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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 Basswrote 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 Basswrote 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 Basswrote 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 Basswrote 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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Alex Bass

Alex Basswrote a review of on February 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

My brother is a UT graduate who lives in Austin, so when I saw the Texas version I just knew I had to get it for him. It looks amazing, not at all cheesy or Starter jacket-ish. Unfortunately, the Medium was too small. He's 5'9, about 180, and this thing was so damn tight around the hips. length, chest, and arms were all good, but it's just weirdly tight around the hips. Gonna try a Large instead and see if that works.

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Alex Basswrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whether it's a pow day or hoodie weather, this board is just too much fun. It takes you back to basics of what snowboarding is supposed to be all about: laying down carves, making surfy turns, and spraying slush. You won't even miss the park when you're blasting side hits and channeling your inner surfer on the Slush Slasher. Handles well on hardpack and floats easily in pow despite its short length. The video I added was from a freak storm just days before the resort closed for the season. All the POV shots are of me on the Slush Slasher. There was only about 8-10 inches that day, but as you can see this board maximizes the hell out of any amount of snow and makes it look more like a mid-winter storm cycle. Try one, I promise you won't regret it.

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Alex Basswrote a review of on July 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought mine about 4 years ago and it's still trucking. It does lose a bit of air throughout the night these days, but I've never had to patch a hole, and I've used it in the desert, mountains, woods, and music festivals sleeping on everything from rocks and gravel to sticks and dirt without any problems.

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Alex Basswrote a review of on April 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the urethane highback makes tweaking out in the park really fun. however, they can be a little flimsy when it comes to big drops and jumps, and riding through chunder will wear you out really damn fast when you're riding these. I rock a stiffer binder on my pow board, but if you just need a park binding (or only ride park/urban), these are really fun. Also, the footbeds are a little annoying to lift up (there's no good way to grip it. you pretty much have to just use a screwdriver), but they shed snow like it's nothing so you don't get ice buildup underfoot.

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Alex Basswrote a review of on April 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the cardinal ikat colorway, and I'm definitely stoked on how it looks. The nylon fabric on this color also makes it good for activities like river trips and spring snowboarding since it doesn't get waterlogged like cotton. Only downside is the backstrap is pretty cheap.

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Alex Basswrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those things you never realize you needed until you have it. It makes preparing meals in the backcountry so much easier thank to a cutting board that doesn't take up a ton of room and plenty of tools that, while perhaps not necessary, make life a lot easier. Plus, those bottles ensure I always have oil and hot sauce on deck, which, frankly, is the most important part.

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