Josh Chapman

Josh Chapman

SLC/Hollabay/Milltweak

Josh Chapman's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Josh Chapman's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gear Gurus are the fount of knowledge that Gearheads routinely tap when the questions get tough and the resources scarce. We are a small but passionate team of experts tasked with doing the research in order to get you the information you need to make the right decisions about your gear. Whether we are getting in touch with the factory that made your skis, counting those essential grams, or making sure everything will work how it is supposed to, the Gear Guru’s leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your next adventure. Follow our adventures and exploits as they unfold.

My name is Josh and my primary activities include snowboarding, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and climbing. I have been snowboarding for over 15 years and lived my whole life here in Utah. My season pass of choice is usually Snowbird. If I'm not at work or school you can usually find me dickin' around in Mineral Basin. I also like cold beer and cheap whiskey.
Go Niners!

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Josh Chapman

Josh Chapman wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

The two main things I look for in a glove are fit and durability. These fit great out of the package, in my opinion, and have held up very well thus far in our early season. It didn't take long at all for the leather to soften up and the insulation to pack out just enough to provide that custom feel. The leash provides peace of mind when cracking a beer on the lift and the 100g of insulation is plenty for most days at the Bird. Like most reviews though, if you're gonna be in single digits or less you may wanna pick up a liner too. All in all, super solid glove.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on January 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought this for my mom for Christmas and she absolutely loves it. She couldn't believe how warm and light it was. The face fabric has a really soft hand but does give off a decent amount of shine when dealing with a lot of light. I can't help much with sizing as I won't venture to guess height and weight of my dear mum, so I apologize for that. I can say that she had been trying on many comparable jackets from the competitors (namely, TNF), and said this was by far the best quality.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

5 5

Sorry for the random sizes, but I've managed to get together dimensions for three of these:

60 liters- 22? long 10? deep 15.5? wide
90 liters- 25? long 12? deep 12? wide
140 liters- 28? long 12? deep 18? wide

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on September 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this tent for car camping with my girlfriend and our two dogs. This is one of the bigger 4-person tents I've ever been in. Tons of floor space and with 57" of interior height, changing clothes is a breeze. Set-up is extremely easy and the tent vents very well. Internal mesh storage pockets, a loop to hang a light from and taped seams are just a few features that make this tent a steal at only $230.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on September 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I recently bought this for my roommate (owed him some money) and he used it for our recent trip to San Francisco. He was able to pack up 4 days worth of items with room to spare. The backpack straps are clutch when waiting in long security lines and squeezing down tight airplane isles. I got him the Medium and it is a great size for carry on. Small details like welded on straps and pull tabs at the end to make zipping up easier, really make this bag a great buy.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me begin by saying I'm a bit of a newb when it comes to climbing. However, I feel that I can still speak to the quality of this here chalk bucket. This bag doesn't tip over, seals up super tight and is big. It even has a pocket for money/id/keys/whatever...I've noticed a significant decrease in chalk spills and mushroom clouds when at the gym, and that's really all that I can ask for.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this hat in the White variant and it looks even sicker in person. I love the thickness of the cotton twill upper but you don't get as much of a "brim flip" as you do with a true trucker style hat. Also, it may just be my oddly shaped cranium, but this hat feels a little bit shallow to me. It doesn't sit as low on my head as I'd like but it wasn't so bad that it was a deal breaker. Definitely recommend it.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This light is BRIGHT. Yeah it requires 4 D batteries, so what? If you're buying this light then the chances are you're car camping, and if you're car camping, then why worry about things like gigantic batteries? Don't second guess it, just buy this bright ass light and put on an epic puppet show---or whatever you're into.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We purchased this light for use inside our tent. It is so convenient having a little light like this that just lives in your tent. The dimming switch is critical for those late night trips to and from the tent. The light doesn't come with batteries and requires four AAA's. Highly recommended.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on May 8, 2013

5 5

I don't know what I'm going to do if these Whiskey brand shirts go away forever. I own at least 10 in the plain colors and a few of the screen printed as well. They are the most comfortable, best fitting shirts I've owned. The cotton/poly blend is great against the nips and doesn't wrinkle. They have a good length to them in both the body and sleeves. I'm 6' 170lbs and I always get Larges for a perfect fit.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on May 8, 2013

5 5

I only have two rules for my flip flops. Rule #1: be leather. Rule #2: know how to party. These flip flops are clearly leather, so the real question is, do they party? You bet your leather wearin' ass they do. They should change the name of these from Ranchero to "Young Go-Hards". After hours of reign at the beer pong table, my feet have molded wonderfully to the supple leather footbed. Now the flip flops and I are one. Fused at the foot, if you will.

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Josh Chapman wrote a review of on May 8, 2013

5 5

I absolutely love these. I had been eying them for a while and finally decided I had to buy em'. No more using cords like a chump, get on the Bluetooth tip. These allow you to perform all sorts of maneuvers you never thought possible while using your old headphones. Dragon kicks? No problem. Falcon punches? Without a doubt.

Also, these come with plastic hooks (detachable) which hook around your ear for aerobic activities that might cause them to fall out otherwise. The sound is great and the different sized tips it comes with really allow you to dial in your fit. Highly recommended.

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