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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

ME / NH

Ryan Gibbs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Ryan Gibbs's Bio

Mechanical Engineer and Guide.

Skiing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Biking, Running and anything outdoors in my free time.

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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on November 13, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

These shoes grip amazingly well, but shame on Salomon for coming to market with a shoe designed for ice and offers little to no protection from the elements. CS in the forefoot simply inst enough. My feet ended up soaked and freezing. Save your money and wait until 2019 when they bring back the tried and tested snowcross with spikes in gore-tex. I will only be using these in dry powdery dust on crust conditions, which is a rarity where I live.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on June 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I knew as soon as I handled these wallets for the first time that they were built to last. I've had my wallet for several years and is going strong. They are super durable, waterproof, and lightweight. Plenty of room to store what you need. Great product from a great company.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on February 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It should come as no surprise that a sock Smartwool designed with Conrad Anker would be the sock to end all socks for mountaineering. I'm a huge fan of darn tough socks, but these socks offer something Darn Tough hasn't hit yet, compression. The 20-30mmHg really does work keeping your toes warm. I've had frostbite and these manage to do the trick keeping them warm and wicking away the moisture. Blisters? Nope. I got them for ice climbing, but quickly noticed they work better than all my other ski socks for ski touring. I had one pair, now I own 3. They are holding up well to the abuse and I expect I will get several season out of them, no signs of wear halfway through the season. Get these socks.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on January 17, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I returned these before use. While the insulation of the pant was what I was hoping for, because of the lack of a full size zip (completely comes apart at bottom - you cannot get these pants on over a boot with a crampon or a ski boot.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yet another hearty and delicous meal from Good To-Go. I find the texture and flavors to be spot on for this style of chili. Not typical of a SW style traditional chili, so I can see why some folks might be dissapointed. Dont forget to bring some bread and parmesean, that is if you can eat any more after this filling meal.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've brought several of these on my annual backcountry expeditions and they have fueled me well after touring and skiing all day. The penne is my go to for the night prior to a big day. It fills the tank back up to charge again, plus it tastes great.

As for the users that have had crunchy problems. I've found this can be avoided by making sure the water has been boiling a few extra minutes. Keep in mind you need to increase cooking time with elevation.

And yes I find a nice red wine goes superbly with this as does a bottle of Macallan 18

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Indian food can be hit or miss in the backcountry and I was a tad skeptical of the more bold flavors for camping, but it tasted fantastic and settled without issue. I love all of the other meals so naturally I tried this. They are delicious, nutritious, and filling. The flavors of other freeze dried meals cant compare and you are supporting a local Maine business!

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Made in Kittery Maine by a world renowned chef, these gourmet freeze dried meals are my go to when trying to stay light on longer backpacking trips. The Pad Thai is a recent addition and by far my favorite. It's incredibly filling, flavorful, and smells delicious. Its amazing to see this local business now booming and all without a sacrifice in the quality product they produce. Far superior to any freeze dried meal on the market.

Those with shellfish or peanut allergies should beware.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

After several years of using the speedcross 3's and wearing them out extremely fast on rocky terrain I opted to switch to these for the more rocky trail days. These have a similar fit to the speedcross 3, but with lower profile lugs that dont wear out nearly as fast. Roughly 400 miles on them and they are still going strong. Traction on pure rock is also increased, but expect some decreased traction on leaves and soil.

I've even used these for fastpacking, but I wouldn't recommend it as they don't carry a heavy load well / don't have enough cushion for that. The fit is so good that when combined with the quasi rock plate I found my feet to be much less fatigued than with the speedcross 3.

These are intended as a dry trail shoe and are best used in those conditions. They can get wet easily and do not dry out fast because of the sockliner rock guard.

Bottom line I have a ton of confidence opening up my stride on downhills in the mountains and will definitely be purchasing another pair of these in the future.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 28, 2016

Lighter....but
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these boots since I needed to replace my blown out BD Factor MX 130's. Coming from this boot which has a higher cuff I was used to being able to drive any of my skis very aggressively. I tested these day 1 at the resort and on the first turn, I folded them over more than any other boot I had owned. I was shocked and a bit terrified as these were going to be my hard charging backcountry boots for big lines. These boots are a compromise between the world of light and fast and hard charging performance. Unfortunately they don't do either extremely well. After a few runs I got used to the lower cuff. You simply cant ski these aggressively like a race boot. They take a bit of finesse and do very well in soft snow conditions.

The weight savings are really noticeable on the way up. I was able to shave time off my regular tours without added effort, which is invaluable on big days. They did well driving my light touring setup on the down in soft snow. The flex is more noticeable in firm conditions.

