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You Are Backcountry: Best Beard Contest

Backcountry.com’s online community encompasses a passionate group of wanderers, adventurers, Gearheads, and athletes. Get the rundown on the raddest happenings within the Backcountry community in You Are Backcountry, your connection to the best product reviews, photos, and videos submitted and uploaded by our athletes, our employees, and you!

In this installment of You Are Backcountry we’ve compiled the best community-submitted gear reviews with beards on Backcountry.com … and we’re running a contest!  Vote for your favorite Backcountry beard in the comments below – the most votes wins this manly Patagonia Fjord Flannel to complement his facial achievements.

Backcountry.com Customer Service Gearhead Matthew Pizza is a veritable font of manly beardliness.  His name alone can summon hunger in the bellies of humans and fish alike.  He can play a ditty on his banjo faster than a Category IV hurricane.  When he casts his fly rod on the shimmering waters of the Provo River he has been known to immediately and simultaneously land five whoppers.  Patagonia is his weapon of choice to make the ladies swoon, as shown here in the Pima Cotton Shirt and the Roger That Trucker Hat.

Gearhead: Matthew Pizza

Dan B.A thing of majesty, the beard of Community adventurer Dan blocks the ferocious chill of winter as he ascends mighty peaks with the Scott Riot Ski Pole. It has been said that Dan can tame a wild lynx with a whisper.  He typically consumes three kilos of Tabasco-flavored waffles on days that end with the letter ‘y’.  Dan adores puppies.

Behold the before and after photos of community member Seth’s expedition to wrangle a herd of 346 wolverines near Talkeetna, Alaska.  He did this on foot with his bare hands while wearing the Marmot Alpinist Jacket and the Patagonia Trucker Hat.  Seth has completed the Iditarod Sled Race four times eating only blueberries and wearing a jacket hand-stitched from a grizzly pelt.  Seth enjoys long walks under the Northern Lights and caramel apple pie.

Seth

David Steele

 

Backcountry.com customer David Steele may appear harmless enough in his Mammut X-Shot Headlamp. You may be surprised, however, to learn that he is celebrating a victorious arm-wrestling duel with the third-largest grizzly bear in his home state of Montana.  David’s famed iron grip serves him well as he guzzles a can of Montana’s finest brew, the Cold Smoke Scotch Ale of the Kettle House Brewing Company—in just one single sip.

 

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The simply stunning facial coif of climber and paddler Robert  is perfectly complemented by his subtle yet versatile Marmot Gorge Component Jacket.

Below, Group Sales Rep Mike C. (left) and Backcountry Gear Guru Travis T. (right) make for a dynamic duo in the Smith IOX Goggle.  No snowstorm could deter either of these bearded devils in their search for face shots.  While training to grow longer ‘stashcicles, legend has it that Travis invented the ice-bucket challenge.  Mike, on the other hand, prefers to smash entire snow cones in his face in one blow to prep for face shot nirvana.

Mike C. & Travis T.

Hunter

 

Though Backcountry.com customer Hunter L. may look sweet with his ice cream cone, he can easily gulp down 3.25 cones in as many seconds – while driving.  When he spies an ice cream truck, he can halt it with his bare arms and devour the contents within 21 minutes, leaving a pile of wrappers and popsicle sticks so thick that he must don approach shoes to scramble down.

Filson jacket

 

 

Backcountry.com customer Scott moonlights as a lumberjack every 3rd weekend in the hills of Tennessee sporting the Filson Cloth Lined Ranch Jacket.  He only need work every three weeks, as he can demolish a grove of trees in 1/6th the time it would take four men.  He does this after having consumed seven cups of the blackest coffee and four pounds of the finest wood-smoked hickory bacon from his favorite mug.

