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Benjamin Goforth

Benjamin Goforth

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Benjamin Goforth's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing

Benjamin Goforth's Bio

I am an avid cyclist, paddler, and adventurer. I grew up in the River valley of Central Illinois where I honed my skills in Mountain Biking and as a woodsman. As I have grown and moved my passions have also expanded to back country canoe trips and Nordic skiing and skijoring in Minnesota and the surrounding states. Of late I have been focused on Alpine and back country skiing. Hit me up with any questions or gear needs!

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Benjamin Goforth

Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 17, 2017

4 5

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

I gave this as a gift. Here is what they had to say: My North Face Cat’s Meow sleeping bag arrived recently and I am very pleased with the quality of it. The stitching is well done and the color matches the picture from the website. The bag is also light in my hands, which bodes well for future camping trips. Although I have not had a chance to sleep in it, my feline companion, Frank, has made it his nest on many occasions. He always appears to be sleeping quite soundly on top of it. I now see how this sleeping bag got its name. What’s good enough for my cat is good enough for me.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been wearing these all season so far and am very happy. The boot length is awesome and means I don't have to deal with bunched up pants or extra layers in my boots. The only downside was that they split out at one of the seams after about 3 weeks of heavy use, but Patagonia as always was easy to deal with and they were quickly replaced at no charge.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been great poles for me. I use them for both the resort and touring. The adjustment and lock system is pretty bombproof and very easy to use even with gloves on. The only downside is that they disappear when you forget them next to your car in the parking lot... I will certainly be buying another pair!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

What can I say? These socks, as with all SmartWool socks work exactly how they are supposed to. I have worn these for a number of years and have never had any issues. They also seem to last a very long time. These are a great option for anyone who wants a comfortable sock they can wear on all of their skiing adventures. I wear a size 11 shoe and the large fits great!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have never owned a ski helmet before and this was my second attempt at finding something that works well for me. So far I have really enjoyed it. I typically find that I am a medium in most cycling helmets and climbing helmets, but the large in this helmet works perfectly for me. I wear a thin helmet liner or buff under and with the excellent twist to fit system I am able to really fine tune the fit. With the helmet I have used both my Zeal Optics Forecast and Native TenMile and they both fit really well and have virtually no space or gap in coverage. If you are looking for a classic styled lightweight helmet this is the one for you!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

First off let me say that I really enjoy FlyLow as a company and so far their products have not disappointed. Living in Utah, we have had an awesome winter so far and I was tired of getting snow in my pants on powder days. I have worn these in waist deep powder and during storm days and have been dry and comfortable throughout. They also have an awesome pocket system on the bib that allows me to carry all the things I need to access very easily. I am 6ft, 185lbs and went with the large. I really enjoy the fit, but feel that the medium would have been much too tight in the waist. If I had one complaint it would be that I get really warm and have been sweating in the stomach area where the bib comes up. I think this is inherent of most full coverage bibs in general. I also think I will be able to solve this with a little more creative layering. Over all I would recommend this to anyone looking for full coverage on powder days in both the resort and backcountry.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these boots at the beginning of the season and so far I really like them! I have used them in the resort and for touring with about 15 days total in them so far. Everyday they get a little more comfy. I am 185lbs and really like the 120 flex. For touring they have been great as well with very little numbness or rubbing, which is generally an issue for me. They also have a really great buckle system on the top buckles that self adjust for when you are in walk mode that seems to work very well. Over all I would say if you are in the market for a resort boot that you can tour in or only have the cash for one pair of boots, these fit the bill nicely. I would absolutely recommend these!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

4 5

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

My sister is in college and needed a raincoat to wear to class and to football games. This is perfect because she can pack it into itself to carry with her and it does not take up any space in her dorm room. Plus, Patagonia gear is so durable she will have this for years to come.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

I bought this for my sister for Christmas. The colors are beautiful! She loves how soft and cozy it is. It is the perfect weight for wearing inside the house in the winter and for throwing on to walk the dog in the spring and fall.
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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

My girlfriend kept wearing mine around my house so I bought her one for Christmas. Now we are both happy! This is perfect to wear inside during the winter and outside in the fall and spring.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 33x32

