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Alex Degnan

Alex Degnan

Salt Lake City, Snowbird, Alta, Park City

Alex Degnan's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Yoga
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Alex Degnan's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Born in Louisiana, grew up in Boise, Idaho and moved out to Salt Lake in 2008 to study accounting at the University of Utah...but mostly because the mountains are bigger and badder.

In the winter you'll find me on a pair of skis searching for the fluffy Utah pow at Snowbird, Alta, and even Deer Valley (shh don't tell anyone). I'm a sucker for some jumps and rails too, and warm sunny Park City laps are hard to beat. Skiing has taken me to some amazing places over the years and it's one of my biggest passions. But you can't ski year round (at least I can't) so I also love to get out on my mountain bike, go backpacking and camping anywhere from the desert to the mountains, climb on rocks, and shred the tasty concrete waves on my longboard in the warmer months.

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. If you want to talk about any type of skiing, backpacking, skateboarding, or anything, please hit me up on Live Chat! Just request me when you chat in. My schedule is pretty tight this winter; I only work on Thursdays,1:30-10pm (US Mountain Time). However, feel free email me anytime at ADEGNAN@BACKCOUNTRY.COM, I check my email very often and will definitely get back to you.


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Alex Degnan

Alex Degnan wrote an answer about on April 6, 2014

Hey Will,

There are a couple Full Tilts that are made for wider feet. Check out the Booter (Item # FLT0060) and the High Five (Item # FLT0062) Both of those boots have a last width of 102mm as apposed to the 99mm last width of most Full Tilts, including the First Chair.

The High Five will have the same Intuition Pro liner that this First Chair has, however, it will be a little bit softer. Just put those items numbers in the search bar and check them out.

Hope this helps!

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Alex Degnan posted a video about on March 30, 2014

Spring: there is still snow in the mountains, and the valley temps are warming up enough for mountain biking, longboarding, or anything else you like to do.

But some of us have jobs, and there is only so much light in a day. But with 1200 lumens on your head, you now have the freedom to do ski, bike, skate, etc, in the middle of the night. Now you can ski pow all day, and mountain bike all night...or the other way around!

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Alex Degnan wrote an answer about on March 29, 2014

Check out the link I have given below. It will show all the subscription details with prices and what is included.
If you have more questions, feel free to call or chat in with one of our Gearheads.

http://www.delorme.com/library/hardware/inreach/pdf/DeLorme_inReachSE_SellSheet_Aviation.pdf

Sorry, I couldn't get it to hyperlink, so you'll just have to paste to your browser.

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Alex Degnan wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

Too add onto what's been said. I think the Black edition is worth it.
Why? Super View! (silver edition does not have super view)
If you'll be using it for mountain biking and snowboarding, you'll be able to see more of your bike and snowboard in the shot while still having the camera mainly pointed forward. It gives a little more perspective to the video.
I have used the 3+ in both Black and Silver and definitely noticed the difference between the two.

Hope this helps your decision a lil more.

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Alex Degnan posted a video about on March 10, 2014

I'll start this by saying I own the Hero 3, and have always wondered, how much better can the 3+ really be?
I got a chance to test it out this weekend up at Snowbird and it lived up to the hype. I don't know how they do it, but GoPro just keeps making these things better.

Stand out new features:

1) Super View mode: Wider view and it doesn't look boxy or distorted. You can mount it on your helmet and still see your skis without angling it down too much.
2) Low Light mode: This is awesome. Noticeably better picture in off or changing light conditions when compared to the Hero 3.
3) Battery Life: I lent my friend Ryan my Hero 3 while I used the 3+. After our shred, he had one bar of battery left and I had two. I'll chalk that up to a 25% increase like they say.

In the video:
HERO 3 --> Ryan DeVine: Red pants and Rossi skis
HERO 3+ --> Me: Black pants and Armada skis
Both in 1080p 30fps modes
You should be able to see some differences in the two cameras.

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

I did what Ben B. did and bought this for my Hero 3 and now it is the size of a Hero 3+
Its a little lower profile, it looks better, and the buttons are easier to push.
Also, the pictures make it look like this is the skeleton, non-waterproof housing, but it is not. It is indeed the waterproof housing and it comes with the non-waterproof back door as well for better sound when you're not worried about getting it wet.

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large

Nothing really excited me about this vest. The down fill (not to be confused with fill-power) seemed a little light to me; the vest was thinner than expected. I'm 6'2" 175 (one good day) and usually go with Larges in most things. For example I have a Large in the Patagonia Down Sweater Vest. However, Large in this vest was much to big for me.
If you're looking for an 800-fill down vest, I would have to recommend the Patagonia down sweater vest.
However this was given as a gift to someone who is a bit bigger around than myself and he absolutely loved it. So four stars it is and just be weary that it is not a slim fit.

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