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Ben Rabinowitz

Ben Rabinowitz

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ben Rabinowitz's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Snowshoeing

Ben Rabinowitz's Bio

Yet another east coast transplant, woot woot! I've been out west for less than a year but I'm already in love.

I like to climb, ski, camp, and hike. I'm just starting to mountain bike and fly fishing, so maybe you can teach me something!

My life pretty much revolves around gear, it's always on my mind; the more tech specs the better!

I'm excited to work with you and make your Backcountry.com experience even better. I'm here for anything you need; gear questions, orders, returns.... I do it all!

I also really like firetrucks. And burritos. And cookies.


Hit me up and we can chat!

1-801-746-7564
brabinowitz@backcountry.com

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 16, 2017

Best Ice and Rock Crampons
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not the best climber out there but I have used a few different crampons from all sorts of manufacturers. These guys are by far the best. Easy to adjust, easy to put on, and performance is perfect. They are light, sink in to ice very well, and are perfect for drytooling. I thought their minimalist design would make them difficult to climb in but I was wrong.

Best part is their modular design allows you to swap out front sections, linking bars, heel/toe connections, heel units, the possibilities are endless!

If you're looking for a high-performance ice and rock crampon.... this is it.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on February 15, 2017

Ice Changer
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is the best piece of ice gear I've purchased. I used to wear sunglasses, or shooting glasses with clear glasses, and I'd still catch ice and tools.

This is easy to use, doesn't fog, you forget you're wearing it, and it *works*. I had a tool pop while drytooling, hit me right in the face, and I didn't really feel anything thanks to the visor.

Get it now and thank me later.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on December 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

My gear game? On point.
My fashion game? Needs help.

These boots were the boost I needed to finally feel like an adult. They can be dressed down, dressed up, and they always look good. I've had them for about a month and get compliments each time I wear them. I was worried that my feet wouldn't like standing in these for a full day, but no complaints so far.

I picked up the Oro-Iginal color and the leather really is beautiful. I mean I love how this boot looks. I've put a few scuffs on them but I also have some Red Wing care products that I'll use to touch up these boots.

Craftsmanship is top notch. Yes there are less expensive boots out there but for the level of quality you get, these boots are a great value.

For sizing, I am an 11.5/12 with a wide forefoot and have found the 11.5 to be a good fit for me.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

I originally put these in my pack when heading out on a route in the Tetons and I haven't taken them out yet. I haven't had to use them, but for as light as these are I might as well keep them in my pack. The amount of stress they relieve is well worth the minimal weight!

These crampons are great for those trips best suited for running/approach/hiking shoes, but may have large snow fields you need to contend with.

Light enough that if you never need them you won't be kicking yourself for lugging them around and simple enough when its time to don the cram-pon.

Initial fitting can take a minute or two to become familiar with, so hit me up directly and I'll walk you through the process.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

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

The name of this axe is what it's all about: riding. This guy is small enough and light enough that you might as well take it on your ski tours; you're never going to notice it's there.

The slight bend in the shaft makes this a tool that is equally pack able and versatile. Easy to fit in the pack but if you have it on the outside its small footprint won't get hung up on anything. Then you have it when it's time to booting up couliors, get over head walls, or inspire confidence on a sketchy traverse.

Easy to pack, easy to hold, easy to use. Why not bring it?

Give me a shout to see what other gear I take on my tours.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Last season I skied on the Kingpin binding but this year I'm hoping to make the jump to the Ions. Don't get me wrong, the Kingpin is a fantastic binding, but the Ion suits my needs much better. What impresses me so much with the Ions is the durability, ease of use, and the skiing position.

While not the lightest tech binding, it is by no means a pig. The weight is due to the use of metal (instead of plastic) which results in a very durable binding. No issues with impacts or temperature changes, this thing is rock solid.

The ergonomics of this binding is what really sells it for me. Stepping in is very easy; boot guide position your toes perfectly and the pins have a positive snap so you know you've stepped in. The toe piece also has a large channel underneath the toes to allow for snow/ice clearing. After skiing through deep and wettish snow I had no issues stepping out of this binding. Heel unit isn't drastically different from other rotating-tower heel pieces, but are improved in that you can rotate the heel either direction and the heel risers are super easy to flip up and down.

Skiing position is great for modern skis and skiing style. The bindings are relatively flat in that they don't ramp you forward over the front of the ski. This leads to a much more balanced skiing style that is well suited for skis rockered skis. The heel unit also has a forward pressure spring to enhance the power transfer between the boot and the ski.

Unless you're looking for the lightest binding, or the binding with the *most* power transfer, this is THE binding to get. I'm excited to get on it and I think you will be too.

Reach out directly and I'd love to help you get into the perfect touring setup for you. More than happy to answer questions too, such as:
- My favorite skis on the market
- Nylon vs Mohair skins
- What boots will fit me best?

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

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

Was able to demo this last year.... but conditions only let me ski hardpack. I have no doubt that these are awesome in soft snow and powder, but I was still impressed with their on-piste performance.

