Conner

Conner

LCC

Conner's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Conner's Bio

I do the driving; either in my 15-year old beat-up Pathfinder, my Roadtrek camper, my trusty steel VooDoo mountain bike, or my fat Moment skis. What gets me up in the morning is coming to Backcountry.com's Distribution Center so that I can bring all you gear junkies blistering fast service. When that's done, I'm headed to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains to play and breathe that fresh non-valley air.

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Conner wrote a review of on September 5, 2012

3 5

I'm used to the Castelli fit, and I know that I typically have to order their jerseys a size up. This one runs way too small though.

I'm 5'11" 180 lbs with a 32" waist & 44" chest. I am a L or XL in t-shirts depending on fit, and a XXL in other Castelli jerseys. This one felt like I was going to rip the arm pits if I lifted my arm.

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Conner wrote a review of on September 5, 2012

5 5

Sunglasses will fit everyone different, but the Precept was the exact fit I was looking for. I have a bit of a narrower face with deep set eyes, and they fit perfectly.

The Polarchromic lenses seem to have improved compared to my older Smith Escapade Polarchromic lenses. They are much clearer in low light; really giving definition/contrast in shaded areas. Perfect for mountain biking and not having to take them off when you get into shaded parts of the trail.

I haven't had to use it on these yet, but I continue to support Smith because of the awesome customer service. They truly stand behind every product they make, and they do everything they can to make sure you are satisfied.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 27, 2012

4 5

If I'm not jamming my feet into plastic ski boots or climbing shoes that are 2-sizes too small, I am rocking flip flops 99% of the time. I just need to let my feet relax. Unfortunately, when I started working in the Distribution Center, I needed to wear closed toe and heel shoes.

Sanuks are the perfect alternative. Nice and light, and the foot bed molds to the shape of your foot just like flip flops. Love the all day comfort. I was concerned about foot funk with a canvas shoe because my old Vans Classic Slip-Ons used to wreak big time. I've been wearing these without socks 5-days a week, 10-hrs a day for the last month (a mega-hot July too), and the antimicrobial seems to be doing the trick. No death odors yet.

It's not noted in the description or seen in the pictures, but there is a small Velcro stash pocket on the interior side of both shoes. It's tiny, but big enough to fit a single key, a little bit of cash, or anything else you want to stash.

Based on other reviews, I ordered a half size down. This made the sole smaller and less clumsy. They were a little tight in the big toe the first couple weeks, but they've stretched out nicely and feel great now.

I do have to take away one star for price though. These are pretty simply made with some basic materials so the price is a bit high for what you get.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

These are pretty much required tool box items if you run Crank Brothers pedals. True to Crank Brothers form, they put aesthetics over function and don't put pedal wrench flats on the axles of their pedals.

When a pedal seizes, it is a mother to get off with other hex wrenches. Short ones rip a hole through the palm of your hand and long ones just flex. Not these bad boys. They are super stiff; zero flex. And the hand grip is perfect for your palm.

I recently had a pedal seize that I could not get off for the life of me. I had ripped my hands to shreds. I had heated the crank arms with a soldering iron. I had studied white papers on the laws of mechanical leverage. It was not budging...until I picked up one of these. It literally popped off in seconds after weeks of trying.

It is all about the right tool for the job. Get the 6mm for Mallets and the 8mm for Eggbeaters.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

This chain is pretty much a no-brainer for the price. It's not XTR hollow pin light, but it is comparable to mid-level chains. It's lighter than a SRAM-991 (292g) and just slightly heavier than a Shimano XT (283g). The only real weight gain is going to be in your wallet from saving some bills.

If you're riding frequently, you'll probably be changing your chain once or twice a year. Why not get one that gets the same job done for half the cost.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Great little kit that gives you everything you need with space & weight savings (awesome idea to use the tire levers as the case caps), plus it takes a beating. I used to carry the Park Tool Tire & Tube Repair Kit in a Ziploc snack bag, but the tire levers would always end up ripping a hole in the bag over time. This case keeps everything together so it doesn't end up scattered all over inside your pack. It even has room for me to throw a SRAM power link inside too.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

Great little kit with everything you need to get yourself out of a flat (other than a pump). The Park Tool levers are super strong, but the plastic won't damage your rim. 3 is over kill though, so I leave one in the tool box and only carry 2 with me.

Wish it all came in a case or a pouch like the Lezyne Lever kit, but this is my back up/around town kit that I keep in my Lezyne Caddy which has organizational pockets for everything.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

I looked at several seat bags before settling on the Lezyne Caddy. Then I went back and forth on the large vs medium. The medium would probably hold everything needed inside, but it only has a Velcro pouch on the bottom. The large has the zippered pouch on the bottom like the pictures on Huck-n-Roll. It is technically there to hold your multi-tool, but like the H-n-R description says, it holds your cell phone perfectly. I can turn on Sports Tracks or My Tracks, and it picks up the GPS just fine from inside the Caddy.

The little organizational pockets on the inside are handy, but a bit tight. Takes some finesse to get the tire levers in. I use the money pocket to store my patch kit, a power link, and my air chuck. A tube and my multi-tool sit fine in the main compartment with room to add a bar or Gu if I want to cram it in.

