Travis Tzioumis

Travis Tzioumis

Brighton, Lost Trail/Powder Mountain, Unitas, Bob Marshall, Glacier Natl Park, Wasatch

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Travis Tzioumis's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

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 wrote an answer about on September 16, 2014

Hey Jaime,
This bag uses a Pertex shell material, which is highly water resistant even though there is no membrane on the shell material. Pertex essentially uses a thinner synthetic fiber and are able to get a tighter weave which allows the bag to repel moisture while staying breathable. I've seen the WM sales rep pour a glass of water onto their bags and try to rub it into the shell. When turned over the water just ran off the side of the bag.

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on September 8, 2014

The 2 13/16" is designed by Hardy for 2wt DT line with 25 yds of backing. I would not recommend it for a 5 wt line. Personally, I would rather under weight my reel than over weight it. The 3 1/2" is for 6 wt DT line with 100 yds of backing. If I was in your shoes that is what I would go with if you want to stick with the Bougle. I've included the item number for the Bougle Mark VII for the 3 1/2" below, just type it into the search bar at the top of the page.

HDY0025

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

I talked to UPS directly and they told me that as long as the bike is in a case they can ship it. As long as the bike is not being shipped on its own (not in a box or case) they will take it.

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on August 26, 2014

This can be used as a ski jacket as long as where you are skiing isn't bitter cold, or as long as you are touring. Personally, in Utah I usually wear a baselayer and a shell on top otherwise I get too hot. The Anden has a lightweight fleece along with a weatherproof shell, although has no powder skirt so I would suggest using bib pants on deep days (again, depending on where you ski).

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on August 21, 2014

Stoic was our own brand, it has since been re branded to Backcountry.com and the logo changed to the goat, so unfortunately unless you find one used they aren't being sold anymore. These have been discontinued and I haven't heard if they will be making them under the Backcountry.com re brand, but there's a chance!

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Travis Tzioumis wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

This is strong tippet, it also does not have fiber optic properties like monofilament tippet does, so it will not carry light down through the water on a nymph rig on those bright sunny days. It works great with hopper/dropper rigs as well. Although it does not float as well as mono big foam hoppers will still float well on the surface. Using it on a hopper allows the fluoro to drop down into the water column and out of the surface tension, which creates much less light refraction. Its abrasion resistance lets your nymphs and streamers get tossed or stripped against the rocks/sand/plant life without compromising the integrity of your tippet. I still use mono for small dries ties with natural materials that don't float as well on their own.

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