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Aaron Bender

Aaron Bender

Employee

Wasatch singletrack - especially Corner Canyon, Lambert Park, Dutch Hollow, AF Canyon, Provo Canyon, and Park City

Aaron Bender's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Aaron Bender's Bio

I am currently the Merchandise Coordinator for the Bike Division at backcountry. I have worked at backcountry for more than two and a half years and am still stoked every day to help connect people with their passions.

I am most passionate about mountain biking but also enjoy hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, and xc skiing. I am originally from Kansas and moved to Utah after serving in the US Army to attend college and to take advantage of the amazing access to the outdoors.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pinkbike just gave the MRP Ribbon a solid review, saying:

"A lot of us only think of two or maybe three brands when looking for a new suspension fork, and that's understandable given how much these things cost. Most riders aren't likely to spend a grand on something that's not a well-known performer, but it turns out that the Ribbon is one underdog that can not only hang with the big boys but even outperform them. MRP's awesome twin-tube damper and Ramp Control air spring come together to make their fork not just a viable option, but also a front-runner."

See the full review at
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mrp-ribbon-fork-review.html#cid1809338

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on July 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Circuit strikes the perfect balance with its moderate padding and width. The microfiber cover and flat shape enable you to get in the optimal riding position no matter what the trail serves up. The subtle branding on the cover also gives the saddle some unique style without being over the top.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on June 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs

The first thing I loved about these pants is the fact that they are bona fide hiking pants that come in different inseam lengths. Being thin and tall (6'3") it can be hard to find pants with a long enough inseam.

They also feature a lightweight and breathable fabric that is still quite durable. I've worn these several times on day hikes and backpacking trips in a wide range of temperatures and was never uncomfortable. Despite the lightness of the fabric they have yet to show any signs of wear.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

These are my go-to casual and light hiking shoe. The fit is spot-on, with the back 3/4 of the shoe comfortably hugging your foot while the toe box allows ample room for that "barefoot" feel. The large amount of mesh in the forefoot also makes the shoe very breathable.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the SRAM Level TLM disc brakes on my mountain bike, which use these pads. At first I was surprised that SRAM would spec these pads on mountain brakes. But then I was just plain impressed by how much power those brakes squeeze out of the "road" pads. I also appreciate the strong initial grab of the organic compound.

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