Scott Scooter Sowle

Scott Scooter Sowle

The Wasatch Front, Alta, Mt. Rainier, BCC, LCC, Pacific Northwest, Seattle Cyclocross

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Scott's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Scott's Bio

Living in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains gives me ample places to hammer on my gear including cycling, mountaineering, hiking, climbing and backcountry skiing. It's so great to have Backcountry.com in our backyard also.

Grew up in the Tri-State area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with a love of skiing, cycling and hiking. Arrived in Park City when there were more dogs than people and alpine touring was via old cable bindings and leather boots and in later years graduated to using Lange plastic cuffs to stiffen leather tele boots. Road cycling was awesome and then came along the MTB which were made to handle the Wasatch trails along with the awesomeness of Southern Utah. Grabbed a hold of cyclocross later in life and love sneaking into the PNW and hitting those muddy courses.


Speaking of the PNW, it's another great spot for the mountaineering geek in me. Tackling Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and many snow capped peaks in between have been very challenging and rewarding.

Priorities: Helping others gain a smile in life!

Get out and do it!!!

Scott Scooter Sowle

Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on August 26, 2014

Johan,

I've been in La Sportiva boots and approach shoes for a few years and wear a 10.5 street shoe, I would suggest the size 44. For approaches wearing a SmartWool Trekking or Medium Hiking socks will provide more padding and comfort. A suggestion is to get a 44 and a 44.5 try them on with your approach socks and keep the pair that feel the best and send the other pair back with free return shipping. Call a Backcountry.com Gearhead and they'll help you out with this and I'm sure you'll be happy with the outcome.

Meanwhile get out and enjoy the Backcountry!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on August 23, 2014

Caitlin,

What a great testimony to the worthiness of this OR bivy. With your review and a couple of others I'll being ordering one soon. To clean your bag use the Nikwax Tech Wash found here http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-tech-wash? and then throw it in the dryer at normal heat. The dryer heat reactivates the water repellent on the sack.

Enjoy the backcountry!!!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle posted an image about on August 19, 2014

Where do you wear your Array helmet?

Early season Wasatch Crest trail high above the resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah is my favorite trail and always glad for a helmet. I've slowed down a bit in my older years but hammering over the spine is still a joy and knowing my partial crazy brain is protected gives me a little more confidence.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on August 17, 2014

Hey,

Great ski choice for all purpose and skiing the terrain of Tahoe/Kirkwood. Go with the 185's and you'll be impressed with their stability in all terrain.

Enjoy the upcoming season!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on August 17, 2014

Dave,

I had a chance to get on a pair of these last season (188's) and they do ski shorter with the rockered tip and tail. I'm 6' 175# and an advanced backcountry skier. I would suggest the 188's, they'll push you at first but as you get back on form you'll have a ski that more fits your advanced style.

Meanwhile as the BC crew states, "Send It!"

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle posted an image about on August 2, 2014

Wind River Range Worthy

My friend Russ just finished up a trip into the Wind River Range in Wyoming. His first message when returning was: "Thanks for the line on the coat, Scott. It was great in the rain and on the windy ridges as well." It also include this photo.

Another, proof is in the pudding, that this jacket is a must have for your backcountry arsenal.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on July 13, 2014

Barry,

The EL (extra long) is designed for those who are 6' to 6' 6" with a torso length range of 20" - 24". If you have a long torso length at 5' 10" it may work ok. You may want to also look at the Deuter ACT Trail 32 which will accommodate a shorter torso length with the same great features... http://www.backcountry.com/deuter-act-trail-32-backpack-1950cu-in?

Enjoy the Summer!!!

Scooter


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Scott Scooter Sowle posted an image about on June 9, 2014

Even For Cycling

As I left the Salt Lake Valley floor it was in the 80's and riding up Big Cottonwood Canyon to prepare for the Wasatch Crest trail saw temps drop into the 50's with a strong breeze on the ridge lines. I'm glad that when carrying a pack I always throw my Precip jacket in as it kept me warm and comfortable on this epic ridge line ride and a few slogs through 2-4' snow banks still on the trail.

The Precip is a no brainier at under a 100 bucks you'd be the Goats rear end if you don't include it in your outdoor gear arsenal.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

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Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rob, stated it well in his review below. I've been using Time ATAC pedals since their introduction and they've never failed me. From recreation use to hammering in MTB races these pedals just plain rule. The float is one of the best on the market and their fail rate in zilch. Easy muddy condition cleaning and never stuck in them except when not changing the cleats out in a timely manner or check the tightness of the cleat screws. You can't go wrong with ATAC pedals.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 25, 2014

JP,

Both the Marmot Zeus and Patagonia Down Sweater are both in the same class. Me, being a Marmot product lover would even take up with the Patagonia side as many of my friends wear them, love em and let me use em. The warmth I would say is an equal match, along with sizing running the same and both do have DWR coating. If you're looking for something a little warmer but in the same weight class you should check out the Backcountry.com Hadron Down Jacket http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-backcountry-hadron-down-jacket-mens? another mid-layer down jacket that I own and love which is filled with 850 down.

Happy trails!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 18, 2014

Michael,

Love Marmot products and the generous fit. I feel you'll be ok with the XXL in length. I'm 6' 180 lbs and wear a medium. A great idea is to grab a Marmot and possibly one of the other choices and return the one that doesn't meet your sizing requirements. The awesome Backcountry return policy and knowledgeable Gearheads are able to set this up for you and you can't beat it. Just give them a call at 1-800-409-4502 or hookup with them on the live chat.

Enjoy!!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Great question.

Most packs are not waterproof and some come with a rain cover. Unfortunately the 60th Anniversary pack doesn't come with a cover, but you can find one here http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=backpack+rain+covers&s=a

I do know that Mountain Hardwear makes an Outdry pack in a couple of models that are waterproof. Here is the only one currently available here at Backcountry. http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-south-col-70-backpack-4275cu-in?

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Molly,

Great choice, great product, great manufacturer and great price. Unfortunately the Minimalist doesn't have a two way zipper and you'll not find a 2 way on any of the Marmot light weight jackets. Many manufacturers have eliminated two way zippers (for the weight weeny) on most of their products and it's a real bummer.

Stay dry and enjoy!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Hayes,

The pant side zips are approx 10" and don't really work well when trying to slip them on over boots. I suggest grabbing up the Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-full-zip-precip-pant-mens? . They are what I carry in my packs and love them for their waterproof, breathability and easy on and off with the full leg zips. I'm 6' 180 lbs with size 11 feet and wear the medium, which are still a bit big in the waist but allow for layers under and plenty of length.

Send it with a pair of these and enjoy!

Scooter

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