Brian Mehregan

Brian Mehregan

Park City, Utah

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Brian Mehregan's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Hiking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Swimming
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!

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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 an answer about on April 19, 2014

The ear flaps, adjustment control, and the neck warmer you are referring to are all connected as one piece. To take it off, grab the ear flaps near where they connect to the helmet and give a firm pull, they will slide out. Do that to both sides and you should be good to go!

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Brian Mehregan wrote an answer about on April 19, 2014

I rock the Fornix with I/OS goggles, which has a nearly identical design, and the gap is non-existent so you should be good with the I/O!

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Brian Mehregan wrote an answer about on April 17, 2014

Hey Sebastian,

The Norwalk is a great ski (I bought them this season) but it sounds like you might want something more "all-mountain" oriented, such as the Armada TST, which can be found here:

http://www.backcountry.com/armada-tst-ski?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6VFNUOjE6MTpUU1Q

This ski will still offer great performance off the groomed runs, but will perform better in a wider range of conditions.

A great review of the TST can be found here:

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-armada-tst

Let us know if you have any more questions!

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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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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

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

I can already tell these will be my go-to summer shoe. Super low profile, light weight, and the Grey/Coral/Black colorway is awesome.

The insole of this colorway (not sure if it is all of them, the 1st overhead picture has a different one) is awesome, it has a raised pattern and is SO grippy which is cool since I wont be wearing socks with these and I dont want to slide around inside the shoe.

These fit true to size and overall, I think they are killer!

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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 20+ years of skiing, this is the first pair of boots that I have owned that I can honestly say do not hurt my feet in any way.

Stats: 130 lbs, 5'8", expert and aggressive skier. My Cochise have a custom built footbed from Inkline Foot Science in Salt Lake City and a heat molded Intuition liner.

First off, I use this boot very differently than most probably would. I have skied about 100 days this year, and about half have been in the terrain park. Most people would shudder at the thought of using one of the stiffest boots on the market in the terrain park, but I do it, and I love it (especially compared to the Full Tilt Hot Doggers I used to have). When it comes to bigger jumps (20+ feet) I really appreciate the stiffness. This will NOT be the case for everyone though, and if you ski a lot of park I would recommend something around 110-120, but to each his own.

I also have toured quite extensively in this boot over the past two seasons, and have had no issues. The hike/walk mode is great and still feels strong and secure after two seasons. To be honest, a lot of times I do not use the hike mode, so that goes to say something about the comfort level I have in this boot. The re-changeable soles are great for two reasons:

1. Soles wear out, it's a fact of life, especially when you ski a lot.
2. You can switch between tech soles and alpine soles for different ski setups.

With that being said, the switch between the different soles is not as simple as 1-2-3 and I would recommend doing it the night before, not in the parking lot.

Overall, I really do love the Cochise and with different versions with varying flex's and last's, I think there is a Cochise for everyone.


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Brian Mehregan wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a reason some skiers literally will ride nothing else but Rossignol FKS's or Look Pivot's: they are trusted, tried, and truly a rock solid binding. They are not the lightest binding out there, but the added weight is necessary for the turntable heel that could save your ACL one day.

I ride these instead of the 180, as I am 5'8" and about 130 pounds and don't ever need a DIN over 14, even for expert, steep skiing.

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