Kyle Smyth

Kyle Smyth

Park City and the Uinta & Wasatch ranges.

Kyle Smyth's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Kyle Smyth's Bio

Grew up in Southern California and traded in the great Pacific for the mountains in 2010. Couldn't be more stoked to call the Wasatch my backyard & the Unitas my frontyard.

Lover of all things 2 wheeled and particularly enjoy the wonders of biking in,on & around mountains.

Want to talk about bikes, gear, or just escape the daily grind to talk about adventures... give me a holler; its my job.

E-mail: ksmyth@backcountry.com

Kyle Smyth

Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, this is just another water bottle... but there are two main features that put it well above the rest; amazing 'Jet Valve' (that provides comfort and an awesome stream of water) and it also has a locking feature at the top which is great for when using this bottle off the bike or when you want to throw it in your backpack.
I thought the nozzle was going to be very challenging to clean at first look, but the rubber part pulls off and cleaning of the top is actually easier on this bottle than your standard bottles.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sure any jar would work... But this one looks better, saves you a trip to another store, and keeps your Skratch dry & fresh. Dig this product along with everything else that I have purchased from Skratch Labs

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upon first reading about this product I was not convinced that it would actually work... I was certainly wrong. I am a firm believer in these now and keep them around from long rides, backpacking trips, and peak baggin. A worthy item to keep around in your riding bag or to bring on every biking trip.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love that you can buy these little beauties by themselves as I have multiple packs and only one Osprey bladder that I love to transfer between all of them.
Highly recommend buying a pack of these to have around, even if you don't currently have enough uses for these.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on July 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my sister and she can't say enough about these shoes! It took only a moment to get used to the appearance of these shoes,but the moment that we picked them up and felt how light they were, we were beyond impressed. She absolutely loves the fit and comfort of them and claims to never want to take them off, regardless if she is out for a run, chasing the kids around the house, headed out to the store, or even heading to the office. She now wants more pairs as she no longer enjoys several of the other athletic shoes in her closest like she enjoys her Hokas.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As it has been stated, this chain is reliable, awesome, and way more affordable than its shiny XX1 brother. I am a fan of the stealth look of this chain and most certainly its price!

Can't go wrong with this chain as it is everything you need and nothing you don't. Save you pennies and get one today!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With the 'standards' constantly changing, I had to add a set of Torx to the toolbox. I have been using and abusing Pedro's Hex wrenches for years so it was a no brainer to go with this simple set.

The quality does not disappoint and the design is simply tried and true. The case is convenient outside of the toolbox and even has a belt clip (not sure this will ever be used, but it is there). T25 is the most used for sure, but it is great to have the piece of mind that I have a full run available for new or European parts that would otherwise stop me dead in my tracks.

Another great product from Pedro's!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For all too long I used slim dedicated BB tools that worked, but dug into your hand during use, took up too much room in the toolbox, and typically didn't give you the best leverage during use. This is my go to tool for external bearings like found on my Shimano XT BB. Being able to fix this to my 1/2 drive makes BB install and removal a breeze. I highly recommend upgrading this part of your tool box if you haven't already.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Prior to buying this I never really took the time to make sure my PSI was dialed in pre-ride. This little beauty makes checking my PSI apart of the pre-ride ritual on everyride, I have even started to carry this in my truck as the gas-station air pumps have the worst gauges ever!

Unlike a lot of pressure gauges, this one has both presta & shrader compatibility for your convenience and there is no need to carry around one of those silly little adapters.

This thing is pretty compact, light, and beyond easy to use. Display is clear and readings seem accurate.

Only concern I have overtime would be the overall durability of this product if you are keeping it in your tool kit/box. Overall, super satisfied with this purchase and would recommend for anyone to add this to their kit.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every proper on trail/road repair kit needs one of these. Let's face it, if you are cheap, you should get one to have at home too so that you can bring your dusted tubes back to life. I have had some pretty horrible luck with using any other patch kit, but the way these seal up with the vulcanizing fluid is pretty much magic. Way cheaper and lighter than tubes so do yourself a favor (and likely your riding buddies) and buy one of these gems!

From time to time, you will just want to make sure that the glue has not hardened up on you and always make sure to make certain that he cap is on super tight when storing this back in your kit to help eliminate this from happening all together.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using plenty of other green and blue degreasers of the years, I always end up going back to this one. Let's face it, potions and lotions is where Pedro's got its start and they still do a damn fine job!

