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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 June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll start this review admitting that I don't own this bike. I ride a Santa Cruz Bronson, but I've ridden the 5010 a lot. Here is what I've noticed from my time on the 5010.

This is the most playful bike I have ridden from Santa Cruz. It begs the rider to pop off obstacles that litter the trail. The 130mm of VPP travel smooths out trail chatter, but still retains a firm pedaling platform. In fact, I compared times I recorded aboard a Hightower and the 5010 for the same trail, and though the Hightower was quicker up most climbs, the 5010 was actually quickest up punchy climbs. Where this bike shines though is on the way down. Rocking the lowest bottom bracket height in Santa Cruz's lineup, this bike corners better than any bike I've ridden. I found myself pushing through corners and launching out the other side with immense speed. I found myself pumping every feature on the trail, and popping off anything that resembled a jump. This bike feels like a pump track bike.

The trails here in Utah offer a variety of trail conditions from loose, rocky descents, to climbs littered with roots. The 5010 is an ideal bike for the trail conditions here in Utah. After riding this bike, I feel like my Bronson it too much bike for 95% off the trails I ride.

Positives:
Low weight
Efficient pedaling platform
Stiff CC frame
Playful attitude
Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain

Negatives:
More pedal strikes due to a lower bottom bracket height

If you have any questions about this bike, or any Santa Cruz model please shoot me an email. I've ridden most of them, and chances are I have ridden the bike you're looking at.

Email: dbennett@backcountry.com
Phone: 801-736-6396 ext. 4999

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 22, 2017

Six Degrees of Freedom
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding in a 6D ATB-1T for the last year. After having several concussions, I was looking for the safest helmet I could find, without needing to ride in a full face. 6D was suggested by a friend who believed they made the safest helmet on the market. I was skeptical, but ultimately decided to give one a try. I am so glad I did!

As I write this, flashbacks of a recent crash flicker through my mind. Images of me overshooting a jump, not having time to grab the brakes and turn, and the sound of my helmet smashing into a tree. I had been riding a downhill trail and overshot the landing on a jump which immediately hooked left into another hip jump. Not having time to brake, and turning not being an option, I careened straight into a tree. At roughly 15 MPH I smashed the tree head first, followed by my shoulder and thigh. Laying on the ground in pain, I pondered what could be broken. The fact that I could think about this, instead of laying unconscious on the ground, I believe speaks to the safety features built into this helmet.

To start, I would point out that this helmet comes down lower on the side of your head than many other trail helmets on the market. This design isn't unique to 6D helmets, but is lacking in many of the trail helmets currently on offer. The impact zone on my helmet was directly above my ear and squarely situated over my temple. The impact was hard enough I cracked both the inner and outer shell of the helmet. Nestled between these two EPS layers is 6D's Omni-Directional Suspension Technology. The Elastomeric Isolation Dampers offer a progressive spring rate that manages low to mid-threshold accelerations, and allows the inner EPS layer to displace and sheer in a 3 dimensional spacer within the outer shell. I am convinced this technology significantly reduced the impact and twisting forces generated when hitting the tree head first. Ultimately, I believe this technology kept me safer than the technology I have used in other helmets, and is the reason I was able to make it to work the next morning. If only I had similar protection for my shoulder and thigh.

There are a couple minor design issues with this helmet. The first being it is a little heavy in comparison to other offerings on the market. The helmet is a little larger than some, and can appear bulky compared to some of the thinnest helmets available. And if you run hot like I do, the venting isn't perfect, however, it's better than I expected. I can live with these minor issues knowing that I am wearing one the safest half shells on the market.

If you are looking for one of the safest helmets on the market I suggest you consider this helmet. I just ordered another one today, and plan to be riding in a few weeks when my leg and shoulder are healed. I'm truly grateful for the technology the engineers at 6D have developed.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

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

I have owned a pair of Z1 sandals for several years and they have held up extremely well. I wear them while hiking, roaming the desert, and when wet wading. If you want a sandal that is ideal for exploring slot canyons or floating rivers, this is it.

