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Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

, Gearhead

Sandy, UT

Ryan Anderson's Passions

Yoga
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running

Ryan Anderson's Bio

Originally from the flatlands of Indiana. Go Boilers! Moved to Colorado to pursue my passion for Snowboarding and instantly fell in love with the mountains. Moved from Colorado to Spain and lived there with my wife and started our family. We chose Salt Lake based on the proximity to the mountains and have been here ever since. I'm passionate about anything outside in any kind of weather, some of my best days were usually the worst days before I discovered the mountains.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a fan of quilts and blankets, but this one didn't do it for me. It is definitely a car camping blanket but for the price I'm not sure you couldn't just take one of your other blankets from home and be just as warm. Plus the fabric isn't the most comfortable next to skin. It does fit nicely into the included sack, which saves some space but if you are car camping it's not really a huge issue to pack a regular blanket.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not a huge fan of sport sunglasses because they don't look like my normal style and casual sunglasses don't cut it for hiking or biking. These do a pretty good job of bridging that gap. They look appealing and are also highly functional. I am a fan of the Chromapop tech from Smith. They are also really lightweight which is great for wearing them for extended hours.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The issue with buying adult sized sleeping bags for kids is that there is so much excess space that it creates a lot of drafts and the kiddos can never get warm. These smaller bags are great for keeping them warm and cozy all night which in turn means that you can also sleep well. They don't pack down very small and are pretty heavy so I wouldn't use it for backpacking, but for car camping they are great.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

Perfect size for short hikes!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this bag because you can easily pack all of your essentials while being comfortable and light. The bag actually has great organization inside, both pockets are surprisingly large and each one has some internal organization. There are two water bottle pockets on the sides, I like to use one for a water bottle and the other for a quick grab pocket. The compression straps help keep everything from sloshing around.

Overall a great hiking pack or quick summit pack!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

They got the name right!
5 5

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

My family of 4 recently used this tent while camping in the desert. Our other friends have the Marmot Limestone 6 and we noticed that the interior heights were similar but with the "Halo" feature it really gives you some extra space around the top. The floor space is generous, we filled up a large air mattress and still had room on the floor to put all of our clothes and food. We have an 11 month old and he was able to crawl around with no problem. For the price I really wish they would have included a footprint.
The vestibule on one side is very large which is great, it doesn't really exist on the other door so you need to orient the rain fly accordingly. We made sure to always enter and exit through the same door with the larger vestibule as it was easier to take off shoes and stuff on that side. The doors are extremely large and the little pockets that are included in the bottom make storing the door easy and convenient.
It also includes 4 gear stash pockets in the top, loops for lanterns and small gear pockets around the bottom of the tent, this makes finding your headlamp or keys easy.

Overall, I highly recommend this tent for anyone looking for a 6 person tent. I would pick up the footprint as it totally helps to keep your tent clean.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 19, 2019

Durable and useful!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fjallraven makes products that are timeless and versatile. This pack is a great option for the casual Instagram, photo searching, weekender or traveler. But it is also great for people who are looking for a rugged, durable, high-quality pack for short hikes or even overnights that are quick and require minimum gear. The shoulder straps have a fair amount of padding so even loading this pack up isn't uncomfortable. I have found that it is a perfect carry-on for flights, it fits my 15' MacBook Pro with no problem, and my Canon DSLR too. I use the Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes to organize everything inside the pack, this really helps to make sure I can pull items out quickly when I have to go through Security Checkpoints, or while camping to make sure I have everything I need.

Overall, I highly recommend this pack, it doesn't have a lot of pockets but if you utilize the large pocket and use some other smaller organizational bags, it is easy to find everything.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 19, 2019

Crush the trail!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs

Hanwag knows how to make some serious boots. They start with a single piece of leather, this helps to make sure that the entire boot looks the same and has the same aesthetic appeal, also ensuring the quality is the same throughout. They also double stitch the seams. This doesn't seem like a big deal (pun intended) but it is incredibly time consuming and has to be done by hand. The result: super durable, handmade masterpieces. You can also re-sole them. Which leads me to the next area of the boot, the sole has a Vibram grip and is extremely stiff, when you walk over rocks your foot doesn't even flex, this helps to not let your foot get fatigued on longer hikes, especially when carrying heavier loads. It also ensures that each step you take you can take with confidence, which is very important if you are ever walking in precarious situations. If you are like me, you find yourself in more precarious situations than you care to admit, mine are thanks to my hiking buddy who always encourages me to go off-trail because it is "faster". These are stiff and need some time to break-in, so don't expect to buy them a week before your trek and have them feel great. Your foot and especially your ankle need to get used to these boots. I have found that not lacing the top grommet is actually more comfortable, but I'm glad it's there for when I'm carrying much heavier loads and need to be locked into the boot.

