Joe Draper

Joe Draper

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Utah

Joe Draper's Passions

Biking

Joe Draper's Bio

Competitive cyclist, BC Gearhead, and outdoor lover. Live to race XC Mountain, road, and cyclocross. Love to suffer.

Joe Draper

Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

Dry sacks are an essential for any backpacker, whether you’re a newbie, or an experienced trekker, and weight matters. This sack is the perfect balance of strength, packability, lightness, and dryness. I had previously stuffed clothes, and other essential items in the bottom of my pack to get smashed, but those days are over.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

The stove itself weighs nothing, and it’s so packable, that I can store a mini lighter in the little box along with the stove. Not only this, but it’s really powerful. It doesn’t boil water quite as fast as a Jetboil, but it’s still a great (and cheaper)alternative for anyone looking to save a huge chunk of weight for faster longer expeditions!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

Your headlamp is important, and nobody wants to waste battery fumbling around with your sleeping bag, so it’s always awesome having a secondary light source. The Moji lantern is not only really functional, but it’s super small and lightweight. The lantern is the perfect brightness for a small 2-4 person tent, and it’s really easy to hang up, without worrying about getting knocked down. You really don’t have to sacrifice a comfortable sleeping situation for a lightweight pack.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

I bought this for backpacking and night riding, and I’m definitely satisfied with the quality. While many headlamps weigh your head down, the BD spot is super lightweight, and very bright. It has been very battery efficient for long night hikes in the Wasatch, and the strap is really intuitive and easy to fit to your head. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a solid reliable light source for any late night adventures.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

4 5

I bought my first buckshot speaker a while ago as an alternative to playing music on my iPhone speaker. I was really impressed at how loud it was, and how well it could fit in my bike jersey pocket! With that being said however, the bass is so good, the speaker sometimes can’t handle being played at full volume very frequently. I recently bought the buckshot pro because I wanted a portable charger, and I have to say, I’m really impressed at how long it stays charged. Excellent product overall, would buy a third time.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 17, 2018

5 5

I put my NX-G's through a 7 hour slog in 90 degree weather, and I came away very impressed! These really are just about as good as bibs get. They're on the pricey side, but I can say honestly that they're worth it! Be sure to get in touch with me directly at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 7, 2018

5 5

I have never slept a night in the Wasatch better than one on an air core. The pad is so small and lightweight for packing purposes, and yet it’s so thick and comfortable in the tent. It really takes the lack of sleep factor out of long treks and weekend excursions. Furthermore, where theres no major weight penalty involved, it’s just a win-win situation. I’d absolutely recommend this one to everyone who values a good nights sleep, as well as a low pack weight.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on September 2, 2018

5 5

As a backpacker/cyclist, I value a good nights sleep more than anything, and for that reason I decided it might be time to take my sleep system to the next level. The bag weighs so little and packs down so small, that I was able to use the extra space I saved for more important things for backpacking. (Extra tube, CO2, tire levers, etc.) It was so warm and comfortable that I could spend my nights dreaming about bikes, instead of shivering all night long, waiting for sunrise. When it comes to multi-day trips through the Wasatch, a good nights sleep is essential and it doesn’t have to come at the cost of a lightweight sleeping bag.

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs

Even with a good bit of play in the waist, the button pops open with the tiniest bit of pressure (bending over, sitting down, etc..) Everything else about the short is stellar! Fit and materials and excellent. Just put a heavier duty button on there, and you're gold!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on August 23, 2018

5 5

I honestly can't fault this bike. The quality of frame construction is incredible, the paint is absolutely flawless (and looks very fetching in real life), the ride quality is sublime, and the whole bike is oozing with common sense. The biggest impression I got while riding the Fenix SL disc was that Ridley knows how to make really, REALLY smart bikes. They didn't use any silly axle standards, integrated/proprietary cockpit 'solutions', and they didn't abandon everything in the same of light/aero. This bike is simply very comfortable, very stiff under power, and presents incredible value. I would take this bike over a Dogma F10, especially when you consider value. Of course, this takes into account the fact that the Fenix SL is much more reigned-in in terms of handling (they're not really comparable bikes), but the point stands. The Fenix SL is the 'buyers-remorse-proof' bike. For the same money you'll spend on the aforementioned Pinarello (or Factor, or Wilier, or Bianchi), you can have a Fenix SL with a better build kit, that will ride better, and cost you less.

Feel free to contact me directly at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on August 23, 2018

5 5

I honestly can't fault this bike. The quality of frame construction is incredible, the paint is absolutely flawless (and looks very fetching in real life), the ride quality is sublime, and the whole bike is oozing with common sense. The biggest impression I got while riding the Fenix SL disc was that Ridley knows how to make really, REALLY smart bikes. They didn't use any silly axle standards, integrated/proprietary cockpit 'solutions', and they didn't abandon everything in the same of light/aero. This bike is simply very comfortable, very stiff under power, and presents incredible value. I would take this bike over a Dogma F10, especially when you consider value. Of course, this takes into account the fact that the Fenix SL is much more reigned-in in terms of handling (they're not really comparable bikes), but the point stands. The Fenix SL is the 'buyers-remorse-proof' bike. For the same money you'll spend on the aforementioned Pinarello (or Factor, or Wilier, or Bianchi), you can have a Fenix SL with a better build kit, that will ride better, and cost you less.

This particular configuration is 100% customization, so you can truly build up your dream steed!

Feel free to contact me directly at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on August 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I honestly can't fault this bike. The quality of frame construction is incredible, the paint is absolutely flawless (and looks very fetching in real life), the ride quality is sublime, and the whole bike is oozing with common sense. The biggest impression I got while riding the Fenix SL disc was that Ridley knows how to make really, REALLY smart bikes. They didn't use any silly axle standards, integrated/proprietary cockpit 'solutions', and they didn't abandon everything in the same of light/aero. This bike is simply very comfortable, very stiff under power, and presents incredible value. I would take this bike over a Dogma F10, especially when you consider value. Of course, this takes into account the fact that the Fenix SL is much more reigned-in in terms of handling (they're not really comparable bikes), but the point stands. The Fenix SL is the 'buyers-remorse-proof' bike. For the same money you'll spend on the aforementioned Pinarello (or Factor, or Wilier, or Bianchi), you can have a Fenix SL with a better build kit, that will ride better, and cost you less.

Feel free to contact me directly at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!

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Joe Draperwrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Better than what Yates gets
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

If youre performance-obsessed, and you don't want to compromise in terms of comfort, I can't recommend anything over Giordana's NX-G bibs. All of the critical elements of a high-end racing bib are present (balanced compression, good grip and cut, etc.) but Giordana didn't stop there. The materials are absolutely remarkable. They're actually nice enough that they can't be screen printed, so Astana and Mitchelton riders actually ride in the second-tier FR-C pro bibs to keep sponsors happy. Breathability meets compression meets long-distance comfort!

Yes, they are extreamly expensive, but if you've been riding bikes long enough you've learned that you rarely (if ever) regret investing an extra bit of cash in the bib department. Size-wise, you'll probably want to bump up a size from what you'd typically wear, but if you're coming off another pair of Giordana, I'd probably start you in the same size that you're used to. All in all, the NX-G get a resounding 5 stars in my book.

I'd pure after a similarly high-quality piece with less compression in the legs, check out the Lungo bib.

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