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Dan Be

Dan Be

Gearhead

Alta, Moab, Utah

Dan Be's Bio

Spend most my time skiing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing or just about anything outside. Feel free to contact me when I am in if you have any questions, I work Friday-Monday. Friday, Sunday, and Monday I am in 12:00 MST - 10:30pm MST and Saturday 7:00am - 5:30pm MST. You can also contact me anytime at dbennett@backcountry.com

Dan Be

Dan Bewrote a review of on March 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Race Face has drastically improved the bearings in this bottom bracket. Sure they are a little stiff out of the box but loosen up after a few rides. Once broken in this bottom bracket offers a velvet smooth feel. Plus with this bottom bracket you can run any of the Cinch cranks from Race Face which are among the best cranks on the market. Make sure you install this properly or you will likely have issues with durability.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

3 years ago I never would have run a Sram brake on my bike. I was skeptical when Sram introduced the Guide line. After riding several bikes with Sram Guide R, RS, and RSC brakes I was converted. The stopping power on the RS is equivalent to that of a Shimano XT brake but it provides better modulation compared to a Shimano. With modulation you can ensure that you stop when you need to and that you don't just lock your brakes up. For the money these are probably the best stoppers on the market.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag truly deserves 5 stars. It's constructed well and is super durable. It is lighter weight than most other duffel bags in this category. The shell material will keep your gear dry even when left out in a downpour. Another plus is Patagonia donates 1% for the planet. I enjoy supporting companies that give back.
http://www.patagonia.com/one-percent-for-the-planet.html

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These rotors not only look great but they function well. They ditch heat like a radiator. Durability is on par with any top notch rotor. Really the only drawback to these rotors is they are a little heavy. However, Sram offers the Centerline X Rotors if you want to save the weight.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looking for a lightweight, stiff, and durable crankset that works with boost and non-boost bikes? Look no further. You have found what you're looking for. These are the lightest alloy cranks I've found and they are also super stiff. In fact, I think I prefer these cranks to many of the carbon cranks I've run.

Not sure if Race Face foresaw boost being a standard when they engineered this crankset, but it works perfect on boost bikes. You can dial in the chainline by flipping the chainring. Also, the Cinch system is amazing and allows you to run chainrings from 26T-42T. Oh, and you can get a few different colors which is awesome.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're in the market for an excellent rear tire that offers tons of traction this is a great candidate. The close block design allows the tire to roll well while still finding plenty of traction in dry loose conditions. The cornering lugs hook up very well and provide excellent cornering grip. Add 3C rubber into the mix and this tire turns into one of the best rear tires I've ridden.

Really the only drawback to this tire is it doesn't clear mud well. But it also isn't designed to be a mud tire and Maxxis has the Shorty for that.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Pike needs no introduction. Since it's inception it has been getting rave reviews. That being said I think it's still as relevant today as it was when it launched.

The Charger damper does an excellent job smoothing out the rough trail while maintaining traction even over the roughest section of trail. The rebound and compression tuning is easy to tune and allows you to dial your fork into the trail conditions you ride most. The torque cap adds additional stiffness to an already stiff chassis. All things considered I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better fork for the money.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have a nice set of carbon cranks you're going to want to keep them looking fresh. These booties are the best tool for the job. They install easily and with abundant color options you can add a little color to your ride.

I purchased the Next SL/SixC model for my X01 Eagle cranks. They fit well and look great. Keep in mind that if your cranks barely clear your rear chainstay these may not work on your bike.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on March 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

These shorts are great. The material is thin and vents well. The slim fit is great for pedaling and ensures they won't get caught on your saddle when you need to get back over the rear wheel.

I found the shorts run slightly small. I'm typically a large or 34 in most shorts and I purchased the XL in these. They fit well and with the waist adjustment you can dial in the fit. Only major complaint I have is I wish there was 1 additional pocket. The small rear zippered pocket is perfect to hold a car key but won't hold much else.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This avalanche package offers tons of value. For not much more than you'd pay for the beacon you get a shovel and probe.

The shovel is small and packs easily in most packs. The one drawback to this is it won't move massive amounts of snow in one pull. The Probe is plenty long and should be long enough for all but the deepest snowpacks. The tracker 2 is proven to be one of the easiest and most reliable beacons on the market.

Make sure you practice with your gear. Knowing where and when to go into the backcountry is more important that owning the gear.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

I gave these to my girlfriend and she has nothing but great things to say about them. In fact, they are so comfortable she refuses to take them off.

Great materials, awesome range of motion, and 2 stash pockets combine to make the perfect all around tights.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

These are the waders my girlfriend uses. She absolutely loves them. They have held up very well over time and the quality of the materials and craftsmanship is top notch. With a full size run you're guaranteed to find the size that fits you best.

These breath well enough to be used on hot days but also work very well in cold temps. We recently were fishing the Provo river in temps well below zero and with the appropriate layers on she was nice and toasty. I highly recommend these if you spend a good amount of time on the river. Simms never disappoints.

She is 5'6" and 120lbs. The small fit her very well.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

My girl loves these. She wears them all the time. The material is soft, stretchy, and breathes well. These would be ideal for the climbing gym or as a layer for skiing. They dry quickly and won't hold onto moisture. The boot cut (Capri) length is ideal for skiing.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

The first time out skiing this year I realized how dismal my girlfriends layer selection was. By this I mean she had 1 top and no leggings to layer with. Being that I love my base layers from Arc'teryx I instantly knew where to look. Though these aren't designed specifically for skiing they still work well. They offer some warmth and lots of comfort under your ski pants. The material breathes well and dries quickly. They look great and are so comfortable she never wants to take them off.

She is 5'6" with long legs and weighs 120lbs. The small fits perfect.

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