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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on August 29, 2017

5 5

Yeti has figured out how to make the perfect bike for everything. The 5.5 is cold hard evidence.

Last year I was on the Santa Cruz Hightower and before demoing this bike I thought it was the best bike out there for me. The Hightower has pushed me to become a better rider across every aspect of riding, but I got on the 5.5 and realized there are more bikes out there....

With 160 mm of travel in the front and 140 in the rear the 5.5 is so well balanced and so methodically built out... Well done, Yeti. There is a reason why pro racers like Cody Kelly and Ritchie Rude choose the 5.5 as their bike of choice, along with both Yeti reps I spoke to (Daker and Hunter - you guys are rad!). The aggressive geometry, higher BB height and overall feel to this bike enables any rider to feel like a pro while you're out there in the saddle.

I tried to find weaknesses or "cons" to the way this bike rode, but I couldn't. Initially I thought it wouldn't climb as well as my Hightower, but I was wrong. it climbed even better. I also thought it wouldn't be as much fun or even overkill on the flat and flowy sections of trail - having that much travel... but I was also wrong there. I have to admit, I was trying to find reasons why I shouldn't fall in love with this bike. After one full season on this bike with a few tweaks made to my suspension setup (MRP is the way of the future) this bike has become the best bike I've ever had the chance to ride.

If you are looking for a hard charging, enduro-style 29er that loves to get some air, rally technical trails and just go FAST - look no further than the 2018 SB5.5

If you are contemplating your next bike, weighing the options and trying to convince your girlfriend or wife why you should spend thousands of dollars on your next bike come talk to me and I'll help soften the blow.

I am right on the fence of their sizing chart, so if you have any questions on this bike, a custom build or whether this will be the perfect bike for you and your riding style just hit me up!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting my first hip pack last year I knew I wasn't going back to a backpack from there on out.

The first variations of hip packs definitely lacked the right fit, size and key features. EVOC seemed to put all the missing pieces together on this pack. and absolutely nail an incredible hip pack for riders of all sorts and skill levels.

The only time I find myself riding with a backpack is when I go on LONG rides (3+hours - The whole enchilada, is the last trail I remember using my other EVOC backpack on). The other 98% of the rides I do I stick with this hip pack. After putting this pack through the wringer after a full mtb season here are the pros and cons I've noticed:

Pros:
- Perfect height and width on the pack. If you have a pack too small or too short, when full it will bounce around. The EVOC race hip pack has the perfect dimensions
- Tool pouch is clutch. The pack includes various areas in the front panel (accompanied by a nice zipper/handle combo) that organizes your Co2, levers, multi tool, hanger and power link all in compact area.
- Size. Perfect sizing for your bladder, a hand pump and other tools listed above
- Magnetic attachment. This pack has a handy magnet so your bladder hose stays nicely on the hip belt without fumbling when you need that quick sip. (only included on the + bladder version)
- Water bottle holder. Along with the bladder the pack has a nice area for a water bottle that you can fill up with an electrolyte drink (my personal favorite is SIS and Skratch Labs).
- Mesh vent. Keeps that lower back from accumulating a pool of sweat and keeps that area fairly cool, even when fully loaded.
- Style. Looks good and feels good:)

Cons:
- The waist belt adjustment tabs can make attaching the hose of the bladder back to the magnet a little difficult at times.

Hit me up if you're thinking about joining the hip pack revolution and get rid of those shoulder straps. There is nothing like having your back and shoulders free of weight allowing you to shred the "Gnar"

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting my first hip pack last year I knew I wasn't going back to a backpack from there on out.

The first variations of hip packs definitely lacked the right fit, size and key features. EVOC seemed to put all the missing pieces together on this pack. and absolutely nail an incredible hip pack for riders of all sorts and skill levels.

