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Dean Raynes

Wasatch Mountains

Dean Raynes's Bio

I grew up in WV, and Moved to SLC in 2008, all for the snowboarding, and the climbing!

Dean Raynes's Passions

  • Climbing,
  • Biking,
  • Fly Fishing,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Paddling,
  • Running,
  • Skiing,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Surfing,
  • Yoga.
Dean Raynes

Dean Rayneswrote a review of on January 21, 2020

5 5

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

Absolutely loving these boots for this winter. They are perfectly warm, keep the feet dry, not only because they are Gore-tex but also because of the high tops keeping that deeper snow out. The soles have not slipped once on those snowy or icy sidewalks that are always out there in the winter. These have been so nice to put my foot into after a long day in the snowboard boots.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on January 21, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack has been great! I absolutely love the 3 zippers for the front access. This allows some versatility to opening the top and accessing anything from the top like your normal pack. Or you can zip down the front so you can accss those items on the bottom. This also allows the big items like your double rack to be stowed away more easily then trying to drop them in a small opening at the top of the pack. This pack is big enough for the necessities, but not so big you are tempted to bring too many non-essentials. The padding on the back is great when you have a heavy load and the hip belt hugs nicely. Pockets on the hips is always a nice feature for the items you want quick access to on the hike in. This pack has so many great features. For a non-climbing brand pack they got a lot of things right here.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on December 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been perfect for 1 person, 1 weekend type of trips. I can fit a handful of beverages, with some food and ice to keep it cold. Perfect amount for a few days at a time. I love the big flip handle, super sturdy as expected from Yeti. If you want a yeti but can't afford the large ones or if you want the small yeti inside the car this one is great!

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on December 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have performed very very well. They work well in all types of terrain. Sandstone cracks, granite cracks, slabs, edging, These are definitely on par with the TC Pros, but at a better price. These shoes are really comfortable. I can wear them all day with minimal pain. The pads over the heals are plushy nice when you have to get a little deeper in the crack. Overall I have loved climbing in these shoes and will be getting another pair in the future.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on September 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoes are awesome! I have never had a shoe that was so good standing on tiny slick edges but also comfortable enough that my foot isn't hurting when i get down from the climb. I went with a half size down from my street shoe and can still wear my socks with them. I probably could have gone a full size down but i wanted to have a comfortable shoe.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on September 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to shoe for anything that i will need to do some talus walking or scrambling around. The grip of the rubber is phenomenal and the toe rand wrap around the top of the toe box is great for when you need to do a foot jam. The shoe is stiff but that is nice for when you need the support on the hours of talus walking in the alpine. These shoes are not the most breathable shoe but they are also not a sweatbox like a pair of GTX shoes would be.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on July 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After I had my Petzl Harness break a gear loop (it went through a lot of chimneys) on the second pitch of The Nose. I deceided to return to the ole trusty Safetech Harnesses. I had been using this harness for years previous. This harnes is comfortable, big easy to access gear loops for those 200' rope stretching pitches. I love the new version with the autolocking doubleback waist belt.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on July 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff is pretty good for packing a good punch of everything you need to keep going. 400 Calories in 5oz is thick but easily digestable, and easy to get down when you are a little dehydrated and keep chew on a bar. The taste is Ok and to be expected on this kind of thing. If you are going, and going, and going, this is a good source to keep you on your game.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on July 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tear through glasses way too fast so I purchase cheap so I dont feel bad about losing, scratching, or breaking them. But you do get what you pay for. These lens do not stay in the frame very well but a tiny super glue works to keep them in place.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on July 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I have not slipped out at all on the steepest trails. They grip the loose dirt as if i had claws digging in. I also like the low profile and low drop of these shoes. They might run just a little bit big but i usually wear my shoes a little tighter then most anyway. These shoes have a good toe box that is nice for letting your toes splay out but didn't feel like so much I was washing around in them. Great ventilation keeps the sweaty feet at bay.

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Dean Rayneswrote a review of on April 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This filter is awesome! I have been using this for a couple years and it still is working great. To help make it flow a little faster get the water down the tube to the filter and once the filter is wet it will start flowing a lot faster. Grab the water, hang it up, and let it flow! Then go set up your tent, grab your snacks and relax.

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