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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Gearhead

Wasatch, UT

Bill Porreca's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing

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 Porrecawrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Still Holding Gear Well Over 5 Years Now
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I couldn't be happier with this purchase 5 years ago when I got my new Subaru. This set up has lasted and I haven't taken it off my car yet.

I do wish I got the AeroBlade's as they are quieter and dont eat up as much gas mileage but, the square bars get the job done.

I cant recommend putting over 50lbs on the square bars but, I can tell you that I have done it and not had an issue. I have had a fully loaded cargo box and a mountain bike at the same time on the square bars and drove across the country without an issue. If you look at my bars now though you can see a slight bend in them but, it has not hurt the performance of them at all.

If you have any questions such as:
Car compatibility?
Should I go with Yakima or Thule?
Is it worth the upgrade to the better bars?
What mounts can fit on the square bars?

Feel free to contact me directly!
Bill Porreca
801-736-6398
bporreca@backcountry.com

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Best thing to purchase for adventures
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Someone told me the cargo box was the way to go. It would change the way I travel on trips. I looked at the cost and balked. Its expensive but, I needed a way to get skis and camping gear around in my sedan. I finally bought one and they were all right, it has made travelling SO much better.

The dual entry is very important. Sometimes I put the gear in on my driver side and then park too close to a snowbank or something to use that side to get gear. With the dual entry I can just go over to the passenger side.

Remember you cannot remove the key until you close the box. This is an important feature that makes sure or makes it really hard to drive away with the box wide open. Sometimes, especially when I really pack the box, I need to really push down along the entire edge of the box to make it close. If the box isnt closing easily thats all it really takes, get it closed and then go around the box and press down where you think gear inside is not allowing it to shut and can be compressed a bit.

I've owned this box for well over 5 years and never had an issue. I use it on a Thule Base rack with square bars. I do recommend getting the better bars be it Aeroblade's from Thule or the Yakima Whisper Bars. They are far less noisy and save on gas mileage loss.

If you have any questions such as:
Compatibility with other base racks?
How much can you fit in here?
How much Gas mileage per gallon do you lose?
Is it waterproof?

Feel free to contact me directly!
Bill Porreca
801-736-6398
bporreca@backcountry.com

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally bought a season pass after 4 years of only skiing in the backcountry. Needed a stiff alpine boot and found K2's Spyne. They just started making boots a few years ago from the ground up and they knocked it out of the park. I went all in on this boot and use it as my daily driver in bounds and can even tour in it a little bit. No walk mode but, I just open up the buckles and it provides some room to articulate my ankle to skin with.

The 130 flex is legit, its a stiff boot with amazing power transfer, noticeably better than some other boots specifically in the cuff. Please contact me if you want to compare this boot's flex with other boots out there. I have demoed a lot of other boots and have some comparison's based on a run or two.

Comes with an Intuition Liner which makes the boot comfortable and warmer than a boot that only has a stock liner. A lot of companies try to make good liners but, Intuition does it best in my opinion.

This boot was created with a boot fitter in mind so I went with the LV (LV = 97mm last, HV = 102mm last). I have a skinny heel and a wide forefoot. I needed something to fit the heel which is a 97mm last then I paid to get a boot fitter to punch out the big and pinky toe to fit my wider foot. They make this same boot in a few different volumes and feel free to contact me if you have any questions on which one is right for you.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have I would be happy to help!

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally bought a season pass after 4 years of only skiing in the backcountry. Needed a stiff alpine boot and found K2's Spyne. They just started making boots a few years ago from the ground up and they knocked it out of the park. I went all in on this boot and use it as my daily driver in bounds and can even tour in it a little bit. No walk mode but, I just open up the buckles and it provides some room to articulate my ankle to skin with.

The 130 flex is legit, its a stiff boot with amazing power transfer, noticeably better than some other boots specifically in the cuff. Please contact me if you want to compare this boot's flex with other boots out there. I have demoed a lot of other boots and have some comparison's based on a run or two.

Comes with an Intuition Liner which makes the boot comfortable and warmer than a boot that only has a stock liner. A lot of companies try to make good liners but, Intuition does it best in my opinion.

