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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 January 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have carbon cranks, you need these. They look great in every shade of black and feel free to go crazy with the colors if you want to match everything up for some added flare. Simple design and brilliant product; now if the crank companies could just provide these already on their cranks... that would be wonderful.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Another classic product from Stanley! This wonderful little flask has seen many wonderful adventures and loves dirt, snow, picnics, concerts, beaches, and rivers. Do yourself and your friends a favor, grab one of these and keep its belly full with your favorite libation, and bring it along often.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tried and true shop grease for all your small needs. I use this on all threads and to repack freshly cleaned bearings. Great product in a durable package that I can trust in my travel tool bag and in the tool chest. If you are putting together your home mechanic kit, add one of these tubes in the mix; your bike deserves it!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using hard sided bottles that are far too heavy and cumbersome for backpacking for far too many years, I finally converted over to a system of carrying a couple of these (typically the 2L size) and either the Platypus Hoser hydration bag or drink tube. This allows me a more modular drinking system while also having great at camp water supply that takes of virtually no space or weight in my pack when they are empty. Cleaning & drying these are not my favorite part of using them, but that would be the case with any water storage with such a small 'mouth'. Overall, wonderfull product that is durable, lightweight, and simple!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is another must have addition to the Platypus Hydration system along with the bite valve cover. Both of these were not the easiest install, but I sure am happy that I did purchase and install them. Anyone who has ever dumped out all too much water due to their pack squishing their bite valve will appreciate this fine little upgrade that much more. Like all other Platypus products that I have used, this product is simple by design, functional, and durable.

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of those items that you always want to carry around, but never want to use. These boots are awesome and are sure to save the day if you are ever in a position that you find yourself with a sliced sidewall and are rummaging through your tool bag for these. Do yourself a favor and buy an extra to give to favorite riding buddies, never know when you will need a little extra trail karma!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

4 5

If you ride a tubeless setup, you should certainly consider having at least an extra one of these that lives in your tool kit at all times! I have destroyed these with a pump or an unlucky rogue rock bounce and if it wasn't for being able to buy and have a spare core in my kit, I would have had one heck of a miserable walk out of the woods. Protect your investment and experience, buy one for yourself and your riding buddies!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After having too many complicated hydration bladder, I transitioned over to using the Platy Plus bags w/ drinking tube & the Hoser Hydration for their simplicity! This bite valve cover was a must have for the simple design of the Platypus drink system! It was not the easiest install, but that just means that it will likely not leak or come off anytime soon. If you are getting on the Platypus hydration or already have one of their drinking tubes, this is a very worthwhile accessory to make that wonderful agua taste that much better on the trail as well as keep that dirt out of your teeth!

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Kyle Smythwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

4 5

Beefier than expected and nest very nicely together. Great price and even better as a gift with purchase, perfect for your minimalist trail kit to keep you rolling, post flat. Would not likely use for wire beaded tires, but seem to be up for the task for most folding beads.

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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 put it through the wringer

After getting a HydroFlask water bottle, this was a no brainer accessory to add to the mix. I have been a long time user of other one-handed coffee mugs, but this changed the game for my HydroFlask and now I just need to buy another so that I have a dedicated water bottle and coffee mug.

Have been using mine for almost a year now with not a single leak or issue. It is great to be able to easily buy a replacement cap if the O-ring leaks or it gets damaged from dropping it.

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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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