The only time I find myself riding with a backpack is when I go on LONG rides (3+hours - The whole enchilada, is the last trail I remember using my other EVOC backpack on). The other 98% of the rides I do I stick with this hip pack. After putting this pack through the wringer after a full mtb season here are the pros and cons I've noticed:

Pros:
- Perfect height and width on the pack. If you have a pack too small or too short, when full it will bounce around. The EVOC race hip pack has the perfect dimensions
- Tool pouch is clutch. The pack includes various areas in the front panel (accompanied by a nice zipper/handle combo) that organizes your Co2, levers, multi tool, hanger and power link all in compact area.
- Size. Perfect sizing for your bladder, a hand pump and other tools listed above
- Magnetic attachment. This pack has a handy magnet so your bladder hose stays nicely on the hip belt without fumbling when you need that quick sip.
- Water bottle holder. Along with the bladder the pack has a nice area for a water bottle that you can fill up with an electrolyte drink (my personal favorite is SIS and Skratch Labs).
- Bladder. The bladder is a legit 1.5L hydra pack (best one out there, IMO)
- Mesh vent. Keeps that lower back from accumulating a pool of sweat and keeps that area fairly cool, even when fully loaded.
- Style. Looks good and feels good:)

Cons:
- The waist belt adjustment tabs can make attaching the hose of the bladder back to the magnet a little difficult at times.

Hit me up if you're thinking about joining the hip pack revolution and get rid of those shoulder straps. There is nothing like having your back and shoulders free of weight allowing you to shred the "Gnar"

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on July 24, 2017

Greatest Fishing Shirt. Period.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs

Simms coming through with top of the line fishing gear, yet again!

I have a handful of various fishing shirts and this one has become my go-to lately. The snap buttons (which should be standard on all button downs like this IMO), mesh in the back, perfect cut and protection from the sun and bugs makes this the best fishing out there.

Had a solid chance to break in this shirt over the weekend and from the high temps during the mid day to evening fishing at night, it performed perfectly in all situations.

Hit me up if you have any questions on sizing or any other fishing gear you've been eyeing up to take your fishing obsession to the next level.

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't believe I didn't buy these earlier.....

The Simms Guard Sock is a complete game changer when it comes down to wet wading. Before I was tossing on some old socks and boots I didn't care about and mucked around with what seemed like a 20lb weight attached to my feet. After picking up these Guard Socks I haven't worn my waders (or old stinky boots since) since it's prime time wet wading season now! Simms makes some of, if not THE best fly fishing gear out there... so pick up a pair of guard socks and pair them with your normal wading boots and get out there to enjoy the best time of fishing all year the right way.

Give me a shout if you have questions on sizing with these or any other Simms gear or apparel.

PS these smell like a surfing wetsuit when they are fresh out of the package... love that smell!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You could get a buff and be like everyone else out there... or you can step up and get a mask designed around and for fishing.

Breathable holes so you don't have to take the mask off your face, a tailored fit to go over your neck and the back of your head without creating pain points around the seems on the top or bottom and a classy look overall - the SunGaiter is where it's at.

I am starting to pick up Simms gear here and there and I am starting to realize it's the best in the industry. Out of Bozeman, MT and a lifetime warranty... what else could you ask for?

Whether you are fishing out on the ocean or your local trout stream pick this up, it'll be the best $30 you can spend on one piece of fly fishing gear!

Feel free to reach out if you're curious or interested in any other Simms gear or apparel and I'll guide you into the best stuff out there. Fish on!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 6, 2017

Best MIPS MTB helmet out there
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using the POC tectal race all of last season, I decided it was time to give TLD's new A2 a shot this season.... I am so stoked I did!

I don't think I have an oddly shaped head, but after trying out multiple helmets and sizes (including the Smith Forefront MIPS, this helmet and the Giro Montaro MIPS) - the A2 was the clear winner.

The A2 boasts a stellar look and style to it - not to mention they have some sick color ways to choose from. This lid also has the latest helmet technology, MIPS, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System which keeps your head and neck safer than a standard helmet. The A2 also is fairly light, has great ventilation and one of the more solid adjustable systems in the back of the helmet.