This boot was created with a boot fitter in mind so I went with the LV (97mm last, this one is 100mm last). I have a skinny heel and a wide forefoot. I needed something to fit the heel which is a 97mm last then I paid to get a boot fitter to punch out the big and pinky toe to fit my wider foot. They make this same boot in a few different volumes and feel free to contact me if you have any questions on which one is right for you.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have I would be happy to help!

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally bought a season pass after 4 years of only skiing in the backcountry. Needed a stiff alpine boot and found K2's Spyne. They just started making boots a few years ago from the ground up and they knocked it out of the park. I went all in on this boot and use it as my daily driver in bounds and can even tour in it a little bit. No walk mode but, I just open up the buckles and it provides some room to articulate my ankle to skin with.

The 130 flex is legit, its a stiff boot with amazing power transfer, noticeably better than some other boots specifically in the cuff. Please contact me if you want to compare this boot's flex with other boots out there. I have demoed a lot of other boots and have some comparison's based on a run or two.

Comes with an Intuition Liner which makes the boot comfortable and warmer than a boot that only has a stock liner. A lot of companies try to make good liners but, Intuition does it best in my opinion.

This boot was created with a boot fitter in mind so I went with the LV. I have a skinny heel and a wide forefoot. I needed something to fit the heel which is a 97mm last then I paid to get a boot fitter to punch out the big and pinky toe to fit my wider foot. They make this same boot in a few different volumes and feel free to contact me if you have any questions on which one is right for you.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have I would be happy to help!

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Volkl continues to make skis that like to go fast, hold an edge well, and with 0% chance of folding at the tip.

This ski demands a charger, someone who knows the front of their boot really well and is okay with going faster than most on the mountain.

I felt like I could cut the soft bumps in half when taking this off trail the other day. It has so much drive and power, there is no speed limit for this ski on the mountain, or at least I couldnt find it.

This ski held an edge that any East Coaster will appreciate! I needed to be careful about putting too much edge at the top of the turn because once its on, it wants to stay on. When I put too much edge in there early on, I didnt have a lot of room towards the bottom of the turn to make a smooth transition.

The ski is extremely damp. Dont expect any chatter or a ton of pop from this ski at all.

Let me know if you have any questions like:
What bindings would work well with this?
Can I tour in this ski?
What length should I get?

Don't hesitate to contact me directly via email or my direct phone line.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Skis just like the Wailer 99 Pure with a little more deflection. They had to do something to lighten the load here on their Tour Series.

They are just as precise and can stop on that dime like the Wailer Pure but, when charging through choppier snow I felt some deflection.

I actually really liked the Balsa core. Its obviously really light but, that makes it very easy to whip around the mountain. It had an extremely lively poppy feel to it!

I normally stay away from capped skis as they don't hold an edge as well as a vertical sidewall but, not in this case. I was surprised to see how well the skis could hold on some icier spots. As far as durability goes, DPS says they see very little to no warranty claims on these skis due to sidewalls blowing and what have you.

Let me know if you have anymore questions like:
What bindings would go well with these?
What size or brand skins should I get?
Can they be used in bounds?

Don't hesitate to contact me directly via email or my direct phone line.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've skied the Pure DPS skis a few times now and I was always trying to find out what made them different, or put plainly, what makes them worth $1,299.00. I found it this time.

So you get all the stiffness you would in a heavier ski but, all the quickness you would expect in a ski that is not that stiff. These skis are very quick to get across the hill if necessary but, robust enough to really handle long radius turns through bumps and crud.

My favorite thing about them is the precision on edges. I usually try to make a complete stop on various spots on a mogul. Most skis will skip a bit and I cant hit my mark exactly. With these I was able to stop and lay down the edge at faster speeds and stop just where I expected, this was amazing.

For a 184 cm length I thought they skied short. Again I felt like they were so much quicker than other skis I tried out that were heavier and within the same length.

Because they are so well made you also don't get any chatter in this ski. Very quiet yet reactive ride.

