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APas

Salt Lake City, UT

APas's Bio

Grew up in Ventura County, CA & relocated to Salt Lake City for the mountains, snow, rock, rivers, trails and incredible access to some of the best the West has to offer. My free time is spent climbing, trail running, skating, snowboarding, fly fishing, camping, spending time outside with my dog Bandit, and surfing whenever I can make it back to the coast.

APas's Passions

  • Running,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Climbing,
  • Surfing,
  • Fly Fishing,
  • Hiking & Camping.
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APaswrote a review of on July 13, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 3.5

I got the 3.5 and this thing is so comfy and plush, especially for the price. It brings a whole new comfort level to car camping - oversized with plenty of room to stretch out and shift on through the night. I highly recommend!

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APaswrote a review of on October 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this thing and use it for hauling huge loads of groceries, my trail running kit for a run after work, books and laptop to the coffee shop, and extra knick knacks on camping and beach trips. In the true black hole fashion it holds a lot and is a nice wide square shape with a rigid structure. For storage, it folds flat and stows easily. Really great extra bag to have around when the job just doesn't call for your standard reusable grocery bag. The material holds up super well and can be hosed out if it gets dirty or sandy.

Just pick up more than one because everyone who sees yours will want their own, and they make a great gift.

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APaswrote a review of on August 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this vest for longer runs in the 13-20 mile range. The design is really simple and straightforward, foregoing most of the bells and whistles of a Salomon ADV Skin Set Vest, which I like to use if I need more organization/storage options for long runs or ultra races.

The pockets up front hold gels, phone, soft flask bottles, but the layout is simple and minimal, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The main pocket is spacious and has room for extra layers and a bladder with a smaller zippered pocket to hold keys/sunscreen. The mesh pocket in back can keep your ultra light Houdini-like shell easily accessed or allow it to dry out if a shower passes without throwing it in the main compartment. The additional feature of the trekking pole holders in the back are solid and straightforward to use which is much appreciated.

The performance of the vest is really secure and resistant to bouncing or movement while running or scrambling. The adjustable front strap system is great for different body types and allows a more custom fit than traditional vests. This thing just sits really comfortable and stretches and conforms to fit your torso well. I wore a Medium - the same as my shirt size and it fits great.

Overall a simple, functional, and straightforward piece of gear, the likes you would come to expect from Patagonia. In fact, it is a pretty logical progression in the Patagonia Trail Running Pack story, coming from the Nine Trails 15L Running Pack and the Fore Runner Vest. If you need more storage, organization, or complication, there are plenty of other options out there.

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APaswrote a review of on August 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These poles are feather light and fold up to an incredibly compact size. I use them on longer, steeper runs for extra support or if there is a chance of prolonged snow on the trail (early season peak bagging). They deploy incredibly easy if time is of the essence and stow away in my running vest (ADV Skin 12L Set) unnoticed when I need hands for scrambling or if I just don't want to use them. They're the strongest and most stable pole I have used for the weight, and like that they are a fixed length because this simplifies the design. Can't recommend these enough. Only downside is the price, and for the extra couple ounces, the lower price of the Distance Z Pole (Non Carbon version) is a completely justifiable alternative.

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APaswrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know these are designed to be used for fishing, but these glasses fit my face like a glove and work super well during endurance activities. I like them for trail running because they perform great while looking unassuming, and don't look like a really techy performance glass. The silicone arm tips and nose pads are soft and comfy and keep the glasses in place while you are on the move or sweating. The super clear optics and lightweight frame make you forget you are even wearing glasses after a while which is the most ideal scenario. Overall I love these and would suggest them to anyone playing outside.

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APaswrote a review of on March 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I always seem to be stuck between a Medium and a Large in every top I find (6' 0 & 170 lbs with wide shoulders and hips). I went with a large in this guy because of the slimmer fit and it fits wonderfully. Long enough arms and body, slim fit , and really stretchy and comfortable to wear around the office or for dinner and drinks, and anywhere in between. I really like the print of the plaid too, great dark earthy colors and is in that sweet spot between too-casual flannel and too-formal collared dress shirts.

