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Chris jenney

Chris jenney

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris's Passions

Camping
Hiking
Alpine Skiing

Chris's Bio

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7 years ago I moved to Utah to ski for one season then never left. Im an avid skier, flyfisherman, and mountain biker.

I’d love to answer your gear related questions.


Here is how you can contact me: Cjenney@backcountry.com

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this streamer, especially in the spring. You always hear about Fall Streamer Fishing, and dont get me wrong, it is great, but don't forget about spring. The majority of the rivers around me here in Utah are great brown trout fisheries. Browns spawn in the fall and come May/June those eggs have hatched and fry (baby trout) are everywhere. Pair this with some high water due to runoff and baby browns are easy pickings for the bigger meat eating trout. The dirty hippie is a great imitation of these little fish and the pattern really gets those big fish in an eating mood.

There is a conehead buried in the hair, so there is enough weight to fish these on a floating line, though I prefer to fish streamers on a 150-200 grain sink line... if the water level/river permits.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

5 5

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

Chromapop eh? Its a tough technology to sell as, when you put on the sunglasses you dont really notice a big change. You can see clearly, colors look good, and you can stare at the sun, same as most other sunglasses out there... so whats the big deal?

I first noticed how good the lens was when I was out on the water fishing. First off, the polarization is great, it takes care of all glare which helps with eye fatigue and seeing "through" the water. The chromapop really shines trying to spot fish. Colors stay true with chromapop and with that, i was able to pick out contrast extremely easily. Fish that I usually wouldnt see until I walked on / spooked them, were clear as day.

If you really want to be impressed with the sunglasses, wear an old pair of sunglasses for 2 minutes then switch to the chromapops. The difference is clearly noticeable. The colors are so much more vibrant and true.

Beyond the crazy lens, the mastermind is a great frame. It has a similar style to Oakleys "holbrook" which has been a top seller for years. They are comfortable and, with the rubber backing to the arms, they dont slip/move around / fall into the river.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

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

Oh man, I love these waders for so many reasons. If you spend a lot of time of the river, you NEED to own a pair.

A lot of waders, especially the waders I have used by Simms tend to be extremely stiff and uncomfortable the first few times you wear them. This is probably due to the 3,5, or 7 layers of goretex they use to keep you dry. The redington material, while equally as waterproof as the goretex, is more comfortable, softer to the touch, and since it is not as thick, honestly feels more breathable. (Though Ive only used the waders in winter fishing applications.)

The waders have a full-zip front, which i love. It makes getting the waders on and off extremely easy and going to the bathroom while in the waders is simple. With my Simms G3's I'd have to take my jacket, backpack, and shoulder straps off just to pee. With the Redington's I can just unzip and be on my way. The zipper is completely waterproof and does not catch. The rest of the wader is extremely well thought out with ample storage (waterproof pocket, inside mesh pockets, and hand-warmer pockets), a basic wading belt, and a nice overall classic fisherman style.

My favorite part of the wader are the sonic-welded seams. Seams have always been where my waders begin to leak, especially around the knee/thigh area where there is a lot of wear. Redingtons Sonic welding technology eliminates all seems, which eliminates weak spots where leaks can begin. I have used these a few dozen times now and have stayed completely dry and see no signs of wear. They look as nice as the day i took them out of the box.

Get these waders! you will not be disappointed.

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Chris jenney wrote an answer about on March 24, 2014

Hey Annie,

The TST is a great all-around ski and I hate directing anyone away from Armada, as I love their gear. But... if you want to ride the entire mountain including park, the TST might not be the way to go.

You want a park ski to be fairly symmetrical so it will perform equally as well going forward as switch. The TST, with a 116 tip and 99 tail is extremely directional and will not perform as you wish while skiing switch. Park skis also ride better when mounted at, or close to, center. This lowers the swing weight and makes spinning, rails, switch riding, etc a ton easier. Since the TST is directional, if you did try to center mount it, you would be fighting against the sidecut instead of letting the sidecut work for you. The TST is AMAZING at everything... except for park unfortunately.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Redington gear. You get the quality and performance of the super high end brands (Hardy, Ross) but with half the cost. The reel is machined alumunim so it wont dent/break when you take a digger walking to your favorite spot. I own this reel in a 4wt and in a 7wt. On the 7 I have one spool with a SA Magnum fly line and one with a SA 200 grain sink line. The spools interchange easily and smoothly and I've never had any issues going from one to the other. The drag system is smooth and catch free and the weight of the reel seems to balance with the rod perfectly. I am very impressed with the look, finish, and feel of the reel as well.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

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

Neoprene waders are a thing of the past, so to stay warm in my Redington Super Dry waders, i wear the I/O fleece pants. They are warm, have a zipper back pocket so you dont lose valuables, and the foot have stirrups. Nothing worse than pulling up your waders and having your pants ride all the way up., the stirrups prevent this and make a day on the river all the more comfortable.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on February 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My phone has lasted for a few months now which is better than it usually does. This case is great for protection, but texting on it is kind of a pain in the ass. It makes the touchscreen a bit less responsive and you sometimes need to hammer down on those keys to get results. But hey, its better than breaking phones

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on February 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Though the picture only shows a single case, the double is indeed a double. The rod tube has a really tough outerfabric that is extremely durable and hard tubes to protect the rod itself. On the inside there are separators for all 4 sections keeping everything from clanging around. The space for the reel is large and easily fits large arbor reels.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these things and they go on every tour and hiking trip with me. Ski straps are duct tape without messing around with sticky crap. I use them to hold skis together, hold skins on if they freeze, piece together a tent, strap stuff to the outside of my pack, etc etc. The uses are endless. Ive previously used the straps from Voile and these are identical, just branded with an awesome goat. Buy lots, you wont regret it.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my ABS airbag base unit, but the pack that came with it (vario 15) was not great. It was too narrow it easily put my shovel in, was too short for my snow saw and 300cm probe, and didnt have any sort of organization, just two basic pockets.

