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Dave Vance

Dave Vance

Salt Lake City

Dave Vance's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Dave Vance's Bio

I'm Dave. I love trying things I probably shouldn't while trying to impress my friends. I love riding smooth singletrack, tall berms, long downhills, and getting air as often as I can while on two wheels. One of my past-times is watching featured videos on Pinkbike, and getting stoked about riding. I also love skiing and climbing! I live with my wife (and adventure buddy) in Salt Lake City and we are attending the University of Utah.

Dave Vance

Dave Vancewrote a review of on February 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Took this jacket camping last weekend to Goblin Valley. Temperatures got between 15-20, with gusts of wind on top of that, and this jacket held up to the test. It blocks wind out really well. Love the simple design, and it was comfortable. I can see why some say it runs slightly (very slightly) large, but given the chance, I would go with the medium again. I have an average to slim build. My height is actually five feet and 9.5" but the the review won't let me put that below.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

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

First, of all, the quality seems better than I would have expected for a bag at this price. It feels durable and I like the design of the stuff sack. The stuff sack has four straps that you can cinch to compress the size of the sack to about 1/2-2/3 of the normal stuffed size. It's warm and super comfortable. I was camping this weekend and the low was around 19 degrees, and I slept comfortably with a sweatshirt and with a sleeping bag liner.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

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

I went with this pedal wrench because it was the cheapest one I saw, and I'm a stingy guy. I didn't have a 15mm wrench around the house. It is long and strong, does everything I expected it to do.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on January 25, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs

I love the style of this jacket. It's a bit loose fitting on me, but I like that. The sleeves fit well, and I like the elastic band on the lining of the sleeve. Stitching seems a little cheap, that's why I didn't give it 5 stars. I've had a few loose strings hanging out here and there. That could be just my jacket though. For me it seems warm enough for a T-shirt underneath in 20-30 degree weather for everyday use. I have yet to try it for extended periods of time, or out in the woods/mountains. I'm betting with a good layer or two underneath it could do well for early spring to late fall adventures.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on January 25, 2018

5 5

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

This journal is super clean, no bells or whistles. Seems durable enough. I can't guarantee the content will be good once I am through with it, but the binding and pages seem well put together.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

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

Took this tent down to St George, UT for a couple nights of camping, climbing, and hiking. The poles are easily collapsed and put out. The fly is easy to put on and make snug with the cinching mechanism at each corner.
It would be a pretty tight fit with three people, but two was great!

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on December 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've just worn this around town so far, but it has kept me warm in Salt Lake City's winter temps. I love the chest pocket, which is really big for how low profile it is. You could easily fit a wallet, phone, small-medium planner, etc.

The pockets in the front are lined with fleece, which makes them soft and warm, they are roomy as well.
The sleeves on my medium are slightly tight fitting, which I like, but if you are wearing a long sleeve underneath, you kind of have to hold your sleeves so they don't get pulled up by the jacket. This is at least for the medium on my average athletic build (not that muscular).

I like that the cuff of the sleeve is big enough to be comfortable with gloves underneath, and long enough to retain warmth well.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on December 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To be honest, I bought this show because it was the cheapest climbing shoe I could find at the time. I have been climbing casually for a few years, usually just a handful of times each year. I wanted to get back into sport climbing in the Wasatch front and Moab, but didn't want to spend a ton on new shoes. This shoe hasn't disappointed. It is very comfortable to wear for long climbing sessions, with it's non-aggressive design. It is pretty flexible, and I like the way it looks.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on December 1, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Very packable. I love that the stuff sack can be neatly tucked inside of the covering on the pillow. It is easy to inflate, with a nice look and feel.

Cons: Very firm. This could be a pro for some, but it is too firm for my liking. The material feels like it doesn't really stretch or give much, so when it is full of air, it is pretty hard.

It really is a great product, just maybe not my preference.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on December 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Big and soft when opened. Really comfortable. Simple cinch design. Great for camping. Really lightweight.

Cons: Not very compressible, maybe around 7"x7"x16" when compressed. Kind of an awkward shape when compressed.

Some people say it is "lumpy". It feels like there are hundreds of little spherical 1/2" beads in it. For me, I don't mind the texture of it.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on November 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding with these brakes on my all-mountain bike for a couple of years now. They have held up super well, despite my tendency to go down. They offer great stopping power, especially the 203 mm rotor in the front. The lever itself has a great feel under the forefinger, and is just the right length. I appreciate the ease of adjusting the lever in and out as well. Great buy.

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Dave Vancewrote a review of on November 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I each have one of these, and they are surprising bright for such a great price. They have three brightness settings. The dimmest setting is great for around the campfire so you don't make your friends go blind when looking at them. The brightest setting gives plenty of light for all of our camping and exploring needs so far! They are comfortable and easy to adjust!

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