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Kyle Smyth

Kyle Smyth

Gearhead

Park City and the Uinta & Wasatch ranges.

Kyle Smyth's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Fly Fishing

Kyle Smyth's Bio

Grew up in California and traded in the great Pacific for the mountains in 2010 and getting more and more stoked by the day!
The "Utah Tourism" ads had it all right... you really need a proper vehicle and a heap of gear for EVERY season if you live here full time. Just one of the many reasons joining the Herd was a no- brainer!

Kyle Smyth

Kyle Smythwrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have looked far and wide for a hooded vest for all too long, there are plenty of awesome hooded vest options for women and I was soo excited to finally see a non-technical hooded vest for men. My first concern prior to buying this was the length, I have bought and returned likely every other Carhartt vest due to them being cut too short for me ( I don't have a rodeo belt buckle to show off, so wanted a vest a little longer). I was willing to give one last vest a change and had my fingers crossed that it would randomly be cut longer than the rest. I was in luck. This vest is cut a little longer, compared to other Carhartt vests.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were the first pliers that I bought from Rising and they were the only ones i needed for the longest time. The first thing that really sold me was the tip that is perfect for splitting your split shot; I was getting soo annoyed with cutting off tippet to get the split shot off or slamming it through the guides at the end of the day. With these lil' beauties, you no longer have to bother with the hassle of the split shot removal.

The size of these are great and the 'nippers' in the back do a great job for really being an all in one tool.

As I find my self using split shot less and less as well as getting more an more minimal, I have switched over to the Rising Ultralights as I find them easier to crimp smaller barbs.

Another bitchin' product from Rising, thanks fellas!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, if you are getting into tying flies and don't know the name Kelly Galloup, go watch some of his videos, dude is a wizard behind the vise!
In his older videos he has a pretty haggard looking dubbing tool that his buddy made for him, this Rising tool is a proper replica and works awesome! I have been using mine since the moment these went to production and there are several tools that never see use anymore now that I have this one! The weight is great for dubbing loops and i really like the length as it is typically long enough to rest on the pedestal of my vise and not come untwisted like some shorter dubbing tools will.

Another killer product from Rising and an awesome co-lab with one of the best.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only thing worse than having to buy tubes in 2018 is buying tubes that aren't 'Q' tubes, just don't do it! With soo many road tires going bigger and bigger and grinding gravel on eveyone's mind, it is time to make sure your old spare is up to the task of keeping you out riding and not just a band-aid to get you home.

When you can't ride tubeless, you might as well run a 'Q' tube!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

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

We originally bought these as a standard baselayer to go under our lil guys snow suit, but he loves romping around in these soo much that they are his go to PJs lately. They are durable and super comfy inside and out. My son is 2 and this is about the only snap one piece that he has, but considering how this material tends to ride up, we are very thankful that it is a snap top. Another fine product from Patagonia and love the grey color and fun font.

Sizing seems a little big like most of the Patagonia items we have, great thing is you get to use them longer if you dont size down. Well played Patagonia!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

PSA: If you own & use a hydration bladder, you must buy one of these!
If your riding,hiking buddy uses a hydration bladder and doesn't own one of these, buy them one as well!

The long 'snake' for the tube reminds me of a drain snake and is a little interesting to use at first as it will bind up and snap at times, but be patient and it will all be worth it.

Since having a child this has also turned into my go to bottle brush too as it is far more durable than the cheap ones at the grocery store.

Get rid of the slimmy inside of your bladder and that darkness in the hose by using this kit often.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had several 32oz Nalgenes over the years and love them, but this lil gem is what comes with me on all backpacking trips instead now. I find myself usually always taking along a hydration bladder, so this is the perfect 'cup' for cocktails, coffee, or mixing up a hydration mix to drink while on the trail. This size nestles perfect inside a koozie (as seen below) and it also is the perfect size to fit inside my SnowPeak Ti 350 mug.

I have had to ad another one into the mix since having a child so we have a secure place to store some extra almond milk when we are on the go hiking or biking. Buy multiple, you wont regret it!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to use this for at first, but it seemed useful enough that I picked one up when I got my Nomad 7. Who knew I would use this lil guy so much. I often plug it into my Flip 10/20 as a light for camp dinner or tent card games or reading. It also has been perfect for plugging into my USB charger in the car for a proper map light.

