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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Wasatch, UT

Bill Porreca's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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.

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 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 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.

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Bill Porreca posted a video about on December 7, 2014

Picked up the Brahma this year. Its my go to teaching ski at Deer Valley and do everything but, big pow days and big mountain lines. It can handle everything from bumps, general off trail skiing, and RAILS groomers which is where it really shines. At 180 cm, I did find it a bit sluggish at first but, once I got used to them skiing bumps and off trail was easy. The stiff ski blasts through any crud I saw on this early season day at Alta.

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Bill Porreca posted a video about on December 3, 2014

Ive never stood in a shower to test out how waterproof a shell is. It just seems like its very unreasonable and unrealistic. On our first ice climb of the season I found a shower behind the Price Cicle and decided to give it a whirl. Its hard to see in the video but, this icicle was raining and the jacket didnt let any water through for the 10-15 minutes I was under it. Now of course I got wet around the wrists and neck as you cannot seal that off without duct tape but, everything else was perfectly dry.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

The Switch LT Breathes!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I always thought Gore-Tex was all that was out there and you needed it for safety purposes. I have since changed my opinion and enjoy a jacket that utilizes the PolarTec NeoShell for its proprietary membrane. It doesnt have that layer of PU Coating you find on other membranes that really inhibits breathing and creates mugginess or that swampy feeling.

I used the jacket today on a hike while it was snowing. This is exactly what I wanted a hard shell for. When I find myself skinning while it's snowing or during times of high winds I often find myself getting soaked from the inside out. I really dislike this feeling of mugginess when working hard in cold conditions, and I've found it can take a great deal of venting when using Gore-Tex to prevent a swamp in my jacket. I need a jacket where I could move through weather (especially wind) that provides awesome protection from the elements without sacrificing breathability. This Switch LT jacket from Westcomb does just that, I can definitely feel the difference.

The large fits me, my measurements are. 5'8" 200 lbs. Waist - 86 cm, Sleeve 80.5 cm, and Chest 104 cm.

Little baggy in the chest area but, everywhere else fits fine. It has more of a free-ride feel but, by no means am I swimming in it. I can move my arms up and not have any base layers exposed as well.
Sleeves are perfect length for me. They are not skin tight but, have some extra fabric.

Hood is really easy to use, one pull elastic band and it cinches down. Havent had to put if over a helmet yet but it will fit.
One way zipper, big enough tab to grab with gloves. Looks burly durability of it is unknown at this point.

The two hand pockets or chest pockets are easy to use and will not interfere with my harness which is important. Usually keep food in there so having it against my heart is actually nice, keeps it warm. Thought these were really functionally built. This part of the jacket is stiffer and I think that's what makes the chest fit a little baggy.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

Head Lamps Make Sunsets Possible
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp is great, my first one that isnt an Energizer from Wal-Mart. Costs a lot of money but, you save it over time because you wont have to purchase another battery ever again. Cant wait to use it climbing, it has great output. It was hard at first to see the light change but, it definitely does and it saves power.

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Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim’s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device’s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim’s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device’s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim’s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device’s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca posted an image about on October 10, 2014

Dry and Warm in the Ice Water

I cant attest to the warmth of these as I havent used them in the winter. I am going to give them a try this year to ice climb in as they have incredible dexterity. A test like this impresses me, I promise my hand stayed dry, it was warm but, the glove was only in there for 2 minutes. As an instructor I do have a client that swears by these gloves and has had his for the past three years I have been working with him. You get what you pay for, I know nobody else is putting in as much effort to their gloves as Arcteryx.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Great All Round Wear
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This crew can do it all. You could wear it as a technical base layer, or to lounge around in at camp. I like to wear something like this if there is a little precipitation in the forecast. I forgo a real jacket and just rely on the wool. If it does rain I know the wool will at least keep me warm to get me off the mountain. Also great around a camp fire as the wool is naturally fire retardant. The guy wearing it in the picture is 6' and 170 lbs, fits him perfect.

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Bill Porreca posted an image about on October 1, 2014

All the Stuff in the Pack

Now when I fill the pack up like this, it seems that the helmet on the top making the bulge would hit your head. I can honestly say that's never happened. I have full mobility when the pack is filled to its capacity, and I have actually fit another set of BD Camalots .1-3 on top of what you see. Seriously an awesome pack!

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