The straps hold your foot tight making them ideal for river trips or hiking. The soles offer tons of grip, even when slogging up muddy river banks or over wet rocks. The new LUVSEAT midsole offers more comfort than any midsole previously offered by Chaco. Now with a wide last, these are ideal for anyone who previously found the last too narrow.

After a trip to the desert, I finally convinced my girlfriend to pick up a pair of these sandals. Prior to the trip, her reply to anything Chaco was simply "I would never be caught dead in a pair of those sandals", now she wears them anytime she ventures away from civilization. The Z1 is the undisputed champion of the go anywhere exploration sandal. You won't regret owning a pair.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

3 5

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

I picked this table up to use when car camping. It packs down to a reasonable size, and is easy to transport with the provided carrying bag. The size is ideal for a couple people but, quickly gets over-run if you have a larger group. Set up is easy and it takes mere seconds to erect. My main concern is with durability. The frame seems durable enough, but the way the panels attach makes me question how it will hold up over time. The center bar that attaches between the two legs uses a cheap plastic fitting and I fear over time it will break. Concerns aside, I have enjoyed this table.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

Over the years I have ridden many different flat pedal shoes. Though I have found other worthy adversaries, I always seem to find my way back to the Freerider. The combination of sticky rubber and a comfortable last brings me back every time. In a competitive field the Freerider stands atop the podium yet again.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When buying a flat pedal there are a few things I consider. Pedal profile and pin layout are the two most important factors I consider when choosing a pedal. This is important because it directly relates to how the pedal will grip your shoe. HT nailed it when designing the pin layout of AE03 Evo pedals. When combined with a sticky rubber sole these pedals offer unrivaled grip. The thin profile not only looks cool but helps to reduce pedal strikes. As an added bonus, the low weight of these pedals means they won't add unnecessary weight to your bike. And with cool colors on offer you can add some attitude to your ride.

Durability is another major point to consider when purchasing a new pedal. My last pair of HT pedals are still going strong after 2 years, and I suspect these will last just as long. The design of these pedals also means they are super easy to service. I highly recommend these pedals to anyone who wants a lightweight, thin, and durable pedal.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This hoodie is perfect before or after a ride. Early Spring and Late Fall rides usually are accompanied by chilly temperatures. Keeping warm before and after is made easy with this zip hoodie. Plus it looks great with classic Santa Cruz styling.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 23, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Santa Cruz supports you with the best warranty in the industry. Show your support for them by wearing this simply shirt. It looks great and is super comfortable. Plus it dries quickly if it gets wet. So don't fret if you spill some beer on your shirt after a ride, after all it will dry.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Want the function of a road jersey without the geeky look? Santa Cruz has you covered with the Trail Jersey. It offers excellent venting for those days when you hammer up a climb just to prove you're faster than your friends. The fun starts after you summit and can let loose on the way down. The fresh styling ensures you look the part as you speed past the spandex-clad XC crowd.

I wear a size large in this jersey and it fits well. The addition of a zippered pocket is perfect for the days you want to leave your pack at home. Pick one up and you won't be disappointed.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

I gave this helmet to my girlfriend and she loves it. Using the In-Form adjustment you can dial the fit in easily. MIPS technology is a nice addition to ensure you're safe from twisting forces. On hot days she appreciates the large vents and adjustable visor that keeps sun out of her eyes. For the money I'm not sure there is a better helmet on the market.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

If I buy a boot that doesn't have an Intuition liner in it the first thing I do is add one. These liners offer a stiff firm feel while still being comfortable. Mold them to your feet and combine them with a footbed and you'll be a happy skier.

