Zane B

Zane B

Salt Lake City + St. George Utah

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Zane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Zane'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. -------

I am a snowboarder and ride at Snowbird. I have snowboarded for 5 years and completed my NZCSI certification course. The mountain is church, pray for snow.
I have just started to get into rock climbing. I lived in St. George for a few months and climbed almost every day. It is a great place to climb and people come from all over to climb there.----------------

“Follow” me for reviews on all kinds of climbing and snowboarding gear & give me a shout for all of you gear questions and needs. I can be reached at 800-409-4502 ext 4088, or email me at zbrandt@backcountry.com-----------

I will be in the office...
Mon- 6am-2:30pm,
Tue - OFF,
Wed - OFF,
Thu - 6am-2:30pm,
Fri - 6am-2:30pm,
Sat - 6am-2:30pm,
Sun - 6am-2:30pm (MST)

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Zane B

Zane B wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

Been good to me
5 5

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

These shoes have been so good to me, for a long time now. They are comfortable but still very strong and precise. I use them outdoor, indoor, bouldering, sport... pretty much everywhere. I wear an 11 street shoe and got these in a 10.5 and they are great. Like everyone else has said, they are painful at first but break in well.

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

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

This was my first time using a GoPro, or any camera or video editing software. I was amazed at how easy it was to learn, film with, and edit. I put this video together in about 2 1/2 days and probably spent about 2-3 hours editing.
You can get started with the camera almost right away, you just need to charge it and get an SD card. (Make sure to get a "Class 10" SD card, the GoPro user manual explains what you need so that it is very easy to find) The "quick-start guide" has everything you need to understand the basics and get out taking some great shots.
The ability to connect to the wifi remote or my iPhone, so that I could control stop and start and watch immediate video playback, blew my mind. It is easy and quick to set up. This is an incredible feature when not near a computer because you can instantly see if your shots are turning out the way you want. Plus you can set the camera up and start recording with a touch of your phone, which is a great convenience for when you are not right near the camera or need both of your hands.
I just used the free software that is offered on the GoPro website and, again, was surprised out how short the learning curve is. Snipping video, adding music and text, creating scene transitions and fades could not have been easier. Figuring out how to use slow motion or speed the scene up was a little more work but still super simple.
All-in-all this is an incredible little device. It was very easy and fun to use, and it makes everything you do look about 100 times cooler. I am not, by any means, a technology type of guy and was able to get a video up online in just a weekend. GoPro can and should be used by anyone that does anything worth filming.

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

Some for me and some for my Dad
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I love these shoes, my Dad loves these shoes hahaha. I have a pair and he immediately asked that I get him a pair just based on looks alone. They are super comfortable and great for light hikes and walking around town. They fit a little smaller than I am used to, I would recommend getting a half size bigger than you normally wear.

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

Goof Ball
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is such an awesome beanie and so funny. I love wearing this at the resort, not only do you get laughs and funny looks but also its warm and practical.

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

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

Stoic is at it again! This jacket is very high quality and feels great. I use this all through Spring and Fall. It is not a super warm jacket but great for weather in the 50's and 60's. It is water resistant and I have worn it in the rain a few times and always stayed dry. I am about 6' tall and 160 lbs, I ordered the medium and it is a good fit, but maybe just a little bit smaller than I hoped.

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

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

I love these shoes. They are true to size, extremely comfortable, very durable and good looking enough to wear anywhere. I will go right from the trail to the office in these shoes. For muddy rainy or snowy days I use the Teva Riva eVent, which are essentially the same shoes but waterproof.
http://www.backcountry.com/teva-riva-event-hiking-shoe-mens

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Zane B wrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

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

I got a chance to check this baby out and it is awesome! I haven't been able to put it to use where it really counts, the backcountry, but I hope I get a chance to this summer.
Sierra Designs thought of everything. My favorite feature about this bag is that the quit top has little hand pockets so that stomach sleepers, like myself, can wrap the quilt around and stick our hands under our sweet sleeping heads, without exposing elbow. The quilt pulling out at the top is great for regulating temperature on warmer nights, super comfortable, and makes you feel like you are in your own bed instead of trapped in a sleeping bag/straight jacket. But, just tuck the quilt corners into the bag and you are toasty warm and covered head to toe, just like a regular sleeping bag. The foot box has an awesome little escape hatch so that when one or both feet are getting a bit too hot you can easily slide them out of the bag without exposing the rest of your body to the cold.
I think this bag is going to be the perfect thing for someone who loves the outdoors but misses the comforts of their own bed. This will be great for warmer spring nights and all through summer, 30 degree rating seems spot-on. Its a bit heavy so best for someone doing so casual camping and not the ultra-light enthusiast. No worries though ultra-light people, SD didn't forget you, check out the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt for a light weight quilt with awesome comfort features.
http://www.backcountry.com/sierra-designs-backcountry-quilt-800-sleeping-bag-30-degree-down

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Zane B wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

4 5

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

I love this jacket. I used this is some real heavy rain in New York, and of course have used it in the rain and snow in Utah and it has never leaked or had any issues. I am 6' and about 160 lbs and the medium is just right. I typically like a longer cut but this does the job.

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Zane B wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much to be said here, it is a fork and spoon and they do the job of getting food in my mouth. They seemed a bit flimsy at first but I haven't had any issues with bending or not holding up to my burnt food. I have used them on several camping trips and for a while when I first got into my new apartment.

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