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Chris Shields

Chris Shields

Employee

Chris Shields's Passions

Snowshoeing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

Chris Shields's Bio

I grew up in Boston, went to school in Vermont, and have a rabid passion for Mad River Glen that confounds my coworkers here at Backcountry. I am very proud to #SkiTheEast, and have hiked, climbed and skied throughout the US and the Swiss Alps.

Fun fact (?) - I spent my honeymoon scrambling up Kilimanjaro. All was great until we summited in the dark and had to wait 90 minutes on the summit to wait for sunrise so my wife could get a better picture. Tip - don't hang out at 19'000 feet, use Photoshop.

I run customer acquisition marketing for Backcountry, so thanks for being here.

Chris Shields

Chris Shieldswrote a review of on July 19, 2017

4 5

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

The Big Agnes Big House 6 is pretty awesome. I took it on a recent car camping trip and it was wonderful to be able to spread out and stand up in the tent. The setup was pretty quick (~5 minutes for two of us setting it up the first time), although I think it would be very hard to set it alone.

The one issue that I had was the door zipper. At times I found it hard to manipulate and open.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on July 19, 2017

5 5

I've used the Yeti Hopper Two 40 several times now and it's great. Ice stays cold ~24 hours and it fits a ton. On a recent camping trip I threw a 10lb bag of ice in there with ~20 beers and was able to finagle it closed.

To be clear - the 40 is big, and even empty it's got some weight to it. For day to day, the smaller version might be a better bet, but this one provides a ton of flexibility.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my Northface Basecamp Duffel for about a year now and it's awesome. The small can carry a precent amount of stuff - I mainly use it a weekend travel bag, but I've also used it as a gym bag. The small qualifies for carryon.

The backpack straps are really comfortable.

The one caveat is that there aren't any handles. You have to hold onto the backpack straps instead. Not a big deal, but not ideal.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on June 12, 2017

4 5

I love our Yeti Tank 85. It's easy to move around, when empty, and can hold a party's worth of beer and wine with no problems. We recently used it in the sun with mid 80s temps and the ice held up the whole day and into the next. We do have the lid which probably helps. All in all, I'm happy with this guy, but it's not cheap. We decided on it instead of a cooler, but it's not for everyone. If you're not big into parties, it's probably not worth it.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The North Face Basecamp duffel is a classic, and it can't get any better. I have the small, which is great because it still fits as a carry-on bag on planes.

The backpack functionality is great and the bag can get a bit heavy. It doesn't have carryon straps, but you can use the backpack straps for that purpose.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

I bought these Brooks Launch 4 Running Shoes for my wife and she loves them. She's an avid runner and had the following to say - 'My second pair of Brooks and they keep getting better. They are extremely light but have enough tread and support for me to run of different trail types - both paved and more rugged. For me it's the perfect running shoe for versatility.'

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on April 24, 2017

2 5

I consider myself handy with an allen wrench, and have done more than my fair share of Ikea assembly. The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 tested my every nerve though in trying to get it assembled.

For your own sanity, ignore the assembly video on their site, and pour yourself a beer and give yourself an hour. The included instructions are directionally correct, but missing a few steps.

What the instructions don't show for example, but becomes common sense after 20 minutes of cursing, is that there's a plate to screw the bolts into. You just have to line it up with the bolts, and then they're fine. I had a huge challenge with the 'rear tray bolt,' so make sure that you have a hammer with you to help ease it in place.

Ditto for the 'hitch bolt.'

All in all, I'm pretty disapointed that a product which is so expensive could be so challenging to assembly. Poor job.

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