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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhns

, Employee

Salt Lake City, UT

Ben Kuhns's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

Ben Kuhns's Bio

My time as an overweight, happy baby was spent in Lincoln, NE. At the age of five I packed my prized set of Legos and made my way to Logan, UT, family in tow, where I would spend most of my childhood. It was with entirely too much red hair on my head that I graduated high school and moved to Salt Lake City to study graphic design at the University of Utah.

Sadly we didn't work out and she left me when she realized my first love was the camera. Nate King and I started our descent into pixel making together in the bowels of dirty, abandoned industry. Years later I find myself photographing high-end piles of carbon tubing and their requisite accoutrements.

Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

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

Bought this vest for a friend who has been looking for a lightweight insulating layer for his runs. He loves the slim fit that makes it easy to layer another piece over it if needed.

The pockets are easy to use and offer good storage space. Haven't put the DWR treatment to the test yet, but it's good to know that it is there in case of surprise rain.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

There are sweatpants, and then there are Reigning Champ sweatpants. Good lord are these comfortable!

The tapered leg provides great fit rather than the drowning in excess material. The waist band has great stretch and the drawstring cord is functional and looks nice.

While they aren't cheap, if you wear sweatpants often you would do well to treat yourself.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 18, 2019

4 5

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

I gave this as a gift but the lucky recipient has been singing the Ultra 5's praises. He particularly appreciates the light weight and the comfortable way it sits on his torso. The ample pocket space also makes sure you don't run out of snacks on the trail.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I found the Carhartt Midweight Crew Sweatshirt to be everything I need in a basic warmth layer: simple and dependable warmth. I appreciate the Carhartt construction and the simply, understated branding. Sweatshirt was comfortable out the bag and the stretchy cuffs keep the cold out.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

I've lived in snowy Utah nearly my entire life, for whatever reason I haven't owned a dedicated pair of snow boots since I was a kid electing to wear leather work boots while wondering why my feet are always so damn cold.

Now I'm 32 and reminded that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference in the world. I'm new to world of Sorel, but my girlfriend sings their praises so I made the plunge on my first pair. Wow! What a joy to be out in the cold and snow and still be able to feel your toes.

Fit and construction feel excellent, but admittedly I only have a couple days on them so far. They are a very big boot when you account for all the insulation so you may feel like you have clown feet the first time you put them on - but it's a small price to pay for staying warm and dry.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This compact, powerful headlamp was a great addition to my bag. The thick headband is comfortable and easily adjusted if needed.

I did find the controls difficult to remember and if it has been awhile since my last use it takes a minute to remember what combination of button presses I need to do what I want. It's all find and good until I accidentally blast my girlfriend in the face with full power because I used the wrong sequence of button presses.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The fit and feel of this shirt is great. Subtle branding means this is a great basic for your wardrobe.

But...

Boy does this thing wrinkle easily. Not sure why, but it wrinkles far more than any other t-shirts I own. I can live with it, but if it weren't for this issue this shirt would be damn near perfect.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

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

Through my own stupidity I misplaced one of these mugs from my GSI kit and was kicking myself until I realized I could pick up a replacement a la carte.

This is a small, elegant little piece of kit that is easy to use and durable. Coffee, soup, oatmeal, cereal - it all works in here.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Bought these for my girlfriend and myself to replace a pair of North Face jackets that have been giving us problems.

One of the first things we noticed was the weight, or lack there of. Despite the "barely there" feel these things offer plenty of warmth on moderately cool days. They are thing enough to easily layer a shell over the top when things get genuinely cold or inclement weather sets in.

The pack-ability of these jackets is fantastic. Simply unzip the interior chest pocket and stuff the jacket into it. The compressed size easily fits into a suitcase or backpack for travel or trail adventures.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Bought these for my girlfriend and myself to replace a pair of North Face jackets that have been giving us problems.

One of the first things we noticed was the weight, or lack there of. Despite the "barely there" feel these things offer plenty of warmth on moderately cool days. They are thing enough to easily layer a shell over the top when things get genuinely cold or inclement weather sets in.

The pack-ability of these jackets is fantastic. Simply unzip the interior chest pocket and stuff the jacket into it. The compressed size easily fits into a suitcase or backpack for travel or trail adventures.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I pretty much live in the Stretch Zion short in the summer months. They are comfortable right out of the bag with enough stretch to allow plenty of movement.

Fabric is breathable and the small crotch vents help keep things regulated down south on hot summer days. The integrated belt offers on-the-fly adjustment and the pockets handle all my daily carries with ease.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did not expect to find the last piece of my 1920's murder mystery gangster costume on Backcountry.com, but here we are and I couldn't be happier.

Like other Brixton hats I've purchased it just feels good right out of the box. Materials and workmanship are top notch. It even fits my gigantic head, something most hat brands can't manage to do.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

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

Waiting on new pair of touring skis before I get these mounted up.

That said, it's hard to contain my excitement the first time I pulled them out of the box. The engineering on hand is beautifully elegant. For a sport that has long been marred by compromises in gear selection, this really does seem like a game changer.

Can't wait to put turns on these later this month.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Bought this to replace an aging North Face piece. I decided to go with real down fill instead of a synthetic solution. Patagonia's efforts to source down more ethically was certainly appreciated when weighing my options.

Performance wise, this jacket is as expected: warm and light. The compress-ability should make this an easy piece to include during travel. As usual, the Patagonia fit and finish as excellent and expect to enjoy this jacket for many seasons to come.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

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

I gave this as a gift:

Waiting for winter to drop in earnest so I can put this board through it's paces, but so far I have nothing but good things to say about the board. I'm especially excited for the directional shaping and the rocker on the tip - the better to send it when it gets steep and deep.

Separating the board for touring couldn't be easier and the board feels solid when clipped together.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

You have had the privilege of being saved by the Great Boxer. You may think these are just underwear - NO! They are salvation. The universal scales tip toward comfort because of the Ball Park. Smile, for in this moment, you have become children of Saxx!

But seriously, just stop wearing whatever you had before and make the switch. The Vibe is soft, breathable, supportive, and keeps everything compartmentalized in the best way.

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