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Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheeler

Gearhead

Brighton, PCMR, Lands of Utah

Rich Wheeler's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Surfing
Climbing
Yoga

Rich Wheeler's Bio

I've been in the outdoor industry since 2002. Been with Backcountry since 2008. I love this stuff. Shred on!

Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on May 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for surfing and wakeboarding. These tees are awesome because they keep you from getting sunburned, dry quickly and in general are never as heavy as a wet cotton T. I found this fit to be a true slim fit. I'm 5'11", 170 and the Large was perfect with nothing else under it.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 19, 2017

5 5

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

Man do I love my Vans Authentics. Once they break in, they are like perfect gloves for my feet. This most recent pair was no different. I ordered the Dark Slate color which is kind of like a mix of dark grey and blue. Size was normal.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The Vans Authentic is a classics among classics in footwear. I have these to my girlfriend as a present and she loves them. The only thing I'll point out is that there is both a normal and thin soled version of the authentic. This is the classic normal soled version. Fit was true to size with other Vans.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been an obsessive RVCA That'll Do customer for years. If you know that shirt, you know what I mean. I decided to give these Stoic shirts a shot. Fit wise, I found the slimness similar. The difference was in the sleeve length. These have longer sleeves than the that'll do. That said, for the savings compared to the RVCA, I'm down. I think you'll be too.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been an obsessive RVCA That'll Do customer for years. If you know that shirt, you know what I mean. I decided to give these Stoic shirts a shot. Fit wise, I found the slimness similar. The difference was in the sleeve length. These have longer sleeves than the that'll do. That said, for the savings compared to the RVCA, I'm down. I think you'll be too.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

In my life I think I've owned at least 10 pairs of Authentics. It's my go to summer shoe. I like how light the canvas is and how simple they are. All that said, I would never skate an authentic. Most will tear in your first few ollies. The pro version tries to address this with a taller more wrapped vulc cap, but i'm still unsure. All that said, these are still my favorite sneakers for other use. Plus with the pro version you get a legit footbed. Nice!

Size was as expected and true to fit.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings are a classic in the rome line. I like how adjustable they are compared to the plastic baseplate bindings rome makes.

Performance wise, these have the amazing canted bed option. This gives your knees a break and keeps you riding for that extra hour. Plus the pop feels more like the ollie tail of a skateboard.

Straps are decently padded and comfy on my 32 Lashed boots.

Sizing can be tricky with these, depending which boots you rock. I/m normally a 9.5 and I like to squeeze in the s/m. I would only do this though if your boot has a slim outlining. When I switched over to a 32 boot in a 10, I had to bump up to the L/XL.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been an avid Holden fan for over 10 years. I've always enjoyed their take on fit. I was looking for a pair of relaxation/yoga pants and decided to give these a go. First off, I am a 32-33" waist. I wear a medium in most pants. The medium barely fit. This coming from a guy who wears slim denim (Krew K-Slim, RVCA Spanky etc). I traded up for a L. The fit feels right and still very slim. Choose your size accordingly.

My only other gripe with these is that I can feel the knee seams on my skin a little too much. If they weren't so slim, it wouldn't be a big deal, but they are.

All in all, these are unique and have their quirks.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket/flannel is one of my favorites. It's my go to 30F-60F jacket. I could probably wear it down to the low 20s, but then I would switch to something else. Beyond the style and reversibility, I love the fit. I want to say its a slightly long/slim fit but in a size down way. For example, I like the long/style fit. I am normally a L. I went M in this and it was perfect.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is great. It's comfortable, has perfectly positioned gear loops and the wide hip and leg bands are super comfortable. They designed a great system to keep straps out of the way after you tighten them. I recommend this harness for anyone trying to send.

Fit wise, I'm a 32" waist. Ordered the small and then returned it for a medium. FYI

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pack. Once again Osprey has thought of everything. From a really easy to access hydration bladder to super functional zipper handles. This may be only a 14 liter but It can easily fit as much as a standard 20 liter bag. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to stow everything you need for a day hike. The shoulder straps hug in close enough to allow free range of motion with your arms. I am a big fan.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I gave this as a gift to my hardcore climber buddy. He had previously owned the Compound hoodie and was in need of some new threads. He had the following to say after using it a couple times -

"It works great. Tight fitting, super breathable and stylish. I tend to wear it around town as well. Fits tightly, so I can't fit much more than a t-shirt underneath. It's also not as warm as I would like but if you team it up with a good under layer they get the job done."

He is 5' 9", 150lbs and the medium worked great.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

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

If you enjoy a little bit of everything, then this is the shoe. Great downturn for steep overhangs. Stiffer onyxx rubber for edging on slabs. Excess toe rubber for jamming in cracks. Like all Five Ten shoes in my experience they size a little small. I fit a size bigger than my street shoe.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Niche brings a lot to market with all their boards: Environmentally friendlier construction, a great brand story, a rad team, and boards that perform. They've scored numerous awards over the past few years. I've ridden hundreds of snowboards and this is the one I choose the Aether to be my main. What sold me was the boards versatile ability. It felt comfortable riding pow, slashing groomers and hitting up the park. It's rare to find a board that can do 2 of these, let alone 3. It accomplishes this with a perfect medium flex, a unique take on magnatraction and a slightly directional shape. I'd like to call out the magnatraction specifically because it is a little different than the Mervin brands. It is more aggressive in the center of the board and mellows at the contact points. I found this to cut down on any tick tocking feelings when flat lining into a jump or feature.

Size wise, I ride a 10 boot, am 5'11", 165 lbs and I ride the 156.

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