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Ryan Potts

Ryan Potts

, Gearhead

Taylorsville, Utah

Ryan Potts's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling

Ryan Potts's Bio

The indoors make me itch. The scratch is putting on a pack, snowboard or grabbing my fly rod. I also toss a mean frisbee. Anything to get me in the fresh air. I've lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 22 years and havent found a reason to leave yet.

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Ryan Potts

Ryan Pottswrote a review of on March 29, 2019

The ANSWER
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

LOVING this thing so far, all the load space you could want with the access of a vest, seriously the best of both worlds. Overkill for shorter days but I think even then still worth carrying anytime you have beers and a layer you may want to ditch. I use the Stealth Atom sling for shorter trips out but easily overload it for anything more than half-day.

Call outs: sweet rip-stop like fabric, elasticized pockets with oversize flaps (you can use one to hold a can of beer!), plenty of attachment points and organization. Really well-thought out overall. Both the vest and pack seem very functional on their own and I think the pack will become my go-to day-pack and the vest carried alone on backpacking trips as it's so light-weight.

The vest/pack interface is pretty simple and unobtrusive itself but leads to my *only* complaint - the waist-belt needs to be removable or more easily stowable, so it doesn't interfere with your wading belt. To solve this I wrap the pack hip-belt around to the back and connect to the daisy chain, issue solved. Anyone who needs to comfortably carry more for the river than they can now should check out this sweet piece of gear.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on March 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ounce for ounce the best bar you can have in your pack. A bit pricey but worth every penny. Real food ingredients that you can see, a legit meal replacement at 350+ calories or split with a friend for a snack. Won't freeze. Best of all, across the board these bars are tasty as heck first bite to last.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on March 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked this guy up primarily for ski touring to be able to save a little space when its empty but feel like it will be invaluable while travelling as well. I hate cramming an empty hard sided bottle into my bag for the trek through the airport. The upside and downside is the same - lack of structure. This makes drinking a two handed affair but on balance worth the sacrifice for its ability to disappear into your pack or luggage.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on March 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A very handsome and functional bottle, no stickers marring this guy. I have been carrying the 40oz version for over a year now and its awesome but a bit of a behemoth. The 32 oz is more manageable day to day. Improvements in the cap design from last year make it easier to fill the bottle and drink one handed. I carry this everyday but for travel or trail I would go with a plastic bottle or hydration bladder.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on February 21, 2019

Hard Working Shell
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I demo'd this sweet ski / alpine shell both inbounds and in the backcountry recently, great for both. The fit is true and the C-knit backer gives the fabric a nice supple feel. Typical Patagonia attention to construction and materials and simple clean design. Came away unscathed from a tree hit that swelled my elbow for 3 days. I am confident it will hold up to the rigors or resort use while very packable for BC as well.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on February 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the pleasure of carrying the Everyday 20 for two weeks now and am incredibly impressed. What is immediately apparent is the attention to detail, design and construction. Every little detail clearly has been obsessed about from the zipper pulls to the innovative Velcro dividers. These rad dividers and the dual side zippers create a layout and structure with unreal access and organization. Burly face fabric, great external carry ability and bottle/ tripod side pockets that easily handle my 40oz stainless steel jug.
If you commute or have an everyday carry backpack, carry electronics / cameras, travel often or any combination of the above - this backpack will blow your mind.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

Booya!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It pretty hard to add to whats been said about these. Perfectly suited for the BC. Solid OR quality and well-though out features. My favorites: The beacon pocket is perfectly placed. Removable suspenders. Easy one handed operation of thigh zips. Trim but mobile fit. The rear thigh pockets, so clutch, I keep a little half-liter soft flask of water in it to wet my whistle on the skinner. The absolute only thing I could nitpick is the two waist pockets could be slightly bigger but overall a minor complaint on an otherwise stellar pant.

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Ryan Potts

Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this as a gift for my sister in law, she had asked my wife specifically for this one. She reports: I love the two tone color and the multiple pockets on the inside and outside, and the different strap handles for tote or messenger style carry. It was easy to handwash after dropping in a muddy parking lot. One con is it can bulk up with a few items inside, but overall I love it!

