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Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn

Gearhead

Snowbird, really any canyon along the wasatch front, Salt Lake City, UT

Pat Guinn's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Pat Guinn's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.


I grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah and I love to ski and rock climb. During the winter I can be found at Snowbird searching for powder. I still live in the Salt Lake City area and spend all my free time in the canyons either climbing, skiing, or hiking.


When I'm not outside, you can find me working in the Backcountry.com retail store at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City. Come on in and check it out!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved the original Attache locking carabiner, was my favorite mid-sized locker. I am a huge fan of the smooth action of both the gate and the locking sleeve, and the fool-proof red stripe indicator is a great reminder of whether or not your biner is locked. Well, Petzl just one-upped themselves by taking a great locker and making it even lighter! They used an H shape cross-section to remove unnecessary extra material while still keeping the same structural integrity. It is perfect for building anchors, and even has the heft necessary to be a good belay biner.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on May 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For years I have always built my personal anchors using a pair of slings with lockers on them, and for the first time I have decided to try a Personal Anchor system. I picked this one because it is rated just as high as the Metolius Personal Anchor System, but it is far less bulky. The dynex that they use on the BD version is a little bit thinner, and flexes easier so that you don't even notice it on your harness. I don't think I will be going back to normal slings.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on May 3, 2016

5 5

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

I just bought my girlfriend a second pair of these rad pants for her birthday. She claims that they are the most comfortable pants that she owns. The only thing that you might want to be careful about is that they snag fairly easily. The first pair that she had rubbed up against some sharp rock while we were climbing one day and immediately tore a hole. Basically, these pants are awesome, but beware of sharp things!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

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

I bought this bike for my nephew for his birthday and he was sooooo stoked on it. He just outgrew his Strider, so this was the perfect upgrade for him. He still relies on the training wheels, but he's catching on quick and will be ripping around sans-training wheels in no time. This makes for a great gift for any kids in the neighborhood of 3 years old and is way higher quality than the Walmart equivalent.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on March 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The G3 Trim Tool is the best skin accessory that you can buy. It also might be the cheapest. With a retail cost under 4 bucks it can save you time and it can save your skins from sloppy cuts. This is the most straight forward trim tool ever, all you have to do is lay your skin down on the ski then butt the guide against the sidewall of the ski, then slide and it automatically cuts your skin a couple millimeters in from the edge for the perfect cut. I usually buy BD skins, but I always make sure to add the G3 trim tool to my order so that I don't have to use the archaic BD trim tool. Also worth noting, most G3 skins already include the G3 trim tool. It's worth every penny!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using the Salomon STH binding for the better part of a decade, so when it came time to get my girlfriend a new set up it was a no brainer which one I was going to pick. The STH is one of those bindings that has been so consistently awesome for so many years that they have hardly changed it, and there is good reason for that. The driver toe piece is super durable, it always releases when you need it to, and holds you in when you don't, so you don't have to worry about pre-release issues. The only real thing that they have changed in the last few years is the heel piece, which they have upgraded over the last couple years to the Guardian heel piece, which I have had on my AT set up for the last few years and have been very happy with. They have also added WTR compatibility, so you can use it with Salomon's walk-to-ride AT boots. When it comes to bindings, you use what you trust, and I trust the Salomon STH. There is a reason that I have a pair on every one of my skis.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 19, 2016

Solid fleece, fits great!
4 5

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

I bought this fleece for my 60 pound pitbull before we took our most recent trip to the desert for some winter camping and climbing. Temps were mid 50's during the day and right around freezing at night. This fleece fit him great; he has a pretty thick chest but is not very long so I have had trouble finding jackets that fit him in the past. I more or less ended up picking this fleece because it was the only model that was in stock at the time in his size (medium). Given the fact that he is a pitbull, he naturally lacks fur and I don't think that this fleece was quite warm enough for this trip, but it was better than nothing and he was happy to have it... despite having to rock a fuchsia fleece all weekend (once again, this was the only one available that would fit him). Good thing he is colorblind haha. Here he is pictured in his snazzy new fleece with a spare down jacket draped over him to keep him warm at the shaded crag.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 19, 2016

5 5

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

I just bought my second pair of Stretch Zion Pants and they are the best climbing pants that I have ever owned. They are stretchy, breathable, water resistant and quick drying. I use them for everything. They are stretchy and extremely flexible for climbing, and they are lightweight and breathable enough that you can even hike in them in the summer months without overheating. I love the pocket layout, they have an awesome mid thigh pocket that doesn't get in the way of your harness at all, so you can easily take a phone or small camera on any climb you go on. I also have a pair of the Stretch Zion Shorts that are just as compatible with your harness. All in all, these are great pants.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive had the Flip 10 for a while now and I liked it so much that I got the Flip 20 as well. This is a super convenient, multi use charger. You can charge it with any sort of USB power source, whether it be a laptop, wall outlet, or a solar panel. I use mine mostly when camping to charge either my phone or my USB rechargeable Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp. It has both a USB input and output, making it pretty much foolproof for charging your device, or the powerpack itself. Just don't forget your phone cord! The main thing that the Flip 20 has over the Flip 10, is that it can complete 2 full charges for your smart phone, as opposed to one. It is about twice the size, but I don't really see that as an issue as the Flip 10 is pretty small to begin with.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 10, 2015

3 5

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

I tried a sample of the Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip flavor and it was alright. Pretty good flavor. The texture was interesting and kind of threw me off, and it wasn't the easiest to eat, it was pretty chewy and generally left my mouth a little dry, definitely best eaten with water. Overall it was decent, but I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to purchase one of these, but I would probably eat one if it was given to me.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wish I could get by with just balling up a sweatshirt to sleep on while I am backpacking, but I just can't. I have been suffering with whiplash for about 5 years now and can't sleep through the night without a decent pillow. Before I got this pillow I would wake up every morning with a stiff neck and a headache. This pillow has solved that problem. The combination between an inflatable bladder and a memory foam pillow top you can fine tune this pillow until it is the perfect height and plumpness. It also has a bungee cord system on the back so that you can strap your sweatshirt to the back of it if you need to add additional height. Best of all it deflates and packs down into a small roll, so it doesn't take up much space in your pack. So if you are like me, and need solid neck support, this pillow is a can't miss!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the L Space Print Platinum Bikini Top in the Fern color for my girlfriend before our last river trip and she has been stoked on them! The fit is great and she looks great in it, so all around we are stoked on this top! I also got her the L Space Color Block Low Down Classic Cut Bikini Bottom in the Seaglass color, which matches this top.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the L Space Color Block Low Down Classic Cut Bikini Bottom in the Seaglass color for my girlfriend before our last river trip and she has been stoked on them! The fit is great and she looks great in them, so all in all no complaints at all! I also got her the L Space Print Platinum Bikini Top in the Fern color, which matches these bottoms.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

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

I just tried this for the first time on my last camping trip. I was initially skeptical of Quinoa for breakfast, but my girlfriend insisted on trying this. And what can I say, I actually liked it quite a bit. It was surprisingly tasty, and satiated my hunger sufficiently. I will admit that there are other breakfast options I like better, but this one is pretty solid. My girlfriend loved it.

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