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Nicholas Dey

Portland Oregon/ Salt lake City Utah

Nicholas Dey's Bio

My roots are in the midwest and the west coast which heavily influence my style and what i gravitate towards. I moved back to the Wasatch range to dial in my skiing during the winter and enjoy the high alpine adventures in the summer time. I love gear because it helps me achieve my goals

Nicholas Dey's Passions

  • Biking,
  • Skiing,
  • Surfing,
  • Paddling,
  • Running,
  • Hiking & Camping.
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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on October 29, 2019

5 5

Fit and warmth are the most important parts of a leather glove for an avid skier and backcountry built these with a those simple functional principles in mind with a simple style that matches anything. The size 6 fits my hands perfectly with enough room to wear a glove liner. The easy on and off cuff makes wearing a mitten easier to justify so i don't end up fighting to get them off after needing to play with my phone or beacon; and there is so much dexterity in these gloves i can wear them while driving. If you love the look and features of this mitten but want a glove BC makes a the same thing in a 5 finger version as well. I'm crossing my fingers that these do well enough for them to release trigger finger style glove in the future.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on October 26, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 29x30

Perfect fit, finish, and stretch for me. I don't really want to buy any other pants because these have such a dependable quality that i can wear year round. My preferred size is 29x30 because they need no tailoring and I recommend the black on black color option for a really nice slimmer fit clean looking pant that's just at home at a metal concert as it would be at an Oktoberfest in the mountains or a jaunt to the grocery store. I also have the slate blue and blue ozone color options as well.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on October 26, 2019

5 5

I'm a fool for great socks and these spurred a sock addiction that i cannot shake. I keep buying the new colorways and pairs as its hard to find good no show socks that feel durable, breathable, and most importantly they don't show. I bought a competitor socks and i found out the sticching on one of the socks to be defective right out of the packaging reinforcing why i stick with this style.

As a final note I hope that Pendleton reduces the packaging on their products like these to reduce waste, but that is the only downside ive had with buying these dependable no show socks.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on October 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Base layers are a fickle product so getting a good fit n' finish can be the deciding factor between having a good day and freezing on the chair lift. The minus 33 3/4 base-layer is by far the best quality to price to fit I've ever had in this product catagory. Less expensive than other brands while providing a product i want to wear all day, not one that i need to wear to just stay warm. For myself the 3/4 length is a superior design for getting my boots to fit right and the cut of these baselayers gives me freedom of movement while looking good. Enough room in all the right places with thicker and more durable materials had me buying extra pairs. They are designed to fit true to size for western style sizies so keep that in mind when choosing your size, i am 5'5" with thicker legs so although these are a tad long on me i prefer a bigger fit so as not to restrict my movement.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on October 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I demo'd the Anasazi pro's and fell in love, but the aggressiveness of that shoe is a little much for a beginner climber so i gravitated towards these. They fit pretty similar to the black diamond lineup that i really like and i actually sized up a full size from my street shoe for these and i'm wearing a 8.5. I have a touch of extra room in the heel cup but my toes and mid-foot fit like a glove. The photos match the way these shoes look in person, bright pink is not my favorite color but i'll make that sacrifice for a comfortable climbing shoe. My favorite part of this shoe is really the performance, they just work well and i don't haft to overthink it or wince in pain as i go for a hold.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on September 30, 2019

5 5

Light, glove like fit, and lots of customization options allow this boot to be on the short list of high performance skiers that need a boot which is compatible with many different types of equipment.

This boot fits into a niche spot in the boot market for skiers with many different needs but only want to buy one boot. If you switch between alpine and touring setups, if you need a tight fitting high performance, light boot, or if you are using a modern alpine touring binding like a shift or a kingpin these are a great chose for skiers with low volume feet.

The only downside of these boots is that they need to be fitted to your feet to function properly and a pair of supportive insoles is mandatory a because the factory insoles are just thin place holders until you get your performance rated insoles. If you feel like your ready to take your gear and your skiing ability to the next level this is a great choice.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on September 6, 2019

5 5

I've been looking for a lightweight ski pack to get started on my ski touring hobby. I went with a unique touring setup so i needed some unique features in a pack to make it all work.

The intuitive storage design, super lightweight yet durable fabrics, a strap design and vented back panel to keep me comfortable make this pack great for shorter day tours with lots of flexibility. if you need a pack to carry everything you would need for extended tours into the backcountry you may want to go a little bigger than the 22L we have here and luckily Arva makes a larger Calgary for just that purpose but for me light and fast was a key focus of my touring goals. I demo'd the Dekine Poacher and it felt very similar to this pack but this Arva design feels a bit more refined for my needs and it fits my Mammut Alugator Pro shovel just barely.

I will add more updates to this review as the season progresses so if you want to know more just check back in later and I will have posted more information.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on August 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this frame, light enough to whip around and climb up steep grades, but it feels very stiff so it transmits power and stearing inputs with ease. Compared to my old bike the level of balance is just shocking and confidence inspiring combined with wide bars, an eagle crank set, a dropper seat post, a fox 34 fork, all setup to work with boost wheel set for an ultra cushy ride that flows down the trails with ease. After taking a break for trail riding and selling my old aluminum frame coming back to this setup makes riding so much more enjoyable. The intangible, unexplainable joy of riding trails and sharing the stoke with friends helps me understand why biking is so popular and approachable with this modern technology. For someone just getting back into the sport or an experienced rider who wants a pretty easy trail bike the 5010 is an awesome choice.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on August 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought these shoes to wear around as causal shoes in the summer because of the mesh breathability. This was my first pair of new balance shoes and i did not like the fit of the shoe, its just not right for my foot but overall they are a nice pair of shoes that have little style details all over them. If you like new balance shoes and your looking for some casual sneakers these are an excellent buy.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on August 11, 2019

5 5

I love no show socks but its really hard to find pairs that offer the right amount of coverage without falling off. Pendleton nailed the cut/fit of the socks and the style touches are nice if you want to add a splash of color. It also makes finding the matching sock a little easier. They are great for wearing with low cut shoes like vans or athletic shoes.

