Mark Parrett

Mark Parrett

Salt Lake City

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Mark's Passions

Fly Fishing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Trad Climbing
Telemark Skiing
Yoga
Surfing

Mark's Bio

I used to be a road bike racer but I moved to Utah and realized it is better to be mediocre at everything here than good at one thing - so I still bike (mostly dirt) but now spend my time climbing, fishing, trail running, hiking, skiing and backpacking. If it slides on snow - I do it - no discrimination for one or two planks, free or fixed heel, hike or ride a lift.

At Backcountry, I'm the product manager for community and I'm always excited to hear your thoughts about how we can improve the experience on this site.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

5 5

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

These have all the makings of a perfect shoe for a small kid. They have rubber over the toe, so they won't wear out when your kid drags their feet, but they don't have that super hard rubber toebox like keen shoes (which hurt my daughter's feet). They have held up to hours of running and biking and still look new! While they are not cheap, I think they are lasting at least twice as long as every other pair of sneakers we have. If your kid wears shoes out before they outgrow them, these are worth a look.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a simple mug that does not leak and holds a ton of coffee. It also fits nicely into all of my cupholders. The screw on lid doesn't leak like most coffee lids do because it nests inside the lip of the cup, so even if the seal isn't super tight it won't drip on you. Overall I like this mug much more than some of the expensive options I've tried recently. The only knock is that it doesn't keep your drink warm for hours, but as a commuter mug it's perfect.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

4 5

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

I like these gloves as much as any I've used. I wish they still made them like the old Pearl Izumi bombers, but they don't, so this is a good substitute. The gel in the hands is really thin but enough to absorb some vibes when I'm on my hardtail, and the gloves vent like they're not there, which is great in the summer. Overall I highly recommend - I tried all the gel gloves at Backcountry and these were the best.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

High quality, short sleeves
2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I tried this shirt on today and have to say - while the build quality seems really high, the sleeves are so short it seems like maybe they are playing a joke. I'm pretty average sized - 5'11", 163 lbs. The photo pretty much captures the main issue - sleeves are silly short.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm getting ready to buy my second pair of these bad boys. I feel like they do everything OK, which is saying a lot for a ski. They are not playful, but they float and maintain pop. They are stiff enough to punch through crud as long as you've got the legs and drive them properly (they aren't damp at all, so be prepared to force them to do what you want). They are silly light for being as stiff and wide as they are. I ski the 186 with a Dynafit Vulcan boot and a Speed binding. I have never thought that I'd be having more fun with a different pair of skis on my feet while touring and I've probably taken these out hiking about 75 days. Happy to answer questions!

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Mark Parrett wrote an answer about on December 13, 2013

Hi Keith - yes, only one setting on the heel for this binding. I ski a 14 DIN on my alpine bindings but have never come out of my Dynafits set at 8, so you should be good there. All bindings, Dynafit included, function best when they aren't maxed out to the top of their DIN range, but you'll be fine to ride this binding at roughly the same DIN as your alpine skis unless you prefer to have them release differently when you're touring.

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Mark Parrett wrote an answer about on December 13, 2013

Soul 7 for carving groomers. It has less rocker in the tail and carves like a slalom ski. If you want to rail huge GS turns, neither ski will be at all close to what you want, but if you like to make small turns the Soul 7 sets an edge quicker than the JJ and is a better groomer ski. The JJ still wins if you like to jib in pow, but the Soul 7 can hold its own there too.

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Mark Parrett wrote an answer about on December 13, 2013

These will not be too long Jesse - they will measure longer than 188, but if you ski big mountain and like to mach, you should be fine on a 190+ ski. I'm smaller than you and find the 188 coomback very manageable as it is on the softer side and not terribly hard to ski.

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Mark Parrett wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Compared to other Billabong v-neck shirts this one fits pretty large though the middle. I ususally wear mediums, but wear large in most Billabong t-shirts. For this one, the large was huge through the middle and a medium would have likely been the right choice. I'm 5'11" 162 lbs.

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