Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Wasatch, UT

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William's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

William'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.

As a self proclaimed calf model, I have to constantly keep my training up. I use ski mountaineering as a primary means but also hiking and all sorts of climbing.

Let me know if you have any questions you can always give me a call 1800-409-4502 my extension is 4181 and I work Sun-Thursday 1:30pm-10:00pm. Follow me to learn about the gear I use or articles I have written. If the phone is not your thing feel free to email me at bporreca@backcountry.com.

Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca wrote a review of on July 24, 2014

Wear it climbing then right to the bar!
5 5

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

5'8" 200 lbs the Large fits me perfect. Since I dont own a lot of "nice" shirts this was a great compromise for me. I can still climb in it and be active outside but, get away with wearing it out to dinner or at the bar. Lasts long doesnt stain easily, I have one in almost every color long and short sleeve.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 24, 2014

I would say go with the 185cm. This ski has more rocker in it than the Enforcer, I think the 175cm would ski too short for you. You're Enforcer also has titanium in it making it a bit stiffer than this ski. Even though this ski is wider I think you will be able to maneuver the 185cm just fine.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 24, 2014

You are going to think this boot is soft, no doubt in my mind. Its a great boot but, it chooses lightweight and walk ability over aggressive ski ability. As far as beginner backcountry users go I started in something more aggressive and eventually moved to something lighter and less stiff. The more I went out the more I started to travel farther and longer and needed a boot that would accommodate that. First boot I toured in was a race stock Salomon in a Marker Duke Binding, today I couldnt imagine lifting that to put in my car. Take a look at something like this http://www.backcountry.com/scarpa-freedom-sl-alpine-touring-boot?ti=UExQIENhdDpBbHBpbmUgVG91cmluZyBCb290czoxOjE4OmJjc0NhdDUxMTAwMDQx&skid=SCR0267-ONECOL-S305

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

Feels like its not even there.
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Besides the sweat that builds up in any helmet you will not notice this thing a top you're head. I like how the adjustable back strap hides in the helmet when you are storing it, makes packing it way easier. Ive used it biking, in a pinch when it was the only thing in my car. Wouldnt expect it to really protect in a huge crash but, definitely would protect small rock fall and things like that though.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

Functional, Light, and Comfortable
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got the pack about a month ago. Used it exclusively for rock climbing but am looking forward to using it on ice. The pack easily holds a rack and climbing gear, partner can carry the rope. I have fit the entire rack, harness, shoes, chalk bag, rope, water, and helmet in there though. First thing I did with the pack was take out the frame, I think the pack works better without it, just my opinion. It wasnt set properly when I got it but, it can be easily bent. It is clear that Patagonia had their athletes help with the construction of this pack. My favorite feature is the closure system. It can adapt on the fly easily to carry a bigger load if necessary and securely holds the gear inside. Other favorite piece is the sheer simplicity of the pack. It has everything you want and that's it, nothing more nothing less. Longest approach I have done with it is 1 hr, and it felt fine holding everything listed above. My back didnt hurt at all after that approach. Cinches down nice for the second climber to follow wearing it. Patagonia definitely did this right.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 23, 2014

Ive never been able to get my fly to touch the ground. I think if its raining that hard unfortunately things are going to get wet. I have found the water just runs under the tent from the ground and then finds its way into little nooks and crannies. Obviously the 4 season tent will give you more protection than other tents but, in a torrential down pour you have to find other ways to keep things dry. I sometimes will lay out my rain jacket in the tent and put essential "cant get wet items" on that, or try to hang it off the gear loft.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 19, 2014

I have seen the Xcell and for a pure alpine binding the new technology looks awesome. Some of the instructors I have talked to say the power transfer with that binding feels great and I would definitely put it on a pure alpine ski, especially if carving was my primary style. STH 2 WTR 13 is suited a bit more for free-riding on fatter skis.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 19, 2014

I wouldnt worry as much about the altitude as I would about the cold. If you cannot keep the canisters warm then they will not burn efficiently. Canister stove is definitely the way to go just realize that you might have to work to keep it warm. I dont condone this but, I know holding the canister in between your legs helps or developing some kind of cover that could hold some hand warmers on the canister in a pinch.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 17, 2014

I dont think the jacket is durable enough for mountaineering expeditions. I would use it in a pinch if I had to, you would have to test it out with various layers. The jacket will be water proof I just dont think its thick enough to handle really harsh conditions such as snow blowing sideways. I use something like this http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-troposphere-jacket-mens , not a full one 3 layer gore-tex but, a bit thicker to handle harsher conditions.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 17, 2014

These will always fit the boot as they will be mounted appropriately based on the size of the boot. Its the brakes that you need to fit. The 90mm brake width would barely work. The shop would have to bend them out the 8mm. We did sell a 110mm brake width but, I think that could be too wide. The shop can bend the brakes with the 90mm just realize that the more the brake needs to be bent the less effective it is at braking.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on July 16, 2014

I called Thule and they said you absolutely need cross bars. I am sure you could jerry rig something up there but, Thule wouldn't endorse it or stand behind the warranty and security of the bag on top of the vehicle.

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