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Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BC

East Millcreek utah

Peter Tew - BC's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Biking
Running

Peter Tew - BC's Bio

I grew up skiing in the Pacific Northwest, so migrating down to Utah for the best snow on Earth was a natural transition. Since getting here and working at Backcountry I've grown even more in love with outdoor living. Hiking, camping, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, canyoneering, and hopefully more new hobbies soon.

Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

A solid protein mixer - recommended buy
4 5

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

The mixfit is a solid drink mixer. I use it only to mix protein power with water, and the mixfit handles that solidly. If you need a quality mixer, I recommend this one.

Construction
I've bought a number of inexpensive mixers off Amazon and at GNC and they are built well enough, but this mixer is definitely sturdier. The rounded bottom seems to add rigidity, and the screw top is solid. The only issue I have is that the screw top protrudes a LOT from the side of the bottle, potentially making it tough to fit into tight spaces.

Use
Again, I only use this for mixing protein powder, but it does that admirably. My two scoops of protein didn't clump at all, and drinking from the bottle was smooth. It's also quieter than the spring ball styles of mixers.

Value
This bottle is $10 or less ($7.50 as of this review) and it's a no-brainer at that price. This would work just as well as a water bottle for a hike as a mixer, and as a mixer it is solid. If you are planning on mixing many drinks, this is a great buy.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

Quality bag construction
4 5

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

Disclaimer: I haven't used this bag and these are initial impressions after taking it out of the package and playing with it.

Overall it's a standard chalk bag, and it's put together with quality materials. My hands, which are pretty average sized, fit nicely into the pouch, and the fleece lining is comfortable. It will definitely do the job of keeping my hands dry and grippy. I recommend the mammut ophir chalk bag.

Construction
The materials are great. The bag looks rugged and the stitching looks durable enough to handle climbing here in the rockies. I don't get the impression that any of the materials were skimped on.

Features
Well, it has the draw string open pouch like every chalk bag, and it also has a small side pocket that, honestly, looks like it could barely fit a house key. It works for my gym pass (the key chain style) and you could probably fit a twenty in there. The waist band strap is easy to adjust, and what I like most about it is rather than moving the strap around your waist, the bag slides along the straps really smoothly.

Aesthetics
The bag looks great. I love the color scheme (I got the blue and yellow version). The bright colors will hopefully ensure I don't lose this one like I did my black one.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

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

I recently purchased these bags for my folks who took a trip with their grand kids to California. They were perfect! They were plenty big to fit all of their gear for the week long trip. They are a perfect carry on size for the plane ride. They easily fit into the overhead compartment on the plane. Their grand kids range in age from 10 to 6. Even our youngest child could maneuver their bag through the airport and on to the plane without any issues. The bags come in some great colors and styles. I would strongly recommend these bags to anyone looking for great carry-on size luggage.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our family has multiple Hydro Flasks in various sizes. This lid is the favorite of everyone in our family. It is much more convenient to drink from than the standard flat cap lid that comes with the Hydro Flask. Some times the straw comes unattached from the underside of the cap. It is easy to re attach but can be annoying. Other than that it is a great lid. A must have for any size of flask.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Our family has multiple Hydro Flasks in various sizes. This size is great to keep a large amount of beverage cold all day while around the house. I am able to fill it in the morning with my drink and enjoy it all day long. I usually still have ice at the end of the day. My only recommendation would be to order the wide mouth straw lid. It comes with the wide mouth flat cap lid. When you are drinking from the Flask multiple times throughout the day, the wide mouth stray lid is much more convenient than the wide mouth flat cap. This large size doesn't travel very well in the car. It is much too large for my cup holders.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

Works great on my sedan
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This is the feedback I received from my friend:
This rack works great on a sedan, and is a great pick for those of us without a hitch installed on our cars. The mounts are sturdy, and the installation was a breeze. Overall very happy with how this went on.

Everything looks good, and taking my bike out with it was great. I didn't worry anything was going to fall off, and loading and unloading my bike was fairly easy. The only down side is that now I need to get some locks as you can't really securely leave your bike on the rack while you run into a store or sit down to eat.

