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Ben Towerywrote a review of on August 14, 2017

Awesome shades for riding!
5 5

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

I've been in the Attacks for a few weeks now and love them. They are light and fit great. Chromapop is the real deal and helps me see clearer with less eye strain. The real benefit however is the new lens/temple interface. So easy and quick. No more forcing lenses into super tight temples. These things rock.

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 23, 2017

4 5

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

The 27.5 wheeled version of the Helion was one of my favorite bikes. The addition of 29 inch wheels only makes the Helion better.

Mountain biking is supposed to be fun, right? Why suffer through the climbs on an inefficient machine when you can have something like the Helion that goes uphill and down? XC bikes don't get enough love IMO because of their paltry travel numbers. But the Helion proves that XC bikes can be very versatile.

I rode the Helion 29 right after I rode the much bigger traveled Force. It was refereshing to be able to pedal uphill! The Helion reminds me of my old 26 inch hardtail. It got me where I wanted to go and quickly.

Not everyone is a shuttle hound. For those who ride a lot of single track or climb everywhere, the Helion is a great bike.

Give me a shout if you'd like to know more or to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 23, 2017

Love GT! Chocolate dipped bacon optional
5 5

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

I had the opportunity to ride the GT Force last summer at a GT demo here in Utah. It was during a few week period where I was riding a different bike every weekend, getting to really compare brands and builds. The GT demo was awesome. Not only were the bike awesome there was chocolate dipped bacon for fuel in between rides.

The Force fits right in with the best and most expensive long travel trail bikes. Pedaling is as good as any and downhill, the thing flies.

GT is a great brand that makes me think back to being a kid at the local BMX track. GT was THE brand back then. I argue that it still is. The Force proves it.

Hit me up directly with any questions or to -place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 16, 2017

Awesome skis!
5 5

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

I picked up the Boundary 107's this season after a solid stint on some Rossignol B94's. The B94's were before rocker was introduced to the market and man, what a difference all the new tech makes!

I spent my first 2 days on the skis this past weekend. Saturday was a 2 lap tour in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Sunday was a day spent in a resort. I love these skis!

They tour very well. They're not the lightest touring ski but I'm 200 lbs and don't mind some heft for stability on the downhill. I mounted Marker F12 Tour bindings however to add some lightness.

In fresh powder they have great float and are much easier to turn then my 2x4'esque B94's. However, it was in the resort where I was really surprised. On the super steeps on the Fingers Chutes at Snowbasin, they were solid. They were confidence inspiring. They plowed through the chopped up powder below the chutes with ease and laid down trenches on the groomed runs back to the lift. Awesome, awesome skis! Hit me up directly with questions or if you'd like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-389-7247

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 16, 2017

Add lightness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think it was the founder of Lotus cars who coin the phrase "add lightness". It works for sports cars and AT gear. I've been using the Marker Baron's for the past 4 years and I've loved them. Burly, easy to use, resort worthy. But I just recently upgraded my skis and so some new bindings were in order.

I'm 200 lbs and ski in the resort a few times a year so I went with the F12's because they have everything my Baron's have with added lightness. No chance of switching into walk mode while skiing, 12 DIN, burly-ish and still easy to use. I'm too cheap to spring for new boots so and I didn't feel the need for tech bindings. The F12's are plenty light for my needs, almost a lb and a half lighter than the Baron's.

One gripe people have about the Marker line-up is the need to remove your skis to switch to walk mode. I've never been in a situation where staying in my skis was necessary and I'm usually ready to ski before my friends in tech bindings are anyway. I have experimented with just removing one ski at a time for places where the snow is too deep to want to step out.

If you want an alipine like binding but looking for something a bit lighter than the Duke or Baron, the F12 Tour is an awesome option. Hit me up directly with any questions or if -you'd like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 12, 2017

My all time favorite saddle!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The basic shape of this saddle has been around for a decade or more but Serfas is one of the few brands that offers it with carbon rails. I'm 200 lbs and used this saddle for several long race seasons. it's very light, extremely comfortable and is very durable. And at this price? Sick! 3 widths means it can fit most any roadie out there.

