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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on June 2, 2015

Still my favorite shoes
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wore through my backcountry.com exclusives from 2014 in about a year. Still some tread but starting to leak through. They are a high wear shoe, but unparalled comfort and grip in my opinion. Hundreds of miles on them, so one season of use is reasonable.

This time around I opted to bump a half size down which is a very snug performance fit for me and went for the non Gore-Tex version. After several days of use I can tell they are slightly cooler than the Gore-Tex version, but do get slightly wet jumping through puddles etc. Where I miss the water protection, they make up in quicker drying time. These are last years model, but design remains the same.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

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

First and foremost I'm by no means Paleo, but I saw these at my local shop and decided to give it a try. I was definitely skeptical of these at first. Usually if I pack any sort of meat product its Salami coupled with Cheddar.

The bars are fairly small in size so they are highly packable. At 200 calories its a fairly calorie dense food if space is of concern. Having no idea what to expect I ripped one of these open after a big day touring and 5 miles left to bootpack out on melted out fire roads. I expected a beef jerky type taste. How pleasantly surprised I was. There is a lot going on flavor wise with the bar, but I think thats what I liked most. Its soft in texture and the bison coupled with bacon is tender and savory. The cranberries sweeten things up nicely. A really nice departure from the usual. I would buy it again.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on January 13, 2015

5 5

I saw this flavor when grabbing my morning coffee, stashed it in my pocket and headed for first chair. After riding fresh all morning I was starting to get hungry and pulled this peanut butter, chocolate, trail mix bar out. It gave me enough boost to just keep spinning laps and getting as much fresh as I can. I loved the original Tram Bar and this is just as good if not better. All natural fuel that tastes great, you cant go wrong with these.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on January 13, 2015

3 5

Maybe I got a bad batch, or maybe its the way they are, but I found these more difficult to stomach than other options. The one I had was incredibly cardboardy, think waffles left out all day, put in a refrigerator, then microwaved (that sort of texture).

I've tried the Lemon and the Strawberry. Preferred the Lemon, but I'd rather have one of the many other Honey Stinger products I actually like. It did give me a boost of energy, so it got the job done.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on January 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the PhD Cycle Ultra Light sock and decided to get something a bit higher for hiking and trail running. These are super thin and wick away the moisture extremely well. I have yet to get any blisters using these socks as they tend not to bunch or rub. Best socks I've ever owned. Treat your feet right and pick up a pair.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on January 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The past few seasons I started converting over most of my active wear to merino. The PhD Cycle Ultra Light's are fantastic for cycling or trail running (thought they seem to have more of a tendency to ride down if running) They kept my feet cool and dry in the summertime wicking away moisture quite well which helped keep me blister free. Highly recommended.

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