Annalee Morris

Annalee Morris

Rock Canyon, Sundance, PCMR, Joe's Valley, BCC, Snowbird, the Wasatch

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Annalee Morris's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Annalee Morris'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 and raised in the mid-west (Minnesota to be exact) I grew up camping, climbing, skiing, snowboard and hiking. All the while dreaming of the day I'd grow up, and move out west to the majestic mountains of Utah. That day my fellow outdoors enthusiasts, arrived 4 years ago and I haven't looked back.
I used college as an excuse and set up camp in Utah, building up quite the gear collection while pursuing climbing and snowboarding primarily. I'll be starting split-boarding this winter and couldn't be more stoked.

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. You can contact me on Live Chat or through email: amorris@backcountry.com

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Annalee Morris

Annalee Morris wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Imagine, each of your toes being swaddled in comfort as you run, hike and play, what could be better than that?
At first I was a little hesitant, but I figured, they aren't too expensive, why not give them a try. Boy am I glad I did! I wear these with most everything. They're great paired with my Altra running shoes especially. The one shoe I don't love them in are my 5.10 Guide Tennies, because I sized those to fit without socks or with very thin socks, the space between my toes isn't there to accommodate these socks in my approach shoes. So far that's the only draw back, I wear these in my street shoes, skate shoes, hiking boots and running shoes.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love the injinji toe socks. At first I was a little hesitant, but I figured, they aren't too expensive, why not give them a try. Boy am I glad I did! I wear these with most everything. They're great paired with my Altra running shoes especially. The one shoe I don't love them in are my 5.10 Guide Tennies, because I sized those to fit without socks or with very thin socks, the space between my toes isn't there to accommodate these socks in my approach shoes. So far that's the only draw back, I wear these in my street shoes, skate shoes, hiking boots and running shoes.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

5 5

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

I have officially been converted from Smartwool. Darn Tough is my favorite. They last the longest, and they are the softest wool socks I've used. Serious love for this brand. Comfortable, durable, merino wool, what more could you ask for?

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is seriously by favorite beanie. It fits just right, not too tight, not too loose, not too long. Just the right thickness, it's warm, but not a thick really heavy knit. It's just right, not one complaint about this beanie. Love it.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

3 5

A customer emailed with this review: The alpina blazer boots have one problem - the plastic eyelets keep breaking. Also, some of the the top tabs that hold the lace at the ankle broke, too. I've drilled a hole where the base of the plastic eyelet is sewn into the boot and run the lace through that as a mend. � Otherwise, the boots work fine. � I'm so glad I can finally find big enough boots (size 50) that I'm going to limp along with these since it's been years since I last cross country skied after my earlier pair fell apart and I could not find any big enough to replace them. I emailed Alpina as well noting the issue

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

4 5

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

Recipient says: "The comfort level of these boots is out of control. Also, the flex is perfect for everything. Not too stiff so your ankles are immobile but enough support for charging. Lacing is precise and don't require re-tying throughout the day. Fit is true to size but more on the narrow side.
Only down side is that they are a little long. My old Burton SLX in the same size had significantly less toe hanging over the edge so my euro carves are a little less euro."

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're car camping this pad is the way to go. It's almost as good as taking your bed with your but it's a lot smaller and lighter. I spend thanksgiving camping in St. George on this for a 5 day climbing trip. Added bonus is it has a super high R-value so it insulates from the cold ground very well.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

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

I love the Nano Puff, the fit is finally right. They added a couple inches to the length and about an inch to the sleeves this year as well as making the silhouette less boxy. The one downside is breathability and for that I like the Arc'teryx Atom better, but for warmth while snowboarding/camping/around town, where I'm not worried about dumping heat, I love it.
It's surprisingly durable for it's weight, I've bouldered in southern Utah in this countless times as well and it hardly looks worn. The internal pocket doubles as a stuff sack which is great for backpacking and it packs up small. It's pretty wind resistant and resistant to a very light rain.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this case, the wood is straight up classy looking. It's slim and smooth so it has a good feel in your hand. Given how slim it is, it doesn't offer a ton of protection, but it's been sufficient for me, I've dropped the phone a couple of times and neither the case or the phone were damaged at all.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

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

This is definitely my favorite patagonia baselayer. It's incredibly warm without the bulk. The offset zipper is a great feature and when it's really cold I'll pull the hood up under my helmet - it's bit snug, but I sized my helmet to fit without a hat or hood - and zip up the collar all the way up and pair it with the Patagonia Nano-Puff under my Gore-Tex Shell for some serious warmth.
Like everything else patagonia, the construction is stellar and this is definitely an investment that will last you SEVERAL seasons.
Fit is slim and long, so if you plan on layering underneath this you'll want to size up. If you wear it over just a t-shirt or tank, stick with your normal size.

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Annalee Morris wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ibex Glove liners are my favorite, they are mutliple stitched panels and they have the closest fit of any liner I've used, and I've tried a lot. The thin merino wool is a great liner, thicker liners actually make my hands colder. I use these when I ride and when I'm teaching lessons, it's great to have the added convenience of being able to use my smartphone while they're still on, however the conductive stitching doesn't work as well as I'd like. These are the only gloves I've used with that feature so I don't know how normal that is.

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