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Travis Tzioumis

Travis Tzioumis

Illinois, Montana, Utah

Travis Tzioumis's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running

Travis Tzioumis's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gear Gurus are the fount of knowledge that Gearheads routinely tap when the questions get tough and the resources scarce. We are a small but passionate team of experts tasked with doing the research in order to get you the information you need to make the right decisions about your gear. Whether we are getting in touch with the factory that made your skis, counting those essential grams, or making sure everything will work how it is supposed to, the Gear Guru’s leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your next adventure. Follow our adventures and exploits as they unfold.


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Travis Tzioumis

Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I got this jacket this spring. It replaced an old Patagonia Torrentshell and it quite the step up. I wear it fishing, running, biking, hiking and as a general rain jacket. I haven't had any issues with leaking at any of the seams. The pit zips are large enough to dump a lot of heat and prevent the inside from getting too clammy. I decided to go with the Theta over the Beta because of the length, since it is longer I get more coverage on my lower back when bent over my handlebars.

I am 6'0 165 lbs and went with the Small. The Theta AR in small is longer than the Beta AR in medium while fitting my narrow shoulders and skinny arms better than the Beta as well. Pictured below in Nighthawk.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on July 22, 2015

Need for Karakoram bindings
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I needed to make the switch to these from the Voile clips that came with my board. I have a 2012 Jones Solution (the year before they started coming with these clips) and was making the jump from using standard bindings on slider plates to the Prime1. These make a huge difference in rigidity of the board. They not only hold the board together but pull the 2 halves into each other which makes for a much more stable and responsive ride.

If you are getting Karakoram bindings and your board doesn't have these then you need to get them.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on July 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as an inexpensive insurance policy for getting aflat while mtn biking. It can be switched from Shrader to Presta valves quickly making it great for my mountain (presta) and commuter (shrader) bikes. It has become my main bike pump since the cheap floor pump I had decided to call it quits.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on July 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this to be my primary net for all of the fishing I do, which is primarily wading smaller rivers around Utah. It is a little big for walking around the river, but it has a deep net which is very handy. No one wants to worry about your fish jumping out of the net once you land it. I switched to the thermoplastic net from a mesh fabric net since I was getting my hooks stuck in the mesh all of the time.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my first set of clipless pedals. I was advised to go with these because of the "float" that these have with the cleats. Crank Bros offer a zero float cleat as well, so if you are not a fan of the float and want a more sure feeling connection you can go with those. I don't ride as much as I would like and dont have very many days on these but they are a great XC pedal.

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