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Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin

Longmont, Colorado

Ryan Conklin's Passions

Running
Biking
Yoga
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Ryan Conklin's Bio

Mountains are my bullseye, my jackpot, my bingo. To tone it down, I savor smokey eats, dark syrupy coffee, & crashing on the couch with my wife. instagram.com/raiyen

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on September 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 32 LONG

These are adequate for the job, but I had to write in and say that I personally wouldn't purchase these again. I've owned jeans from Marmot, Levis, Patagonia, and even (back in the day) American Eagle, but these are the only ones that have lost their color in such a concentrated place on the front pockets -- they look like they have light-colored patches. I keep the standard in my pockets: car key, smartphone, and chapstick. Besides the discoloration, these are nice jeans. Bummer.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I loved how these shorts fit, and the amount of stretch was both comfortable and versatile. The pine color was rad, too, and my wife loved it. True to size fit, I always wear a 32" waist.

The problem I experienced was that I sat down and noticed my zipper was open, so I went to close it up, but saw that it was already up, the zipper had splayed open. After trying to correct it, the zipper no longer closed up. I returned them 1-2-3, thanks to Backcountry's easy-peasy return policy.

Also, I'd point out that for $50 I'd expect double-stitched seams... The single stitching on these is not reassuring for shorts advertised as having flexible material, I could see these tearing in the seat after an impromptu bouldering move in a city park on a Friday night. Bummer.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I ordered these in Guapo Red, and after only a few wears, I can endorse them fully with five stars! They fit really well, a little above the knee for me, which was the goal. The waist is true to size as I always wear a 32" waist and these fit just as I had hoped. Also the 2% spandex on the reds gives me freedom to goof off without worrying about tearing the stitching.

My favorite part about these shorts is that they paid attention to the details:

The shorts liner is thick and gives the shorts a reassuring feel of durability. The liner has a graphic design on it too with a tribal triangular pattern that looks rad--nice touch!

The pockets are the right depth for someone with big hands, and the right front pocket has an inner change divider pocket. Back-right pocket has a flap and button closure for keeping your wallet from falling out, and back-left does not have a flap for easy access to a bandana or cell phone.

The zipper is well built and not cheap like other shorts at this price point (not naming any names here, but I'm looking at your RCVA...). There are small stitching highlights with bright green stitching, such as to secure the button closure and also on inside leg, and the same green is used to highlight the lower half of a belt loop, i.e. thoughtfully designed!

Buy these shorts.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these in XL and I also bought the Black Diamond Guide gloves in XL. These Legends fit perfectly, but the Guide gloves were a bit too small, maybe there's more of a break-in period with the Guides, but I'm looking forward to getting these Legends broken in and even more comfortable than they already are.

They also aren't quite as beefy, or maybe robust is a better word, as the Guide gloves, but I like that. The Guide gloves felt more like I had those Incredible Hulk boxing gloves on that have sound FX when you punch things. These seems much more realistic for my purposes, which include skiing, winter hiking, and maybe some occasional rope and ice axe work.

Really like the cuff on these, too, seem like they're do a good job keep ice and water out. So far so good!

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The shirt looks baller. But to call a spade a spade, this shirt isn't classic RED. It's a lighter/cooler red that looks a lot like a coral-colored Patagonia t-shirt I own. Even still, the bear is badass, so I don't mind the color difference.

The t-shirt is thin, like paper thin, so I don't expect it to hold up very well as far as durability, but whatever, it's a t-shirt, and a rad one at that, so I'll probably still wear it even if it gets a few holes in it from wear.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

4 5

I wanted a minimalist skull cap for wearing on cold bike rides. This fits nicely under my bike helmet without requiring any adjustments to the helmet's fit. It works well for giving you that small amount of added warmth when you're active outdoors and the temps are low (below 55). I docked a star because it isn't as form-fitting as I had hoped. I'm not sure on the materials used in addition to merino, but a bit more elastic would've helped maintain the shape better. Still, a very good hat for cold weather running or cycling, etc., particularly at this price point.

