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Alex Degnan

Alex Degnan

Salt Lake City, Snowbird, Alta, Park City

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Alex Degnan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Yoga
Skiing

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 posted a video about on October 17, 2014

The 360 degree pivoting heel piece allows them to very smoothly release when you need them to and hold you in when you need to be held in.
I usually ride these in the park at a DIN of 13. If I land straight and want to be held in I will be held in.

Video:
I threw that 7 a little wrong and came up a little bit short. My right ski tip actually hit the knuckle of the landing. Instead of twisting my knee all weird, it release so smoothly that I still landed it with one ski on.

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Alex Degnan posted an image about on September 22, 2014

Take it anywhere

Large is large indeed!
It will hold all of my camping gear and all of my biking gear. I use this bag anytime I am car camping because it will hold everything I need it to and it quite durable. As you'll see from some of the reviews below me, it' s not top of the line, but I had a older Stoic version and this has definitely been upgraded from then. It's held up great for me so far.

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've been really happy with these. They have a soft, stretchy material that is super comfy for pedaling a bicycle. Still durable, I've taken a few falls with no rips, tears, or anything. The front vents open up completely (no mesh) to your leg. I though it was kind of funny at first, but it does make for some great venting when you need it.
Join the yeti tribe!

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

The best JetBoil accessory.
Now you can make coffee; not much else to say
It will pack away inside the Flash no problem. I just unscrew the metal pieces and stick them between the stove part, then it all fits.

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

About time I jumped on the JetBoil train...I don't know why it took me so long.
Boils water crazy fast, but you already knew that. Because of this it's super efficient on fuel. Your canisters will last so much longer.
It has a 16oz water line in the cup, which is perfect if you are using it for freeze dried meals because most require either 14 or 16 oz of water. But don't cook in it!
Coffee? pick up the Jetboil Coffee Press (JET0008)
Everything, including fuel and coffee press will pack away in the cup making for easy traveling and camping.

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Alex Degnan wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's small, lightweight and tough. The pump is super sturdy and fills pretty quickly. The only time I've had it slow down on me is when I've filtered the muddy water of Coyote Gulch in southern Utah or real silty glacier water.
Quick release system makes the set up and break down quick and painless, though I haven't used the bladder quick release.
The fill end fits perfectly on either wide mouth or narrow mouth Nalgenes
Take care of it and it'll last forever

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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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