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Tucker Wells

Tucker Wells

Springfield

Tucker Wells's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Skiing

Tucker Wells's Bio

The mountains are my church and music is my life.




INSTAGRAM: tucker703

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs

I would like to begin by thanking Backcountry.com and Bellroy for this opportunity. But I have to ask, when you look at investing in a new wallet, what do you look for? Good quality leather/materials? Thinness? How well does it hold $150,000 cash? Well for me, since I don't have the cash, and am not a leather connoisseur, I like a wallet that is comfortable to sit on. And I have found it!

After driving more than 3,000 miles cross country, devouring countless pieces of pies at diners, and endless beers at bars I think I have found the ultimate butt friendly billfold! Like I said before I am far from a rich man but when I do have cash on me, the Bellroy Note accommodates it extremely well and you hardly notice any different in size. And it's slick appearance makes me look extremely wealthy while not actually being so.

Now for the real impressive features about this money holder; it has not one, not two, but three rather stealthy sleeves built into the wallet for extra cards or prophylactics, but on one of these pockets there is an ingenious little tab that allows you to access cards easily by simply pulling the tab. The other two sleeves are built into the area where most people would keep their Benjamins.

To top it all off, Bellroy has used a high quality leather that is vegetable-tanned and does not fade easily. I am a skeptic of leather wallets when it comes to living an active lifestyle, because my butt glands produce an unusually large amount of perspiration but this card collector delivers stain free results time and again! I have gone on several day hikes and bike rides around town without any problems.

I would highly recommend this wallet to anyone who is wanting to get away from their velcro, kindergarten billfold; or really for anyone just looking for a solid, high quality, leather money holder.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on September 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Let me begin by stating that my Marmot Ama Dablam has quite a bit of use and begs for more! When I say quite a bit of use it went with me on the Appalachian Trail (got one tiny hole that was fixed easily with some ripstop tape) and has been on countless other adventures, not limited to backpacking.

The jacket is extremely warm and comfy and works exquisitely as extra insulation at night when your bag isn't quite cutting it. The 800-fill-goose down is great quality, over the past 4 years I have lost very fill from this jacket and haven't noticed any sacrifice in warmth. The ripstop shell does a great job of blocking wind and elements; you can hardly feel wind through this jacket. One of my favorite aspects of this jacket is actually how versatile it can be; even though it is a great winter coat, it is comfortable in moderate temperatures as well and insulates extremely well.

Since I live on the east coast and frequently visit the backcountry in very humid areas, I am always a little hesitant to use down too often, but this jacket can handle fairly damp conditions because of its DWR coating. A nice feature about this jacket is the microfleece lined pockets which are extremely warm; not to mention the number and size of pockets that are on this jacket; inside chest pocket, exterior chest pocket, and two hand pockets..LOVE IT! Being a strict utilitarian these pockets are utilized to the max!

I am 6'1" and 180lbs. and the large is plenty large enough for me, it is true to size and doesn't feel awkward in anyway. Again, I cannot get over how well the jacket is built; it is definitely built to last and since it packs down pretty well it really makes for an awesome backcountry amenity. Rarely do I hit the trails without it.

If you are looking for a versatile, warm, comfy, and all around crunchy down jacket look no further! I swear by this bad boy and regularly recommend it to others on trail. I have always liked Marmot product quality and the Ama Dablam is no exception. I highly recommend and can say with confidence that when mine finally dies (if it ever will?!) I will gladly replace it with another one.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on September 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: wallet - one size fits all

I love Kavu apparel so decided to take a chance on this wallet and am extremely pleased. It is built with great durability and strength, while retaining some cushion for your cheek whether that be right or left, you decide.

It does appear to be sized to fit just about any currency size, have no fear to travel to foreign lands.

I highly recommend this wallet if you don't want leather, Velcro or too many frills. Grade A as usual by Kavu.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on September 5, 2015

GROOVY LIL GLOW STICK
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me begin with the "bad" the light accessory isn't strong enough to be used by itself; now that that has been cleared up lets begin the awesome aspects of the Buckshot!

This little party stick is practical for so many reasons, primarily for safety because you no longer need to ignore the world around you due to in-ear headphones. With the Buckshot you are able to listen to music, at a more than reasonable volume (it gets plenty loud with quality sound) without ruining anyone else's backcountry experience. I used to swear by headphones because I didn't want to ruin anyone else's day by scaring off animals or just being rude by blaring my rockin' tunes. But with the Buckshot you can enjoy music and your surroundings without compromising anyone else's experience.

It is a great commuter instrument because you are able to play music or podcasts loud enough to be heard while riding on roads/city, but you can still hear traffic around you. I ride on busy roads quite a bit and after using the Buckshot just a couple days I am very pleased with its sound level while still being able to hear surrounding traffic (beside and behind me).

The battery life is exceptional and the Bluetooth connection is practically flawless, the second I turn on the Buckshot it connects to my phone without having to open any apps. I haven't needed to use the external battery/charge feature yet but according to the labeled capacity of 2600mAh it should give an iPhone a nearly full 100% charge.

The speaker faces the rider which allows the sound to be heard primarily by whoever is riding and not by people in passing. The speaker has exceptional sound quality and, as stated above, gets fairly loud without sacrificing a clear sound or distorting.

