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Andy Rice

Andy Rice

Employee

Utah

Andy Rice's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

Andy Rice's Bio

I moved out here to ski after college at the University of Colorado, and have since stayed. Having the Wasatch less than 30 minutes away from my house in downtown Salt Lake is awesome. In the summers I like to hit up Millcreek canyon or the Shoreline trail behind the U and in the Winters I stick to Little Cottonwood.


I just completed my Master's in Fine Arts at the U and maintain an active studio practice. I love having the Wasatch as my playground when I need to clear my head and spark some creativity. You can check out my website at www.andrewriceart.com

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me, my email is arice@backcountry.com or I am on the Live Chat service Monday and Tuesday afternoons (130-10pm) MST and Thursday and Friday from 1030-3pm. Hit me up! Would love to chat about whatever, but I am especially well versed in skiing and winter sports and then have a good range of trail running under my belt as well.

hit me up on IG @purplehat

email me here for any other questions if I am not online to chat via the 'Email' tab at the top-right of the profile screen here. arice@backcountry.com

Andy Rice

Andy Ricewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Love this jacket. With all the options out there, I opted for this one because of the stretch and the feel of the fabric Super warm for how lightweight it is as well. The shell is reasonably durable for how soft it is. I have been wearing with a t-shirt in about 40 degrees and very warm and then dropping into the low 30's and still comfortable. Lower temps than that, I have put just a long sleeve on and have been fine. It fits well. I am a medium in most everything and this fits great in that size.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Just picked these up, so haven't had a chance to ski them yet with our season coming later than normal. Always known the Jester to be one of the top choices and the selling point on this pair was the toe piece that accommodates a wider range of boots without compromising any of the hold, or more importantly, release value. Also, the heel piece is getting closer and closer to the Rossi/Look pivot heel, which is a good thing.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

Just picked these up and am so excited to try them out. C'mon snow, let's go... I'll follow up with a detailed review later in the season once I actually have some days on them, but initial impression out of the box is five star. Snappy, with a softer feeling nose about where the rocker starts so I can expect good float and good pop. Shorter turn radius is enticing for the tight trees in Eagles Nest. Can't wait to try them out!

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

Love the OR jackets. This one is so incredibly light, and is still fully waterproof. I find it great for hikes here in utah, where it is mostly dry but can still surprise with impromptu rain showers. With how light and packable it is, you won't even notice in your pack. I'm 5'9" and about 150lbs with longer arms and the medium fits perfect.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on October 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This set comes with three cubes. The sizes are as follows

1 x Specter cube (14" x 10" x 3")
1 x Specter half cube (10" x 7" x 3")
1 x Specter quarter cube (7.5" x 4.5" x 2.5")

Also, having used this before, would definitely recommend for travel. You may not think it, but having this simple storage sack helps cut down on size in your pack/bag and helps a ton for separating dirty from clean on the return trip.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on October 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the best electrolyte/energy tabs I have used. They dissolve quick and I think the flavor is pretty subtle. The caffeine helps a ton as well. I go with the Mango flavor, and haven't noticed any odd aftertastes like others noted in the Lime.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

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

These are the best socks! Save for a couple pairs of ski socks, my entire sock drawer is full of Stoic merino socks. So comfortable for all season use. Warm in the winter, but not too heavy for summer for me. The merino is naturally microbial as well, so I can wear them multiple days without rancid foot smell. Not that I would ever do that, though...

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

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

North Face trail shoes are fast becoming my favorites. Very lightweight, but still offer full protection in the sole. The rubber is decently stiff as well, so doesn't end up breaking down on the hot, dry, and rocky terrain here in UT. Fit is great out of the box. For trail shoes, I go a half size up to accommodate for foot swelling and for some room for toes to move on the downhill.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

This is a decent T. Fits well, and has a little longer cut, which I like. Don't know why Prana felt it necessary to attach an enormous and annoying paper tag to the left hip area. One of those that if you remove it, it will just poke you all day. Get that tag out of these, Prana!

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The I/O are the best out there, in my opinion. Super comfortable foam and ends up fitting a wide variety of face shapes. That square shape also fits with most helmets, too. Two lenses come with these, and you can always load up with more lenses for any condition! Spend a couple minutes when you first get these swapping out the lenses in your living room. Good to have the knowledge and practice in how to do that correctly before fumbling around with them on the chairlift.

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