Overall very happy.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There isn't much to this chalk bag. The construction is lite weight, and the materials are solid. It's easy to slip your hand into the bag, and the the little cinch that closes it does a good job of keeping the chalk from spilling out. It's designed to be clipped around your waist, but I just clipped it onto my harness.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 21, 2015

Secure Children's harness
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall I love this harness. My daughter is tiny and this fits her well and keeps her secure. Build quality is solid, price is reasonable, and my peace of mind is achieved.

Construction
The materials used here are great, and the stitching is more than enough to keep light bodies from crashing to the ground. These seem just as solid as any adult harness I've used.

Materials
Pretty standard stuff in terms of materials here. But if you're not familiar with harnesses the nylon used is very strong and quite thick. I don't see anything getting worked to the point that it'd tear through or wear out.

Comfort
No complaints from the kiddo, so I have to assume the harness is comfy. Just make sure you adjust it properly. I left it just a little loose on the shoulders and gave my daughter a little bit of an abrasion on her neck. Not the fault of the gear so much as the user.

Value
$60 might feel like a lot for a children's harness, but when your kid is 30 or 40 feet off the ground it's nice to feel confident that he/she won't slip through the harness and fall. Plus the harness feels like it'l last for several years of growth and use.

Here's a photo of my 3' 30lb daughter using the harness:

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 21, 2015

Solid rope - recommended buy
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I should say right from the start that I'm a novice climber with, at the time of this review, only a few outdoor climbs under my belt. I primarily stick to the gym and am not yet capable enough a climber to lead rope. All that said, I've been happy with this rope as it serves the purpose I need, which is primarily as a top rope for climbs I can rappel into.

Construction
The rope itself is well constructed from what I can see. It has a good amount of elasticity, so when I took my first fall on a climb it was a comfortable catch. The materials seem sturdy and the rope isn't too stiff. My only complaint is that it doesn't change color midway as I've seen on some more expensive ropes. It does have a middle mark, but I would love for the colors to change. I suppose I'll just need to spend more next time

Durability
This is why I'm giving the rope a 4 star instead of 5 star review. The rope seemed to fray pretty easily. Now, this may be due to my inexperience with outdoor climbing, but it just seemed to fray more than I expected a climbing rope to do. I was climbing on slate up in the Wasatch range.

Value
Climbing ropes are so expensive! But, this one is pretty reasonably priced for a 70M rope. Overall I feel like it's a solid value. You can spend a lot more on a rope of the same dimensions.

Here's a shot of the rope in action:

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a little tough to drop $35 on what is essentially a plastic bag without feeling a little taken advantage of. That being said, the bag itself is well put together. The material is thick, and I'm comfortable that it'll hold up well over time. The mouthpiece and valve is great as well. If you're already got a bag that you can connect this to, it's a lot cheaper alternative to grabbing a new camelbak or another dedicated water pack.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 2, 2015

Nice cot, bro
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this thing, and, although it took a little while, it is starting to grow on me. At first I was confused with how to set it up, but with some time it gets easier. I've used it myself and loaned it to a friend who is 6'1", 190 lbs, and we both found the to be very comfortable, though a little awkward to set up. Once set up, it is pretty comfy. I bought this as a replacement to a inflatable sleeping pad that kept getting punctured. I like the idea that I will never have that problem with this cot. The things I don't like about this is that the cot takes much longer to set up than inflating a pad, it's quite expensive, and It is a bit confusing to set up. Hence the 4 stars.

It's also very light and only takes up a little bit of room in my pack. I think it's about 3 pounds, so you barely notice it backpacking. The fact that it folds down as small as it does is impressive. And the construction feels very solid; I don't worry about anything breaking.

I definitely recommend the cot if you've got some budget to put towards it and want a good comfortable night of sleep out in the wild.

That's not me pictured in the photo, but the guy pictured is a few inches taller than me (I'd say he's 6'1" or 6'2") and fits comfortably.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pillow that folds up real small. It's perfect for backpacking in to your camp ground. This this is a great little addition to make your sleep over a good one. Two big puffs is all it takes to inflate the pillow. The only gripes I have with this is the valve is a little confusing to open and close, and when I got this in the mail it had a funky smell to it. Give it a little bit of time to off-gas before you use it. Other than that, best camping pillow I have used.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on August 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs

These boots are real easy to get on and off. The linings are super comfy, and boot themselves are crazy durable. I have taken them only on a handful of hikes, but they have made the trips up and down the mountainside a pleasure. I have walked through running streams without having my feet get wet. I have had some time getting them broken in however. After one of the first 5+ mile hikes, my upper heel was a little sore from the heel cup of the boot. They seem to be getting better the more I use them.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: 42.5

I've owned this product for just a few weeks now and have used it several times both in and outdoors, and I'm very satisfied with the shoe. It's comfortable and quick to put on or take off, but that convenience comes at the cost of fit. Overall the shoe is well constructed, comfortable, and convenient, though it could be a little more supportive.

