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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhns

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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.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

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

If you want a stiff, directional free-ride board look no further than the Rome Sawtooth.

Tip rocker keeps you floating when it gets deep while the stiffness helps you bust through crud and hit big lines with confidence. The flat section in the middle is a nice addition to stability and the directionality is great for when you just need to point it and go.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

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

I've always been a duffel guy, and it was time to replace my aging travel solution with a more grown-up version. Already a Fjallraven lover based on their trekking pants, I figured I would love their bags.

Sure enough, I was smitten as soon as I had it out of the package. Interior is cavernous and passed my tripod test - an important feature for the travelling photographer who refuses to compromise on bringing gear.

Fit and finish is everything I expect from the brand with simple good looks and rugged fitments. The hidden backpack straps are a welcome feature as are the compressions straps at either end of the bag.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

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

Getting someone their first pair of Chacos is almost as exciting for the giver as it is for the receiver. If you know, you know.

I had the pleasure of introducing my girlfriend to the enlightened shores of Chaco-land. I helped her research and choose the model that best suited her style: double strap, no toe loop, cutest color, etc.

She's very happy in a nutshell. The Cloud footbed is noticeably softer than the standard version. I'm not sure it would be the feel for me, but she loves the additional comfort. The double strap version is certainly striking looking, though I'm not sure it really provides more meaningful adjustment than the single strap versions. If you're buying it, you're probably buying it for looks.

Construction has all the hallmarks I've come to expect from Chaco and I'm sure they will remain a go-to piece of footwear for years to come.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on November 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

This is my third pair of Chacos in my life. They last long enough that when it comes time to buy a new pair I tend to agonize over the decision knowing that I will be living it with it for years after.

I decided to take a chance on the mega-version of the classic Z1. The larger straps are incredibly comfortable and the additional of a cast-metal adjustment buckle looks great and provides a premium feel. Footbed and tread provide all the comfort and grip respectively that I've come to rely on Chaco for.

One complaint is the way the heel strap interacts with my foot. I feel like the wider web forces this band to sit lower on my heel than a normal Z1. I have to be more mindful about synching down the main buckle to get my foot to feel solidy locked in; with the normal version I could slip the sandal on and leave the buckle loose without feeling that my foot would pull out unexpectedly.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on October 4, 2017

5 5

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

I've sworn by my Fjord flannels for the last two seasons and finally took the chance to bring my lady on board.

These things are incredibly soft and comfortable right out of the bag. Fit is exactly what you want in a flannel, slightly relaxed and begging for you to cozy up somewhere warm.

Construction is what you expect from Patagonia which is to say it's top notch.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on October 4, 2017

5 5

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

I bought a pair of these to replace some aging denim with an awkward hole in the crotch. Out of the bag the jeans were soft and comfortable. I sized up per other reviews and the fit was perfect.

The DWR treatment is a nice touch, I found myself in some unexpected rain and sure enough the water was beading on the surface of the fabric rather than soaking in.

Fit is relaxed, but not baggy. Overall very happy with the initial performance, I'm hopeful they will stand the test of time.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 8, 2017

4 5

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

This is not the piece you wear to summit the mountain, but afterwards around the campfire, it's perfect. Fit and finish has all the hallmarks of a classic Patagonia piece and should remain dependable for years.

Branding is understated and the organic cotton is a nice touch for those of us who try to be cognizant of what we buy.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

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

Does your belt fit, and does it keep up whatever you're trying to keep up? Basically the only boxes a belt needs to check, and the Tech Web Belt does it simply and comfortably.

The webbing is robust and I have a feeling it will not need replacing for a long time, maybe never.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

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

Anytime you come across this many positive reviews of a product, you can be reasonably sure your money will be well spent.

I picked these up for my girlfriend who was in search of a supportive shoe/boot for getting outside as well as everyday use. The fit was true to size and she reported that they were comfortable right out of the box.

The color options are cute, but understated. Overall count us another happy customer.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

The Weekender is a steal in the watch world. Simple, clean, and eminently wearable. The relatively small face and casing keeps things understated; if you are looking for a statement piece go elsewhere.