Let me know if you have any questions like:

What bindings would go well with this ski?
What length should I get?
Can I use this out of bounds?

Please don't hesitate to contact me directly via email or my direct line.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I went right from a 130 Flex Alpine Boot into these and I didnt really feel a difference at all while skiing. I couldnt believe that I could ski the same speed and aggression with this boot as I could with my normal alpine set up.

I did feel a bit of bottom out when really hammering the bumps but, for the most part, these boots can drive anything. A great 50/50 in bounds out of bounds boot, I would ski this full time if I didnt ski in the resort 100 days a year.

The walk mode is amazing for how stiff the boot is. My strides when skinning were still pretty good albeit, less than what I am used to using my Alien.

Couple little finicky things about the boot like the power strap,changing the forward lean, and the way Scarpa does sizing breaking on the half shell. Shoot me an email or call my direct line if you have any specific questions or want to compare other options!

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got to take the Coomback's out the other day, they had the King Pin on them and I was in a Scarpa Freedom RS boot. I had the free-ride heavier binding/boot set up but, I was able to charge on this ski.

The stability of this ski is on point! I was able to blast through anything at any speed without getting tossed around or having ski deflection. Also no chatter, extremely quiet ski.

I'm not sure exactly how much say Doug Coombs had in the design of the ski but, once I started trying to make turns like he did (well try to make turns like he did in the movies I saw him in. I'm not that good!) I could feel the influence. When you made a short, hard, turn to a near stop, like you would in a couloir the ski started to come alive. You set the edges hard and then the ski wants to transfer that energy into the next hard short turn. I liked this sensation so much I kept making short hard turns when I didnt have to. I would love this ski in steep, technical, high-risk terrain.

Again, if you have any questions like:
-What Binding Would go Well with this?
-Could this be used in bounds?
-What length should I get?

Please contact me via email or my direct phone line which you can find right above this review.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have not skied on K2 Skis since 07-08ish (maybe earlier?) when I bought the Seth Morrison Pro Model. Loved that ski but, out grew it after moving to Utah. Bought K2's new Spyne LV 130 Ski Boot and was beyond impressed so I had to give K2's entire line a shot. Please dont hesitate to contact me with specific questions regarding K2's line, I would be happy to help!

I was able to try out the new Pinnacle from K2 at the Outdoor Retailer show and like the boot was really impressed.

I am 5'8" 200 lbs and in the 184cm length It was one of the quickest skis edge to edge I tried out around that length. It felt like a slalom ski, when I brought them back I guessed the turn radius to be like 15-16 m, surprised to find out it was 19 m. I felt like the ski could turn a lot shorter using only the edges.

The ski isnt super stiff. I prefer a stiffer ski to get the edge hold and stability through the crud. I felt the ski deflect a little in the crud but, I am heavy and I was moving very fast. What impressed me was the edge hold.

Usually my brain shuts down when people start talking about specific technologies in a ski. I need to feel it to believe it. The Konic technology though is legit. You can definitely feel the increased edge hold due to the construction of the ski. The engineers came up with a way to drive the force from the boot to the edges and it was definitely noticeable.

The ski's weight does not put it into the super light category but, its pretty dang light. I would totally put a Marker King Pin on this and use this ski 50/50 in bounds out of bounds.

Again, if you have any questions like:
-What Binding Would go Well with this?
-Is this a good back country ski?
-What length should I get?

Please contact me via email or my direct phone line which you can find right above this review.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have not skied on K2 Skis since 07-08ish (maybe earlier?) when I bought the Seth Morrison Pro Model. Loved that ski but, out grew it after moving to Utah. Bought K2's new Spyne LV 130 Ski Boot and was beyond impressed so I had to give K2's entire line a shot. Please dont hesitate to contact me with specific questions regarding K2's line, I would be happy to help!

I was able to try out the new Pinnacle from K2 at the Outdoor Retailer show and like the boot was really impressed.

I am 5'8" 200 lbs and in the 184cm length It was one of the quickest skis edge to edge I tried out around that length. It felt like a slalom ski, when I brought them back I guessed the turn radius to be like 15-16 m, surprised to find out it was 19 m. I felt like the ski could turn a lot shorter using only the edges.