I definitely prefer the Velcro straps over other seat bags with the plastic clip on attachment. The straps could be a little shorter though (although I guess that is better than having them too short). The zippers are water tight, and that little gray strip on the back is reflective. Lots of nice little touches on this make it stand out from your standard black just one main compartment seat bag.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

There are certain things that you must carry in your backpack every time you leave the trail head. PowerLinks are one of them; just like water, a rain shell, a pump, an extra tube, and a multi-tool.

Unless you like getting stranded, throw one in now and forget about it until it ends up saving you an epic hike out.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

1 5

I try really, really hard to love Stoic, but just about everything comes out like mochlate; just not quite right. The Thrive shorts are no exception.

These are billed as bomber, do everything board shorts, but I would rather just have board shorts. What's up with all the zippers, snaps, and buckles that can break? Why not just use the tried and true Velcro and tie strap? The concept behind the side buckles is great for tightening them up as the day goes on, but poorly executed. Those things dig right to the hip bone. With a harness or pack waist-belt it would be misery. Why not use a Velcro tab like ski pants?

The material is also very thin and just a bit shiny. Wouldn't be bad for trail running or mountain biking, but certainly not flattering enough to be a short that I would wear out beyond the trail. Lastly, these have welded seams. If my experience with the Welder jacket has taught me anything, these Stoic welded seams will fail quickly.

Sorry, the Thrive shorts got sent back just like almost every other Stoic purchase.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

I've already professed my love for the Arcade Standard belt. The Principle just makes things that much simpler with the smaller buckle. I like how thin it is so it lies flat and doesn't bunch up or pinch underneath a harness or pack waist-belt. The other thing I really like about it is it doesn't sag down onto your hip bones like normal belts do when you start to get all pantwetass sweaty. It stays right in place.

I work in the Backcountry.com Distribution Center, and besides delivering your gear blistering fast, it can get blistering hot in there during the summer. I walk miles everyday through that warehouse, up and down steps and ladders, and I use this belt everyday to keep my shorts from sagging.

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Conner wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

I bought this belt because I needed something to hold up my pimp FlyLow Stash pants. Plus Cody Townsend said it is awesome, and I'm easily swayed by the marketing of professional skiers (even though I can't believe he's a pro, I'm so much better than him).

Just like advertised, the belt moves and flexes with you but still keeps your pants cinched tight. I liked how comfortable it made my waist so much, I started using it on my mountain bike pants and shorts too. It didn't take long for common sense to take over, and I was using it for hiking, climbing, and everyday use. It is just so much more comfortable.

My only complaint is that the buckle is a little big so it is hard to get through some belt loops. And it can also dig in a bit when you're feeling a bit bloated from too many PBRs the night before. So...I ended up buying the Arcade Principle. Now this stays on the Stash pants where it was originally intended, and the Principle is my everyday belt.

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Conner wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

Finally Some FlyLow Bibs
5 5

OK, I'm a bit biased. I love FlyLow pants. I've owned just about every version since the original Drop Kicks. They have a way of getting the cut exactly dialed better than any other ski pants on the market. When they finally came out with some bibs, I was beyond stoked. Same great cut and fit. Same bomber quality. Same awesome venting. Same reinforced knees and cuffs. But now with the added comfort of a bib and the piece of mind that no snow is going in your crack on those Baker deep days.

I'm 5'11" 180lbs and I wear a Medium in all FlyLow pants. These are a little baggier than expected around the mid section (between the chest and waist) but it gets covered when I put my jacket on. Length is perfect with ski boots on--long enough to not look like a gaper but short enough not to get caught in your bindings like some jib rat pant.

PS: The ladies love the salmon (orange) color of these--I get lots of compliments on them. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the vent zips are green.

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Conner wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

For Long Short Lovers
5 5

To give you an idea how much I like these shorts, I own them in 3-colors. I like the longer length and how they are somewhat fitted so not super baggy and waving around your knees. The length is great for climbing and bouldering since it protects your knee from scraping on the rock. They are also my favorite, casual every day short to wear around town.

I'm 5'11" 180lbs and I wear a 32. They fit just right in the waist and the length comes down just below the bottom of my knee. Not so long to fall into the manpri territory, but longer than your average short.

Note: The white background on the backcountry.com website may make the khaki color look slightly lighter than it is. A picture of the Gunmetal, Khaki, and Brown side by side is attached.

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Conner wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

5 5

I love the cut and fit of these shorts. The way they hang/drape was exactly what I was looking for. The material is similar to a stretchy thin soft shell material, and is ideal for any activity where you need freedom of movement. Perfect for climbing or bouldering and not having to worry about getting your leg caught up in your shorts on those high knee moves. I also wear them mountain biking quite a bit with some bibs underneath. The cut and fit lets you easily wear them to the bar when you're done playing.

I'm 5'11" 180lbs: the 32 fits a little loose in the waist and hangs just below my knee cap. As others mentioned, they do stretch a bit after wearing them all day and getting them sweaty (wet) so I always wear them with a belt. That stretch is the advantage of this material though so I don't see it as a negative.

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