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Ryan Potts

Taylorsville, Utah

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.

Ryan Potts's Passions

  • Fly Fishing,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Paddling.
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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on March 20, 2020

Really Excited
5 5

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

Recommended that my customer give these a shot, he gave me permission to share his comments: I took the Salomons out for a big day yesterday, and they worked great. Did the bear claw chutes on Parry Peak which was about 4k' of vert and included 3 hours boot packing, ridgeline scrambling, and a dicey descent into the chutes. Attached are few shots to give you an idea of the terrain.

Had no break in period with them other than just trying them on in my living room, and the only minor hot spot I ended up with was at the very top, on the inside of my calf. I also didn't wear tall sock though since it was a warm day. The hike mode was awesome, the grip was great during the bootpacking, and the transition to ride mode was super easy. Overall I'm really excited about them.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on November 5, 2019

5 5

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

A supremely packable and layerable down jacket for any outdoor pursuit - climbing, skiing, backpacking, you name it. Punches above its weight in warmth and has the perfect amount of down and trim fit to slide into any layering system. The Ghost Whisperer has an ultralight face fabric, for a burlier version with ripstop check out the Phantom as well.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on November 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the chance to get a few days in with these guys and so far pretty stoked. Construction is simple and bulletproof, however they are noticeably heavy. They remind me of old school combat boot in their overall design. The sizing accommodates the wader so order according to your street shoe size. I am 9.5 street shoe and 10's here are perfect.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on September 22, 2019

Off-Road'N
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs

So many jogging stroller options out there it is hard to decide. I ultimately went with the Chariot and have been very happy I did. While not a runner/ jogger I picked this up to navigate the variable terrain found while disc golfing: grass, gravel, sand, rocks mud, wood chips, etc. We have also used it at the state fair, weekend farmers market, along mellow trails through the woods and countless walks around the block. I also bought the car seat adapter and think it is worth it to get your kiddo out and about as soon as possible.
The goods: It handles any terrain so easily, very stable and smooth ride. Sturdy construction. Very easy to maneuver. Brake is solid, sunshade is awesome, plenty of storage. The harness is easy to adjust and it seems comfortable, as soon as we start moving my kid settles down. Once your kid starts to drift off you can drop the entire back-panel with one hand down to a laying position while barely breaking stride. The stroller is easy to collapse down and open back up
The Not-so-Goods: Kinda expensive but not outrageous compared to other top models. Fairly heavy and bulky once collapsed, the size could become an issue storing at home and while travelling with it. This isn't a stroller for indoors or tight quarters. No cup-holder. I bought the console accessory because I like beverages when I golf but its not a great placement and not worth it unless you take your beverages for a walk as often as your kid. Lastly, puncture vine aka goat's head thorns will ruin your time! After the 3rd patch job I decided to just squirt some "Slime" type tube sealant in there and haven't had an issue since. Overall a great piece of gear that you will appreciate through several children or family members.

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Ryan Pottswrote a review of on August 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beginner, looking for my first pair of shoes. I had the extreme pleasure and misfortune of borrowing a broken-in pair of TC Pros to start with and regret it fully. They are super comfortable and my bony ankles feel secure behind the high top coverage. The issue is they are three times the shoe I need at this point in my progression. I hope to come back to them someday for all day comfort on multi-pitch but for now I only aspire. I was sized down 1/2 from street shoe and they were money.

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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 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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