Give me a shout if you are wondering what colors look best in person, what size to go with or other TLD/mountain biking gear is out there!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Great Fishing Gloves
4 5

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

I used these for the first time back in mid-May and am still breaking them in! Initially I went with the size Large, but sized down to a Medium (although I usually wear a large glove in everything else). So if you are on the fence, I'd recommend sizing down.

UPF protection, keeps your hands warm in colder water conditions and fit very well. I am still getting accustomed to where the leather pad on the index fingers comes as I feel like I am losing feel of the line (I like have a trigger finger on the rod to hold the line up against it). It could be that I just need to break them in and the leather will soften over time getting only better.

If you are looking for a well made, comfortable UPF fishing glove that you will love - look no further. Simms makes some of the best, if not the best fishing gear and apparel out there - the gloves are definitely no exception!

Hit me up if you have any questions on these or any other fishing gear, apparel etc.

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 2, 2017

See EVERYTHING
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs

This review has been long overdue.... I have had these for about 6 months now and have become my favorite fishing glasses. Hands down.

I went with the green 580G lens with the blacked out frame and they are SICK! Typically most polarized glasses allow you to see well through ripples, glare etc. on the water, but these take visibility to the next level.

Whether you are fishing on your local stream, deep sea fishing or just want to see everything in your life through a crisper lens go with the Hamlin's... you will be happy you did. These won't make Ray Charles see again, but they will certainly let you spot that brown that you are hoping to bring to the net after a long day on the water.

Give me a shout if you have any questions on lens or frame choices and I'll walk you through it!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 2, 2017

I wear this hat everyday... literally
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My girlfriend is probably tired of seeing me wear this by now, but there is a reason I wear it just about everyday.

With most trucker/snap back hats out there it seems there is a pain point or it just doesn't fit 100% around your head w/o leaving some stupid line on your forehead. The Flexfit blend on this specific hat is the MOST comfortable I have ever owned. This inspired me to look at getting the Simms Flexfit one, but it will have to be incredible as this has become my favorite hat.

Safe to say I have about 20-25 hats and wear this one 99% of the time now!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Solid casual jersey
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Pearl Izumi has been stepping up their game. And this jersey is no exception.

Looking for a casual t-shirt type jersey that still breaths well and looks sweet? Look no further. The 100% polyester has a nice stretch to it and keeps you nice and dry even on the hotter days. I went with a Large and I wear a Large is just about 99% of tops out there. If I could do it again, I'd probably get a medium as I feel like the jersey runs a tad long. I'm 5'10 and 175 - so right on the cusp of most shirts for sizing. If you like the baggier and looser feeling the large is solid.

Hit me up if you want a short recommendation to complete this as a sweet kit. Shred on!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

The TLD ruckus has become my favorite MTB short out there on the market right now. I have owned last year's short for about a year now and have gravitated towards them on most rides - from short all mountain rides behind the house to the lift-served days at Deer Valley.

TLD made some serious updates to these shorts for this year. One of which is the chamois. A lot of chamois that come "stock" with shorts are pretty weak and not too impressive (to be honest). With an updated fit, better support and a nicer feel to them, the new chamois is a serious bonus with these shorts. Another nice thing about these shorts is the bomber quality they boast along with incredible ventilation and breathability.

If you are on the fence with sizing, maybe a 33 or 35 - size up on these. You can always adjust the waist straps on these to get that snug and comfortable feeling.

The new Ruckus is worth the money and have risen to the top of the list for MTB shorts out there this year with some seriously crucial updates made.

Hit me up if you are looking to get a sweet kit for the season or just looking to add another pair of shorts to the wardrobe... can never have enough - that Maroon is fresh to death!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the line I have on my Redington Classic Trout/Redington Zero rod and reel combo.

The feel and accuracy of the LT DT line (double taper) line is incredible for those lightweight rods out there. I have had this line for about a year now and it has held up really well - what else could you ask for?!

Feel free to reach out if you have questions on this line, any of the RIO products or any fly fishing gear!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

I have been using Rio backing, line, leader and tippet since I started fishing when I was in college. They have yet to disappoint!