Construction
The materials are high quality. I don't have any worries that the shoe will hold up under frequent use and that it'll provide a great deal of value for the money I spent on it. The straps are thick, there is plenty of velcro, and all the stitching is very reinforced.

Comfort
Finding just the right size is a little tough for a novice like me, and I don't think I quite nailed it here. I wish I had gone just a half size smaller. I originally bought 43.5 and ended up getting a 42.5. A 42 would have been even better. I wear about an 8.5 US shoe and find this shoe runs a little large, though your mileage may vary.

Climbing Performance
I'm very much a beginner. As of writing this I've been climbing, primarily in a gym, for a couple months, and I'm happy with this shoe, especially compared to the rentals. However, I don't know what a good climbing shoe is. It's a bit like getting a review of a restaurant from a three year old: sure they'll tell you if they liked the food, but what the f**k do they know about food anyway?

The shoes could use better lacing as well. The velcro is convenient but it's now very supportive. There are times when I pull so hard I think I'm going to rip the shoe (a testament to their construction that I don't). If you're looking for more support then a laced shoe may be a better place to go.

Odor
Honestly, I feel weird bringing this one up, but feet get stank. I tend to take my shoes off between climbs, so they aren't in them for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time. Even so, the shoes don't breath particularly well, and they can get a little funk going. I'm guessing this isn't a feature of the shoe so much as my own unfortunate biology.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: Ignore my height/weight

5 out of 5 for this shoe so far. I bought two pair for my young nieces to help them learn to climb better. They seem to feel very comfortable in the shoe, and I have not heard one complaint about them yet. I bought them a little big to give them room to grow, and just have them wear socks for now to take up extra space. Kids love them and a great beginner shoe for them.

We've used them in the gym and outdoors and they've functioned well in both settings. We're by no means expert climbers, but we've been really happy with these shoes on the 5.7s, 5.8s, and 5.9s we've used them on.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: 38.5

I bought these shoes for my brother's wife and asked her to provide some feedback on the shoes. Here's what she had to say. Ignore the height and weight measurements shown here. She's about 5'6" and 135lbs.

Size and Fit
I am new to climbing and these shoes fit me well and are comfortable. It took a few days of wearing them to stretch and fit well, but that was to be expected. Fit was as expected, I bought slightly small and now they fit well.

Usage
Good grip in the gym, and on the rock outdoors. They have performed well in both locations.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: 41

Size & Fit
I would say a 5 on size and comfort. The fit was as I expected, some stretch as I knew there would be. I've used the shoes both in the gym and outdoors, and it's performed well in both locations.

Durability
I rate these a 4 on how quickly they wear out. I have used them a half dozen times and no problems so far, but I have a brother that has the same shoe and wore through them in a year climbing mainly in the gym 1-2 days a week.

Construction
The shoes are made of great material. The laces are strong and don't fray easily, and the materials are comfortable and supportive. Overall a well-built product.

Overall great comfort, good price, great beginner/intermediate shoe that is comfortable to keep on for extended periods.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: 37

I bought these for my wife a few weeks back, and she's in love with the shoes. We'd both been using rented climbing shoes, and having a well-fit pair is miles better than what we were used to.

According to her, the shoes are very comfortable, to the point where she sometimes forgets to take them off in between climbs. The laces allow for a good degree adjustment, so you can get it as tight or loose as you're comfortable with. The padded tongue is a nice touch as well and keeps the top of her feet from getting sore.

She's got smallish feet, a size 6.5, and says these fit true to size per the sizing guide. The fit has made a big difference in her climbing experience, and really made her much happier when we get on route.

Though I'm not personally as interested in the fashion side of things, my wife loves the color and the way the shoes look. Her exact words when she opened the box were,

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