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

Legit.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The rumors are true, OR's Ascentshell delivers on protection and breathability in a super mobile package, basically a hybrid shell erasing the hard / soft shell boundary. Looking for a jacket to hold up to resort use but lightweight and breathable for BC use. Rocked this guy on two recent 30" plus storms (resort) here in the Wasatch, with the snow a tad heavier / wetter than normal. During white-out conditions and many powder naps the Skyward shed everything - the protection is there. Digging out from said naps the jacket didn't turn into a sauna, and I clearly found myself using the pit vents less than normal. The breathability is there, not to mention these hem to bicep zippers I feel confident heat management wouldn't be an issue even while touring. Great fit plus evident quality in construction and materials. If you are in and out of bounds consider the Skyward for a single jacket to do both.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I picked this up for my Mom who recently moved down to Phoenix but now has adapted to the heat and feels cold all the time indoors. I figured she could throw this on anytime and mix it up a bit with the reverse side. Definitely soft and luxurious feeling. What struck me the most was the style which cannot be easily categorized, like all Prana stuff, I'd say. This wrap would look just as good around the house, out to lunch with friends, kept on hand at the office or post-hot yoga session.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought this as a gift for my step-father who recently moved down to Phoenix and needed some lightweight long-sleeves to help protect from the sun. I'm a fan of DriFit fabric so pulled the trigger nearly without hesitation. The weight and fabric are exactly as desired, but surprisingly due to the modern fit, simple pocket style and pretty classy Celestial Teal color - this shirt ended up being a lot nicer looking than expected. It may be going out to lunch more than it works in the yard.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought this as a gift for my step-father who recently moved down to Phoenix and needed a lightweight long sleeve to help keep the sun off his arms. I actually got him two of these since there are some pretty sweet colors and the logo is interesting. Great fit, perfect weight for wearing alone in hotter temps. He is about 5'10" and 190 I would say and the Large is on the money.

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Ryan Potts

Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought this shirt as a gift for my step-father who recently moved down to AZ and needed a lightweight long-sleeve to help keep the sun off his arms, this shirt hit the mark perfectly. Great balance of style, great colors and surprisingly lightweight. Looks great bumming around the house or out running errands.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 15, 2019

Completely Clutch
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Peak Design is making little things that make a big impact on photographer's lives with some well-designed solutions to common problems. The result is your swift and full attention to the moment and not fiddling with your gear. I feel pretty confident in saying that the Slide / SlideLite straps and also the Capture clip needs to be considered by any dedicated outdoor photographer. My personal reasons: I have always hated taking off the shoulder strap in order to shoot longer exposures on a tripod - the Anchorlink toggles here are free in a second and the included baseplate goes right onto the tripod, a mere 5 seconds and you are ready to shoot. Similarly you move from the Slide to the Capture clip as easily. An extra set of toggles is included so they went right onto my binoculars.
In my experience adjusting the length of shoulder straps is another inspiration-sucking thing, this bad boy adjusts in a single one handed move (easily done with gloves!) getting you from tucked up tight against your side or under a puffy then out and adjusted to shooting length, again in seconds. I do like the way the baseplate connection causes the camera to hang off-center, with the lens pointed down against your body. The seat-belt material feels durable and slips easily under said puffy if needed, while the clever integrated gripper pad is there if needed as well. Anybody taking pictures with a real camera, especially primarily outdoors, absolutely needs to check Peak Designs out for themselves.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on January 5, 2019

Sharp
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the pleasure of borrowing last years model for a few weeks recently and fell in love as I set them up. First thing I noticed is the quality of materials and construction. These are a bit on the high end of price as far as bindings but they absolutely look and feel premium. The bindings I picked up last year (and still enjoy) feel cheap next to these. As others have mentioned - very comfortable, responsive and customize-able. What hit home for me is the innovative design that results in sweet features like the little adjustable arms that hold the heel straps and change the flex profile, and the beautifully designed Auto-strap itself with a ski-strap-like tensioner that pulls the strap away from the footbed. I am looking forward to checking out the latest iteration of this bad boy.

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