 

Mr.-Buck

 

As Mr. Buck proclaims, “With a mustache comes great responsibility … one must grow icicles.”  Here, he shows us how it’s done, below his Oakley Canopy Goggles. When Mr. Buck wishes to chill a warm 24-pack of PBR, he simply shaves off his frozen man fur and sprinkles the whiskers atop the cans.  Fear not, it only takes him 7.5 hours to regrow a fresh batch of frigid whiskers.  The colder it is, the faster they grow.

 

 

And for all you men out there who need some assistance reaching a more hirsute state, please refer to Backcountry.com Athlete Noah Howell’s endorsement of Brogaine, a product just for men!

Now vote for your favorite Backcountry.com beard!  In the comments below, name the man who, in your opinion, sports the most Goatworthy beard. A winner will be announced on November 1, 2014.

May the most baaaa’aaaadass beard win!

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70Comments

Here's what the community has to say.

Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Thanks to all who voted!

Upon tallying votes voted up until Oct 31st - we have determined that our winner is the exulted Matthew Pizza.



May you and your beard achieve great greatness, Sir Pizza.

(0)

Emily Jenson

Emily Jenson

The photos honestly don't do justice to the majesty of Matthew Pizza's beard-do. Mother nature took a bow after she made this masterpiece.

(0)

Jenn W

Jenn W

Matt Pizza! That beard needs some manly flannel and an ax to complete it.

(0)

Tiny B

Tiny B

Bacon and coffee and moonlighting lumberjack.... you had me at Bacon.



Flannel for Scott!

(1)

George

George

http://www.backcountry.com/oakley-jupiter-squared-sunglasses?_requestid=67059#productImage-atg370309

(1)

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Matthew Pizza - the name and the beard is an intimidating combo.

(1)

Jaya

Jaya

No competition, Seth White all the way!

(2)

Byron Pittam

Byron Pittam

Yo folks...it's clear that Noah Howell has put the most time, effort and manliness into his beard. Noah! Noah!



Is that three votes?

(1)

Barbara L.

Barbara L.

Hunter Lea, without a doubt! A face only a mother could love? I think not.

(2)

John Langer

John Langer

Travis Tzioumis' beard once got bit by a rattlesnake... 3 days later, the rattlesnake died.

Travis Tzioumis' beard doesn't climb mountains, mountains bow down to his beard.

Travis Tzioumis' beard can power solar panels at night.

Travis Tzioumis' beard is immune to sunburn.

Travis Tzioumis' beard lives on a 100% Black Angus steak diet.



This contest is irrelevant.

(2)

Cody P.

Cody P.

Dan Burwell the danimal shall be victorious!

(1)

Sean R.

Sean R.

Dan!!! Scientists say you can actually see his beard in 6 different dimensions.

(2)

Digs

Digs

Dan! The man with the goggle tan!

(3)

Wray Sinclair

Wray Sinclair

Dan Burwell the man, the myth, the legend of the wasatch. (and wizard-like ski builder)

(4)

Andy Rice

Andy Rice

My expert analysis says Dan Burwell is the majestic beard champion of the Wasatch and the BC community. Just ask the lynx he whispers to....

(4)

Hey Mr

Hey Mr

Dan the Danimal is more than wild bearded animal he's a legendary mountain slayer that wears flannel better than anyone else. +6 for Dan

(5)

RYguy

RYguy

Matthew Pizza gets my vote. His beard game tough

(1)

jrapp

jrapp

Dan Burwell aka the danimal is untouchable, bro

(5)

Robert

Robert

Shameless plug for myself. I vote for Robert.

(2)

Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Matthew Pizza - I sit beside him at work and can certainly attest to his beard's greatness. However, the small mammal that pops out of the beard every morning at 10 am still freaks me out.

(5)

Celeste

Celeste

Matt Pizza for sure. Nothing trumps that beard.

(1)

Brooke M.

Brooke M.

Matt Pizza's beard is fully legit

The women, in their private circles, whisper of his beard magic.

Old man winter nods in brotherhood at his chin scruff.

Only his man pit-stink trumps the epic masculinity that is his beard.

(2)