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Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BC

East Millcreek utah

Peter Tew - BC's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Biking

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 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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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 8, 2015

4 5

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

Nice shorts. They are sturdy but still breathe well in the heat. Liner is nice, but is bulkier than I am used to. I expect these will hold up well considering how substantial the fabric is, but I haven't owned them long enough yet to really say if that is for sure the case.

Fit -Fit is a little too large and the shorts are extra baggy and long.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

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

Awesome! Looks even better in person than online. Breathes great but material is substantial and will last. This has been great for semi-long climbs in hot weather, and I've been really impressed with it's breathability.

Fit - Fits true to size. The neck might be a little tight but I had no issue with it.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 8, 2015

3 5

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

These shorts are very comfortable. The stretch material is great. The crummy part is there are only 2 pockets. The back one will not unzip and it's too small to put anything into anyway. The side pocket on the hip is too small for my phone. A pair I bought about 2 years had 2 pockets in the front with plenty of space for my phone and keys.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Amazing child carrier!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this product for a couple years now, and I absolutely love it. It has fit my daughter for 2/3rds of her life, and I think I'll be able to port her around in it for another couple of years at least.

Construction
The pack is solid and well built. I've used it on a number of climbs around the Wasatch front, and it has held up incredibly well. It looks like new, and shows no signs of stress or wear and tear. Even the areas I was initially worried about (the sun shade and the webbing attached to it) have held up just fine. The stirrups get a bunch of use from my daughter, and they've held up very well. Overall the construction is great.

Comfort
This pack has a number of adjustments that really help it stay comfy over a couple hours. The vertical sizing really helps the most. I have it on Large (5' 10") and it keeps the weight of my kid and everythign we're packing perfectly balanced on my back. My wife, who is nearly a foot shorter, is also very comfortable using this pack on the smallest setting. It's versatile and adjustable. The shoulder straps are well padded and the cross straps make it a dream to pack.

Storage
There is a large compartment under the child seat, and it holds a surprising amount of items. I'll usually pack half a dozen water bottles, a bunch of cliff bars, some chips, candy, keys, and a couple phones and am never at any risk of running out of room. You could pretty easily pack a 4 person lunch.

Child Carrying
I end up feeling a bit like Kronk to my daughter's Yzma while porting her around, but she is always comfortable. The sun shade is huge to me as we get a lot of sun on the trails we hike here in Utah, and I don't need her getting hot/burned and having a bad time. The stirrups allow her to move a round a bit and see more things without me having to turn every time to show her. It's comfy enough that she's fallen asleep in it on a couple of occasions.

All in all this is a great pack that I highly recommend. It really changed hiking with a small child, and it's worth dropping a few bucks on this pack if you even only go hiking a half dozen times a year.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not a really experience climber or canyoneering guy, but I've had a bit of experience with a few different harnesses and this is one of the more comfortable ones I've used. I've used this harness only in an indoor sport climbing top rope setting.

The harness is lite and comfortable. The sizing seems pretty decent to me (I wear a size 32 pant, have a big ass, and bought a large) and I'd trust the sizing chart. Your mileage may vary. I have a pretty athletic build if that helps.

I do find the leg harnesses a little too big. I don't have huge legs by any means, but I'm not chicken legged either, and strapping these things down to where I feel secure requires that I tighten them all the way down. It feels like I may have a hard time matching the sizing for my hips and legs and wish the legs were just a bit more flexible in terms of how adjustable the diameter is.

The materials feel really good and solidly put together. The padding on the harness is comfortable, and I don't have any concerns it's going to fall apart any time soon.

Overall this is a great harness that I don't notice I'm wearing until I need to rest, descend, or fall, which is exactly what I want in a harness.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been primarily using this with my wife when we go to the gym for some top rope climbing and it works like a charm. The gym has some thicker ropes and this device handles them no sweat. I used this device on a trip down to Zions in Pine Creek, Birch Hollow, and Subway (from the top) and it works great as a rappelling device as well. I recommend getting an actual rappel device, but this did work just fine for me.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's not much to write here except to say that the biner works great. It's easy to open (though I've read at least one review here where a reviewer struggles with it) and the thick stock helps a nervous climber like me feel a bit safer. I like the red paint that shows when you haven't locked it down. That paint has actually helped me catch myself once over the past few weeks.

I use this only for indoor top rope sport climbing, so I can't say how it functions as a canyoneering, outdoor, or lead rope device, but overall I'm really happy with it.

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