Not too much else to say about this awesome product, does everything you need it to do and nothing that you don't, and of course smells great all the while.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If your current hydration bladder doesn't have an inline quick disconnect (looking at you, Osprey) it is beyond worth your time and money to add one of these lil' gems! Just cut your hose it the prefer spot ( I would recommend about the top of the bladder so that if there are any leaks at all it will not drain your whole bladder) and install. Adding the quick disconnect makes water filtration in the backcountry a breeze! My least favorite part of refilling my bladder while backpacking with a full pack is removing and putting the bladder back in my pack, with the quick-disconnect around the top of the bladder, I can quickly insall my Hiker Pro and refill without ever taking out my bladder. After several years of use, I have not had one issue or concern with leaks.

The other main benefit of this is not having to remove the pesky drinking tube from your pack or fumble with balancing your pack during refilling.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This honey has quickly replaced buying honey from the store for my morning smoothie and yogurt needs, it is clean and simply delicious. Provides the perfect boost to keep me going, also love to take shot of this prior to any ride, hike, or other outdoor adventure.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you haven't added one of these to your tool kit yet, do so.
We all have plenty of nice pocket knives that will do the trick, but who really wants to break off the tip, dull the blade, or get covered with gunk & goo? Spare your beloved knife from the dirty work and add this one to your kit. Blue looks good to boot.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a bottle, not too much can go wrong? Wrong. Get a bottle with a bad taste and a crappy plastic taste and you will quickly appreciate the wonders of a great bottle like this one. the top is effortless and will provide a solid blast of water. This bottle will also lock closed unlike most other bottle to ensure that it doesn't leak during transport. Cant go wrong with this bottle, easy to clean (rubber nipple can easily be removed for cleaning as well) and never tastes like anything it has had in it prior.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on August 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second season on these shorts and simply put, they are badass! I have enjoyed them so much that I picked up a fresh pair in another color for this season. At first touch, I was a little concerned that the light fabric and massive mesh vents would not hold up to abrasion for a season worth of riding... I was wrong. From crashes, long days in the saddle, and full days of lift access in the bike park; these shorts are certainly my go-to short. They are highly breathable on the warmer days or the days you want to jump on the XC bike, but still offer enough coverage for your standard trail ride. This season, One Ind. has added a second front pocket that is a nice to keep random small items in and the rear pocket is generous in size while offering a media hole for your head phones. The rear pocket fits a iPhone 5 in a Lifeproof case snugly (although I would not recommend riding with your phone in this pocket as it sits a little low and you will likely sit on it). The chamois is certainly better than most that are included in Mtb shorts; but lets face it... that is about the same as saying " Utah has the best beer on tap". After riding with bib shorts, I pretty much take the removable liner out of every short in favor of my favorite bib shorts, but it is certainly nice to have the option and nice to see a company that is including an option that really isn't too bad.
After riding several items by One Industries, I am stoked on the brand and would highly recommend looking at their entire line up. Doesn't hurt that they are run by a great bunch of individuals that love to get outside and put their products to the test! Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of these shorts! I am 5' 11" 175lbs with a 33" waist and went with a 34" although I could likely go with a 32" as they have great adjust-ability in the waist and I currently have mine cinched down.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on June 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently received this updated version of the Allston, and am an even bigger fan than I was of the first edition Allston.

The two main updates over the previous version are; revised rear retention system and a fixed position under the ear chin strap.
The previous double Velcro retention system, that I do not feel helped securely snug the rear of the helmet to your head is now a 'BOA' style dial that is fixed to the inner liner and helps snug in the rear of the helmet quite nicely.
The previously adjustable straps under the ear, that I feel are a constant battle to find the right position as well as lay flat on the face; have been replaced with a non adjustable, sewn strap that is very comfortable next to skin and is a vast important in my eyes.

The stand out feature of this helmet above all other previous Bern models would certainly be it's ventilation; with 16 large vents, I have no issues wearing this with or without a cycling cap on warmer days. This is my go-to helmet for commuting around town, running to the store/bar, and any other cycling adventure where I would prefer a more durable helmet over a super lightweight one.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on October 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had my Drafter for about 3 seasons now and still looks like new! This pack is the perfect size for everyday trail riding & day hiking.

Typical contents include:
Extra tube/s, pump, first aid, tire levers, plenty of trail treats, head lamp, wind/rain jacket, multi tool, monocular (just in case of awesome wildlife sighting) and still room to spare for sure. 3L bladder is great for the longer rides and the quick disconnect on the hose makes it really easy to remove for fill and drying.

Wasn't too sure if the removable waist belt was going to be useful at first, but use this feature often when not using the pack on the trail. When traveling it is nice not to have the waist belt hanging around and to just get it out of the way.

I have previously been using the Nomad pack by Dakine but felt it was a touch too big for the day to day rides, this pack is certainly a happy medium. Enjoy the ride!

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