This is definitely a rockered freeride ski, but still had good stability on groomers and was fun to arc long turns with. Stable and reliable, I had no qualms at laying them over at speed, however they weren't the most stable when things get really firm/hard.

Can't say firsthand how they'd be in soft snow, but based on how they felt I'm sure they'll be awesome.

Give me a shout if you want to talk more about skis; would love to help put you in your favorite ski setup.

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

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

If you're looking for an all mountain ski to perform in variable conditions... this is it. Got to ski this at a demo last year when conditions were.... less than ideal.... but I still had a blast.

Salomon uses 3 major technologies in this ski to make it really fun to ski. The Spaceframe layout uses softer materials at the tips/tails with progressively stiffer materials as we move inwards toward the Ti Power Platform which is a titanium plate underfoot to increase edgeholding, power-transfer, and rigidity. But the coolest technology is the CFX laminate which uses carbon for lightweight stiffness and flax fibers to reduce the "jitter" that carbon can introduce. Yeah. Flax Fibers.

And the thing works! Super fun and smile-inducing when you get it on edge, but I'd argue it's even better in softer patches. Edges aren't catchy, the tips don't dive, great float, but still easy to maneuver like a 99-waist should be.

Was really impressed with the performance of this ski, and as an added benefit it's light enough that it won't hurt when you hike to hidden stashes with them.

Give me a call if you're excited about this skis; I love to talk skiing!

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

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

Got the chance to ski this at a demo last year and I was seriously impressed, especially for the price tag. at $500 these skis will allow you to effortlessly carve the front side and roam off the trail to your hearts content. Ski shape enables smooth edge transitions while the materials give you great feel and power. Tip/tail aren't too aggressively rockered, but the perfect blend for on/off trail performance. Really loved the versatility of this ski as well as how rewarding it was to get it on edge.

Give me a call or email directly; I'm always excited to talk skiing!

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

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

For a sub-$500 ski.... this guy is fun! Was able to ski it at the end of last season and was very impressed. Definitely on the softer side but was not floppy and put a smile on my face. Transitions from edge to edge were smooth and fluid. Great ski for the introductory skier or someone who doesn't want to spend a bunch of money on a set of sticks.

Don't let the price tag fool you, these are definitely some fun skis.

Give me a call or an email and I'd love to chat about these, or any other, skis. Look forward to hearing from ya

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

So I'll admit first off that I committed a rookie mistake with these shoes.... the first time I put them on was in the Lupine Meadows trailhead when I was about to start a 20 hour day climbing the Grand Teton with 5 of my buddies. I was worried I'd end the day with shredded, blistered, and broken feet.... but I didn't.

With the Firetail 3, Salewa decided to open the toebox quite a bit, which lends to a more comfortable fit for more users. Hiking up dusty trails, loose talus, and wobbily boulder, I found the shoe to be grippy (both on rock AND dirt) and supportive, but all together not too much different from a hiking shoe. In the past I'd felt that most approach shoes were far too stiff and ungainly when actually hiking; these shoes felt to be a happy medium.

After refilling water at the Lower Saddle we meandered over to the base of the Petzoldt ridge. I was leading the second party and watched the first leader pull through the moves. "You know what," I thought "I'm going to give this a shot in my approach shoes". It was cold and we had a long day; I really didn't want to fuss with climbing shoes. I started up the climb and within the first few moves I had to pull over an awkward bulge with "thin" feet; I was unsure if I could trust the shoes. I communicated to my partners that I may want to switch to climbing shoes, but I decided to calm down and give it a true effort. Stuck the feet and pulled the bulge, no problem. After that it was easy to trust the shoes, my buddy said I "became a different climber" I had every bit of confidence that the shoes would perform; all of Petzoldt and all of the Upper Exum were easily within the realm of the Firetail 3's.

Throughout the day I encountered cracks, slab, vertical, overhanging (ever so slightly), and these shoes never let me down. I'm seriously impressed with how well they climb. When I felt I needed a little bit extra, the lacing pattern really allows you to snug the shoe down without choking off any parts of your feet.

The downfall of most approach shoes is... on the way down. No traction, lots of slipping, and a sore lower body. Again, with the Firetails on it felt like any old hiking shoe. Only difference is the beefy rubber toecap... which I am extremely grateful for because I'm pretty sure I kicked every rock and tripped over every root on the way down.

These are now my true *approach* shoes. Not light hikers or trail runners or whatever, these are for approach and easy alpine climbing. Any trip that features 5.6-5.8 alpine climbing, this will probably be the only shoe I wear. Long hikes on trail/talus/boulder that features scrambling, these are the shoes I will bring. I don't want to put unnecessary miles on them around town or when strictly trail hiking... because these shoes are *that* good.

Size these at your true shoe size or maybe a half size down. I'm a 11.5/12 (depending on width) and I chose the 11.5. Definitely a bit snug for me but not too small.

Reach out with any questions or comments, I'd love to help you reach your climbing goals.

Ben

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.

This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.

It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.

With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.

And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.

Building a new bike? Upgrading the current whip? Give me a shout and I’ll make sure you get the perfect build.

Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?

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