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Tyler Sutherland

Tyler Sutherland

Salt Lake City

Tyler Sutherland's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Tyler Sutherland's Bio

Position at Backcountry : Gearhead

I grew up being deprived of the outdoors in the outskirts of Cincinnati in a land of suburban sprawl and general boredom. While going to college at OU in the southeastern corner of Ohio, I discovered what the world outdoors has to offer. From then on, I have had trouble staying cooped up indoors.

My main outdoor passion is hiking, with the desire to one day knock out John Muir, AT, and Pacific Crest. However, there is a good chance you can catch me on my road bike, snowboard, skis, snowshoes, or basically anything that keeps me away from the water. I don't like it, it doesn't like me, we avoid each other like an ex at the middle school dance.

When I'm not doing outdoor activities, I keep busy taking pictures (got 10+ years professional experience) or getting super DIY crafty. I love building things in all varieties. Whether its framing a house or sewing a beer coozy, I am a hardcore DIY guy, and never really call in for professional help.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

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

Love these socks. Sleek, light, breath great, low profile, megladon sturdy, and bright color so my I don't lose them. Because my dog loves to hide my socks, and they can sometimes be hard to find. Fit perfect in low ride shoes, and are basically not noticeable. Super solid running sock.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love how sleek and little it is. Holds a handful of business cards, couple credit cards, my ID, and that's about it. Only thing that I could see being potentially annoying for people is the lack of money clip / holder. I never have cash on me, so to me its no worry, but if you are a cash guy this is not the wallet for you. Great for keeping it slim and trim as well as looking mega classy.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a fan of this little guy. Clean, sleek, simple, straightforward. Nothing fancy, nothing crazy, packs down well and gets the job done every time. Didn't give it 5 just because my big fat meat mitts of palms have trouble grabbing the handle without scorching myself. Then I got smart and grabbed a shirt beforehand, no more issues from the clumsy meat mitts.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

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

Big fan of these guys. They aren't a super snug fit, but aren't noticeable at all. They breath, clean, and dry super easy so are great for the backcountry when you need to stretch clothes and a wash means sticking it in the stream. I am an average build guy, just under 6', and have nothing but good things to say about them.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

5 5

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

Big fan of Injinji socks. One thing I was worried about on toe socks is.... well.... my toes. I have this useless little pinky toe that doesn't even touch the ground, so was worried there would be extra fabric bunching and bundling up making a pinch on the outside. However, once getting them on, lined up, and all my toes in order, that was not a problem at all. They are really cozy, breath well, and dry out well. Great for hiking and stretching more than a single day out of them because of the wool.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have seen plenty of gummies, and can't really complain about any of them. They are all just.... eh. Do what they do, and sometimes they taste terrible or strange. Must say though, these guys are noticeably tastier, and give you that extra punch of energy you need. Because of them tasting good too, it makes it easier to hammer a few down on a long bike ride, instead of getting that grossed out throat lock when you really need the calories.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride a good bit, and ride hard. In Utah we also have these horrific little guys called goat heads that are basically natures version of a caltrop. These work great for a cheap, functional, easy tube, and won't bankrupt you if you need to buy 10 to make it through the season.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Big fan of these guys, fit great, super adjustable, and accommodating to my fat feet. I am normally a 10 1/2 shoe, so was worried about which to get since they are only full sizes. If you are having the same dilemma, go down. I got 10 and they fit like a glove.

First time wearing them, and being familiar with Chaco, I stomped around on a horrifically muddy, sloppy hike. These guys kept solid grip when I needed them to, and didn't slide around on my feet at all. I'm also glad I didn't go with the toe option, as I feel that these have plenty of hold on your feet without it. Ford a stream, climb a muddy hill, or even go around town shopping after a day at the beach, these guys are perfect.

One complaint I have, is getting small debris caught in the middle / arch area of the footbed. Some little rocks are miracle workers at getting where they shouldn't. It is really, really annoying to have to dig around to knock those out, or take them off all together. But then again, that is something you are signing up for when you get fully open sandals.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first, I laughed. Then while chuckling, realized I really could eat anything with this combo. It seems ridiculous, and totally is, but does its job splendidly. The chopsticks are not slick, and have a hearty grip on the spork so it won't slide off with use. But on the other side of the coin, its also not a battle to get the combo together or apart. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of joining and dismantling.

The real reason I bought this was for Mountain House / Backpacker Pantry type of food. I always have to wait until my food is ice cold to avoid burning my knuckles, or put on glove liners eating. With this though, it gets straight to the bottom of the bag with ease, and the tiny little teeth for the spork is just what you need to grab that last chicken and rice hiding in the corner of the pouch.

First thing I did, was get rid of the metal case it comes in, and subbed it out for a fabric sunglasses case. The chopsticks just BARELY poke out of the end, but it keeps them together, also saves weight and space.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at this, you have had mountain house before. You know what you are getting. Great, freeze dried food that is a tasty change of pace on the trail or on the weekend campout with pals. Buy it, keep it around and use as needed, its not going bad. They claim 12+ years, but I see that as a lowball, and they will last a whole lot longer. I have one in the back of my car in case the grim reaper tries to get sneaky and break my car down in the middle of nowhere, as well as another I piece out one by one for camping.

One thing that I have heard complaints on for these types of items (deep bag freeze dried food) as well as hate myself, is how deep the bags are. You burn your hands on either the bag or the steam half the time. However, I found a PERFECT item to remedy that and it has become part of my backcountry eating repertoire, the Kung Foon (honestly I half bought it for the name). If you type GSI2260 into the search bar, you can check it out and take a look at my review. Get your speedy tasty food on!

