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Alex Popowych

Alex Popowych

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Salt Lake City

Alex Popowych's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing

Alex Popowych's Bio

Skier. Climber. Filmmaker. Gearhead.

Alex Popowych

Alex Popowychwrote a review of on August 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

Owned 2 pairs of rainbows before these--after that experience found their flops to be meh, and their marketing/warranty to be somewhat exaggerated/greenvertised.

Which brings me to the Olukais...like others have said there's a short break in period. Mine took maybe a few days. After that, have found these to be the most comfortable flops I have owned--nice enough to wear to work or around town, you can dress them up or down. The details are gorgeous and they look great on or off your feet. I expect these to last a very long time!! Pretty sold on this brand for the foreseeable future!

Fair warning...if you are a half size, size UP. Ordered a 9.5 and the 9s were too small I had to go with a 10

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A friend of mine took this out for a Capitol Reef desert trip, here's what he had to say:

This is a surprisingly lightweight pack for its size. Easily carried supplies for a two day desert trip with room to spare, including two gallons of water. It's big enough for a much longer trip if you don't have to pack in water. Straps are easy to adjust and the pack rides comfortably on your hips.

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 15, 2019

Excellent, lightweight, breathable!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I took these out for a day of use and abuse, summer ski touring in the Uintas. Granted there are better/more dedicated pants out there for skiing/ski touring and bootpacking up couloirs, but it was July and I needed a pair of pants that would keep me reasonably dry but breathe well through the hard work.

These 100% fit the bill and got the job done for me--I would 10/10 recommend for any sort of climbing/mountaineering/alpine objectives, although maybe not as a dedicated touring ski pant as they will not hold up long to ski edges and crampon points (I punched a good size hole in them with crampons--but they were definitely not designed for that purpose).

That said these were a fantastic balance between breathability, waterproof/fast drying, and stretch for ease/range of motion. Well designed and fabric is awesome!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A friend of mine took this pad to Capitol Reef and LOVED it!!! Here's what he had to say:

I highly recommend this sleeping pad. It has a unique design which requires very little air to fully inflate, which is great at the end of a tough day when you just want to get set up and relax. It took another member of my group about 4 times as long to blow up his pad! It also packs down incredibly small--smaller than my Nalgene--for minimal pack space and weight. Awesome pad!!!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So our local Stanley rep was kind enough to set me up with the 24 oz version of the ceramivac bottle.

Long story short, I'm blown away--puts my yeti rambler to shame in terms of its ability to keep ice and drinks cold.

I can literally fill this with ice from my fridge in the morning, take this to the office, and still have a FULL container of ice in my bottle well into the next day--refilling with water multiple times. By the way thats WITHOUT the lid even on, I imagine if I was good about capping it during the day it would mean another full day of ice easily. On another note, construction/materials/design are absolutely bomber and I expect these to last for many, many years of abuse.

My wife also has a 24oz and reports the same results! We went ahead and bought 2 more 36oz ceramivacs on top of the 24s, highly recommend these in any size that works for you!

I find I drink more during the day when water is reeeally cold and this has been a great help with that! Haven't done a full test for ice vs. hot drinks etc, but I'm officially a believer in the insulating characteristics of ceramic, it is no joke--I plan on getting just about every size available in these. Worth the $$

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: L

A tentree rep gave me one of their shirts to try out, and I have to say I am HOOKED on this company's products. Their proprietary blend of fabric is light, comfortable, and resistant to shrinking after repeated washing (all other shirts I own have NOT shrunk, this one shrunk a tiny bit but still fits). Also literally every shirt I got from them fits perfectly and looks great--you can immediately tell the design and tailoring were done with a lot of care and attention to detail, just beautiful products. I plan to buy a LOT more for myself and my family!

In case it's your thing, Tentree also does a fantastic job following through on it's mission statement, to plant 10 trees for EVERY product ordered (some of the reason you pay a premium for their stuff). This is NOT just another "greenvertising" brand--every garment comes with a little wooden chip stamped with a code--you can literally track the area on the planet that the funds were used to plant the trees at https://www.tentree.com/pages/progress

Very ambitious mission for an apparel company, they deserve your support!

Check out their site for more info about the projects they are involved with:
https://www.tentree.com/pages/company

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

These were a gift for a snowboarder/backcountry splitboarding friend of mine--here's what he had to say!

Haven't used yet, but impressed with construction and the ease of changing lenses. Love that they come with 2 different lenses that cover the majority of conditions well. Also like the ventilation feature when you don't want to swap out on the uphill, but don't want to fog up either. Fit prescription glasses inserts well!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

These were a gift for a peakbagging/trailrunning/general endurance fiend friend of mine--here's what he had to say!

I have not hiked these yet, but they look rad and fit snug while the same size Hoka Kaha were a bit roomier, perhaps for thicker socks. They fit the hybrid profile of a runner/approach with a more aggressive tread than most Hokas, and seemed a lot more durable than the other 2 Hoka designs I have. Cant wait to take them on some scrambles and then be able to run down the trail upon descent! I am confident they will perform well in this niche of trail runner/approach shoe hybrid--though for more technical scrambles I may still use my Vasque Grand Traverse and La Sportiva approach shoes.

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on July 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

These were a gift for a peakbagging/trailrunning/general endurance fiend friend of mine--here's what he had to say!

