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Brett Allen

Brett Allen

SLC, UT

Brett Allen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Brett Allen's Bio

I up-rooted myself from the Midwest and moved to SLC for school (my parents still call BS on that). Seven years later my transplanted roots won't let me leave, nor would I want to. When I am not helping create the best Customer Experience possible I enjoy getting out in the mountains to play in various ways.

My passions are snowboarding, splitboarding, skateboarding, urban cycling, MTB, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. When I am not at work or outside I enjoy creating custom art work in my basement studio, everything from logo's and album covers to large scale murals. Sometimes I even get crafty with a hammer, old wood, and some nails; or cut an old snowboard into an experimental shape.

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I'd love to have someone from our team answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:

ballen@backcountry.com

Ext. 4137

Hours:
M-F 9AM - 5PM

Brett Allen

Brett Allenposted an image about on March 10, 2014

Split.

This board is awesome. I love the flat camber for skinning, seems to grip better than the reverse camber ultra split. The voile plates are a bit outdated compared to new tech but they get the job done. Be sure to keep the weight in mind if you have heavy binders like I do, makes longer tours a bit more exhausting. Other than that this thing rips right out of the box! I am just under 6 feet tall and weigh 175lbs. The162cm is the best fit for me.

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on August 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pairs well with one of my favorite camping tricks. Start off by buying/making a burrito, wrapping it in tinfoil, and freezing it the night before you plan to camp. By the time you get to the camp site it is defrosted and ready to throw in the fire. Then set up the Jet Boil (or other way to boil water) for the Mountain Houses and BAM, you have your first nights camping meal!

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on May 11, 2013

No break in!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes fit great right off the bat! I ordered the size 10.5 and they fit true to size but if you have a narrow foot it may be a good idea to go half a size down. I took these on a mellow hike up to a waterfall and they held up great through sand, mud, and snow melt! The toe seems tacky enough to accomplish any approach and the Traxion sole was perfect for hoping off rocks on the descent with out any pain. I also like the molded rubber tongue, it was great for keeping scree and sticks out!

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on December 14, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, these run small. Second, they are ideal for a more casual wear. They fit loose, and they forgot to ad any button or closing mechanism to the fly. If you are using these for anything active, think twice, they like to bunch up.

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on October 29, 2010

5 5

Great shoe for cruising around town on your brand new fixie, unless you have massive studs on your pedal, then they will dig through and tear up the sole like mine did! Other than shredding the rubber these are great for shredding the streets in any way shape or form, except any sort of precipitation. I have the size 10.5 and they are a little slim at first, with in a few days they feel like they are molded for your foot!

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on October 29, 2010

5 5

These shoes kill it on style points and function. Except for walking in any sort of wet condition, your feet will be wetter than. . . well I don't want to go there, but you get it! I have the size 10.5 and they fit true to size. Very comfortable and breathable for those hot summer daze. Also great for those kickflip's you bust out on the reg's at the park.

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Brett Allenwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

5 5

These boots are perfect for everything I have put them through. After a few days of pain from breaking them in (I would recommend that you do the thero-mold at a 32 dealer nearest you, because I did not and the first 2 days were pretty rough on the top of my feet) they responded to everything I put them through. From the famous Utah pow to the craziest of parks, all the way up to the north west swamp fest I just got back from outside of Seattle (snow around 34 degrees F created some rather soaking wet conditions). I even was able to walk through about 3-4 inches of water and not get a slight bit wet. The only thing that bugs me is the laces shredding from the edge of my board on smaller lifts where you cannot put your toe underneath the high back. This created a lot of rubbing which is ripping some of the clear piping around the edge of the leather. But that is just an atheistic problem, not a functional one. Oh and the sizing was right on for my 10.5's!

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