Wally Phillips

Wally Phillips

Gearhead

Salt lake City, Utah and ANYWHERE there is snow

Wally Phillips's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Running
Biking

Wally Phillips'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.


As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.


I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:
Phone: 1-800-409-4502 ext 6112
Email: wphillips@backcountry.com

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: One Size

The Sol Cool Bandana definitely lives up to it's product description! Hiking in hot temps in Southern Utah, I experienced an immediate & long lasting cooling effect using this product, especially when dampened/wet. This is by far the best product of this type I have tried - highly recommend this one.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The stemless wine glasses & the soft sided wine carafe by GSI Outdoors are a great hiking/camping combo! The wine carafe is easy to fill, lightweight, & preserves the original taste. The stemless wine glasses travel well & the weighted bottoms keep the sipping side up on uneven surfaces. A perfect addition to a perfect outdoor day.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

Got these for my wife. She has extremely high arches so most flip flops are a no go for her because they are too flat. She loves these. Wears them for hours on the weekends and reports they are really cofortable. Somehow they made the soles soft but really supportive on the foot. She now wants them in other colors. So maybe they are too good.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Got this for my wife. She perfers performance skirts when we go out in the summer because we usually are chasing a toddler or crusing the neighborhood. This skirt looks awesome, is really well made and washes easily. The UPF rating makes it great for summer and the fabric has a little sheen that makes it easy to brush off, whether your sitting in the sand on the beach or in a box with your kid.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Got this for my wife to take on a trip to California for a girls weekend. She reports that it was great for early morning walks on the boardwalk, warm because it's a heavier fabric but light because of the backless design that lets in a little breeze. Fits really well, and has a unique pattern. She says this is her first "backless" active wear and she felt really comfortable in it with just a sports bra underneath.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got this for my wife and she loves it. She reports that it's super lightweight but still feels really sturdy and well made. The side slits make it breezy to keep cool in the hot sun and allow a great fit without being too restrictive. Seems to run a little larger than most Prana stuff she's owned.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.0

I got these for my wife who has a hard time finding flats that fit her high arches, wider forefoot and skinny ankles. This shoe is like a magic fit for her. She wears them all weekend and they are comfortable and look great. She also reports that people compliment her all the time on them, even strangers, so they might even draw a crowd.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 11"
Weight: 24 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Got this for my little girl. She is tall and most shirts ride up when she is squatted down checking out the dirt/grass/carpet snacks, etc. This shirt is great because it has a longer back than most so she stays covered. It looks really cute but is also really functional. Lightweight fabric with long sleeves to keep her her warm on the playground and protect her a bit from the sun while she tries to walk up the slide again and again.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.0

Got these for my wife. It's hard to call a flip flop "classy" but these are really well made sandals that look really good. Nice enough to wear out to dinner but comfortable enough for everyday use (according to her report). She said they were a little tight in the toe when she first tried them on but they loosed up really quickly and painlessly.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Got this as a gift for my wife. She reports that it is lightweight, well made and confortable. She is pretty active running after our toddler so she perfers performance skirts for casual events. The fabric is sleek, which means it's kid friendly and easy to wear. She loves the deep pockets that are hidden in the side steams. She felt it ran larger than most mountain hardware skirts she's had in the past. so probably stick true to size or size down on this one. I think a size down would've fit me better.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 2' 11"
Weight: 22 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Bought this dress for my super active little 20 month old girl. She is really tall for her age so the 2T fits with some room to grow. It runs a little large compared to traditional retail brands. Really well made and strudy to keep her looking cute while she tears up the playground.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: X-Large

I am very happy with my new ladies Prana top. It’s a flattering but loose comfortable fit & the fabric is incredibly soft. I selected muted grays and find it perfect with jeans or dressed up with a skirt or accessories. Although it says tumble-dry I hung to dry which worked great. I feel like sizes run a bit on the small side as the x-large was a perfect loose fit for me.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 11"
Weight: 22 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Death, Taxes and The North Face Kids' Gear. I've found to relish in this constant as the The North Face Logowear Full-Zip Hoodie for Toddlers I've found to be near perfection. The weight of the piece is just enough for my little girl to be warm enough during the cold mornings but not too warm when there is an in-between rain day. The 2T fit is pretty perfect for mine but might be a bit long for any shorter toddler around that size. The material is way comfortable and is durable and sheds dirt during washes really easily. I would definitely give it a shot for your 1 1/2 to 3 year old who needs that spring/fall layer.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 2' 10"
Weight: 21 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

