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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 3 years now and loving the moutnain west.

I like to climb, ski, mountain bike, camp, and hike. I also like to fly fish but go out maaaaybe once a season.

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

Ben Rabinowitz

Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mountain biking or not these are the best shorts I've ever worn. They are cut right, the gripper elastic keeps them up, and they are absurdly comfortable. For their weight they're actually pretty durable, but don't expect them to be bombproof.

Anytime I pedal these are going to be the only shorts I wear and if I had a clean pair I'd probably wear them around town too.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

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

Had some leakage on my 34, swapped out seals, and the leak is gone!

Removing them took some effort as I was scared to just manhandle them, but that's pretty much what I needed to to.

Installing new seals was a pain to get in level and pushed as I don't have the install tool; I don't really have a trick for them.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These have quickly become my everyday shoes for fall, and probably will continue into the winter for me. Versatile style and the leather is just nice enough that it looks good but you won't be bummed if they get scuffed or stained. The soles are really soft, but still supportive, and are comfortable for all day.

Once I wear these out I'll definitely be getting another pair.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compared to the old push-button reverb lever, this thing is amazing. But I still feel it's only an 8/10 on the execution scale.

I wish that you could index the rotation of the lever to different positions (similar to the downshift lever on SRAM trigger shifters). I also wish you could push the lever "through" more. I've found the post compression and return aren't as smooth as with the push-button, and I feel that's due to the lever not "actuating" enough. I thoroughly bled upon installation, but I think one more bleed (now that I've ridden a bit) will fix it.

Best part is that I can finally position my front brake *and* dropper levers where I want them, without having to compromise one of them.

Get this. It's way better than the stock button.

Reach out to me and I'd love to provide 1-on-1 service.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rotors shouldn't be seen or heard. Don't want to hear them tinging, squealing, or gobbling. Definitely don't want to see them bent out of shape.

Haven't had any issues with Centerline (or Centerline X rotors) for the few years I've ran them. Bed them properly and you'll be set!

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ended last season by busting open my Bell Super 2. So in looking for a new helmet I had the chance to scoop up the new TLD A2 MIPS. It's a rad helmet by all means but had some pressure points on the top of my noggin.

POC usually doesn't fit my head to well, but because I liked the look of the helmet I tried on the XL/XXL.... love it!

This thing is comfy, looks good (*very* important in the MTB community), is light, airy, fits my Julbo Aero shades well, and I definitely trust it to protect my noggin' from the inevitable and numeros endos I'll take this season.

Only things I don't like about it are that the screw to adjust the visor can come loose and/or fall out (dab of loctite fixes it. If you lose it, POC will send new ones to you) and that goggles have been hard for me to pair with it. I don't blame the helmet for the goggles because I had to size up from what I normally wear, I also haven't tried all of them.

Seriously so happy I tried this helmet out, I feel so much more comfortable out on the trails.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Absolutely love this bombproof table. Easy to set up, easy to transport in the car and to the campsite, and you can get it pretty stable on different types of terrain.

I mainly have it set up in the backyard as part of my "bike shop", but also bring it camping for a cook table, and for board/card games.

More expensive than other tables, but this thing is built tough. Going to enjoy using this for a while.

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Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

4 5

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

As is, I'd give this pad 4-stars. No doubt about it, it's a top-quality lightweight insulated airpad. Durable, warm, comfortable, and light enough. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for my own needs or recommend it to a customer, but there's nothing that blows me away about the pad to merit 5 stars.

But pair it with the Pumphouse bag? 5 stars, hands down, good night. No matter how fit I think I am, I *still* get winded and lightheaded when blowing up an airpad. But using the Pumphouse bag makes it too damn easy. 5 rolls/fills and your pad is filled up.

Only bummer is the bag is sold separately (but trust me it's worth it).

Great pad, even better bag.

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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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