Alex Bass

Alex Bass

Employee

Brighton, Utah

Alex Bass's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

Alex Bass's Bio

I'm a snowboarder first and foremost. You probably wouldn't expect that coming from a Georgia boy who didn't start riding until he was 18, but that's me. I moved out here thanks to a scholarship offer from Westminster College, where I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies. A few experienced Ice Coasters who also moved out for school took me under their wing and helped me fall in love with the mountains.

In the winter you can find me spending every second of my free time lapping the park or seeking out powder at Brighton Resort, splitboarding in the Wasatch backcountry, or looking for urban features to hit in the city. In the summer I'm usually at the skatepark, cruising around the city on my bike and checking out live music, or hiking with my loyal mutt, Hank, never far behind.

Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on August 16, 2016

2 5

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

I seriously wonder if the creator of this has ever tasted real chili. I ask because this meal tastes like what someone from a foreign country, who had never tasted chili before, would make if given a vague description of what chili is. I've actually tried this brand before, and the Yellow Thai Curry from Good 2 Go is hands down the best camp meal I've ever had, so the problem here isn't the quality of the ingredients or the nutritional value or anything; it's purely a matter of taste. This chili is sweet--like, weirdly sweet. This unnerving sweetness, combined with a suspiciously artificial smokiness and a severe lack of actual spice made this hard to put down, even when I was really hungry. The beans are good and the texture is fine, but the flavor is just not good (if you've ever had actual chili before). By all means, DO try the Yellow Curry; it's amazing (for camp food). But give this one a pass unless you hate good chili.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on August 16, 2016

2 5

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

I am a size 33 waist, which is basically impossible to find online for the most part. So, I generally default to 34 and wear a belt when ordering online to avoid the hassle of 32s that fit, but are awkwardly tight. I've actually had a pari of RVCA jeans that were 32s that fit great, but I still opted to go with the bigger size for this. Well, the 34s were extremely tight, to say the least. It didn't help that the fabric has no stretch, and with the synthetic component, I had little faith that they would stretch out over time, so I returned them. However, I was afraid to go through the hassle of trying out 36s, because even though you would think sizing is at least consistent down the line, you really never know and I feared the 36s would be just as huge as most 36s. So I just took the money back. It's a shame, because these have a nice look and feel to them. Try them on in a store if you can.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

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

i've had a ridiculously bad luck streak with flats lately...right up until i bought this pump. suddenly, its all smooth sailing. guess it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. i realize this review was in no way an actual review, since i haven't used it yet. sorry for wasting your time.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

damn, this was amazing. unlike most camp meals, which consist of a little meat and veg with a LOT of filler (rice, noddles, etc), this one is completely loaded with veggies. in fact green beans are ahead of rice on the ingredient list. you shouldn't be expecting restaurant quality from any backpacking meal, but this is as close as you'll get. i will be trying their other flavors very soon

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Alex Bass wrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

it's been hard for me to resist wearing this thing every day since i got it. lightweight, breathable, looks great, and the fit is excellent thanks to a slightly stretchy fabric, so it actually stays on when i'm skating (without me having to make it uncomfortably tight), unlike most 5-panels.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on May 18, 2016

Great for beginners
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first fly rod, and I'm been having a blast with it so far. I don't have much experience with other rods so it's hard for me to compare quality, but it's held up fine so far and the drag feels good. It comes with everything you need except tippet and flies, so you're not struggling to figure out which parts are compatible when building a setup.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on May 18, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

They look great, but I've worn them twice, not even for skating, and they already have a hole in the side seam. Can't return them as I'm an employee and have worn them, so I'm just going to try to sew them back, but this is a horrible start for a pair of pants. Not expecting them to last long, and forget about trying to skate in them; they'll get destroyed in one session I'd imagine.

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Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 18, 2016

pow slayer
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This things is ridiculously fun in deep pow. Takes no leaning back whatsoever to keep it afloat in foot+ conditions. Little weird at first on hardpack, but once you get used to it, it's a lot of fun to ride on slushy spring days. The huge nose makes some things awkward, but it helps when you're bombing through crud as it just rolls right over anything as long as you lean back.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on February 25, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Unless you live somewhere frigid like Vermont, I don't see much of a need for insulated pants. I expected insulation in the seat and knees, but it's actually throughout the entire legs. It's light insulation, but still, how often do your legs get uncomfortably cold? I bought them because I got a gift cert late in the season and most other bibs were already sold out (and my previous pants are shredded, so I needed new ones ASAP). That being said, the fit is excellent. Most sizing charts put me in a M based on waist (32-34), but M's don't actually fit because my hips and butt are too big, so i ordered a L. I was worried that the large might be too big, but it fits perfectly. They're slightly baggy due to me sizing up, but really the silhouette strikes a perfect balance between slim and baggy when you're also geared up in boots and headwear. When it gets warmer I'm just going to have to hope that opening up the vents and wearing shorts underneath instead of baselayer pants is enough to keep me from overheating.

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