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 September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a huge fan of the Djinn carabiner, mostly because they took my all time favorite carabiner, the Petzl Spirit, and basically just made it a little bigger/easier to clip. It has the exact same feel and action of the Spirit and they even managed to make it cheaper. There is a lot to like about the Petzl Djinn.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are the best of both worlds - built for the long haul but also fit well right out of the box. The break-in period required for these boot was minimal and relatively painless. On long hikes, the boots provide exceptional stability and protection while maintaining breathability. More specifically, the boot is on the stiff side with strong ankle and heel support. Potentially the only downside of the boots are their weight. They are slightly heavy for day hiking, but the protection factor makes up for the heavy weight on longer hikes.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is one of the lightest - yet still comfortable - harness that I have ever used. It is a very simple design, with non-adjustable leg loops and a quick adjust waistbelt. These features are very useful for sport cragging, making it easy to slip the harness on and off in between walls. I've used it on two-pitch climbs and have yet to have an issue with comfort, but I could see where it may be a problem on longer and more time-consuming routes. If you're looking to clip bolts and climb single pitches, this is easily one of the better options available.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

4 5

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

In theory this was the perfect dry bag for the river trip I was preparing for, but in practice it was not durable enough. For most trips it would probably be fine but we had an encounter with a rock that tore 2 tiny holes in the bottom of the dry bag, effectively making it a wet-bag. I loved the clear plastic window, it made it super easy to find what you were looking for in the bag. I think this would be an awesome bag for most purposes, but if you are going to be anywhere where it might be rubbed up against something abrasive, canyoneering for example, I would recommend putting this bag inside of a pack so that it can keep your stuff dry, and avoid direct abrasion from the canyon walls. Overall I was impressed with how lightweight this bag was, I should have opted for a more abrasion resistant bag for the purposes I was using it for.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned several pairs of Chums over the years and of all the different models that I have tried, they all have one thing in common: they keep your glasses on your face. I use them for climbing, hiking and especially anytime I am on the river, be it whitewater rafting or just tubing the Weber. These things are life savers, especially on multi day trips when you would be S.O.L. if you lost your sunglasses. I like the low bulk design of the 3mm Sunglass retainers, they are my favorite model that I have tried.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned several pairs of Chums over the years and of all the different models that I have tried, they all have one thing in common: they keep your glasses on your face. I use them for climbing, hiking and especially anytime I am on the river, be it whitewater rafting or just tubing the Weber. These things are life savers, especially on multi day trips when you would be S.O.L. if you lost your sunglasses.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the previous version of the Reactik (Tikka R+)for the last few years and I absolutely love it. So when my girlfriend's headlamp took a swim on our last river trip I knew exactly what I should get her. The reactive technology is amazing, it senses how much light is around and dims or brightens your beam accordingly. So if you are next to the campfire it will dim automatically, but when you stumble off into the woods to pee it automatically brightens up. It also has a constant setting for those times when you don't want your headlamp to dim (i.e. when you are riding your bike home from the bar at the end of the night). It also has a red light setting for when you want to preserve your night vision or don't want to wake up your tent-mates. Another feature that I love is the rechargeable lithium ion battery which can be charged via USB, so you can charge it with your computer, a solar panel, or just a USB wall charger.

Also, I should mention that my headlamp took the same swim as my girlfriend's, and thanks to the IPX-4 waterproofing it still works! This thing kicks serious ass!

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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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