Sizing: I actually found these to fit spot on. I usually wear my hiking boots a little loose, so these are perfect, I went with my sneaker size and found that they fit exactly the same as my regular shoes. They have a good amount of toe space with the added bonus of being able to really lock in the heel.

Overall: I highly recommend these boots for anyone looking for a boot for serious backpacking adventures. For people who appreciate well made, handcrafted goods. And those who are looking for a boot that they can rely on for years and years.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

Fast & Light
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs

When the temps are too low and all you need is a lightweight pant, this is the one for you. This is one of the most comfortable pants I've worn. I love how you can move so easily in them and they bind or pinch. They also are quiet, which is great compared to some Gore-Tex fabrics which can be quite noisy.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We took these out on a day where we had 6 inches of new snow. We skied in powder the first half of the day and then went on groomers the rest. Super impressed about how well these skis did all over the mountain. They were fast, easy to turn, held an edge, did well through the trees, good float in powder, and ripped the groomers. Not much else I look for in a ski!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

Stay dry and stand out!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs

The fit and style of the Spyder pants are almost as good as the technical features that come with them. Spyder does a great job of mixing the two, they don't look too technical but pack some serious punch with their Gore-Tex Membrane. Spyder is one of the only brands that I feel comfortable with when buying them in white. They add a special coating that makes sure the colors don't fade and they are really hard to get dirty. The white stands out really well on the slopes too!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

Plenty of features!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs

This jacket has everything you could ever want in a jacket. I bought this as a gift for my mom and she absolutely loved it. Her favorite features were the lined cuffs, it helps to keep out all the cold and snow. It had a good amount of insulation, enough that she didn't need to wear too many layers. She loved the pass pocket that is on the wrist, it made it easy to get through the chairlift line. And the overall look, it really stands out on the slopes. Spyder does a great job of using fabric that actually stays clean, she was a bit nervous about wearing white but it stayed clean for her entire trip and looks really good on the slopes.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on February 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I usually only wear wool for my baselayers, but this is the one exception I have in my closet. They way that Houdini blended the fabrics and made the back of the top thinner than the front is perfect for my winter activities. I wear this when backcountry splitboarding and it really helps the top to breathe out the back, which is where you sweat the most, and carrying all of your avalanche gear on your back doesn't make it easy to breathe. I also really like the zipper, I don't even notice it when it is closed but I really appreciate it when it's open to help dump some heat for the uphill. It is stylish enough that I could wear it for Apres and not have to worry about throwing on a different top. The fabric is super soft and very comfortable, sometimes I just put it on while at home to wear around the house.

Highly recommend!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on February 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a huge fan of mittens, and if you ever suffer from cold fingers you just need to switch to a mitten like this. The only complaint I have is that the gauntlet was too long for most uses. If you need a gauntlet that comes up to your elbow then this will work perfectly, but for daily use, it is probably overkill.

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on February 8, 2019

What more do you need?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This shell is awesome. I recently used it on a quick tour before work and usually never wear my shell for the ascent, but the weather was blowing and snowing and I needed the extra protection. Opening the pit zips really helped to dump some heat and I was surprised how breathable the shell was. It has just the right amount of pockets, and I love that it includes a pass pocket on the sleeve. The fit was comfortable and roomy, I would say you could size down as it does run a little larger than I would like. The color is great too, bright enough to be found in the trees from your buddy.

Highly recommend!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 135 lbs

Pants that are durable, comfortable and waterproof are great for days spent outside on the hill. That's why these are the go-to for us. They will last seasons not days and still come back looking like we just took them out of the package. My wife loves when she scrapes a tree or branch and surely the pant has ripped and you look down and can't even tell it touched anything. Pretty amazing!

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Ryan Andersonwrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever have cold fingers you definitely need to switch to a mitten. But not all mittens are made equal and this one ensures that your little fingers will never be cold again. I know people who have poor circulation or have had frostbite who have used these mittens and say that they are the prescription for cold fingers.

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