johngchrist

johngchrist

Gearhead

Park City, Utah

johngchrist's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

johngchrist's Bio

I have been in SLC Utah for around 9 years and have been at backcountry.com the entire time. I like to do everything and know a lot about gear.

When I'm not outside, you can FIND ME IN THE BACKCOUNTRY.COM RETAIL STORE!!!

I just love it there. So many things and so many things of each thing.

2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City.

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johngchristwrote a review of on June 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 139 lbs
Size Purchased: small

This is the most bomberest of bomber flannels I have ever seen. The fabric is super heavy. I wouldn't want to wear this other than bike riding and cutting lumber. I returned it because it was a little much for what I wanted it for.

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johngchristwrote a review of on June 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The option to switch between left and right entry is a plus. It feels well made and works great on my ibis mojo 3 with a 24 out camel back podium bottle. This also works better at holding http://www.backcountry.com/lezyne-flow-sl-cage.

The lezyne flow cage is easier to slide in a water bottle but doesn't hold a http://www.backcountry.com/camelbak-podium-water-bottle-24oz?s=as well as the wayside does.

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bedding in new pads when they are installed is a critical step. The process transfers a small amount of pad material to the rotor and preps the pad surface for real-world braking. Don’t skip this step.

Pros
-Quieter
-Shorter break-in period
-More initial bite
-Prevent heat buildup
-Pushes heat back into the rotor

Cons
-Wear quicker
-Not as good in wet/muddy conditions

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bedding in new pads when they are installed is a critical step. The process transfers a small amount of pad material to the rotor and preps the pad surface for real-world braking. Don’t skip this step.

Pros
-fade at a higher temperature than resin pads
-better performance in wet conditions
-last longer

Cons
-louder
-longer break-in time
-not as much initial bite
-heat is conducted through the caliper, not the rotor

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not the lightest side entry but you can't beat the price. Haven't had a bottle pop out or any other issues.
You have to buy the right size that you want.

I have also used http://www.backcountry.com/blackburn-wayside-side-entry-cage Which can be flip flopped if you don't know which side you like better. It also holds a 24oz podium bottle better.

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johngchristwrote a review of on April 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great box, lock is smooth, very easy to operate. Roomier than it looks in the pictures, easily fits four pairs of big skis, maybe more. Still low profile for gas mileage and garage clearance. Attachment system is super easy and tool free, very secure. Also it's compatible with any crossbars.

Pros:
-Easy, tool free installation
-Low profile but bigger than it looks
-Very smooth one-lock closure
-compatible with any crossbar
-More affordable than the bigger, fancier boxes
-Looks Great, especially on smaller cars


Cons:
-Not as roomy as the bigger boxes (plenty of room for my needs)
-Single sided opening (not a big deal to me)

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johngchristwrote a review of on April 10, 2016

SKY HIGH!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Tepui Kukenam sky tent is pretty Awesome. I took this tent on a trip down to southern Utah to check out Bryce Zion and Saint George.  Install was pretty easy on my  Jeep Cherokee with http://www.backcountry.com/rhino-rack-cap-topper-track-mount-package-w-heavy-duty-load-bars.  I was able to rig it up using the all-ready drilled holes in the bottom of the Kukenam. Definitely would not recommend using the factory jeep racks and make sure your rack will be able to support the weight of the Kukenam. The ladder attaches easily with a few bolts and all the wrenches are included so you really don't need any tools. It did take two people to put it on the top of the racks and help set it up. There are some good videos that show how to Put everything together on the Tepui website

On the drive down I really didn’t notice it was on top of the jeep.  I did notice a drop of gas mileage of 1 or 2 mpg. I would not keep this on my jeep year round.

I was able to keep my pillows, double wide sleeping bag, blanket and sleeping attire in the Kukenam the entire trip. It folded up without issue with everything still inside.

The sleeping pad was very comfortable. It covered the entire inside and it was hard to tell that it was only 2 or three inches thick. It dropped to 40f one night and it kept us plenty warm with our 15f sleeping bag. I did notice some condensation on the bottom of the pad when I was folding it up to move campsites. This dried out before the next nights use. I would definitely buy the anti condensation mat that Tepui sells.

The skylight part of the tent is an awesome feature where you can look at the stars and still be able to make the tent waterproof quickly if bad weather moves in.

There are a lot of zippered openings that have screens and flaps. It can be very airy or sealed up tight. Being able to seal the tent up is great when you have to worry about blowing sand.

On one night it was super windy and the tent held together and felt very sturdy. It was windy enough to move the car and kind of felt like sleeping on a boat. It did make a little more noise in the wind than other tents I have owned.

Folding the the Kukenam Is pretty simple. I just used the extended ladder to fold up the over hanging side. It does take a little finagling putting the cover back on. Over all I wouldn’t say it’s easier or quicker than setting up a 2 person tent. You still need to find a flat place to park but it’s nice to have a super flat surface to sleep on when you do. It’s comforting knowing that you are up off the ground and don’t have to worry about pests pestering you or stuff on the ground messing up your tent.

I would recommend this tent if you like feeling safe and being comfortable! It’s worth the price! It exceeded my expectations and is great if you do a lot of car camping. I wouldn’t’ recommend this tent if you don’t have a sturdy rack on your car or if you enjoy camping away from your car.

Pros:
*Comfortable
*Stores sleeping bag pillows etc
*Seals up tight to keep sand out
*skylights
*Sturdy
*Every panel opens up
*Quick set up
*off the ground No pests or mud to deal with
*very spacious
*green color is unobtrusive.


Cons
*anti condensation mat isn’t provided
*Catches a lot of wind
*a little noisy in wind
*have to pack tent up to use vehicle.
*limited to camp only where vehicle can access
*wind resistance/gas mileage.



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