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Brian Mehregan

Brian Mehregan

Park City, Utah

Brian Mehregan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Surfing

Brian Mehregan's Bio

I live for blower powder, simple as that.

Originally from Michigan, and after a 4 year stint in Denver, I needed to be closer to the mountains that I love. Moving to Park City, UT was the best decision I could have ever made, and it led me to my current gig as a Gearhead for Backcountry.com.

Whether it is skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, camping, trail running... I'm always exploring the outdoors and searching for new experiences!

If you have any questions about gear, my adventures, or recommendations in the UT area, shoot me an email at bmehregan@backcountry.com, I would be happy to help!

Brian Mehregan

Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

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

Granted, I have only used this in less than ideal conditions once, but it did its job! I was in Denver for a concert at Red Rocks and it poured... I mean it really poured, for the entire show.

I wasn't the warmest guy there, but I was completely dry, and that's what mattered.

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

4 5

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

I've had these shoes for about 4 months now and they have been all over Utah, from Bear Lake to Guardsmans Pass to Moab, they have handled everything I have thrown at them.

I'm most impressed with the durability of the Marshall, as I've "put these through the wringer" and honestly haven't even noticed a scuff on the shoe yet. I also like how quick they dry, as I have used them on some impromptu swims here in the Wasatch!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

5 5

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

The Sanuk Baseline is my go-to summer shoe for a few reasons. For example, they are super light weight, they are easy to slip on and off, and they are quite durable given there minimalist construction. This is my second pair of Sanuks and my first lasted nearly 4 years, so I'm stoked for these!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the Rassler as my go-to mountain biking shoe. The Cordura upper is really burly and has definitely held up to being scraped on my pedals and trees, bushes, etc.

I've also used these as a hiking shoe, and the stealth rubber is truly awesome. Hiking up 10,420 and Clayton in Park City, UT requires some rock scrambling and these shoes killed it.

Finally, I think they run a little small but mine did stretch out slightly and fit fine now.

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Overall, I like these shoes. Great styling and they seem to be holding up well to normal use. I'd rather not have the suede on the toe as it is a bit harder to keep clean, but it's not a deal breaker and looks pretty classy anyways!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used my Jetboil Flash for the first time while camping at Bear Lake in Utah, and loved it! This thing boils water nearly instantly. In fact, I mentioned to my camping buddies that I almost wished it was a bit slower to make preparing meals a little less hectic.

I've only cooked a few meals, but the speed, convenience, and portability of this system seems to be unmatched.

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on July 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just installed these on my Giant Glory and I am very pleased! While they are described as a "wet-weather" tire, I have now used them three days on the bone-dry downhill trails at Deer Valley Resort, and the traction they provide is awesome.

I'm sure that when the trails get a little wet, these tires will grip and rip even better!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Probably one of the simplest pieces of gear I own, but also one of my favorites! As the reviews say, you could probably use this thing in a thousand different ways/situations. Even with a beard, the microfiber polyester fabric is holding up great!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing this for 2 seasons now, and while I will be retiring it after this month, it has been great to me!

I use the Fornix without the earpiece's, which unfortunately means that I cant use the twisting dial that either tightens or loosens the inner liner, as it is connected to the earpieces. Bummer, but it still offers a great fit for me.

I have used this helmet with many different goggles, but mostly the Smith I/OS, which creates a great fit and does not leave you with a dreaded "Gaper Gap". It also seems to work well with Oakley Splice's.

I've put this thing through the wringer (and plenty of trees) and my brain is still in my head so, there ya go!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using two size mediums this winter, and they have been nothing but great bags! From trips back and forth between home and the resort to a week in Montana to snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry, I've had no problems yet.

As other reviews touch on, the bag is NOT completely waterproof, as the zippers leave a slight gap and the PU coating is just that, a coating. Nothing that bothers me, though, and I honestly think this would withstand water just fine as long as it is not submerged completely.

Overall, the simplicity and strength of this bag are what I love most, and I'm sure I will be using them all summer as well.

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using this bag extensively this season, in Utah and Montana, I can definitely say its one of my favorite pieces of gear. I initially bought the larger 32L bag, but due to the fit, I had to return it. Many people told me that 22L is not big enough for a ski touring pack, but I think it is the perfect size.

On a normal day, I will carry an extra pair of gloves, snacks, a beanie/balaclava, gopro and accessories, ski straps, small first aid kit and knife, and perhaps an extra layer, depending on the weather. This list is of course, on top of the shovel and probe that I always carry. My Black Diamond Deploy 3 shovel fits well in this pack, along with my probe that folds down to 1 ft. 4 in.

Some features I love about this bag are the hip belt pouch (its great for snacks or light gloves) and the helmet holder that clips on the pack. ALTHOUGH, you can't carry your skis and use the helmet carrier at the same time, which is definitely not cool and something that the larger 32L bag does not have to deal with, as the design is different.

As for the actual airbag component of this pack, I havent had to use it yet, and have only deployed the bag once as a test. Everything worked great and setting up/taking apart the system is easy and intuitive.

Overall, for day trips in the backcountry, I think this bag is an essential piece of gear!

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