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Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoff

Employee

Park City, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Jackson Hole.

Rob Wykoff's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Rob Wykoff's Bio

Raised in New England, moved to Jackson Hole in 2003 and joined Backcountry.com in 2006. Currently the Senior Buyer of Men's Apparel, living in Park City, UT.

Rob Wykoff

Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on December 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The North Face Immaculator down parka is a super warm and super light down jacket that blends the line between highly technical and extremely versatile. The Immaculator is stuffed with 800 fill goose down - remember, higher fill number = higher warmth-to-weight ratio. The average down jacket is probably stuffed with 500~ fill power down... if the Immaculator was filled with 500 fill power down, you would need to stuff 38% more feathers into it in order to get the same warmth as the 800 fill power. 38% more feathers equates to at least 38% more weight, so that is why the Immaculator Parka's 800 fill power goose down gives it such a high warmth-to-weight ratio.

Since it's warm, comfortable and light, you just might find yourself wearing a lot, and that's a good thing. It's as comfortable walking the dog as it is belaying from a high alpine shelf, and doesn't mind being stuffed into your pack (higher fill down, is also more compressible).

As some people have noted, this jacket is Relaxed Fit, so it's perfect for accommodating layers - if you are looking for a more technical fit, you may want to size down.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on December 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Patagonia's new Stretch Nano Storm jacket is essentially a Nano-Air Hoody encapsulated in a breathable tech shell with a longer, ski inspired cut. I have had this jacket for a couple months now and am amazed how much I've used it. From running errands on cold/rainy days to Snowmobiling in 0 F temps, it really delivers. It is comfortable due to the soft interior lining, and breathes very well - the Stretch Nano Storm is a true do-it-all jacket and will serve you well on the slopes or around town for 8 months out of the year. I am 6'2" 185 and like the large, but could fit in a medium if I wanted a more technical alpine fit.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Arcteryx Proton LT Hoody is a super breathable and dynamic insulated jacket that excels when you're getting active. It's a great outer layer for hike in the fall, and as soon as the temps drop, throw a shell over it, and you'll find that it's not too bulky, and allows your body to breathe while staying warm. The fit is trim, so it can layer easily - if you like a more generous fit, you may want to consider sizing-up. I am 6'2" 185 and the Large is great for me.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

..but when I do, I choose the Norrona Falketind Softshell Pants. For me, these are the quintessential softshell pant for hiking year-round. They are super comfortable, have great stretch and excellent durability (I've had mine for 3 years now) - the fit is spot on, and the pockets are well-placed and useful. The adjustable cuff option is key when you need to lock them down around your boots to keep out dirt and snow out. I have a 34" waist and the large works well for me.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Svalbard Wool Fleece Jacket is a classic mix of Wool (65%) and Poly (35%) - wool fibers provide great temperature regulation while the polyester offers quick-dry functionality and enhanced durability. This jacket is very well-constructed and while the zipper is on the left like most European brands', you'll quickly get used to it and it will become natural. The fit is trim with long arms, and it looks great worn as a stand-alone fleece - it is an extremely effective layer as well (wool still insulates even if it gets wet).

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Norrona Lyngen Alpha100 Hooded Vest is one of my go-to pieces for virtually anything - I wear it skiing, mountain biking, hiking and around the office. Designed as a super-functional insulated layer or wind-breaking outer layer to keep your core warm, the Alpha insulation breathes very well, and wicks sweat with ease. In addition to looking cool, the hood is functional and handy - it's great at the top of the skin track or after a ride - it keeps your head warm while wicking the sweat/moisture away.

When I get tired of my orange version from last year, I'll come back for another.

Fit is true to size - I am 6'2" 185 and large fits me perfectly.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on November 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Mammut Runbold Insulated Jacket is a relative unicorn here in the United States. You see, this jacket is from Mammut's Europe-only line of products. Fortunately, Backcountry was granted the exclusive opportunity to bring 30 of these rare pieces across the pond to the good old USA.

Yes, just 30.
I've been testing mine since February and really have been impressed.

1) Alpine Wool insulation breathes and regulates body temperature extremely well - it is warm when you need it, but not hot when you don't. I've worn it throughout the fall, and just this week temps have dropped into the 20's overnight (7,200') - still, the Runbold IS still is great for me hiking with the dog first thing in the am.
2) The fit is fantastic. I am 6'2", 185 and the jacket might fit me better than any other jacket I currently own. It is trim without feeling cramped, has a good below-belt length and a slight drop tail. The hood and collar are great when fully zipped and don't get in the way when the hood isn't being worn. This is normal sized hood, so good with a hat or beanie.
3) Refined Styling. The logo treatments are extremely subtle, giving the jacket a premium look and feel. It's as fitting to wear out to a nice dinner as it is to chop wood, or go for a hike... after all, it is Mammut. From Switzerland.

Highly recommended.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a Turbine to avoid the issues friends are facing with their hydraulic-actuated droppers. It has no hose to bleed, and when it malfunctions, you can still ride it home. In a nutshell, it's a decent post, but it comes with its own unique problems.

First, setup was not easy. Despite proper cable tension, after the first ride, I couldn't get the seat to lock in the down position. Two visits to my local shop, four re-installs, one brand new cable, and still no fix. I was on the verge of warrantying it until midway through the next ride, when it miraculously started working again. Six or seven rides later, it seems to be working great, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it was just a break-in issue.

Second, the return speed seems to be the same (fast!) no matter what air pressure is in the post. Range is from 20-40; I have 22psi in mine and it still shoots up like it wants to punch me where it counts.

Third, the stock remote lever is awkward to actuate and impossible to mount in a comfortable, non-exposed position. I'm looking at the 1x lever, but dreading the hassle of reinstalling the cable on top of the $60 expense.

Would I buy it again? Maybe, since all I hear are horror stories about every other post. I don't understand why, with a dozen manufacturers out there, nobody seems to make a post that doesn't break (KS) doesn't cost a mint (Thom$$$on) doesn't ask for $200 of rebuilds (Reverb) per season, and has a decent lever. So, to sum it up, this is the best dropper post for me - no come without issues, you just need to decide what you are willing to sacrifice.

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Rob Wykoffwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've only had this fork on my ibis Mojo HD3 for a month or so, but so far, it's handled everything I can throw at it. My prior experience is mainly with Fox, and I'll say this: the reviews calling this fork more lively seem spot-on. The best comparison I can make is to skiing, in the sense that Fox's damping feels more like a metal-sandwich big mountain ski, and the Pike feels more reactive like a wood-core ski, without being soft. Also, I always found myself tweaking my settings on my Fox forks, trying to dial in just the right amount of rebound, compression, etc... with the Pike, I just set my air pressure and the recommended rebound, and ride. I don't use the 3-position switch either unless I'm riding on pavement. I like the sag marks and pressure guide on the stanchions and lowers, and the Maxle, while tricky to get set right the first time, is functioning flawlessly. Happy to have a fork that just rides well without needing constant attention.

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