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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmer

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.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

3 5

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

I bought these bibs as a gift for a friend, but had to return them as he found the thighs to be too tight. He tried on a S but decided to have me return them as they were too tight. I dont remember his dimensions off the top of my head, so sorry to those of you concerned about the fit.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the variety this package includes! The small ones can fit in bigger pin scars while the larger ones are great for big splitters. The grooves in the nuts are also a bonus for making weird placements feel more secure

I find i consistently use the Silver-Red sizes, so stock up on those bad boys!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used a rack of 0-4 on my recent climb of Little Cottonwood Canyon's The Coffin, where they were an essential piece. Im not the most comfortable on thin and shallow cracks, and the start of the coffin is essentially all that. I popped in a few UL Master cams to protect the first 30 feet until I got to the wider crack, and I felt very safe making those moves!

The flexible stem and single axle make design these a great marginal cam. These are a must have for thin and hard to protect climbs

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These biners are pretty darn small, and they work great for racking cams. Id prefer a bigger biner for racking nuts and making draws, but to each their own. That being said, the keylock design and little black plastic piece on the gate make operating the biner quite easy for it being so small. Not the most versatile biner, but darn solid!

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 21, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Ive worn these quite few times touring and resort skiing, and they are pretty darn solid. Warm, medium-lightweight construction, and Backcountry brand.

However, the fit is a bit large on me. I have pretty skinny legs so I went for the S, but the waist on the S was a little loose on me. It seems the S is tailored for shorter and stockier size S men. Another issue i had is with the pant leg construction. The little fabric ring that holds the pant's form around the end of the pant leg does not stretch much, and feels like it can be easily ripped. Seems like a manufacturing oversight.

All in all, still a solid product.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A little background before I dive into my review; I spent my teenage years skiing 130 flex atomic boots. Being 5'11" and ~120 lbs, I had very little leverage to actually get some flex going on in those boots. They made me absolutely miserable! Shin bang every day. Last year I bought a pair of 100 flex Salomon MTN Explore touring boots and skied them inbound. The flex was great, but the measly two buckles allowed my heel to slide around quite a bit.

Fast forward to now and Im rocking a pair of these bad boys. The 110 flex is perfect for an aggressive lightweight skier like myself, and the low volume construction of the Hawx Prime line hugs my entire foot/calf perfectly. Take these babies into a shop to get them heat molded and new footbeds installed and they will feel like youre skiing in a cloud.
I honestly couldnt be happier with these boots!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Im sure you have heard this before; when buying a pair of Guide Gloves, size up from your usual BD glove size. I wear a pair of Medium Weight Softshell BD gloves, and was under the impression that size M guides would fit.
They did not. They were a tad small, and I ended up sizing up. Chances are you are buying these gloves for their warmth, not their dexterity, so opt for the large size.

That being said, I love these! I use them for cold resort days and as a backup glove for backcountry skiing. Super warm!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

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

I used this wash on my stinky merino wool ski baselayers, and lo and behold, they look and smell great! Definitely one of the best technical washes for technical garments

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an essential for making sure your shells and down jackets stay water repellent. Super easy to use, just make sure to follow your manufacturer's wash instructions. Personally I opt for the spray on DWR treatment rather than wash-in, as coating the inside of your water-permeable hardshells, softshells, and down jackets stifles their breathability.

Definitely choose spray on over wash in

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an essential for making sure your shells and down jackets stay water repellent. Super easy to use, just make sure to follow your manufacturer's wash instructions. Personally I opt for the spray on DWR treatment rather than wash-in, as coating the inside of your water-permeable hardshells, softshells, and down jackets stifles their breathability.

Definitely choose spray on over wash in

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff is essential if you want longevity from your technical garments. Its chemically engineered with your delicate gear in mind, so you know its the real deal. I use this stuff on my hardshells, softshells, and polyester clothing. It cleans out any grime and dirt accumulated after weeks of abuse, and primes the jacket for a fresh DWR coating.

I highly recommend this for anyone who really cares about their gear ant its longevity/performance.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on December 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this glove as an uptrack workhorse, fiddling with tools , ripping skins, and such. So far, they are performing right up to expectation! I love how breathable yet warm they are. They are fraying a bit on the tips, most likely due to the skin ripping, but we will see how long they last. Great gloves!

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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: 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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