Alex Degnan

Alex Degnan

Salt Lake City, Snowbird, Alta, Park City

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Alex Degnan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Yoga
Skiing
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 or Alta . 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'm always ready to throw down my skis and get on the mountain bike when spring comes. Backpacking and camping anywhere from the desert to the mountains, the occasional climb, and U of U campus longboard laps are other things you may find me doing.

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. I am on there Monday-Wednesday 1:30-10pm (US Mountain Time).
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Email: ADEGNAN@BACKCOUTNRY.COM
Phone: 1-800-409-4502 ext. 4489

Alex Degnan

Alex Degnan wrote an answer about on September 15, 2014

This one is the CR version. It has the Thermo-moldable CR (Custom Ready) Liner. The CR liner is a bit more durable where as the CP (Custom Plus) is lighter weight. Both are heat moldable.
Feel free to hit me up on Live Chat if you have any other questions!

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

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

I had the opportunity to ski these skis for a day at Alta last season. It happened to be a pow day...weird.

I have been on the JJ's for 4 years now and I think this is the ski that has convinced me to leave them. I have also skied previous models of the Bent Chetler and this is a whole new ski.

What's new from the old Bent Chetlers?
1) It's a bit stiffer. I was stoked on the flex of this one, it felt more stable than it's been in the past and was noticeable on the bigger, steeper lines. The turning radius hasn't changed much but it still felt nice and stable when mobbin fast, and open. Stomps cliffs like a boss also.
2) HRZN Tech obviously. This is the boat hull-like tip and tail everyone's been talking about. A couple things I noticed here is that the tips didn't want to sink quite as much and made for some smooth turns in the deep snow. Also, it dominated as the snow got cruddy. It did a good job of pushing snow away from the ski so that you could still lay down a nice carve.

I am 6'2" 175lbs, an aggressive skier and skied the 185cm size. I would jump up to the 192s if (when?) I get myself a pair. Overall these are more of a charger than they've been in the past, but still a super fun, playful ski.

If you have any other questions with them or would like to order a pair, hit me up! adegnan@backcountry.com

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Alex Degnan wrote an answer about on August 8, 2014

Hey bil197378935

I have skied the 185 JJ's for years and recently tried the 189 Norwalks. For you, I'd recommend going down to the 179 Norwalks. Like Skifreak said, a 179 Norwalk will still feel longer than a 185 JJ. I'm 6'2" 175 and had to work a little harder than I was expecting to turn the 189s.

Especially coming from a JJ, where you can turn on a dime whenever you want, the Norwalk is going to have a much longer (and more stable) turn. Having a stiff cambered tail, won't allow you to pivot as easily as on the JJ. But it's a fun ski. If you're looking for a more stable, aggressive charger I think you'll be stoked on the Norwalk. It likes to go fast.

Feel free to hit me up on Chat or email me at adegnan@backcountry.com if you'd like to chat more or would like to place an order.

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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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