Hit me up directly with questions or if you'd like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on January 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

I have a few pairs of Bronsons because I love them so much. (In different sizes for race shape and, well, not race shape) The gusseted crotch and perfect amount of stretch make them super comfy, they never bind or pinch. They have been surprisingly durable as well. Not as heavy as Carhart options but I'm not lumberjacking or hearding cattle. The look great to boot! Get some!

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on December 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been on the new Magnus for about a month now. I was previously using the Kinetic Road Machine, which I really liked. The Magnus is a completely different animal however.

First, it's a "smart" trainer. Smart trainers allow you to do workouts without shifting gears. The trainer adjusts tension based on the workout you've chosen, either with the free Cyclops app or one of the new training programs like Zwift.

Second, this trainer is incredibly quiet. There is the slighest hum but no resonance travelling through the flow in into my sleeping daughter's bedroom. Not having to shift gears also adds to the quietness.

The Magnus is plenty sturdy and I've used Cyclops products before with a lot of success. I'm using the free app for workouts and set up was a breeze. You can take your power test, set your training zones and be on your way to your best winter ever. There really is no excuse for not waking up early and putting in the time when it is this quiet, this comprehensive and this easy.

Give me a call directly if you have any questions or would like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

A review of socks? Well, socks are much overlooked piece of kit. A good pair of socks can make your ride a pleasure. A bad pair of socks can ruin a ride.

I have loved my Mavic socks! The Merino wool is soft and warm and they breath exceptionally well. There's no bunching and no hot spots. I highly recommend these socks!

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

Carbon is cool. It's sexy. It's light. It's stiff. But braking can be suspect and some just are not convinced of it's durability. This precisely why Mavic keeps the venerable R-Sys in the line up.

While they are not aero, the R-Sys seem to fly with excellent stiffness, light weight and the Exalith brake surface stops on a dime. Yes, they are a bit noisy. they don't squeek but sound like a zipper. You get used to it. Especially since they, you know, stop.

i enjoyed my demo ride on these alot. If I wasn't worried about aerodynamics, was worried about carbon but still wanted a high end wheelset, these would be at the top of the list.

Give me a shout if you have any questions or would like to place an order. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't stand rolly, hard frame suitcases, even the softsided ones that pretend to be duffles. This bag goes from plane to boat to truck with no problems. It's durable, water proof and the shoulder straps help me get it through the airport. Highly recommended!

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't stand rolly, hard frame suitcases, even the softsided ones that pretend to be duffles. This bag goes from plane to boat to truck with no problems. It's durable, water proof and the shoulder straps help me get it through the airport. Highly recommended!

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You've probably seen my name on a Mercury review before. That's because I have a deep love for the brand and their wheels. Light, stiff, smooth, hand built in Utah, excellent price point.

The M3 is no different. I've logged many miles on the M3 and they handle my 200 lbs with ease. Modern shape, modern brake track, durable hubs, tried and true Sapim CX Ray spokes. This is a lot of wheel for the money.

Give me a shout directly if you would like to know more. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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Ben Towerywrote a review of on August 15, 2016

Fast sails, fast bikes
5 5

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

Neilpryde has been around for along time. I recognize the target logo from my many years of sailing, which I've been doing as long as I've ridden bikes. It's a company that builds quality stuff and the Nazare2 is no different.

Nowadays it's really hard to find a "bad" bike. The performance of each frame on the market is so close that it really comes down to the nuances designed and built into the bike. I've been on the Nazare2 for about 50 miles and I really can't find anything wrong with it. In fact there is a lot to like.

As with most aero raod bikes, ride quality isn't as smooth as an endurance bike or even an ultralight climber. But it is surprisingly smooth. I would compare this to the Ridley Noah SL in purpose and overall experience but the Nazare2 is a lot smoother, much less harsh than the Noah. I could roll a century on this bike no problem and be comfortable.

The naked carbon finish really shows off the care taken in putting all the pieces together.

Road racers, crit stars or part time triathletes will love this bike.

Give me a shout to answer more questions or put together an order.

btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

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