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 July 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I recently tried this shirt on and I really wanted it to work out. The fabric is awesome; super light and airy, as well as UPF 30 protected. I really liked all the colors, and the pockets are really functional, but the fit just didn't work out for me. I am normally right on the boarder between medium and large, and tried on the Medium, which fit perfectly in the body, but the arms, specifically in the arm pit and bicep region, were insanely baggy. I understand that this is a shirt designed for fly fishing, and a little extra fabric is warranted so that your cast isn't inhibited, but this was a ridiculous amount of extra fabric. I felt like I was wearing the puffy shirt from Seinfeld. Needless to say this shirt did not work out for me, I really wanted it to, but the fit was just too odd for me.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

If you are looking for a waterproof pant that won't break the bank, look no further than the Marmot Minimalist Pant. It is the only Gore-Tex Paclite pant in this price range, so if you are looking for a truly waterproof pant this is the best bang for your buck. You won't find another pant that performs as well as the Minimalist without paying $200 or more. The fit is great, but if you are looking to layer up, consider going up a size. I have been impressed with all of the Marmot gear that I own, they do a great job of making solid gear that doesn't break the bank.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I normally use the wash-in version of this, but I decided to try the spray-on this time around, and it worked every bit as well! This works best when you use Nikwax Tech Wash on your hard shell first, which strips any grime and oils off of the fabric. Then just spray on the TX-Direct to reapply the DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating that causes water to bead up and shed off of the fabric. This keeps water from pooling or soaking into the fabric and enables your jacket to breathe the way it is designed to. I use Tech Wash and TX-Direct on all of my Gore-Tex outerwear a couple of times a year and it keeps everything looking like new! A must-do if you want to the the most out of your expensive waterproof garments!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for my recent trip to New Zealand. I had 4 flights each way, the longest of which was 10 hours, and this absolutely saved me. I have chronic neck pain to begin with, so this was absolutely necessary. It is super lightweight and compresses down to nothing, so when I wasn't flying I hardly even noticed it. I could fit it in my pocket so that when I was on the plane it was easily accessible. It did a great job of supporting my neck, and was the only reason that I was able to sleep on the plane.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this in the "Body" size for my most recent trip and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. It packs down to basically nothing and does a great job drying you off. It absorbs more water than I previously thought possible, given how thin the fabric is. My only complaint is that I could never get it to dry out completely, but I think that was because I was using it in a very wet, humid climate. I have no doubt that it would dry out just fine in the arid desert that is Utah.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

5 5

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

I already had one pair of these socks, but they were so great that I doubled down and bought a second. These are a great medium weight merino sock. They are perfect for hiking, or just general winter wear. I have used these extensively and haven't seen any wear whatsoever. Darn Tough makes the most durable wool socks on the market, hands down.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this for my trip to New Zealand, it was great for keeping my passport, boarding passes and whatnot together. It can hardly be noticed when worn under a button-up shirt. My only complaint was that the neck strap gradually slips so it ends up hanging lower than you wanted, but it wasn't a big issue. Also it is comfortable against the skin because of the mesh backing. The extra RFID protection is a nice feature as well.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just bought another one of these awesome compression sacks for my down sleeping bag. I have had one for years and it is great for backpacking. It is the best way to compress a sleeping bag and keep it dry at the same time (essential for down bags). If you need to save space and keep something dry, then this is the compression sack for you!

I got the Small (10L), and it was the perfect size for my Marmot Sawtooth 15 Degree Sleeping Bag (in the regular length).

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This may be the most bomber duffle bag in the history of duffle bags. I just bought a couple of these for my girlfriend and myself in preparation for our upcoming trip to New Zealand and I am thoroughly impressed. I got both the Large (95 Liter) and XL (132 Liter) sizes and they are RAD! They are made out of the most burly fabric I have ever seen and are damn near waterproof. I will be amazed if these ever tear, and I am sure they will keep my gear dry unless they are submerged, as the only possible entry point for water is the zipper, which has a burly flap that covers it and would effectively redirect water in even the gnarliest of rain storms. I was stoked to find out that the Large has a separate shoe pocket on one end, which is nearly camoflauged. The XL also has an inner mesh divider on one end for footwear. I am thoroughly impressed with these bags and intend to use them for many years and many adventures to come.

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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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