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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmer

, Employee

SLC

Alex Blackmer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Alex Blackmer's Bio

Raised in the foothills of New Hampshire (ferdamnsure)'s White Mountains; fell in love with ragged ridges and gnarly weather; moved west a few states at a time; school; mountains, friends, and deep snow.

If winter had more daylight, it could be snowy and cold year-round; sunny days; white-out days; lazy days; bouldering and bolt-clipping actioneering when the weather's right. Generally in the Cottonwoods, or chasing chickens, or elsewhere.

Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 28

I picked up a pair of these due to their price being so low. Upon initial use, they are super stretchy and breathable. Perfect for fair weather hikes! Im a guy who just casually wears hiking shorts, so I love these already.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 28

I picked up a pair of these due to their price being so low. Upon initial use, they are super stretchy and breathable. Perfect for fair weather hikes! Im a guy who just casually wears hiking shorts, so I love these already.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I was searching for a technical fleece to use hiking, climbing, and skiing a few weeks ago, and picked up some fleeces. Between the ones I tried on, I like this one the most for the price! It was warm, lightweight, and inexpensive. However, the cut was a bit too baggy on my sides, and I opted with the Patagonia R1 instead due to it's slim fit and longer hem. Still, I gave the Reactor to my buddy cause it was so darn inexpensive!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I have had the Minimalist jacket for a couple years now, and it still keeps my dry! I was happy with the packability and bombproof construction of the minimalist, so I picked up a pair to protect my legs during downpours. I opted for the Gore-tex Paclite fabric over a conventional nylon rain shell due to it's increased durability. I plan on wearing these when mountaineering or alpine climbing, and I will need the added durability,

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs

I was searching for a softshell to use as an outer layer when climbing or midlayer when touring, so I picked up a Marmot ROM and Outdoor Research Ferrosi. After trying them on and comparing the two, I went with the Ferrosi. The ROM has burly wind panels in the torso and has a thicker fabric, which would serve great on really windy days or as an outer ski touring layer. Howver, it just wasnt what i was looking for.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs

The night I picked up these new shoes, i took them to a concert to break them in. Little did I know, that these shoes are insanely fun to dance in! Nimble, grippy, and lightweight. Perfect for busting a move, either on the horizontal or vertical dance floors.

The shoes perform great on approaches, making talus look less like ankle busting minefields. I took these up a climb ive done many many times before, and they climbed crack pretty well and edged nice for an approach shoe. Im excited to use them on long multipitches

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs

I really liked the R1 hoody I had, so I picked one up for my girlfriend! This is what I had to say about the R1:
"From the moment I picked it up and put it on, I haven been able to take it off.! I wear it to bed, I wear it to school and work, i wear it climbing, i wear it skiing, its the ultimate midlayer!
Its super warm for the weight thanks to the square grid , and i love the slim fit. It really fills in the gaps of the active wardrobe, and Il never take it off!"

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought a few different gloves to try on, as I was looking for a mid weight softshell glove for ski touring. I ended up going with the Black Diamond Midweight Softshell glove, due to it having an elastic closure and being a little less insulated.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs

After using my Ferrosi hoody for a while, I knew I had to get one for my girlfriend! Heres what I had to say about my Ferrosi:
"Any serious outdoorsman/woman needs a softshell in their closet. Works great as a midlayer or outerlayer depending on your needs. This particular softshell is a lightweight one, with good windproofing but wont peform well in very serious winds. I like using it as an outer layer for climbing, or a midlayer/outerlayer for ski touring,"

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Any serious outdoorsman/woman needs a softshell in their closet. Works great as a midlayer or outerlayer depending on your needs. This particular softshell is a lightweight one, with good windproofing but wont peform well in very serious winds. I like using it as an outer layer for climbing, or a midlayer/outerlayer for ski touring,

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs

I loved my R1 so much, I had to get my Grandpa one for the cold Idaho winters! Heres what I had to say about the R1 hoody:
"From the moment I picked it up and put it on, I haven been able to take it off.! I wear it to bed, I wear it to school and work, i wear it climbing, i wear it skiing, its the ultimate midlayer!
Its super warm for the weight thanks to the square grid , and i love the slim fit. It really fills in the gaps of the active wardrobe, and Il never take it off!"

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 28, 2018

4 5

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

I was given the opportunity to test out the Futura through our Backcountry employee perk system, so I was just happy to try them out!
However, I dont think aggressive shoes are for me. I find cramped toes and awkward walking spoil my climbing experience and make it harder for me to focus on the send. I think il stick with medium asymmetry/comfortable sized shoes in the future, like my 5.10 Mocassyms or La Sportiva TC pros.
That being said, the no edge technology felt pretty crazy! Very sensitive and powerful. This shoe definitely has it's users, and Im not one of them.
Id recommend this shoe to any climber sending edgy or overhanging routes, who like an aggressive shoe and a sensitive edge

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given the opportunity to test out the Grigri+ through our Backcountry employee perk system, so this was my first time using one!
After getting some instruction at my local climbing gym about the nuances of holding the Grigri when paying out slack on lead and using the finger catch to lower off of, I realized I needed one of these bad boys myself.
The movement economy saved when lead belaying is really nice, especially when helping your partner project something. I also really liked the mechanical camming action with the assisted braking, especially when catching falls or holding your partner during post fall hang-doggin. Saves grip energy for when its your turn to send it!
It definitely has a place in everyone's climbing rack, especially with the recent trend of climbing gyms requiring AB devices. I would have like a bigger thumb catch, say on the Grigri2. Also, the price point on the Grigri2 is much more appealing. I think I'd pick the 2 over the + for both of those factors. Cant go wrong either way though!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

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

I tested these gloves out on an uptrack at Brighton, during a sunny 30 F degree day. I liked how light these gloves were, as they allowed my hands to breathe but broke the light wind and protected them from UV rays.
However, I ultimately returned them, as an L was too big for me! I do like the gloves though

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

From the moment I picked it up and put it on, I haven been able to take it off.! I wear it to bed, I wear it to school and work, i wear it climbing, i wear it skiing, its the ultimate midlayer!
Its super warm for the weight thanks to the square grid , and i love the slim fit. It really fills in the gaps of the active wardrobe, and Il never take it off!

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I picked this up as a gift for my girlfriend, as she has never owned a down jacket before, which is insane for someone who lives in Utah/Idaho! Its the perfect loft and fill for an around the town winter jacket, but is also light enough to work for touring or warmer weather.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on November 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive used this particular down wash when my Arcteryx Atom AR and Thorium SV had grime spots from sweat, oil, and the elements. I took a bit of the down wash and rubbed it into the oily spots before washing, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then threw it in the wash (minding careful down washing instructions) . After a dry cycle or two my jackets came out looking almost brand new! No significant oil spots, and the only stained looking bit left was where my mouth touches the collar, which is pretty greasy anyways,

Bottom line, it does the job great. And is Bluesign approved!

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