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APaswrote a review of on March 29, 2019

Welcome to the Chafe-Free Zone
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm impressed by this shirt. It offers the softness of a casual tee, but with the performance of a tech tee. It is by far one of the softest tech tees I own, I would compare it in feel to an item from the Patagonia Nine Trails line, but without the scratchy itch and chafing of 100% polyester on longer, warmer days on the move. Backcountry took a bunch of polyester but blended it with Lyocell and Spandex which feels softer and comfier, and moves well with your body. The fit is athletic and slim, which I love, but the stretch is there so movement is unrestricted. Another positive - for me at least - is that it doesn't look like a typical shiny, bright technical piece - it fits right in at home or the brewery as much as it does on the trail.
I recently ran a 50k on a warm Spring desert day and even with a vest on and constant movement for 6 hours, it wicked moisture well and there was not even a hint of chafing or discomfort to report. I just wish I could say the same for the rest of my running kit.

Photo Caption: My dog was as happy to see me as I was to see him at mile 29!

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APaswrote a review of on March 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for added protection on cold runs during the Winter. It's way more burly and warm than a buff when you need the added warmth. I typically pull it up above my mouth and nose to help with breathing on really cold winter runs because the dry air here in Utah irritates my throat/lungs when exerting any effort. It also keeps my beard/stache from freezing up with condensation from breathing. The gaiter creates a nice line of defense and can be pulled down to below the chin when you get too warm. It fits pretty loose and is a good option if you need some extra warmth and don't want to go with a more constricting Balaclava.

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APaswrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

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

Cold range was pretty appropriate for Northern Utah / Colorado / Wyoming in March this season. My board was getting a bit dry and sticky and this wax was just what the doctor prescribed. Pretty straightforward, and I think I can get 3-4 board waxes with a bar. Worth it!

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APaswrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It works like a scraper should, and it's wide enough for snowboards. With this length you can flex it and create some curve to get in to those finer, more stubborn areas. The only thing it's missing is one of those notches in the corners for cleaning edges, but I've another small scraper for that.

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APaswrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Initially I was thrown off by how much foam was in my field of view when I first got these, thinking how could a goggle this large still have this much foam visible around the rim of the lens. While I thought this would be a deal breaker, I took them out for a day of snowboarding and immediately forgot all about the issue while getting my kit ready to ride. I didn't notice it for the rest of the day of riding either. Instead, I noticed how large the field of view is, how comfortable these goggles are, how well they manage fog or lack thereof, and how crisp the visibility is while wearing these. I don't regret my decision with these at all. Smith is at it again!

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APaswrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs

The Blundstone 500 is a great looking, practical, and comfortable boot. I bought these mainly to wear around the shop/studio where I am on my feet for hours on end a couple days a week. I wanted an alternative to Red Wing after noticing them pack out and feel unsupportive after a few months of use. These Blundstones offer plenty of support and cushion, keeping my feet happy, so far, after a month of use. These are a great everyday boot and can be used in all types of weather - they have been great for snowy slop and cold mornings keeping my feet warm and dry. I am also looking forward to using them in the garden come spring. Overall, a really great pair of boots that perform and fit in everywhere from concrete woodshop floors, to the office, the bar, and snowy mornings up at the resort.

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APaswrote a review of on March 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

Vans Slip-Ons are hands down the best skate shoe ever made. They're simple, comfortable, timeless, and obviously easy to put on. Since Vans added the Pro line to their classics a few years ago I have had a pair of black Slip-On Pros in rotation at all times. The suede upper is an improvement over the original canvas adding tons of durability and texture if you are skating them - instead of blowing through the original canvas toes after an afternoon of skating them. The Ultracush soles of the Pro are also a step up from the original slip on sole adding more cushion, support and comfort while standing around or skating, while still offering the same great board feel of every original Vans shoe. The suede construction of the Slip on Pros definitely takes a few more days to break in, but once they do, they fit like a dream. And finally, black suede goes perfectly with everything, anytime.

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APaswrote a review of on March 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of wearing mittens vs. gloves while snowboarding. The Gore-Tex lining keeps my hands dry all day and the low-profile, lightweight insulation keeps them from sweating and overheating on most resort days here in the Wasatch. That being said, I would definitely use a liner on days below 5 to 10 degrees F or maybe upgrade to the POW Stealth GTX warm mitten. I really love the low profile fit, the stealthy black leather look, and the function of the wrist leashes to keep from losing a mitten while performing more dexterous tasks between runs.

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