I picked up a pair of these in the denim color a few weeks ago and so far I have been impressed with the fit and comfort. There have been some spots were threads are coming out, which doesn't lead me to believe that the long term durability would be good, but I do continue to wear them almost daily. They have a nice modern slim fit with lots of stretch and are very comfortable. I would say that they fit pretty spot on in the waist. The 33x32 fits great in the waist, but is a bit long in the leg. Over all I would recommend these pants.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on October 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I received these pants a few weeks ago and haven't had a really opportunity to test them yet where they were meant to be used, but so far they are great! The front of the pants have a really nice wind resistant material with awesome articulated knees. The back of the pants are a more stretchy breathable material, so I imagine they will be awesome for my aerobic pursuits once we get a little more snow and colder temps. The pants also have really long zippers on the sides so they are easy to get on and off. They reflective hits are also a nice touch for safety and visibility when running at night on the streets. I will up date this as I get more use out of them.

Pray for Snow!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on September 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this shelter over Labor Day weekend for camping in a field at Phish shows. Overall I like the shape and size and it packs up much smaller than most Ez-up shade tents. Set-up was very easy and it comes with an extra wall to help keep the sun off. It also included all the stakes and guy lines needed for proper set-up. My only complaint is that this thing really wants to fly if there is any significant wind. If you do not guy out all three points you will watch in horror as it collapses. So, great on space and shade, but if you are expecting weather and won't be around I would take it down or look at other options.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on September 27, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had great expectations for this hat. I love all of my other Patagonia hats. Most recently the Duckbill Trucker has been my everyday wear. The Corduroy Snap-back wasn't for me. It is very tall and the top seems to cave in. It is taller than any hat I've ever owned. I had a few people try it on to make sure it wasn't just me, but the problem appeared to be universal across the different shapes of heads that tried it. Overall I think the styling of this hat is on point, but the fit is a huge miss. Bummer.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on July 28, 2016

Perfect!
5 5

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

I gave this to a friend as a gift. Here is what he had to say:
"This tent is the business!!! Used it for two nights at The Gorge for Phish and it was almost too perfect. Super easy to put up - took less than 10 mins to set up the first time. Super smooth looking and very cozy. Everyone around was very impressed with the quality of both the material and poles. For a four person tent it's super light and there's a lot of space. I personally had a double high twin air mattress in it and could easily sit up on the mattress. Had three suitcases and backpacks in it as well with space to spare. Highly recommend this tent for any type of camping/backpacking/festival going. 10/10"

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on July 27, 2016

Great Chairs!
4 5

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

I gave these to my mom as a gift. Here is what she had to say: I have always used a Crazy Creek chair for camping....but with age, these knees have difficulty getting me up off the ground. The Treo is fantastic. Tall enough to easily stand up from, stable enough to provide a welcome rest, light and packable for easy transport and storage. I wouldn't have backpacked with it, but since I'm not doing that now, this will be my go to chair for kayaking, camping....or just sitting in the backyard!!!

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on June 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: size 11

These have been great for trail runs and hiking! I typically get blisters very easily so I like to hike in Chaco sandals. These are a really god choice when you want to move a little faster and/or have some protection for more technical trails. They have a nice wide toe box and zero drop so they feel very natural and comfortable on the foot. The traction is also superb with perfect lug and sole design giving you confidence both up and down the trail. These do run about a half size smaller than my other running shoes. I typically wear 10.5 and went with the 11 in these.

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Benjamin Goforthwrote a review of on June 30, 2016

4 5

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

Especially for our four legged pals! A first aid kit for me in the past has consisted of athletic tape and antiseptic ointment. When I moved to Utah from the midwest and started making more solo trips with my cattle dog into the mountains I figured I should upgrade my kit. This is a great addition and carries well in a nice zippered bag. In the bag everything is in a few watertight zip lock style baggies. The kit has everything you would need to get you and/or your dog out of a jam. Would have given 5 stars if the bag folded open to make it easier to access and see your supplies. Fortunately I have not had to use it yet, but I know we are safer for carrying it.

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