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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Wasatch, UT

Bill Porreca's Passions

Fly Fishing
Surfing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Running
Biking

Bill Porreca'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.

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porrecawrote a review of on May 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34 waist 30 inseam

I finally got a hold of a pair of these pants. I havent had a chance to use them a ton but, will share some initial impressions.

The Fit: I am 34 waist 30 inseam. I never thought the 34 waist would truly fit because they are a "skinny" jean. They fit my waist perfectly, not loose by any means but, not extremely tight. The 30 inseam comes right to the end of my ankle which is right where I want a bike commuter pant to end.

Construction: These are beautifully constructed. Reinforced in the crotch and inside lower pant leg. No more worrying about ripping the pant leg on the crank mostly because of how tight they fit on my leg but, if I do catch them the reinforcements will hold them up. The reinforcements also have some style to them. Its not just a extra piece of fabric over the high wear areas, there was more thought put into them than that. They definitely feel durable and I presume it will take me a few rides to break them in.

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porrecawrote a review of on May 1, 2015

Running Is Painful but, not with Altra
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

Running can be painful, dont squeeze your foot into a shoe that is not comfortable. This is a race weight shoe that provides 0, thats right ZERO pinching on the toes. You can just run freely, without wincing on every ground strike. The shoe was designed to look like your foot (which is why it looks a little funny and different than other shoes).


Found the fit to be a bit snug/ tight I am anywhere from a 9-10, in Altra's road series I am a 10. I tried the 9.5 and my toes were up against the front and it hurt when I was walking around the house, swapped em with the 10 and we are good to go.


They are so light its ridiculous. As a mountaineer I try to keep the gear really light so I can go farther, these provide that for my running platform. This also means they do not have all the cushion you might find in Altra's other road shoes. This is the least amount of cushion, you want more cushion? They have that http://www.backcountry.com/altra-paradigm-running-shoe-mens?ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBSb2FkIFJ1bm5pbmcgU2hvZXM6MTozOmJjc0NhdDQxMTEwMDM5&skid=ATR000M-FIERED-S8


With the #zerodrop you can also use these safely in the gym if you like to squat. The Zero Drop might feel funny at first as in your feet might hurt but, I like the idea of strengthening my feet. Just dont buy the shoes then increase your normal run by 26.2 mi for the sticker. I usually run 3 mi and thats where I stay, then once a week Ill bump it up to a 5 mi. If its your first zero drop shoe take your time to increase the distance.


Ive been using another shoe for trail running, cant wait to buy the Lonepeak. I am sold on the brand based on comfort alone. Plus Altra makes it really easy to pick a shoe. How much cushion do you want? Trail or Road? Boom done, now get your short shorts on and get out there.

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