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking at this, you have had mountain house before. You know what you are getting. Great, freeze dried food that is a tasty change of pace on the trail or on the weekend campout with pals. Buy it, keep it around and use as needed, its not going bad. They claim 12+ years, but I see that as a lowball, and they will last a whole lot longer. I have one in the back of my car in case the grim reaper tries to get sneaky and break my car down in the middle of nowhere, as well as another I piece out one by one for camping.

One thing that I have heard complaints on for these types of items (deep bag freeze dried food) as well as hate myself, is how deep the bags are. You burn your hands on either the bag or the steam half the time. However, I found a PERFECT item to remedy that and it has become part of my backcountry eating repertoire, the Kung Foon (honestly I half bought it for the name). If you type GSI2260 into the search bar, you can check it out and take a look at my review. Get your speedy tasty food on!

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The one thing I genuinely was worried about was how easy it would be to slice my finger off when I was drunk and wanting to smash a pizza. After getting drunk and burning a pizza to test my theory, I found it is damn near impossible, so I'm sold! Sits on my counter, always gets a laugh, and actually does its job quite splendidly (as well as easy to wash). Considering buying a fleet of them as gifts for friends and family that are bike nerds, perfect giggle worthy gift.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For budget headphones, I have no complaints. Great sound, excellent sound dampening from outside sources, and don't pinch my ears like some over the ear headphones I have. I also have big ears, thanks for those genes Grandpa.

There are a few things that could be improved however. The fit is a bit clunky, which I attribute to the fact that the ear pieces can't swivel to get just the right angle on your head. The cord is long enough that if you are listening to your Ipod, or Zune if you are that cool, you are fine. I use them at my desk, and they work great right until I lean back to grab something and knock over my CPU. Luckily though, the cord seems to be a normal audio jack and not some specialty fancy shennaigans, so you could swing down to Best Buy and pick up a longer one if you so desire.

Breaks down to GREAT bang for your buck. If I pick up someone's $300 set of headphones (that aren't Beats because those things are useless crap) you can tell the difference and get a bit jealous. Then you remember you paid about 15% of what they did, so their set should be better. I wouldn't edit video, or tune audio with these, but damn if CCR doesn't sound great out of 'em.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cheap addition to my commuter bike really sealed the deal. Takes 5 minutes to put in, and makes your bike a rolling savior. One thing I was worried about was how close it would be to the frame / handlebars making it difficult to get the right angle for an easy open. This fear was alleviated upon my first beer opened with it, just the right balance of room and out of the way sleekness.

I have cracked more beers and started more conversations on this little dude than any silly party trick I have managed to come up with (and I can open beer with my teeth). Now I can shut my dentist up, enjoy a cold beer, and party on Garth.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great leash for doing anything, and dealing with the unexpected. The wrist lock that can unclip is absolutely amazing. I never realized how handy something like that would even begin to be until now.

It has made walking my dog fantastically lazy, because the webbing is narrow enough to fit into my belt loops. So, unclip, belt loop, reclip, hands free strolling in 5 seconds. Great for when you are walking your dog, enjoying a delicious adult beverage, and putting the hurt on a sandwich. Because, lets be real, as much as we judge that guy walking down the street, we all kinda wish we had his sammie, brew, and that dog really is kinda cute. So now, I have become that man, and it is glorious.

The clip is also able to grab onto the normal part of the leash and not just the handle part. So, got a fat tree you need to hook your dog to while you dive into a cafe to get a second sammie? Boom, hook him up to it, and chat up the cute girl at the register cause you are good to go. At least until your dog barks at you and you can now tell her about how awesome and cute your dog is. Nice move.

I can't tell if people cower in fear of my awesome while I strut down the street, or are scared that I may attempt to shove them off the sidewalk for walking too close to me. Either way, the leash is a perfect length for me to walk, not step on my lanky dog's legs, (he is a hound mix and is all legs, not like Jessica Rabbit though). Yet the length is manageable enough to give him a solid tug as a little baby who decided to smash his face with her sausage fingers attacks him all the while her parents fight in the busy intersection and you secretly hope for a large truck to drive through.

Its thin, light, durable, tough, easy to manage, and the bright blue is a hard color to miss, so it doesn't get lost under the table at beer filled cook outs. I have used a ton of leashes, all the way from a piece of rope to some fancy pants feature filled shenanigans.

The only thing I personally don't like, but totally understand is the Talon clip where you hook to the dog's collar. You push down on it (very easy and nice for arthritic people and the like) but its just.... weird. I don't like it. The number of times I have missed the clip and felt like a 5 year old, no motor skills dum dum as my dog has scurried off thinking he was on the leash ready to hike.... well.... lets just say its far too many. However, I can't discount points for this because for anyone with hurting / not well working hands the design is money.

So, be the king of the neighborhood, walk with your hands free, or full of beer. Your call.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on May 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Only a small handful of trips I go on don't require beer or beer drinking accessories. So this had been a great addition to the quiver of boozing. No more warm rattled cans of cheap beer, relax in the luxury of chilly, mediocre beer with your tube-o-ales.

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Tyler Sutherlandwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No, seriously, why did I not know about them? This saddle is amazing, new favorite product line. I am still in the breaking in stage, and can already see the potential that is around the corner. These saddles do exactly what they are designed to do, which is fit you perfectly and comfortably, albeit you are willing to break it in. Make that booty happy, and classy riding on leather.

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