The rockered sole is nice for the stride, but I find the severity of the rocker to be an issue with matching crampons. I have smaller feet (size 24.5/25 mondo) and find many crampon toe bails dont mate with this boot very well. I've gone so far as to mix and match different brand crampon parts to get a more secure fit.

These boots are far from perfect and a friend of mine had the cabrio cuff crack on his first day in them in cold conditions, but so far I have had great luck with the durability. The buckle adjustments tighten down nicely, the toe pin connection works flawlessly, and the ski walk mode had a fantastic range of motion.

If I could do it all again I would probably get the Scarpa SL120 for driving my bigger skis and continuing to take the hit on weight and the Dynafit TLT 7 for light and fast missions.

Revision: After about 35 days use the togue hinge on my boot broke as shown below. It doesn't greatly impact the skiability. Customer service is great to deal with.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

5 5

Got this a few weeks back and I definitely already feel stronger. I work unpredictable hours and live near a gym that has short hours, so training during the week can be tough. This allows me do some quick training as I walk by or an organized workout when I cant make it to the gym or crag. Like other have said, beginners beware a lot of folks mess up their fingers on these. Stick to the big holds until you can make the suggested progression and you should be good!

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on April 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: US 7.5

I really wanted to like these shoes, but the fit is just off. I normally run a US7.5 EU 40.5 for street shoes. These are 40.7EU on the website and the next size down is 40. This big gap unfortunately doesnt service my feet well. 40's are too small and 40.7 my shoe floats too much fore aft. Lateral fit is spot on for me. I ended up returning these to Adidas.

Aside from the fit the quality of the shoes is great. The Continental rubber combined with its tread pattern does very well on rock, loose rock, mud, and snow. The boost rubber keeps the feet comfortable. I'd like to see quick laces on these in the future. Also has one of the best tongue concepts I've seen in a shoe. It really opens up for easy shoe removal.

Overall a great offering and might work really well for someone that finds themselves not fitting well into traditional half sizing.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

3 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Definitely not my go to jacket, but a jacket that does OK in the alpine. Has some suspect durability issues with the side zips. Has kept me dry so far this season. One of the most packable 4-season shells I have owned and has a reasonably durable outer fabric.

Pros: Light, packable, sheds rain and snow well, a shell with side zips is hard to come by sometimes these days.

Cons: Weak hood, side zips blow out easy

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Picture having a portable heater in your pack. Thats what this jacket feels like when you go from days shivering at the belay to throwing this jacket on. From getting gear ready at the trailhead, belaying your partner in the freezing cold, drinking beer outside at the end of the day, a pillow...this jacket is perfect. Light, packable, and everything I ever expected out of a down belay jacket. Fits perfectly over my outer shell for easy on and off in the alpine. One of the few garments I've owned that feel perfect in every way.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

With a lifeproof case, bluetooth headphones make life much easier. I had the first iteration of these and the X2 are improved. They are light, easy to connect, have plenty of size options, stay in place, and are reasonably sweat-proof. Battery appears to be better than the previous model as well. My only recommendation is to find a way to make them fully waterproof.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

3 5

Protects the phone really well and its nice to have access to the real screen of the phone. Optional scratch protector included. Same Lifeproof protection you would expect from previous iterations.
As some other reviewers note, there are quirks to this case.

1. The area the NUUD covers makes it difficult to swipe up to quick access the camera, calculator, timer, etc.
2. Good luck with an aftermarket charging cable. Apple ones work fine.
3. The knob for silence/audio ring is tricky to use and often doesn't stay in place.
4. Missing a tether slot that was included in previous versions.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

4 5

Great ice harness. Clipper slots let you organize your screws easily. Plenty of gear loops for everything else. Adjustability is great, but like the reviewer below mentions the BD harnesses can be tricky to dial in with gloves on. I dont mind the adjustments on the leg loops, but elastic on my summer harness is nice. Seems to repel moisture well and is comfortable for the most part.

My only beef with the harness sizing is it would make more sense to run sizes XS for 24-28, S for 28-32 etc. Having the narrow cutoff of 30 for a small leaves you a bit in between sizes at a 30 waist, super common among climbers, and with layers the medium is a tad too big, the small a tad on the extended side.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

4 5

Foam helmets are notorious for being lighter duty. Mine has held up after a season of abuse with a few dents and dings, but nothing structurally wrong yet. Reasonable ventilation in the summer, reasonably warm with a hat or hood under/over in the winter. Exactly what I expected for a middle of the road foam helmet, but will probably switch to the Petzl Sirocco for my next foam one.

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