Alex Laugeman

Alex Laugeman

home of the greatest snow on earth!

Alex's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Alex's Bio

Hi! I like mountains and study weather. I'm originally from the midwest, so my interest in weather sparked from seeing/chasing severe thunderstorms, and always missing out on the heaviest snow when we were supposed to get it. I learned to ski quite young, and switched to snowboarding on a little midwest molehill. Looking for a good college to both study weather and be in the mountains, Salt Lake City was the place to go! I have been here on and off for 7.5 years now, and probably will never get tired of it. Being close to the mountains has also introduced me to climbing, hiking, camping, backcountry touring/avalanche safety, as well as more and more biking.

Give me a shout if you have any questions on snowboarding stuff, sport/trad climbing, hiking, camping, backcountry touring, avalanche things, or general weather things! Also GIVE ME A GOOD OLD TWITTER-FASHIONED "FOLLOW" HERE, AND REACH ME AT'TWERK AT (800) 409-4502 ext 4463. Or email me anytime at alaugeman@backcountry.com

Hours: Saturday & Monday, generally between 12PM and 10PM

Alex Laugeman

Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on July 5, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

This is my first pair of MTB shorts, or any biking shorts for that matter. I got these mainly for the integrated chamois (removable) to bike to and from work. The chamois is great, and as mentioned before, I really like the pocket positioning and quality of the material. The pockets are around so nothing tries to fall out while biking, nor does it let stuff bang around when you're pedaling. The lower pockets' taped zippers would be good to keep water or mud from seeping in. I have about a 32" waist and the medium fit great. Hopefully I'll be able to actually use these mountain biking soon

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on July 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't had the chance to test out the water repelling capabilities of these yet, but they can compress really well. Having an eVent jacket, I'm sure these will stay dry really well too. I've already gotten two sizes in these, and plan to get at least one of each! Will post again when I find out what happens when trying to get them soaked.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on July 5, 2014

5 5

After having the Flea USB lights for years and always having them break or get lost, I decided to get something that I could just change the batteries if needed, and have it as a little bit more of a permanent fixture on my bike. This thing does all of that, with lighting features better than the Flea. The side lights are quite obvious, I've used it for a few months now and haven't had to change the batteries yet!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this pack for about 2 years now, day in day out to work, class, riding my bike, hiking, climbing, carrying extra clothes, beer and snacks. It has definitely worn out over this time, but it is still holding strong. The hip belt pockets are perfect for hiking and biking, and the reflective patch on the back is good for biking as well. Highly recommended, and I'll probably get another one as soon as mine totally craps out.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on April 2, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They look cool, and are comfy for a while, but I was graced with the same quality unfortunately as most of the other reviews here. Only took about a month or so before the soles started wearing down and the whole shoe got super flimsy, only actually skated in them once or twice.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not this particular pair, but I've had the Nitro Anthems for several seasons. Everyone's foot is different, so I can't speak for everyone, but after trying many different boots, these still are just the ones that fit so perfectly right out of the box and have no break in time for me. First time using the TLS, and I think it's awesome. I haven't had one pop out of the locking mechanism yet, nor have I had them even come out of the little side holders. I will probably need to by 6 pairs of these to keep for the future in case Nitro stops making them

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My main intention for this was a park board, and there it definitely excels. The camrock profile has saved me a couple times from getting in the back seat landing a jump already. Super easy to pop on to rails, but still soft enough to press.

I took it out for a relatively medium powder day (12-14" of Utah pow), and actually the 154 was really sturdy, especially with the rock from the bindings on out. I'm 6'0" and 165lbs...my pow board is a 159, but I tried this guy for fun and was pleasantly surprised. So...take it everywhere!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First thing I noticed with this thing is that it looks very durable. The material is bomber, and probably my favorite thing I never thought I would notice is how easy the zippers are. When I have all my avy crap packed in there, stuff strapped to the outside and whatnot...if you can find the zipper you need, it will zip super easily even with gloves on.

Kind of wish it had a rear entry to get to stuff inside, but it's definitely not a deal breaker.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Believe you me, when it comes to helmets, I was the worst at thinking every single one was too heavy, bulky, or just made my head look 10x bigger. This one is the most low-profile one I've come across, and the lightest too. I wear it with Anon M2 goggles, and there is maybe 1-2mm of space between the helmet and the goggles. I also tried it with the huge Dragon APXs, and surprisingly they fit perfectly. Keeps your head warm, and as a bonus, it keeps your skull in one piece too. the ONLY down side I could nitpick on is, it seems to enhance the wind noise a bit...or maybe that's because I feel like I can go even faster with it..

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It always helps to have an inclinometer when out adventuring, and this thing makes it super easy to identify the type of terrain you're on. Like the thing says, it's only an ounce, it fits right in my pack's hipbelt pocket along with a magnifying glass, so why not?! Having the mini crystal card on the back is awesome too, just in case you don't have/want one of those fancy bigger ones.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on November 25, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is definitely light and compact for sure. Awesome for the backpacker counting ounces. It is a little short so if you're trying to dig into a mountainhouse bag your hand will be diving in too. The holding power of the folding mechanism on mine isn't great either, pretty much anything other than soup makes it collapse just holding the wire part. I was able to pinch the little fins in a little bit with pliers to make it more solid, but it still is a bit loose.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

3 5

The liner on these is super comfortable, I wish everyone used the memory foam like these. I'm not sure if it was just my particular pair, but the cord that cinches the tongue down was a real pain to move the slider up and down, and couldn't get it as tight as I like. Also, my heel would move a little in these, but that's just me, all feet are different!

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