I own the unisex version and i bought this pair for a friend. She loves them and is trying to bribe me for more pairs.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on August 11, 2019

Comfortable Faux Runners
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs

The upath runner looks sporty but is more focused in comfort and breathability with cues from the chunky shoe movement. They have a running shoe style fit and have a more traditional running shoe drop, but are excellent for standing or walking all day. This is a great summer shoe for hot humid days and pairs well with shorts or cuffed pants/joggers. I just tied the laces once and my feet slide in and out with no issues. If backcountry gets more colorways in the future i might buy every pair because they remind me of my old Nike Janoskis but with more shoe. From the day i started wearing these i don't reach for any other pair in the morning.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 23, 2019

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

If you like trail running shoes that don't follow classic running shoe conventions you may really like this option. I prefer shoes with less drop, wider toe boxes, comfortable platforms, and lots of grip, so Adidas made a shoe for people like me with the Agravic Speed's. On the road these shoes basically don't work, the tread is too aggressive, the fit is too loose, and there isn't enough cushion. The features that make it a so so concrete shoe make it feel great on the trail with a protected toe box, a lashed tongue, the slight drop, and very breathable upper. I run in Utah, which means steep switchbacks, lots of rocks and spring snowmelt runoff.

As far as the fit goes its a bit wider and looser like Altra's, but with a bit of drop and thick lugs like a Salomon trail running shoe. I usually run in Nike's which are tighter and have more aggressive drop. If you want a shoe that is right in the middle of all the brands out there in a comfortable package this is a good option to consider.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this pack for ski touring and I found the versatility the best part. Expert skiers or snowboarders will find the light weight and many options for external and internal carry very accommodating. I loved the large top cap style opening to dig around for little things in the bag or to quickly extract larger items. The only downside I found with this pack is that it is very light weight so carrying heavy loads really transfers that weight onto the shoulder straps and hip belt. Efficient packing and properly stowed external carry items can help avoid this problem, but this pack works better when packed with more items due to the lack of frame structure throughout the pack.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 15, 2019

4 5

I love the big frame style goggles. They provide a much larger field of view, and helps with any claustrophobic feeling I have with smaller goggles that feel like tunnel vision. Overall the straps, plastic, lenses, and face foam are comparable to other brands on the market at this price point, and they are very comfortable. I used the black lenses for skiing on sunny days and they work great. For really stormy or low light days i prefer other brands and frame styles but that is more of a personal style choice and is not related to the functionality or the quality of these goggles that i've come to expert from Smith.

Overall if you like the look of the goggle and you want a really wide filed of view these are a great option.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

There are so many packs to choose from it could make your head hurt, but this one is a pack I would honestly recommend to anyone for casual day to day use for basically any activity. The pack has a lot of inspiration from backpacking packs with the top cap storage and back panel access. The hip belt can be stored if you don't want to use it and the external carry can be used for many things from skateboards to camera tripods. Overall this is one of the best backpacks ive ever used from the way it feels to the multi-functionality its just 5 stars all the way around.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This paddle is really a good balance for endurance paddling or paddlers who want an easy to use paddle that makes each stroke less tiring. My first time using this blade was paddling straight into a headwind on a bright sunny day on the lake with no relief. I could tell that the smaller unique blade shape gave me less torque on my stroke but it was easier to battle against the current for longer periods of time. The only drawbacks that i can see using this option is that the black carbon gets hot if left out in the sun but a quick dunk in the water can solve that, and the handle/shaft also feel like they are made for smaller hands so i wish they where a little bigger for grip comfort but overall this is probably the best paddle i've used to date.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The thick carbon shaft and smooth wooden handle make this paddle easy to grip and pull through the water with a lot of torque. The wide blade may be a little tricky for paddlers without a lot of strength to paddle quickly but for nice easy, slow strokes its very comfortable. The wooden blade is very pretty in the sunlight and it gets a lot of attention from other people out on the water. Overall this paddle is a little heavier than a full carbon paddle but I like the swing weight that balances out the paddle and makes it feel very comfortable to use.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on July 1, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried this shoe out and it overall has a great fit for someone looking for a climbing shoe that will work well learning and growing into the sport. I have a wide forefoot and i just wanted to include that these feel very narrow to me, similar to Sportiva's. I tend to find my comfort in 5.10 Anasazi's or or Black DIamond Aspects which are very similar to this shoe but with a slightly different fit that is better for mid to wide feet.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on June 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs

Crazy Light, big single side pocket and reflective details make these my go to running shorts but are so comfortable i use them for everything. Ive been in Nikes for years and wanted an alternative to the standards that im used to. The liner wasn't for me on these guys so I just cut it out and its way more comfortable with out the liner for me. Id recommend these to anyone looking for a stylish alternative to bigger baggier shorts and you want a single pair to do everything for hiking to swimming in lakes to chilling at home.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on June 29, 2019

5 5

These pedals are a standout in the industry, compared to basically every pedal ive seen on the market right now these are very well reviewed convex shape at an unbeatable price that you can find information on through courtliness youtube videos and websites. I saved a bit of coin for the apres espresso's and i love the look of these compared to other options. These are grippy but not so sharp that they will tare up your flip flops on casual rides to the store.

Quick gear tip, you can pull out the pins in the middle of the pedal to reduce a pressure point on the ball/midfoot.

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