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 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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Andy Ricewrote a review of on September 11, 2016

1 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I got this same shacket last year and loved it, although, it was called the Antarctic Quilted last year (which may account for the differences?). Loved that one. I probably wore it 6 days out of 7 from fall - spring. I was pumped to see they had a new color and a new quilted pattern this year and immediately ordered. I tried it on immediately upon receiving the package and my excited smile turned upside down.
1). The sleeves are way too short- about 2 to 3 inches too short.
2). material has a weird, crinkly feel to it . Not the soft, and supple feel the Antarctic had.
3). the shirt/jacket itself is very short as well. About 1-2 inches shorter than last year, and shorter than I want a more 'contemporary' shirt or jacket to fit.

I wear a medium in most all tops, for reference. Order a size up if you want a better fit, IMO

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 144 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Fly fishing and style don't normally go together in the same sentence, but these are, in fly fish circles, pretty damn stylish, haha. Love that there is no belt. Nice and clean look. Fit is great too, once on, but can be a little tricky squeezing in at first. Oh, and gave to Sarah as a 30th bday gift. She was stoked.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

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

These are the best for warm weather when your waders are too much. Perfect for these super warm days we have in the desert. The S fit well for Sarah. She is street shoe 8.5, if that helps give any input into sizing.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

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

Got these for Sarah as she is just getting into fishing. So far so good. Got them in a 9 and she is normally an 8.5 in street shoes. The extra room is nice to fit waders/booties inside and then helps with stability walking over slippery rocks. If between sizes, definitely size up.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 17, 2016

4 5

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

Burton always hits it out of the park on their outwear. Great fit, best style around, best colors around, and then full technical functionality as well.
The long cut was what Sarah was looking for most of all. But, she needed to look good, and stand out. This jacket stood out above the other options by a long shot. The Sandstruck Metallic/Tropic color is a white gold, which is definitely unique. The only complaint so far is that it is a little stiff (loud and crinkly) at first, but that is breaking in nicely as the season progresses.

The Durashell material Burton uses is up there with Gore in terms of waterproof/breathable. And, has just enough insulation to keep you warm without having to layer underneath very heavy.

The Screen Grab Media Holster. which is inside the chest pocket is an awesome addition. It keeps your phone attached to your jacket so you don't have to worry about dropping it when you pull it out on the lift.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been using Airblaster gear for a while now for a reason. Best fit, great style, and technical features to hold up in the worst of the worst conditions. These bibs fit great (I got the M, 5'9" and 150lbs) without having any drag on the bottom cuff when walking through the parking lot. They aren't baggy, but are not skinny pants either. They feel a bit like a heavy canvass, but are not particularly heavy pants, just a durable construction. Inside leg vents are key, too. Pro-tip: wear over your fist baselayer, but under your midlayer. That will keep full range of movement in hips and shoulders. It is also been working best to keep my phone in the chest pocket on these, under the jacket and close to my body. That keeps it from getting too cold and draining the battery.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These babies are a true one ski quiver. I ski Alta, primarily, so am no stranger to a very wide range of conditions. Untouched waist deep one run after a storm, to sun-affected ice on west facing slopes the next, with everything in between all in the course of an afternoon. The Astris takes it all with ease.

What they are not are a recreational ski. These are a fairly stiff, with some good torsional rigidity, meaning they don't have a lot of 'give.' If you're not careful, they will ski you. That being said, they do have a playful side and will react with good response and 'pop' in the right scenarios. These two elements combined make for a perfect Alta ski (or any Rocky Mountain area, for that matter). Also, for being a stiffer ski, there is enough flex in the nose to float no problem in soft snow. The stiffer flex overall, with the floaty nose and somewhat playful nature makes them shine best in crud and chop, which, let's be honest, is what we all find ourselves in most of the time.

If you are an expert skier and looking for that one ski to replace your beat up multi-ski quiver, the Astris is your top choice.

My skis before these were the Atomic Coax (older twin tip model, about 108mm underfoot) and the Atomic Automatic 117, for some context.


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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: large.

There is a reason these continue to have a 5 star rating year after year. They are the best ski socks around. Very thin to give you the best fit inside your boot. Warm for how light and thin they are. Naturally anti-microbial, so your foot doesn't smell up the lodge when you take your boots off and throw back a Boomerang inside the Sitzmark up at Alta. I'm a size 9 street shoe and went with the Large size in the socks.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 8, 2016

5 5

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

my best friend, Sarah, was in dire need of some new boots. We were both sick of her constant complaining about boot issues so I decided to spring for an early b-day gift. These fit her great right out of the box. A stiff enough flex for skiing all over the mtn , but not restrictive. Walk mode is key for apres and the power lock thing on the power strap keeps everything tight around the calf. After watching Sarah rip it on these right out of the box, I can confidently suggest these to expert level skiers looking for a comfortable and aggressive boot.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on February 11, 2016

5 5

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

These are the best pair of underwear I have ever had. Time to upgrade my whole arsenal with Stance now. We know how awesome the socks are and now we have underwear to go along with them.

I ordered a small and they fit great. I am a 29-31 inch waist, depending on the day.

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