancher and the Goretex run a one size smaller than your head so upsize a 1/4.
Ride ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

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

I have had this buckle since its release from Mtn Khakis. I wear it with pride having spent my adult life in the Tetons of Wydaho. It is a great piece of glass, rugged, handsome aand It is a conversation starter. Wear it with pride if you yourself have ridden the Tetons or the rivers that drain her.
Ride On!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

5 5

This has been a much appreciated accessory piece in my winter Rock-N-Roll trainer training regiment. At first I wondered if the rock-n-roll would make a differance, it does. It really allows me to feel like I am on my bike and not just fixed to my trainer. This matching turntable riser ring to help this feel, and is absolutley essential for allowing your upper body to ride the bike like you do outside. I feel it really takes the stresses off the bike frame as well, and this is pretty important for your frame.

Really, this is a game changer for doing intervals when the temps outside just are not cooperating. I have also started using the Kinetic trainer tires and it has made the unit even quieter and my good outside tires don't get worn out on my trainer - check their tires out. The training mat is nice as well for keeping the sweat cleanup easy and off your wood floors.

I use this for base training starting in December and spend alot of time sitting near 225 Watts for a month and then start upping the Watts in February through March. This really works well.

I am using the Road Machine right now as I am on the road for work traveling with my bike and trainer. This is a great option as well, but does not even compare to the Rock-N-Roll. I will add a review soon on the Road Machine after I use it for awhile.
RIDE ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

5 5

This has been a much appreciated piece in my winter training regiment. At first I wondered if the rock-n-roll would make a differance, it does. It really allows me to feel like I am on my bike and not just fixed to my trainer. (I also have the matching turntable riser ring to help this feel). The platform is pretty wide so you will need some good space to set this up but once you find its home the stability of the base when rocking side to side when standing is indispensible. Really, this is a game changer for doing intervals when the temps outside just are not cooperating. I have also started using the Kinetic trainer tires and it has made the unit even quieter and my good outside tires don't get worn out on my trainer - check their tires out.

I use this for base training starting in December and spend alot of time sitting near 225 Watts for a month and then start upping the Watts in February through March. One very noticable feature the unit has is the with increased speed you put out increased Watts withought having to go through your whole cassette to get there. I really like this progressive nature of the consistent road-like power curve that increases as your speed increases. See the Chart for yourself here - http://www.kurtkinetic.com/documents/Power_Curves419.pdf
This really works well.

I am using the Road Machine right now as I am on the road for work traveling with my bike and trainer. This is a great option as well, but does not even compare to the Rock-N-Roll. I will add a review soon on the Road Machine after I use it for awhile.
RIDE ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

5 5

I have only had this unit for the past couple of months and have been playing with its settings and capabilities. To this point I enjoy the ability to record not only cycling funtions but can choose other training activities like ski touring, skate skiing, indoor cycling, indoor training, mountaineering, etc. The Movescount software is essential in order to analyse your data and logging it in one convenient accessible place. This allows you to graph your HR, Vertical Climbing and descending, EPOC, Kcals, O2, Training Effect, and Recovery Time among other key training features.

Some of the key features I use on a daily basis includes:
_Full-featured GPS (SiRFIV chip)
_3D Compass
_Barometric altitude
_Barometer
_Temperature
_Waypoint and route –navigation with GPS
_Point of Interest creation and storing in watch and in Movescount.com
_Location in multiple coordinate systems
_Wireless Bicycle Kit (sold seperately) connects you to your rides if you want more than the GPS feedback
_Downloadable and customizing Apps allow you to tune the watch for your needs.
I like the that the GPS unit has what they call a Highly responsive pace / speed (FusedSpeed™) and distance from accelerometer integrated GPS. This will fill in the holes in my GPS mapping when I loose GPS signal intermittantly when in deep in forest canopy. I will provide More on how this actually works as I use it.

The one issue I have at this point is your wrist can accitdently change the menu on the watch while training. In oder to prevent this You have to lock the watch screen to prevent accidental screen changes. This is very simple by holding another button for about 3 seconds to lock and the same to reverser the screen locking. Easy.

This is a great data piece to add to your daily training regiment.
Ride ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

5 5

I spend several hours/day on the bike the training in needed to be competitive. Aside from a clean kit every day I reach for my mesh under layer shirt. A good mesh shirt is indispensible as it raising your cycling shirt up off the skin creating a air pocket that allows evaporation to occur. This in turn keeps you cool when it hot, and warmer when its a bit cool out. This Castelli mesh is my go pieces during the summer months and is built to last with double seams and strong thread construction.
I have been wearing an undershirt for years and cannot imagine not have this essential layer on under my kit to keep the air flowing over my skin.
Get yourself a couple and you will wonder how you lived with out them.
Ride-On

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

4 5

http://www.rhinorack.com.au/AccSubCategory_Foxwing-Awning_Page_1_Accessory_Foxwing-Awning-Right-Hand_389_56.aspx

The Right Hand attaches to the passenger side of the vehicle and opens 270 deg wrapping around the back of the vehicle.
The Left Hand attaches to the driver side of the vehicle and opens to wrap 270 deg around the back. Looking forward to setting this up on the vehicle.
RIDE ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

4 5

http://www.rhinorack.com.au/AccSubCategory_Foxwing-Awning_Page_1_Accessory_Foxwing-Awning-Right-Hand_389_56.aspx

The Right Hand attaches to the passenger side of the vehicle and opens 270 deg wrapping around the back of the vehicle.
The Left Hand attaches to the driver side of the vehicle and opens to wrap 270 deg around the back. Looking forward to setting this up on the vehicle.
RIDE ON!

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Troy Barry wrote an answer about on April 29, 2012

These pedals are a bomber crossover pedal with a burly platform around the eggbeater spring concept. No wgt limit on the Candy's and they take rock hits with more material protecting the shoe/pedal clip interface. This translates into a long lasting pedal, just do the annual maintenance on them including the rebuild kit.
Ride ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

5 5

I have had a pair since the fall, and now look forward to wearing them after every intense ride, ski, or nordic workout. The cool reflective stickers are wearing thin, but the performance of the tight has remained unchanged. I actually wore these on the nordic track and in the skin track in the backcountry all winter and was pretty psyched to have the extra muscular-skeletal support that these provide. I am now wearing them after long hard rides, or long car drives to new riding adventures to help blood flow between the heart and the legs, I think they are also going to help expedite recovery. Get yourself some...you'll be happy you did.
Ride ON!

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Troy Barry wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

5 5

These shorts are sweet shorts for commuting, running to the store for groceries, or cruising the park. I like these for running around town when I don't want my lycra on, nor do I need the lycra. The leg openings are loose but don't catch on my saddle, and they breath pretty well for baggies. I have a pair of Serfas Zip pockets shorts and these are very similiar..Good purchase.
Ride ON!

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