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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.

Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

4 5

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

I had the opportunity to demo a DeVinci Troy Carbon 29in bike and walked away quite impressed. Given the frame's geometry I expected it to be a pretty balanced all-rounder, but I was particularly surprised by how well, and how efficiently, the bike climbed. Due to the Split Pivot design, which effectively isolates the rear suspension from pedaling and braking influences, the bike never got hung up on square-edged hits on a rocky and rooty climb. The full carbon frame also keeps the weight appreciably low, further lending to the bike's prowess. Heading back down the hill the bike inspired confidence, despite the fact that I was riding that particular trail for the first time. RockShox suspension, both front and rear, complemented the frame's design nicely and seemed to be a great choice by DeVinci.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not usually one to fall for marketing buzzwords, but it seems there is actually something to this mysteriously named Fiber X. I have ridden these pretty much the entire season so far, on trails as wide ranging as Porcupine and Corner Canyon. These wheels possess a fine balance of durability and ride quality. They are stiff, track very well through nasty rocks, yet never beat me up. Every element of these wheels shows the level of thought and commitment that Mercury put into them. The hubs have impressively high engagement yet low drag. The asymmetric rim allows for more even spoke tension, which further enabled Mercury to maximize durability and stiffness while keeping the weight low. The stealthy embossed graphics on the rim also look great, while remaining low key.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 12.0

This is my third pair of Altra's and will definitely not be my last. Their shoes have a consistently excellent fit and work very well for their intended purpose, whether it be running miles on road or trail. Snug in the heel and roomy in the toebox these shoes have a very dialed fit.

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Aaron Bender

Aaron Benderwrote a review of on October 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm just recently getting back into climbing after a few year lapse and realized I needed to refresh my rack. These draws have a great price and a quality feel. The carabiners and dogbone both seem premium and the gates snap closed with a secure feel, I would definitely trust these with a fall.

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