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Ben Cook

Ben Cook

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Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
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Ben Cook

Ben Cookwrote a review of on August 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs

Ordered these for my nine year old. Had to size up a bit since they don't have half sizes. He loved the shoe and wanted to keep it, but has since decided it is too big to run around in at recess. There is a warning on the label about not getting the shoe wet due to color bleed, which seems impossible in a boys shoe. They will get! However, we've wiped them with a damp cloth to remove dust and didn't have an issue.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on August 24, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs

My wife bought me this for family pictures. It looked nice and fits...For now. I think it will shrink after one wash and then be too small for me. It's a cotton/poly blend so maybe it won't. I'd prefer a bit more stretch and softness for me to love a shirt.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

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

This book came recommended to me by a friend that is a seasoned fly fisherman. I really like the simple way it breaks down fly selection. The complexity can be a bit intimidating but the book helps to focus on a few principles that helps relax my anxieties. I am new to fly fishing but I think this book has something for everyone the newbie or seasoned pro.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

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

I bought this for my 13 year old. He has a larger than average melon for his age. It is fits well with plenty of room for him to grow into it. It is a good looking helmet and as a parent the MIPS gives me a bit more peace of mind. The fit was easy to get dialed in. I got him the white helmet and he really likes it.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

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

I picked up the Matte Blue/Lime for my son. He really likes the look of it. He is a small 9 year old and the helmet fits great with plenty of room for him to grow into it. It should last many years provided he is able to avoid crashing it. It was simple to get the fit dialed in just right.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

I am not the best about cleaning my outerwear. I usually wear it until the DWR starts to fade and starts to wet out. The only thing that brings those items back from the dead is a good cleaning with Tech Wash and TX.Direct treatment. I have tried using cleaners other than tech wash and the results did not last. Tech Wash is absolutely needed to prep your gear for other treatments. If you use the TechWash then the TX. Direct works well. You do need to use a dryer to set the water proofer.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am not the best about cleaning my outerwear. I usually wear it until the DWR starts to fade and starts to wet out. The only thing that brings those items back from the dead is a good cleaning with Tech Wash and TX.Direct treatment. I have tried using cleaners other than tech wash and the results did not last. Tech Wash is absolutely needed to prep your gear for other treatments.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my 8 year old to carry his gear on our family backpacking trip. He is only about 55 lbs so having this pack helped him hold to his weight capacity limit but had plenty of room for what he carried. He was able to carry his sleeping pad, some clothes, some water and some food. The pack was comfortable for him and there were zero complaints about the pack and the weight. This is certainly due to the comfort minded construction. If a backpack is uncomfortable this can shut down a child hiker and make a trip miserable for all. We had a great trip and having the right pack for my boy was an important part of that. I would highly recommend this pack.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this light. The reactik technology is awesome. Headlamps are designed for Hands free lighting. The Reactik adjustable lighting takes that to a higher level. You have low level brightness when you need it and long throw ultra bright vision when you want it, all automatically. It is truly something amazing and useful. The Bluetooth feature is not something that I have used a bunch. It is cool but I don't really use the light in a way where I need that. It is worth the purchase.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

Love the Goat!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I love the classic BC Logo shirt. In fact I am wearing it as I type this review. The fabric is soft and comfortable. The sizing runs small so go a size up for sure unless you like tight tees. I have bought several colors because I like them.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I really like the feel of this shirt. Be warned it does run a little small. The color of the graphic when put on the heather gray shirt makes it a hard to see the graphic. It gives it a retro/faded like that some may appreciate. I would have liked more of a contrast hence the 4 stars.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I really like the design of this shirt. I love sporting Backcountry's Goat wear and this is a nice piece for the collection. Consider ordering larger than your size as this does run small as other reviewers point out.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs

I love the Axiom Jeans. I have been wearing them for years. I am on my 4th pair in 3 years. I still have all four pairs it is just that some have been relegated to Yard work duty. I keep coming back for the comfort. I love the stretch. It is just enough for me. The only complaint is my oldest and most worn pairs have had the hand pocket linings tear out on them. The newer pairs seem to have sturdier material so this will likely not be an issue with them. I hope Prana continues to make the Axiom as they are the best. Pay attention to the sizing chart when ordering. My waist is a 38 in most anything but I wear a size 36 in the Axiom.

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