Kyle Gochenour

Kyle Gochenour

Have mountains, will climb

Kyle Gochenour's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Kyle Gochenour's Bio

I'm a former manager to professional athletes and entertainers now working for "The Goat." At Backcountry, I'm becoming a jack of all trades - pretty much doing it all.

I'm a Mammut and Mountain Hardwear loyalist, and my reviews will tell the good, the bad, and the ugly about every product.

I was born and raised in Virginia but call the mountains home.

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

3 5

I bought two of these, one for myself and one for my brother, for Christmas and tried to use them as much as possible. For a 3-in-1, the jacket works great! Its warm, comfortable and fits well (I'm 6'3, 225 and an XL fit me). The only downside to the combo is that sometimes it does feel abit bulky. As an outer shell, it performs well on cooler days where a shell is needed in case of rain. The fleece is VERY multi-functional and I probably wear that more than I do anything else. The biggest flaw, however, is the fleece. Within 2 days, the button that holds the fleece in the shell broke on a sleeve. And before that, the "black" fleece that I had ordered came as a weird brown/gray/black color. The easiest way to describe it is this - It looked like it had been washed about 50 times and had faded to a blended color. If you need it for snow activities or to mill around town on a cold winter day, its a solid piece, just be wary of the colors

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

5 5

I've had these boots since early November and wanted to really put them through hell before I commented on the overall status of it as a product.....then I forgot about writing the review because I couldn't find anything truly bad about them! With a true to size fit, crepe rubber bottom, and a patterned inside, these boots are both stylish and conventional. Ready for both a night on the town, dressed up, dressed down, or for a trip to the grocery store, these boots cover every possible situation (maybe not backcountry hiking, but you get the drift). The only "flaw" (if you'll call it that) is the laces which appear to be a bit flimsy. I ended up matching the colors with a cheap-o pair at the dollar store and they?ve sadly held up better. I didn't want to dock this product a star based on the laces because for all I know, it may not be a design flaw but just me practically pummeling these shoes in every condition. Overall, buy these. Lastly, not to deter anyone, I bought these and took them home to wear for Christmas at my parent's house and my Mom said that she once owned a pair. So they?re cross-generational too!

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pullover is the real deal! Its light, yet warm. Soft, yet durable. Highly noticable, but not gawdy. Its everything you're looking for in a performance fleece plus more. I've wore this while running, hiking, light climbing, and around town and its been functional throughout. It's highly breathable material lets the bad stuff out while keeping good body heat in. Put this under a shell or a fleece vest and you're gonna be warm in no matter the condition. What truly sets this pullover apart from the rest is the small details. The high collar protects your neck at just the right height on cold days on the ice field, while the front zippered pocket is perfectly located for ease no matter if you're in a harness, wearing 8 layers, or just looking for a place to store your grocery list while out and about....all while weighing nothing at all. Not gonna lie, when I first opened up this package I was like "There is no way this thin piece of junk is gonna be warm. It's thinner than my undershirts!" My apologies Mammut. Your slick designers have crafted a true piece of art.

Now the negatives: Only one - sizing. I typically wear an XL across the board in everything (tshirts, sweaters, The North Face Jammu jacket, etc). However, Mammut has that weird European style so their XXL fits like a true XL. If I were to try and squeeze into an XL in this, my stomach would look like two pigs trying to wrestle it out in a knapsack. Not good. The only spot that does fit like an XXL is in the sleeves. While the rest of the pullover feels like an XL in size, the sleeves are an extra 4-5 inches longer and go almost past my knuckle. I'm a former college football player with a big wingspan, but these sleeves still run long. So while it may be long on me, it may be even longer on someone with an average wingspan.

So in short, this is the pullover you want. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Buy it. You'll thank me. Just order a size up to account for the "European Style"

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This hat might just be the best beanie that I've ever owned! Period! Its light and small enough to fit in any jacket or backpack pocket, yet the fleece material feels like wearing your own personal heater on your head even in the harshest conditions. Since I have more hair on my face than I do my head, warm hats are a must 3/4 of the year.

The one size fits all feature is also a major plus. I have a huge head, no easier way to put it, but this beanie fits my noggin perfectly and doesn't feel "too tight" like some other one size fits all hats do. With the cheap price, its well worth stocking up and getting a few of these to have!

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on November 10, 2012

4 5

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

My ideology has always been to thoroughly test out my equipment at home before I take it into the mountains. With the Patagonia Capilene Bottoms, I decided to first try these bad boys out while attending a cold, Thursday night Virginia Tech football game.

The good news: These pants feel incredible! They're rather stretchy and fit me very well. I'm roughly 6'4, 225, with a 36/38 waist. I ordered the XLs and I had no problems at all, anywhere, in regards to the size. Honestly, they might be the best fitting bottoms I've ever purchased.

The bad news: these bottoms simply aren't made for the cold nights in Blacksburg. The temperatures dropped to 28 that night and by halftime I was already alittle chilly. Granted, I wore these pants under a pair of jeans, but my thighs for some reason just kept getting cold. I wore wool socks and cowboy boots (its a Southern thing), and the bottoms tucked in nicely to the socks and the boots. So from the knee down I was completely warm, but again, the thigh area just became cold.

After that game, I wore the bottoms once again while running in about 35 degree temps. This time around, they worked very well, and I had no problem at all with the cold. Maybe I stayed warm because I was moving, and was only cold at the game because I was more stationary? I don't know.

I'll continue to test this out alittle bit more and will continue to update with my findings

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Kyle Gochenour wrote a review of on November 10, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My ideology has always been to thoroughly test out my equipment at home before I take it into the mountains. With the MH Power Stretch gloves, I decided to first try these bad boys out while attending a cold, Thursday night Virginia Tech football game.

The good news: These gloves feel incredible! They're super soft around the wrist because of the fleece bottoms, and the upper part of the gloves (which are made of a soft, stretchy fabric) almost feel like you're barely wearing anything. You have full dexterity to grab items out of your pockets.....or hold a beer while tailgating.

The bad news: these gloves simply aren't made for the cold nights in Blacksburg, much less the mountains. The temperatures dropped to 28 that night and by the end of the 1st quarter I was already breaking out a thicker glove and had to use my Power Stretches as a liner. Having climbed Shasta, Rainier and Shuksan, I'm use to the cold, but these simply could not hold up on their own.

After my failed Thursday night attempt, I decided to give them another shot while running on a chilly, 45 degree morning. Surprisingly, they held up well and I felt no discomfort at all. I then went further and continued to test them on a 10 mile hike in about 42 degree temps and again, my fingers were completely warm.

All in all, these really are great gloves if you're shooting for temps about 35 degrees. However, anything colder, you're gonna want to layer up abit.

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