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Caffery

Salt Lake City, UT

Caffery's Bio

Hi All,


I grew up in Connecticut, spending most of my youth seeking out new trails to ride on my orange Pacific 6-speed, often ending up in random backyards with barking dogs. After college in Pennsylvania, I moved to the Asheville, NC area where I was a mountain biking instructor, with the privilege of riding and racing in Pisgah, Dupont, Bent Creek, and all the rest of the best out in those Blue Ridge Mountains for several seasons. In 2010, I moved to NYC, wherein I had ample time to familiarize myself with the modern road cycling culture, racing, technology, and of course, bikes.


After three years in NYC, however, I needed some more elevation in my life. I'm excited to now be living in Utah and cranking out copy for Competitive Cyclist / Backcountry. Please don't hesitate to contact me at cgarff@backcountry.com if you have any questions or feedback about anything and everything in the world of bikes.


- C

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These pants are soft, comfortable, warm, and look good. The inner liner suffices as a first layer, which can't be said for all component pants like this. Very protective, even when it hit -30. Snow and wind want to get all up on my skin? No way, bro. You ain't doing that. I got on these sick pants, so please occupy your time in some other fashion.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 27, 2015

4 5

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

Purchased for my brother. Awesome jacket overall. The fit/cut is good (he's 5'11, 200lbs, size L fits great), it's super warm and protective, and it looks sharp. His only complaint is a lack of pockets. Ungloved hands can find a home, sure, but to carry your wallet, keys, throwing stars, etc., you'll need to rent a trained marmot wearing a little backpack to follow you all over the mountain (a service available at any legit resort in the Wasatch). Otherwise, he definitely digs this jacket.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

If you have a small-to-medium-sized head and need a technical/active/under-the-helmet beanie, read no further, because this thing is perfect. It's a bit thin and tight, though (my head is 56cm), so it creates an aesthetic I'm not a fan of. I'll be returning it, because I wanted more of an all-around/casual beanie with the Arc logo, but don't let my tale dissuade you; merino makes the ideal beanie material (warm, breathable, non-itchy, antimicrobial, etc.), so grab this thing if you're active and not too large-skulled.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

5 5

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

This jacket seems like one of Marmot's most popular, and after purchasing one for my sister, I can see why. She wouldn't take it off, even indoors. She could wear it around the house without overheating, thanks to the jacket's excellent breathability, but when it was windy and temps were in the teens, she was just fine - and wearing only a t-shirt underneath! The soft-lined interior and pockets feel great. All the details just feel spot-on. Marmot makes some of the best jackets, especially for the money, and this one is a great example of that.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Purchased this jacket for my sister for the holidays, and while it's a great piece that fit her well (5'7", about 120lbs, size Small was good), and it had some smart features and was well-made, the color wasn't what we'd hoped for. The Tech Blue, depending on your computer monitor, may seem like a deep "Blue Man Group" blue, but it's closer in person to a bluish-violet that approaches purple. I'll be returning it for her to find something else from TNF or another brand.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this bag for my brother, since he's a tour manager for a band and travels constantly. His opinion is that it's one of the best and smartest bags he's ever had. The dual compartment split feature is genius (camera gear or other delicate/expensive stuff can go in the smaller one, clothes and shoes in the bigger one, for example). There are many smaller pockets and sleeves for gear, paperwork, etc., to be found all over, so it's very easy to stay organized. The bag gets four stars and not five, because while it does feel like a piece that can and will take a beating, some hardware details like the telescoping handle and the construction/plastics around the wheels and base feel like they could be more sturdy, especially at this price point. The fabric, zippers, straps, and everything else, however, feel like they will last forever. This is an awesome bag, and I will likely be purchasing one for myself.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My cousin for whom I purchased these had some thoughts: All-around excellent bindings. She'd really like to give them 4.5 stars, because they feel a touch heavy (which is great for some riders) and the plastic sections had one or two areas where they looked slightly unfinished out-of-the-box, but overall, fantastic and she'd happily buy again.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

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

The interesting-but-not-offensive weave pattern of this scarf is beautiful and can go with almost any outfit, and the material is soft and warm. The scarf does have "sides," though, with one side being the cleaner, better-looking side and the other being less attractive. It's a detail few bystanders will notice, however. Very nice scarf, and a great cause to support, as well.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This may technically be a women's scarf, which could arguably excuse its relatively low weight and thin weave, but I ordered it for myself because I wanted something of this color, and it did the job of keeping me warm on a recent trip to a very-cold NYC. Out of the package, there were two or three runs in the fabric, and the color is closer to a mauve than a true burgundy, but still, it's great and I'll use it all winter.

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Cafferywrote a review of on January 4, 2015

4 5

The relative this jacket was purchased for is very satisfied with it. Go-anywhere style and very warm, even down into the teens. The fit seems slightly larger than most TNF women's jackets, so try it on if you get the chance first. Also doesn't feel like the outer shell material is particularly durable, but time will tell.

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Cafferywrote a review of on September 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To Utah riders, this review could come down to one experience I had on the DB Mission 2: I cleared the entire Jacob's Ladder climb in Corner Canyon on this bike (yes, all the way up to that rock face on top), and then on the way down, I was mere seconds off of taking the JL descent KOM on Strava. That, my friends, is insane... For non-Utahns, that means this: this bike can climb astonishingly well, and then absolutely crush going downhill. Spec is great, too, but the Mission 2 gets four stars instead of five because they should definitely outfit this rig with a true 1x11 group (SRAM's X1 would be perfect here), rather than a 1x10 with that 11x36 cassette - it has barely enough low-end for seriously steep climbs. That's it for gripes, though. This thing is solid, and fun as hell. For shuttle runs or enduro days, DB's new Mission is on a mission - and for this price? Awesome.

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