All-in-all I am extremely pleased with the Buckshot and highly encourage others to make the investment so you too can ride in safely and stylishly! I got the orange one and found that when teamed with a pair of stylish cycling gloves it is the perfect accessory for autumn rides :-D

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 12.5

Let me begin by saying I have never owned anything Pearl Izumi and took a chance going with these, specifically the green and black model, which is the Trail M2 V1, not to be confused with the yellow model which is actually the V2. There are a few important differences with the shoes, the stack height in particular. The V1 is a much shorter stack height, but both versions of the shoe have the same heel-to-toe offset which is 7-8mm.

The E-Motion is great for people with moderate to severe overpronation. The shoes really help with heel alignment and forefoot alignment, as opposed to only positioning the forefoot. The outsole has incredible traction and are constantly surprising me with how well they grip all different types of terrain, ranging from wet rocks to extremely dry sand. They are also incredibly breathable and have a nice toe box that isn't too wide, but not too narrow either to still accommodate foot swelling.

The other difference I noticed, although insignificant, I did find myself preferring the V1. The V1 has a much more durable heel loop for pulling on the shoes, where as the V2 has a poorly glued loop that broke second day, but it was easy to get past that.

At the end of the day I highly recommend these shoes for any distance of running or hiking, they are incredibly comfortable and durable offer great support! They dry very quickly as well.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wore this bad boy for about 1000 miles on the PCT and really put it through the wringer! I kept pushing the limits of its durability, reliability and comfort. Even after 10-15 day periods of trekking and not being able to wash it, it felt comfortable, didn't stain easily and didn't stretch at all.

I highly recommend this shirt to be worn primarily during the summer months, primarily because although it does dry extremely quickly, it does stay cool when resting or sitting. This can be really nice in the heat, but on colder days it really sucks the heat from your body, and maybe that is just a personal preference.

The shirt does run a little slim and short, but I prefer the slim fit. I am 6'1" and about 180lbs of pure American muscle and the shirt fits perfectly! I can't help but reiterate how well the shirt is sewn, there wasn't a single fiber that came undone from the shirt over the course of 2 months of heavy use, day in and day out.

Teamed with a fetching cardigan you'll be the most popular guy on the mountain! All-in-all this is a great shirt, built to last and ready for any challenge that may come along!

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Tucker Wellsposted an image about on April 28, 2015

PCT tested, Tucker approved

After a solid month of use in the desert of California, I am sill extremely pleased with the performance of the Rab Muztag. It is an excellent shell and great for all conditions! It is exceptionally breathable in precipitation and great for windy days! It is also really impressing me with durability, reliability and comfort.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on April 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

First of all I would like to thank Zeal and Backcountry.com for this opportunity, to test an amazing piece of gear.

Now to get down to business! The Zeal Eldorado is an extremely well built pair of sunglasses, with great polarization and a stylish frame, that some people may find a bit too trendy. The frames are a great fit for someone with a medium to large head size such as myself.

The lenses are great and have fantastic polarization! I have actually been using them for the first 300+ miles of my PCT thru hike and am loving them! I am able to block the sun and sand when necessary while still keeping a cool/fashionable look in town when I have a chance to hang out.

The only thing that is both good and bad in my opinion is that the glasses can be heavy, especially after a full day of wearing them, I can usually feel them on my ears after a couple hours, as well as on my nose. But being a more casual pair of sunglasses they are perfect for around town and going to a BBQ or even a day hike.

They sit on my face fantastically and haven't had any problems with them falling off if I bend over or lean forward.

I would give them a 5 star rating but because of the weight and the over-sized lenses/frames they are not for everyone, but they definitely go fantastically with a heavy beard! ;-) I would highly recommend these to someone looking for a stylish pair of frames that have a great pair of lenses to compliment them.

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Tucker Wellswrote a review of on March 18, 2015

Rab yourself up in this on a windy day!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

First off I would like to give a huge shout out to Rab and Backcountry.com for the opportunity to test and review this fine piece of apparel. Now let's get down to business; as far as I can tell, the Rab Muztag is one of the finest shells I have used to date! It utilizes the eVent DVStorm which is just fantastic and delivers protective and breathable results, while still utilizing the ability to vent precipitation to the exterior of it's 3-layer system. It has a great slim fit, typically I wear a large (I'm 6'1" and about 185lbs) but with Rab I fit in a medium perfectly. The pockets are located higher on the jacket so you can still use the pockets while backpacking because they sit above the belt, and the eVent fabric is extremely light with a very durable construction and is very comfortable and flexible. The hood is shaped well with an adjustable brim and several draw cords around the collar, neck and head for full adjustment. The zipper is good and doesn't snag easily. One thing I did notice about the Muztag is that it is light which is great for packing and warm weather but you def need a mid layer in colder weather. One thing that I actually really like about the Muztag is that it requires frequent washing for best performance, eVent pores clog easily but are easy to clean and only need a soap based detergent like Woolite. All in all I highly recommend this shell to anyone looking for an outstandingly light rain/wind jacket that is waterproof and incredibly breathable. Slim fit + durable construction = happy hiking!

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