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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringel

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Chris Ringel's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Chris Ringel's Bio

Backcountry’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

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Chris Ringel

Chris Ringelwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this mostly for canning and it works great for that. It gets water boiling a lot faster than my old Camp Chef that has the 30,000 BTU burners. It works great and will still turn down low and simmer if needed. Add a BBQ box or grill and you have a really versatile setup for outdoor cooking.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This makes your Camp Chef stove really versatile. I can use the burners for canning and then can put this on and grill. Its a little heavy but its pretty easy to take on and off as needed. The cast iron grates hold heat and allow the grill to cook fairly evenly.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have never slept so good while camping. It has just the right amount of foam and air in it. I purchased the double wide and it was plenty of room for 2. The double valve makes inflating and deflating really easy. It self inflates about 80% of the way and you need to add a little air to top it off. Quality Sea to Summit construction. If you are looking for a comfortable and quality car camping pad this is it.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.0

These shoes are great! Out of the box I put 5 miles on them in the southern Utah desert and did some mellow slot canyons. They were plenty sticky for extra traction and hiked over slick rock and sand without any issues. I was surprised at how little sand I had to empty from them. They did let some in but that was to be expected. They were comfortable and didn't create any hot spots at the end of the day. They following day I did a slot canyon that required a lot more technical footwork and they performed really well. They were sticky when I needed them and provided enough protection to keep my feet happy. Since the trip I have used them for a lot of rock climbing approaches and short hikes and am still very happy with them. I like that I can keep the toe box a little loose while hiking or really tighten it up when I need them to perform. Sizing is spot on. I normally wear 11.0 street shoes and 11.5 in trail runners. The 11.0 gave me just enough room to hike without banging my toes but not too much extra room to not allow me to edge with them.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love this piece. It is super comfortable, performs well and looks good. The sleeves are long and I can actually use the thumb holes with my long arms. This makes a great spring/fall outer piece and an excellent mid-layer in the winter. It is trim fitting so keep that in mind when ordering.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on June 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have only used this bag for a couple of nights but I really like it. There are not many quality 30 degree down bags under $200. This is one of them. They quality of the bag is really good. I like that the shoulder circumference is 62 inches which provides a little more room that some other bags on the market. It stuffs small for the 650 fill bag. The full length zipper helps a lot in regulating your temperature. I haven't used it down to its limit but I think it will be comfortable down to the mid 30's without an issue.

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Chris Ringelwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

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

I gave this as a gift. This is what was said
"Nothing but high quality from Enve. At nearly half the weight of the setm I replaced, this is a great, sleek way to shed a little weight. It;s the perfect complement to an Enve handlebar as they feel like they become one. Great control and a natural feel. it also look fantastic. If you can stomach the price, this thing will not disappoint. "

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