Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs

Aspen, CO (Elk Mountain Range)

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Zachary's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Yoga

Zachary's Bio

Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Mountain Dweller | Coffee Lover |


www.zachluchsphoto.com

Zach Luchs

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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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Last year, I ran a lot and always found it hard to get a good recovery going and find foods that will help me bounce back after intense efforts. This year, I decided to try the Chocolate Shot Recovery and it has made a world of difference. I've been running hard miles and a lot more than last year, but my body has felt good and lively even after the toughest and longest days. Also, if you're like me, sometimes you don't really have an appetite after a 20+ mile run through the mountains. But with this, it's super easy and only an 8 oz serving to give you everything you need. And the chocolate taste like chocolate milk. No clumping or chalky/grainy feel.

Simple and delicious. Just what you when you're exhausted.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these for a bit and the energy supply was good. They did what they are suppose to do. But a few things made me start looking for a different option.

The first being that they are quite thick. When it's hot and I'm grunting up a climb on a long run, I don't like to feel like I'm eating a thick paste. Second is that they gave me stomach cramps. It happened on a few runs and I chalked it up to dehydration or other nutrition deficiencies, but it continued to happen after every gel I took.

Good product but just not my cup of tea.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For awhile, I used energy blocks (Clif Shot Bloks or Pro-Bar chews) but on my longer runs and when I was really pushing hard, I didn't really want to sit there and chew 5 or 6 energy blocks. So I tried using Gu Gels and then Clif Shot Gels. The energy from them was great, but they both gave me stomach cramps and I found them to be a little thick for my liking. So I started reading up on Hammer Gels and had a lot of hope based on others reviews. I took a risk and set out on a 20 mile run with the Hammer Gels and I was stoked with the results.

The consistency of the gel seems easier to take, no stomach cramps, and great energy provided. I'm pretty hooked on the Tropical flavor right now which has a bit of caffeine. So try them out and try the flavors. Out of the brands I've used, this has been the best for those long, grueling runs.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a few seasons, I had a Smith Vantage. It had a lot of vents and I loved it for that. But After I tried the Maze, I couldn't get away from it. It's so light and simple and still keeps the head cool. Everything you need. Nothing you don't.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 5, 2014

5 5

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

I got this jacket last season to use as my all-arounder. Something that I could shred the resort in and also something that's tough enough for backcountry. It does both of these well and even a long skin is manageable due to the massive under-arm zips. After a season of shooting, climbing trees, skinning, and riding the lifts, it still looks brand new.

Keep in mind that this jacket is a relaxed fit jacket and is intended to be. Pay attention to the sizing chart on the Arc'teryx website when deciding on a size. I'm 5'8" / 155 lbs and went with a medium because I tend to layer and I like a bigger fit for mobility while setting up photoshoots. For me, the medium was a perfect choice.

A few things that could be improved would be allowing the snow skirt to be removed and having large dump pockets on the inside of the jacket.

Other than those two things, I couldn't be happier.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack has been with me for about 3 years now and it is still going strong. From doing my first 14er to serving as a grocery pack, it has done everything perfectly. I've even been able to stuff it with my camping gear for a one-night backpacking trip.

If you want a pack that will hold up for years and will be highly versatile, look no further. I will continue to buy this pack and recommend this to friends.

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