Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs

Aspen, CO (Elk Mountain Range)

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Zachary's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Yoga

Zachary's Bio

Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Coffee Lover


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Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs wrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

First of all, I'd like to thank Backcountry.com and Westcomb for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Over the last few weeks, I've used the Apoc jacket every chance I got. I've taken it up some 14ers (14,000+ ft peaks) in the Sawatch Range, backpacking, camping, day-to-day use around town, etc. and it has performed beyond my expectations. The NeoShell material does an amazing job at keeping the elements out while regulating body temp. With my other shells, I'm reaching for the pit-zips soon after setting out on the trail. The only time I needed to open the zips was on an oddly warm AND rainy day. I'm really looking forward to using this during the winter as my ski jacket, especially for backcountry use. I really think it will perform outstandingly.

Positives:
- MADE IN CANADA!!! Westcomb is a Vancouver based company and I respect any company that keeps production "at home" if you will.
- Build quality is top notch and a lot has been put into the design to ensure that it can be a long-time workhorse.
- PolarTec NeoShell...thats all that needs to be said.
- Athletic fit with room for layering and the fit is spot on. Pay attention to the sizing chart on their website and you really can't go wrong. I'm 5'8"/155 lbs and have a small. It fits perfect, even in regards to sleeve length.
- Helmet compatible hood but large range of adjustment to accommodate when not using a helmet.
- High collar with a nice touch of detail with the velour lining on the chin area.

Negatives:
- I think the addition of zipper tassels is needed for the pit-zips and bicep pocket. Functioning those zippers with gloves on will be pretty difficult without them.

Overall, I really think Westcomb got it right with the Apoc. It performs extremely well and has become my go-to jacket. I simply enjoy using this jacket whenever possible and I think any technical piece needs to be that way.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have a few pairs of Salomon shorts and though they are light and hold up well, I've never really "loved" any of them. Until now...

I had been looking for a light pair of shorts with a nice split-side, good storage, and short inseam. These hit the mark in all categories. The two mesh pockets hold plenty of nutrition. I've successfully put 5 gels in each, went for a run, and didn't lose any and it wasn't uncomfortable. The smaller pocket (it's on the right side behind the mesh pocket) is great for some Gin-Gins, salt pills or even your car keys.

The waist band is a bit interesting at first. I expected it to be more elastic, but it isn't really and I found myself synching the drawstring quite a bit. But it is comfortable.

I just raced my first 50k in these shorts and they were comfortable all day long and I didn't suffer any chaffing. They even shrugged off a pretty hard fall so I would say they are very durable. This is certainly one of the best shorts I have in my closet and I would highly suggest these to anyone.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

During the summer in the high rockies of Colorado, the weather is pretty unpredictable. So a great shell is always a must for those long days on the trail.

In the past, I've had shells that worked to ward off the elements, but didn't regulate the body temp well. Even on cooler days in the fall, I would end up overheating. This shell has proven to be a breathe of fresh air. I have used this several times in variable temps and conditions (strong winds, light rain, cool mornings, etc.) and it has performed beyond my expectations. It breathes extremely well (largely due to the large mesh vents under the arm) to keep the body temp regulated and even keeps that clammy feeling on the lower arms at bay (this is the biggest issue I've found in other jackets and I can't stand it). The ripstop fabric does a great job at keeping the wind out and even keeps light rain out. In a down pour, the fabric does get saturated quickly, but this isn't exactly meant for those kind of conditions.

Beyond this jacket doing it's job perfectly well, here are a few smaller details that really seal the deal for me:

- Five reflective points around the jacket for extra visibility at night.
- It feels like a real jacket, not just another plastic shell. The ripstop fabric feels great and looks great. I've actually been using this as a light shell for around town during my day-to-day, as well as my running jacket.
- The side pocket that has a thought out and very functional design. It has and audio port for headphone routing, a smaller pocket for keys, credit card, etc. within the main pocket, and it is quick large. I can easily fit my iphone, extra gels, and car keys in the pocket without it feeling bulky.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

For me, these are a great pair for long days on the trail. The amount of nutrition you can carry in the three pockets is simply fantastic. They are light, breathe well, and keep you comfortable all day.

I do prefer a shorter short or a split-side short, but thats just personal preference and I knew what I was getting before I bought them. Having said that, because of the light-feel of these, I don't mind the length on them.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I was looking for a replacement for my old North Face Fleece and stumbled upon the Patagonia Better Sweater. I couldn't be more pleased. I have had this for about 3 years now and it's still going strong. The fit is a bit roomy so it's a great casual piece for around the camp or cruising town. But even with it's casual appeal, I've even used it as an emergency base layer for skiing on some really cold days and it worked perfectly.

I don't see a replacement for this piece coming along any time soon.

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