The ski isnt super stiff. I prefer a stiffer ski to get the edge hold and stability through the crud. I felt the ski deflect a little in the crud but, I am heavy and I was moving very fast. What impressed me was the edge hold.

Usually my brain shuts down when people start talking about specific technologies in a ski. I need to feel it to believe it. The Konic technology though is legit. You can definitely feel the increased edge hold due to the construction of the ski. The engineers came up with a way to drive the force from the boot to the edges and it was definitely noticeable.

The ski's weight does not put it into the super light category but, its pretty dang light. I would totally put a Marker King Pin on this and use this ski 50/50 in bounds out of bounds.

Again, if you have any questions like:
-What Binding Would go Well with this?
-Is this a good back country ski?
-What length should I get?

Please contact me via email or my direct phone line which you can find right above this review.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on January 7, 2016

New Go-To Fleece for Adventures
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This has become my favorite go-to fleece layer for skiing (in bounds and out) ice climbing, really any time I need a lightweight fleece layer. Any time you’ve got questions on Mountain Equipment gear, the Eclipse Half-Zip Hoodie, or any other apparel systems, I’d love for you to reach out and I’d be happy to answer your questions and get you into the right gear for your next trip!

Its a perfect mid-layer that can go over a base layer and under and insulating layer.

I love the thumb loops. I hate to wear liner gloves and the material that covers a bit of your hand does help when taking gloves on an off.

The chest zipper is nice and long. You can really air this thing out if you need to. At first I had some trouble zipping up the hood and face mask but, when its laying correctly and not folded under itself its pretty easy. Love the fact you can wear the face mask without the hood, added benefit I did not expect.

This picture is of Ben Rabinowitz, a fellow Gearhead here. He was just wearing this ice climbing the other night with a thin base layer underneath. It was hot for ice climbing, temps in the mid 30's no wind. I couldnt get away with just wearing this I had to have some insulating layers, everyone is different!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly via email or my direct phone line. Questions like:
- Other layers this goes well with?
- Activities where this piece really excels?
- Sizing Info ?
- What temperatures this piece might be appropriate for?

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on December 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally decided to break down and get a new fat ski. There's a million options out there and since 4Frnt is here in SLC we hear a lot of chatter about them specifically. Decided to pick up the Kye 110 (which in the 188cm is really 114 mm underfoot). The short and sweet version of this is that the ski charges, can arc long radius turns through chopped up terrain but, as you can see in the video pretty dang nimble when it needs to be for a ski this size.

The tip definitely needed to be de-tuned. Felt they were kind of grabby, de-tuned the tip like I should have done before skiing them and perfect. The tip is the slarvy, fun, and playful all over the mountain.

I like the semi-cap construction on skis like this. Keeps the swing weight of the tip and tail low where you can afford to do that. Underfoot and in front and behind the foot is still vertical with all the durability and edge hold you would except from a sandwich (vertical) construction.

I felt like the tails were pretty stiff and not that rockered which I actually like. It allows me to exit turns really strong and sluffing speed is easier that way. The tips are a little softer than the tails but, by no means noodles. I am 200 lbs and was able to blast through anything that got in my way. If anything I was trying to make sure I was in the front seat, if you get back seat in these they will take off on you!

I think the 110 mm - 115 mm is a great daily driver for people skiing big mountain type stuff here in the West on a good year. 2014 not so much but, with a little bit of soft snow or anything other than bullet proof the Kye is so much fun!

The 2 things that stand out the most to me on this ski is how agile or nimble it was for its size. I was really impressed at how quickly they could turn in some deeper snow and in the bumps. They have just enough camber for good edge hold but, not enough that you cannot easily pivot the ski. The other thing was 4Frnt's new VibeVeil technology. When I was getting tossed around in the bumps at high speeds the tips and tails didnt deflect or chatter one bit. You could and really had to stay in the front and charge. I needed to stop worrying about the tip or tail folding or chattering and just go for it. After that I was able to find the sweet spot of the ski.