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Ryan Conklinposted an image about on November 15, 2016

Trunk Access w/ Push of a Lever

It's so easy to use this rack! Kuat's 2.0 improves upon all the areas of weakness of the very popular and successful 1.0, which wakes the 2.0 a friggin dream! From the front-accessible cable locking point, to the easy-to-access lever for folding up or tilting back, and collapsible wheel cages, the Sherpa 2.0 will make you very happy. Pictured here on my '09 Honda CRV.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I bought these for cold-weather rides (below 55F) because they are really warm, while staying pretty slim on your foot (read: not beefy). The problem with wearing most merino wool socks in cycling shoes is that they're usually far to thick on your foot, which compromises the shoe's fit and that makes your feet both uncomfortable and cold. Ouch!

I like that these are fairly plain socks, and since my kit is red, I ordered the black ones with the red tab on the back for a touch of fantz.

The construction seems really solid on mine so far. I own Darn Tough, Smart Wool, Swiftwick, and these seem just as solid as those.

I wear a size 13 shoe (47 cycling) and the XL is perfect.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked this up last week and have used it for a road ride and a MTB ride. The installation to handlebars is easy: the strap feeds through this light's mount is more secure since it wraps around and feeds up and through the mounting bracket. This may require an extra 10 seconds of fiddling to get it strapped to your bars, but you'll be glad you did when your light stays fixed in place as you barrel around a dark turn on the neighborhood trails.

I haven't tried the helmet mount since it doesn't come with it, but my current setup with a 250 lumen helmet-mounted light and this guy on my handlebars makes nighttime riding much safer, particularly on single track. If this were my only light, I would definitely prefer mounting it to my helmet, instead of on my handlebars, that way I see where I look, rather than only seeing where my handlebars are facing.

The weight is about 50 grams heavier than comparable Light and Motion models, but again, I think the protective casing on this light is more robust and having a burlier case when mountain biking will protect the light more effectively if you do happen to take a tumble.

The boost effect on this is also really handy because no matter where I am on the lighting cycle, I can hit the button twice and crank out 950 lumens in an instant.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a question about on November 10, 2016

Hello, I just inquired on Powertap's website, and they said that this hub (GS) is now compatible with Ant+ and Bluetooth out of the box. The description here however says Ant+ only. Is this GS hub on Backcountry the current model sold by Powertap that is comptaible with Ant+ or Bluetooth out of the box, or is your description accurate and this GS is a previous model that is only compatible with Ant+ out of the box? THANKS!

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

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

I followed Salomon's sizing chart and ordered an M/L, and before running with it I thought it would be too small. This morning I took it on its maiden voyage though, a 7 miler with 1600ft gain, and I can comfortably say that the sizing is correct.

The fit of this pack is really nice: It moves with you. If you order it and you think it's too small, I recommend taking it out for a spin before deciding to exchange for a larger size. Trust Salomon's engineering, or, at least give it a shot.

The back pockets are nice and big, but I had a hard time reaching a loose gel and bar I had stuck in them. I'll probably plan to not keep any back there and only stick things in the back that are bulkier to make reaching them easier: a hat, jacket, gloves, headlamp, or maybe a ziplock bag full of snacks.

The zipper pockets are great, three in total. I put my keys in the zippered pocket on one side and my wallet on the other and I could not feel them as I ran. The small pouches in the front above the water bottles are great for small bars, GUs, and salt capsules.

Soft water bottles are a great addition in this model over hard bottles with over vests, which tend to bruise your chest after long runs. I found that the water bottles begin to flop around a little once you've sipped from them--fun fact, you can sip from them without removing them from their pockets! One recommendation is that once the bottle is empty, take a second and blow it full of air to inflate it and then stick it back in its pocket; this will prevent it from flopping around or falling out of the pocket if you bend over to tie your shoe or pick up an arrowhead.

Since I was out solo in the backcountry, I appreciated the pack's integrated whistle, should I have needed to yell for help, the whistle would've made it much easier to guide people to my location. --On this note, there's also the safety blanket included, which is another reassurance to tuck into the back of your mind as you go out seeking adventure.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on July 23, 2016

5 5

I love that these are not only really friggin tasty, but also very thin. I take 1-2 with me on bike rides and they fit in my jersey pocket without taking up hardly any space! If I had to, I could probably fit 20 of them in one pocket, which is 3,200 calories; there's no way I could fit even half that many clif bars in one pocket. You can't beat the size/shape of these and the caramel flavor is awesome!

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