Along with the subtle flex tippet (RIO as well) the powerflex is a perfect tippet choice for your dry fly presentations. Out here in UT I typically fish most with 5 and 6x, so I'd recommend picking up 3-5x and 4-6x.

Holler if you have any questions on this tippet or anything else fly fishing related.

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

Bonkers for the Zonker!
5 5

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

I fished this streamer for the first time just the other day and was impressed with how well it caught the eye of a couple picky fish on a local stream.

With a storm rolling in, rain visible in the distance and winds picking up I knew I had to change up my nymph rigs that were only snagging the bottom of the river bed not the mouth of any trout.. so I tossed on the Zonker for the first time and didn't have much luck at first. Then, a few holes down I saw a nice looking brown take a look at it and run. Damn. I went to the next spot and saw a brown ATTACK this streamer. Set the hook and held on. Unfortunately, I didn't bring him in, but when all else wasn't working the zonker caught the eye of a couple big ones.

Add the zonker to your fly/streamer box for a fresh look for a lot of trout on a small river or stream. The bright yellow color and design of this streamer catches the eye of the bigger monsters hiding under those banks.

Montana Fly Company makes some incredibly well made flies. I have picked up a plethora now and they have taken up most space in my fly boxes. So just reach out if you have any questions on what to add to your's next!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The 2200 was the "getting my toes wet" purchase a year ago with Sage and I am loving this reel paired up with my TFO BVK.

Although the BVK shines as a streamer rod I have been getting it bent on the dry and nymph rigs so far and the 2200 has a nice adjustable drag system and large arbor design great for a lot of rods out there. I have the 5/6 wt reel and have been impressed with the feel and performance it's offered so far.

The numbered drag system is a nice touch - easy to adjust at the blink of an eye. The weight of this reel balances well with most Sage rods out there also. Looking forward to giving the 3200 a shot later this season!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

Zero Complaints
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I paired this reel up with my Redington Trout Classic 3wt 7foot rod and have been loving this setup for the past year I have had it out on the water.

This reel has a click n pawl drag system vs. the adjustable drag system which is perfect for a lightweight setup that you don't need to take the smaller fish "to the reel" on. The Zero reel is one of the lightest and most cost effective click n pawl reels out there.

Reach out if you have questions on this reel, a rod to get or the right line and backing for your next fly fish setup!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has become one of my favorite rods to fish the past few months!

The Classic Trout excels at dry fly presentation with the medium-fast action yet can still handle tossing on some meat with your favorite streamer. Unfortunately I had the "one that got away" hit the streamer on this rod hard yesterday... I'll be back for him though.

For the price it's hard to beat the feel and dry fly casting accuracy with this rod. Hell, I might pick up a 4 wt. in this rod to add to the quiver.

Hit me up if you have questions on this rod, a good reel to pair it up with or what kind of line would be best to get you into a killer setup that won't break the bank!

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yourDisplayNamewrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

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

Although the description describes this jacket as being for perfect for ultra runners it's a perfect jacket for mountain biking and touring in the back-country on a spring day.

I'll admit it - I am a sweater. Big TIME sweater. Whether I am in the office or on the trail/slopes or river chances are I am sweating (I have my Norwegian heritage to probably thank for that). SO when Patagonia's awesome rep, Ty Nelson let me try this jacket out I was SO stoked to have a jacket that would be breathable and able to withstand the elements inside and outside of the jacket.

Earlier this spring I had the chance to splitboard up to Empire at Deer Valley, UT (shhh no snowboarders are allowed) and this jacket slayed it. Windy and some rain - no problem for this jacket. I have taken it out on my backyard MTB trails and the jacket's inner tricot70 lining provides a soft and smooth inner layer and keeps you warm and dry out on the trail.

Pros:
-3 layer H2no
-70tricot inner lining is soft and smooth deterring abrasion on your skin
-6oz...?! Yes. 6oz
-Slim fit, one of the best fitting size Large Patagonia tops I have
Cons:
-Pockets. I am a sucker for more pockets... which is a BS con

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