Be aware that these are the max volume model. If you're boots are tight you might want to look for another liner. If you have a little spare room in your boots these are the ticket.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Race Face knocked it out of the park with the release of the Chester pedals. It's lightweight thanks to the nylon body. Plentiful pin placement means there's not shortage of grip on offer. And if that hasn't sold you on this pedal maybe the plethora of color options will. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere and save some coin when buying a pair of the Chester pedals. You won't regret it.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

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

Too many jerseys on the market are loud or boisterous by design. If you're like me and don't care for outlandish designs you'll be glad to know Santa Cruz has you covered. The toned down design of this jersey is exactly the styling I was looking for. Combine that with the perfect amount of perforation in the polyester fabric and this jersey vents well. Plus if you have a new Santa Cruz chances are one of the logo colors will match.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

You don't become a category leader by exhibiting mediocrity. Patagonia practically invented technical clothing and with the Nano Puff Hooded Jacket they pack tons of performance into a stylish package.

60 grams of Primaloft Gold insulation ensure that you stay warm even when the arctic winds come howling. The lightweight polyester shell is finished off with DWR to thwart any light precipitation. With stylish quilting this jacket is just as at home in the city as it is deep in the wilderness.

If you're looking for a jacket that looks great, packs small, and offers sufficient warmth this is a worthy candidate. I gave this to my sister and she couldn't be more pleased. This is the perfect shoulder season jacket but is also ideal as a mid-layer when you're exposed to inclement weather. Pick one up and you'll look great no matter where you venture.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is perfect for car camping. It packs decently small considering how big it is. The large size offers plenty of room for two. If you're claustrophobic but want to sleep in the same bag as your significant other than this bag is for you.

Recently I used this in temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit. I found it did quite well, though I will point out that this bag is best designed for temperatures between the upper 30's to mid 50's. The European Lower Norm rating of 20 is optimistic and though you would survive the night at those temps you wouldn't be super cozy.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite tire I have ridden from Vittoria. It rolls quickly and hooks up in the corners. The lower profile center lugs love going quickly and the large side lugs chow dirt any chance they get.

This tire is an ideal rear tire if you ride in rocky or loose conditions. It offers tons of braking traction while remaining composed while cornering. Honestly, the only condition this tire doesn't excel in is wet rocks. Just like the Goma I have it paired with, I find it just couldn't maintain a line and was constantly slipping off. If it weren't for this I would have given this tire 5 stars.

With a claimed weight of 890 grams I was pleased when I weighed my tire and it came in at 865 grams. Good work Vittoria!

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had to break away from Maxxis and try something new. I can only ride tires from the same company for so long before I start wondering if there is something else out there that rivals what I normally run. This Goma has not disappointed.

The large side lugs provide incredible traction when cornering. The center lugs are ramped and roll well. Honestly this tire rides very similar to a DHF but is wider and has a larger footprint compared to the DHF in a 2.3. This measures about 2.5" when installed on my ARC 27 rims.

After riding these in hardpack, loose over hard, mud, loosey loose, and wet rocks I can say they handle just about everything well. The one condition they struggle in is wet rocks. They simply won't hold a line through wet rocks and are constantly slipping off the rock. All and all if you want a really tough, fairly quick rolling tire, and you don't ride wet rocks constantly then this tire rules.

Oh, I have found with the stiff casing you can run lower pressures with these tires. I was running around 21 psi in the front. Too much more and the tire was just too stiff and didn't offer any damping. Also, our listed weight is wrong. The 2.4" claims 1020 grams on the card it's connected to and when I weighed mine it weighed 1015 grams.

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Dan Bewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sick and tire of your ice melting prematurely? Soaking wet veggies and meat never goes over well with a hungry crew. As the name would suggest, Yeti knows how to keep it cool. Whether you need to store food for a week long river trip, or you just want to have the coldest beer at the weekend races, this cooler is the tool for your shed. Durable construction combined with the best insulation brings to light the best cooler in the business. So if you're sick of soggy food look no further and pick one of these up.

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