Dress is up or down with a band swap. The included nylon strap is great for getting outside and keeping your wrist cool. I prefer to pair it with a leather strap most days, but the ease of the swap is appreciated.

The Indiglo night light is easy to use and fantastically readable. Overall this thing is a steal, don't hesitate to treat yourself.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You never forget your first one; especially since these things are nearly indestructible.

Since I can't justify owning more of these classic bottles for myself, I've turned to spreading the love of cold beverages amongst friends. The fit and finish on a Hydro Flask is top notch and manages to get people excited about receiving a water bottle as a gift. I appreciate the range of color options available as well as the styles of lids on offer to optimize refreshing beverage delivery.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

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

Despite her initial hesitation, my mother has really warmed up to her first set of trekking poles. It can be tough to admit that our bodies lose the balance and mobility we enjoy when we are younger, but products like this can go a long way towards keeping us active and comfortable.

She particularly likes the light weight and adjustable height; both for storing when not in use and dialing in just the right feel for a day on the trail.

One note worth mentioning is that while they do allow for interchangeable tips, the rubberized tips were not included in the package and had to be purchased separately.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

This lightweight, packable pant from Marmot earns the minimalist title without sacrificing on performance. If you're looking to stay dry, these pants will deliver on that time and time again.

The Pac-Lite also means they don't take up much space, so you'll be more likely to bring them along for those times when Mother Nature sneaks up on you.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

If it is even moderately cold outside, you'll have a hard time prying me out of one my Fjord flannels (yes, I bought more than one).

The organic cotton is soft and comfortable right out the package. Construction is typical of Patagonia quality, no stray threads and seams and buttons are solid. The minimal branding and solid color options are particularly nice when you don't feel like being a walking advertisement.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

Bought this for my girlfriend so she didn't feel left out at office meetings where everyone compares their Fitbits.

This is one of the more attractive styles currently offered by Fitbit. The option to change out the band means you can dress this up or down depending on your mood.

As a fitness tracker it does consistently well for the things it is designed to do. Steps count accurately and the hourly reminders to move are a great feature. The lack of HR may prove limiting depending on your activity of choice, so take the into account before you buy.

Integration with a smartphone and the Fitbit app was easy and hasn't presented any issues after several months of use. The ability to receive notification of texts/incoming calls on the Alta display is a great feature for when you don't want to pull out your phone. My girlfriend also appreciates the raise to wake feature, simply lift your wrist and the display lights up.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With a few tours under my belt with these I'm happy to report this is a solid boot. They are not the lightest boot on the market, but I haven't found it to be an issue.

The boot offers plenty of adjustment to get the desired fit on your foot. Boot is also easy to change between walk/ski modes and both work well for me.

However, I'm on my second pair of Radical CR's due to a poor quality boot liner. On my first pair the tongue on the right boot liner tore out while I was putting my foot in. With less than a month of moderate use this was pretty clearly a defective liner. A quick return and a new pair of boots and things appear to be back on track.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

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

As everyone below has said time and time again, these bindings just work. Anytime you come across receiving nearly universal community feedback, take notice.

Build quality is evident the moment you take them out of the box. Straps and hardware feel robust and should last through some hard use.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

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

Bought these to replace another aging pair of Saga pants. This time around I wanted to go bib style with a higher waterproof rating.

Enter the Monarch 3L Bib into my life. Based on my initial use I suspect I will enjoy many a fine day in Wasatch with these. Fit is good, far more restrained than some of the offerings Saga made a name for themselves with.

Plenty of pockets, boot gaiters, and thigh vents are all very welcome features. The 20k waterproof rating is excellent compared to my previous pants which only clocked in at 10k.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

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

No doubt there are higher end options out there, but if you're looking to get into touring you will find little to criticize about this BCA kit.

The beacon is legendary for a reason: it is simple and intuitive - major selling points should you ever need to actually use it. The included beacon harness isn't pictured, but works great and is a welcome addition.

Probe and shovel do exactly what you would expect: probe and shovel. Build quality again feels very solid and I expect to get many seasons out of them.

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