With Spring coming up I needed to find a good rain jacket for my little girl and The North Face Tailout Rain Jacket stuck out for me. It didn't disappoint as the rain protection is good and it actually doubles nicely as a cool weather outer piece. The color is really nice aesthetically and while it fits my tall string bean pretty well it does fit large from a height standpoint.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The UK Pro POV 40 is a great multi-use GoPro case with multiple padded slots specifically for cameras, batteries and mounts which definitely can protect very well in soft or hard impacts. The outer shell is pretty solid and so is the shoulder strap for easy carry.

You do need to be a little OCD to get everyting fitted in the right slots and the bigger mounts like the chesty wont fit. Also, there isn't any real good slot for someone who has a GoPro Session.

Overall a very good case for those whoe carry at least 2 GoPro cameras with most of the smaller mounts. I'll try to get a pic of how I put things together.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

4 5

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

Sandwich construction? Check. Two sheets of Titanal? Check. Good amount of Sidecut with a traditional shape and taper? Check. Is the Kastle FX95 HP one of the fastest ripping all mountain skis out there? Definite check.

The FX95 HP has built itself up to be a pretty burly, no reservations ski in which you point it and go. So long as you have the strength and stay ahead of the ski you'll go to plaid in most conditions. It barrels easily through most hard snow situations you'll see and will float on the minimal pow days pretty easily.

For being this burly of a ski, two things stuck out to me. 1. Not catchy at all - the taper of the FX95 HP actually allows you to feather the edge over a bit easier in the initiation of the turn without the grip feeling abrupt which is not a usual characteristic of a burly ski. 2. lighter feeling between turns - usually burlier skis take a large amount of effort to push off the old turn and into the new. Not the case here as the Hollowtech 2.0 used in the shovel drops the weight just enough to be noticable.

Keep in mind that you'll need to eat your Wheaties, do your squats and seriously be on your game as the FX95 HP will punish you if not pushing it through the turns. Any playful type of style will leave the FX95 HP bucking you around and feeling like it takes a mountain to turn them. Won't do the best in deep snow either as all it'll want to do is plow through which isn't so bad if power skiing is your thing.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

4 5

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

The Moment Belafonte is their Big Mountain offering that has a middle of the road amount of rocker and sidecut with a bit of a stiffer underfoot flex. This package makes the feel very stable with some actual float which makes the Belafonte's versatility better than first expected. The edge grip in the turn comes on quickly as with the softer tip yet stiffer mid-section has an easy grab so if you are ready for it with a 70/30 power/finesse style will bring out the best in the Belafonte. You do have to sacrifice a bit of control to unleash the full potential of this ski as it doesn't love to go slow so the tighter and lower speed sections will take a bit more strength to muscle them around. Also, you have to drive them a bit (one of Moment's stiffer skis) so be ready for that.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been procrastinating on getting GoPro's The Frame for my Hero3+ and I was surprised at how well the protection is for the lens but not surprised at how the nice day shots come in so clear. The Frame is an easy on/off and gives way better sound quality than the regular waterproof frame. It still has no business being in any adverse weather as none of the important ports are protected. I'll put in some photos/video sometime soon.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The nice thing about the Clifbar Builders Protein Bar is that it is only heavy in initial feeling but not in overall taste or how much it fills you up. The bar itself is thick in look and when chewing but it doesn't make you feel sluggish after which is nice as you can either use this as a during or post activity treat. The flavors are moderate without overpowering your taste buds and the grainy feeling that comes with protein bars is minimal. It isn't entirely heavy on the protein/fat/calorie content so those looking for a really heavy meal replacement bar will feel a bit empty.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 9"
Weight: 20 lbs
Size Purchased: 18-24

Add an half star on here. The Hatley Sleepy Romper is a pretty nice piece of comfy/sleep wear. The organic cotton weave is softer than usual which is nice and the zipper closure is key as I have a very active child. There is no footy material to them which is a bit of a miss for me as I sometimes deal with cold toes and she is usually itchy on her ankles. The bands at the arms and legs keep the romper on well though and the sizing is closer to normal.

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