Getting rid of that and replacing it with this dakine 25 L pack is great. There is a fleece goggle pocket, easy ski carry (think any dakine heli pack), pockets for my avalanche tools (shovel, probe, BCA snowsaw all fit easily,) and this leaves another pocket for extra layers, gloves, food water, etc. The pack is very well thought out and easily zips onto a vario base unit. There is nothing I would change about this pack.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well darn! with 3 lenses I can now cover every condition I will ever encounter on the mountain. The clear lens is used exclusively for night riding at brighton / other night riding places. it is a must if you want to enjoy nightriding without freezing your eyeballs open.

I actually have 2 of the low light lenses and when riding pow days I always keep one in my jacket pocket. Nothing worse than taking a digger, filling your gogs up with snow, then fighting fog all day. This is no longer a problem as it takes less than 15 seconds for me to swap lenses on the lift. Just dont drop them.

The solx is obviously their darkest one and I use it on bright days only. Still pretty good light transmission (can be found in the sizing chart)

One thing I love with ALL smith goggles I have used is that their lens does not distort vision or fatigue my eyes at all. After the first 2 minutes, i forget I even have them on.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skins are the grippiest that i have used to date! I love them!

The STS skin just means that is does not come pre-cut to length and that it DOES come with tailclips. The skins is extremely easy to fit and trim with the included instructions and Skin Trimmer and once they are on they provide unrivaled grip. Everything from sunny icy skin tracks to breaking trail, these skins excel. Black diamond includes skin savers to keep that glue extremely sticky.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive been on dukes for a while now and for a new set up I figured Id try something new. I went with the atomic tracker 16, it is the same as the Salomon Guardian except for the paintjob. Only reason i went with atomic was because the Salomon blue didnt mesh well with the ski.

The binding is damn easy to use, but took a bit of time to figure out how to flip the riser bar over without a large struggle before. I do like how you are able to go from ski to walk without stepping out of the binding, unlike the duke, though Im not sure how functional it'll be since Im not flexible enough to skin rip without taking my skis off.

As for performance, i felt the uphill was pretty similar to the duke. The hinge point feels about the same, the stride is natural enough, and I didnt notice any real weight difference. I was still real slow up the mountain, but slow up = fast down!

Skiing these was awesome! I did not like how high above the ski the duke put you. The bars on the Tracker are much more low profile putting you closer to the ski. I felt these skied way more like alpine skis /bindings than the duke dude. The duke also did have some play in the toe piece after a few seasons so that could be a contributing factor. Clicking into the tracker i felt way more secure than I have in the past with the duke.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on November 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the 9ft 5wt TipFlex version of this rode and absolutely love it. The tip flex makes this a pretty fast action rod that is extremely easy and accurate to cast. If you are throwing in tight spaces or with a nymph rig this thing is a great roll caster and really shoots line well. For the price I really dont think you can beat this rod.

It is amazing throwing dry flies and nymphs, and, though I like my 6 wt for streamers, this rod does a fine job of throwing them too.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

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

Great sunglasses. They are extremely comfortable and you often forget they are on. I hate sunglasses with the wide arms as they just hurt my ears, these, with their older classic style, fit great. They have a bit more wrap than say a frogskin, but still not too much in the periferals. Im an avid flyfisherman and the polarization on the grey lens is decent. I had the bronze previously and I feel i was able to cut through glare on the water much easier with them.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pattern is extremely similar to the famous Chubby Chernobyl and the fish seem to like it just as much. It floats well with the foam, but still sits a bit lower in the water once the dubbing gets a bit wet. This matches how a real hopper sits in the water perfectly. The two "wings" are more of an off-white / gray color, which makes seeing this fly on the water a bit more difficult than other size 8-10 flies.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

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

Nice shirt for days on the water or just for hanging out. It has some weight to it, so can do fine on 60 degree days on the water as a stand-alone. It dries quickly and the fabric is soft and comfortable. The shirt does show some stains from fish slime, blood, dirt, etc that are not the easiest to wash out.

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Chris jenney wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great headlamp! it comes with 3 triple A batteries and 3 rechargeable batteries. With the rechargeable batteries all you need to do it plug the headlamp into a USB port and you are good. Most camping solar panels (see Goal Zero) have a USB port, so this is extremely simple. The light has a spot light to shoot a beam (low and high), LED lights for some subtle lighting, and a red light to not ruin your night vision. it is easy to operate and you honeslty forget its on your head. Not too heavy, bulky or anything. The perfect headlamp.

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