Skier - 5'8" 200 lbs
Ski - Kye 110, 188 cm
Binding - Marker Duke
Boot - K2 Spyne 130

If you have any questions regarding skis, bindings, boots please feel free to reach out directly via email or my direct line.

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Bill Porrecaposted an image about on December 10, 2015

Skin Cutting Made Easy with G3 Tool

Cutting made simple: Center the skin the best you can on your ski. It does not have to be perfect but, dont throw it on there from across the room. Once you feel like its as centered as you can get it, pull out the skin cutting tool.

Its a little counter intuitive so I decided to post a picture. The skin tool says "Ski Base" and that means it goes under the skin and actually on the base of the ski. You can see one of the prongs sticking out and that's just for the picture, both prongs should be on the base of the ski, under the skin.

Then just run the tool down the length of the ski on both sides. The tool automatically off sets the cut to make sure the edges are exposed.
Set the tail clip and bam your done. The tail strap will stretch a little bit after the first day out so be aware that might need some adjustment.

If you have any questions regarding sizing of your skin please feel free to reach out via email and or my direct line. I would be happy to help you pick the right skin length for your ski and answer any questions you may have!
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-trim-tool

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Bill Porrecaposted an image about on December 10, 2015

Skin Cutting Made Easy with G3 Tool

Cutting made simple: Center the skin the best you can on your ski. It does not have to be perfect but, dont throw it on there from across the room. Once you feel like its as centered as you can get it, pull out the skin cutting tool.

Its a little counter intuitive so I decided to post a picture. The skin tool says "Ski Base" and that means it goes under the skin and actually on the base of the ski. You can see one of the prongs sticking out and that's just for the picture, both prongs should be on the base of the ski, under the skin.

Then just run the tool down the length of the ski on both sides. The tool automatically off sets the cut to make sure the edges are exposed.
Set the tail clip and bam your done. The tail strap will stretch a little bit after the first day out so be aware that might need some adjustment.

If you have any questions regarding sizing of your skin please feel free to reach out via email and or my direct line. I would be happy to help you pick the right skin length for your ski and answer any questions you may have!
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-trim-tool

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Bill Porrecaposted an image about on December 10, 2015

Skin Cutting Made Easy with G3 Tool

Cutting made simple: Center the skin the best you can on your ski. It does not have to be perfect but, dont throw it on there from across the room. Once you feel like its as centered as you can get it, pull out the skin cutting tool.

Its a little counter intuitive so I decided to post a picture. The skin tool says "Ski Base" and that means it goes under the skin and actually on the base of the ski. You can see one of the prongs sticking out and that's just for the picture, both prongs should be on the base of the ski, under the skin.

Then just run the tool down the length of the ski on both sides. The tool automatically off sets the cut to make sure the edges are exposed.
Set the tail clip and bam your done. The tail strap will stretch a little bit after the first day out so be aware that might need some adjustment.

If you have any questions regarding sizing of your skin please feel free to reach out via email and or my direct line. I would be happy to help you pick the right skin length for your ski and answer any questions you may have!
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-trim-tool

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on December 10, 2015

The Best
5 5

Not much to say besides its the absolute BEST. Here is a picture I posted on other G3 Skins along with its description:

Cutting made simple: Center the skin the best you can on your ski. It does not have to be perfect but, dont throw it on there from across the room. Once you feel like its as centered as you can get it, pull out the skin cutting tool.

Its a little counter intuitive so I decided to post a picture. The skin tool says "Ski Base" and that means it goes under the skin and actually on the base of the ski. You can see one of the prongs sticking out and that's just for the picture, both prongs should be on the base of the ski, under the skin.

Then just run the tool down the length of the ski on both sides. The tool automatically off sets the cut to make sure the edges are exposed.
Set the tail clip and bam your done. The tail strap will stretch a little bit after the first day out so be aware that might need some adjustment.

If you have any questions regarding sizing of your skin please feel free to reach out via email and or my direct line. I would be happy to help you pick the right skin length for your ski and answer any questions you may have!

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