So far it seems pretty durable and packs down super small and flat, love that i can just plug it into any USB outlet and have a proper light source. Well worth the extra coin and little bit of weight to add this to the kit. Much less bulky than backpacking with a small lantern for around camp; being LED it really doesn't suck the battery down too much either.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a few Flip 10s and love them, but I wanted something a little more for overnight backpacking or bikepacking trips so I could rely on a quick charge if I ran out. Now that I have the 20, I find myself rarely bringing my Nomad solar panel as typically I found myself only needing to charge my phone once or twice on a couple day trip if i was diligent about airplane mode and not taking all the photogs. This is a great lil device and goes on all the travels with me now.

Recently I have kept it in the frame bag on my bike to keep my rechargeable headlamp or headlight charged up. Who needs batteries these days; recharge it up!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is perfect for those days when i just want to Tweet everything I am thinking and cant set down my phone; prior to the Flip, I would have to give it a rest, but now i can keep my phone fully charged regardless of what golf course I am on! Love this thing. If you can't set your phone down long enough for it to get a proper charge, you should buy a few of these!

Seriously though, this product is a great backup and always in my bag, perfect when traveling and always on the go.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We could not get our lil fella to keep a traditional beanie on at all over the winter when he was about 11 months, but finally this hat did the trick. He was excited to wear it and always enjoyed checking himself out in the mirror.
As with too many baby items, they seem to grow out of them so quick so you want to keep it minimal, but with this being reversible, it was awesome to have virtually two hats with very different patterns/color. Another great Patagonia product for the little people in our lives

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We got these for my son when he was just under a year and he lived in them all through Fall to early Spring, he wasn't walking more than a couple steps so the bottoms held up just fine, but I think these would take a beating if your lil one was running around outside in them.

These are soo easy to put on, regardless if he is moving all around and with a ton of washes, they are holding up just fine. After seeing our son in them on a daily basis, it was only a matter of time before other parents at day care had their kiddos styling in these lil booties as well.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this well before my lil fella was ready to use it as it requires a pretty strong suck to get water out. Just after 1yrs old, my son was ready to use this and he loves it now! This thing is kicked around the playground & campsite, sleeps in the sandbox from time to time and is always excited to get filled back up with cold water to do it all again, Great logo too and in fun colors!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs

After several years of buying all heaps of different brands wool sock options, I wanted to give Darn Toughs a go. First off, I couldn't believe that these socks are guaranteed for life and they challenge you to try and wear them out, is just plain awesome! These have quickly become my go to socks for hiking, fishing, and living and I will continue to save my pennies to buy more pairs!

Perfect padding in just the right spots and the peace of mind that you won't blow through your investment, like i have with every other pair of Merino socks that I have bought from other companies.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After several years of buying all heaps of different brands wool sock options, I wanted to give Darn Toughs a go. First off, I couldn't believe that these socks are guaranteed for life and they challenge you to try and wear them out, is just plain awesome! These have quickly become my go to socks for hiking, fishing, and living and I will continue to save my pennies to buy more pairs!
Great colors, perfect minimal padding and the peace of mind that you won't blow through your investment, like i have with every other pair of Merino socks that I have bought from other companies.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Q tubes have been the industry leader for as long as I can remember. Great quality and price. If you aren't going to convert to tubeless or just need to have a proper spare in the bag, I would highly recommend these tubes for your needs. I have these on a bike with 26x2.35s and they are holding up just fine.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

After trusting Carhartt pants for years and beating the heck out of them around the house & yard; I had to seek out a shorter version.

These shorts rock and can certainly take a beating! The feel to them is a lot softer than expected and the fit is not as boxy as one may expect from Carharrt.

I can safely say that I will continue to add more of these shorts in different colors to my wardrobe . Thank you Carhartt!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have used these for dishes as part of a Leave No Trace training and finally pulled the trigger to get a couple for my own camping setup.

Unfortunately, I thought I was previously using 5L ones, but they were definitely 10+. I really wanted to keep these as I needed them for a desert camping trip; but had to return as I am not certain what the small 5L would be best for (my camp plates & bowls would not be able to be washed in these).

If you only need a small container, this one is still built well, just small.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was soo stoked to see this product around after I shredded my 0 ring in the garbage disposal from my original coffee lid. This lil gem saved the day and got my HydroFlask back in the game. Best part is that the new one was fresh and didnt have a few years of coffee baked into it... yet.
If you have a HydroFlask and dont have one of these tops yet, do yourself a favor and add your favorite color to your cart.

Cheers & Drink Up!

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