I have taken these out 3 times now on very different hikes. The first was 16 miles 4800 vertical up Mahogany mt near Mount Timapanogas in Utah with about half of it off trail with some bushwacking and scrambling. Not really what the shoe is made for, but it performed well with the added benefit that I was able to run downhill upon meeting the trail, surging through flooded sections in high water and remaining dry and passing 2 runners on the long downhill that had rocks that the Hoka sole absorbed similar to their other offerings, but with more ankle support. A runnable hiking boot!?

The next hike was around 2400 vert 6 miles up Round Mountain in Washington. This trail was barely cut out and it had rained recently with a lot of brush that constantly shed on me. I had rain pants and a shell and remained dry except for my thighs perhaps, but eventually the shoes either soaked through, or the wicking from my socks eventually drained. Either way, my feet were soaked. I would not expect a light membrane with this constant of exposure to hold up though. I dont knock the boot too much, what was hard was the scramble down from the summit on wet foliage, I slipped alot and had tobe careful, my Asolo Powermatics would have been better in this case, but heavier and much more rigid, different benefits.

The next hike was as an approach shoe to climb Mount Baker via the Coleman Deming route. I brought my La Sportiva Nepal Evo for the glacier climb in my pack. I am glad I brought these and this is where they really excelled. Waterproof in the rain and stream crossings, supportive for a heavy load. Managed the minimal snow crossings, but on the return trip downhill I was fast and they saved my feet from the pain of the already long day in the rigid Evos. The last 2200 vert down of a 8800 vert day were almost a pleasure for my feet in these. Great boots if you use them for the right things, somewhat concerned for the long term wear of the sole if used on extremely rugged, rocky, off tail terrain, but once again that is not really what they are designed for.

Did I mention they are extremely light? Lightest boots I have ever had for sure.

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So our local Stanley rep was kind enough to set me up with the 24 oz version of the ceramivac bottle.

Long story short, I'm blown away--puts my yeti rambler to shame in terms of its ability to keep ice and drinks cold.
I can literally fill this with ice from my fridge in the morning, take this to the office, and still have a FULL container of ice in my bottle well into the next day--refilling with water multiple times. By the way thats WITHOUT the lid even on, I imagine if I was good about capping it during the day it would mean another full day of ice easily.

My wife also has a 24oz and reports the same results! We went ahead and bought 2 more 36oz ceramivacs on top of the 24s, highly recommend these in any size that works for you!

I find I drink more during the day when water is reeeally cold and this has been a great help with that! Haven't done a full test for ice vs. hot drinks etc, but I'm officially a believer in the insulating characteristics of ceramic, it is no joke!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

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

Travel bags are tricky for me--I like a bag that I can take for a weekend trip, that will fit shoes, clothes and electronics, and be featured enough to keep things organized. This bag hit every one of those buttons for me, all in a package that looks fantastic and carries well on long hauls through the airport.

Major pluses for me:

-stowable straps for gate checks, a must on small regional flights with tiny overheads
-TSA compliant laptop sleeve, just zip open and lay flat for zero hassle with bins
-HIGHLY organized pockets, ideal for flat-folded changes of clothing, lots of dedicated flat mesh panels of varying sizes for small essentials, the big mesh pocket fits a pair of flip flops perfectly
-Fleece lined top pocket is awesome for quickly stowing sunglasses, electronics or anything you don't want scratched
-SUPER durable materials on the outside, ideal for those situations where you MIGHT need to check and need the outside to take a beating

The only slight con (for me) is that the bag is separated into 2 large compartments vertically. While some users will like this feature (it does mean more organization after all) I find that I personally prefer 1 large, main compartment for versatility but that's just me!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: L

My wife is constantly asking me why I NEED so very many jackets....and I might finally have found one to rule them all. I am seriously impressed with what BD was able to do here.

I initially bought this because I was looking for something to replace my BD alpine start hoody--an awesome piece in its own right but not 100% waterproof. So I wanted a packable emergency layer for backpacking and climbing, but that wasn't so lightweight as to sacrifice durability. This jacket exceeded my expectations.
First off, I love the cut/tailoring. Most jackets in this category tailor them to be really short and I like my jackets to come down to mid-upper thigh. So it looks really good, doesn't feel too "euro alpine nerd" like a lot of other jackets in this category. Two big friendly hand pockets are generous and zip, it is amazing how often ultralight wind/rain layers try to skimp on weight by cutting out the pockets, a feature I actually appreciate.

Also love the fabric. A little stretch is not only awesome for movement during activity, but it also doesn't show wrinkles when packed/unpacked. Meaning I can wear this when running errands and not feel like I am in a crinkly, super technical layer. Also, to my surprise the face fabric is juust burly enough to withstand some abuse when skiing resort and ski touring--something I never anticipated doing when I bought this jacket!

In a size L there is enough room for me to throw a warm mid layer underneath and I anticipate this jacket to get me through all but the coldest stormiest ski days. I hike often when I ski, even bootpacking inbounds, and this is a highly breathable layer that blocks the wet and wind while still able to dump tons of heat.

Overall it's slightly less breathable than the alpine start, but did I mention the pit zips?? They're big, placed in the right spot, and more than make up for any loss in breathability. So in spite of the fact that I can ski in this jacket, I would be equally comfortable stowing it in my pack for bike rides and climbs, or for stashing it as an emergency layer for all kinds of backpacking.

I anticipate this being a constant travel/adventure companion for a long time. Hey BD want to make it perfect? Add a chest pocket for a phone!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

5 5

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

When doing any sort of multi-pitch climbing, I've been in enough situations to know that a knife is an essential part of the rack!!! If you ever need to bail off of something big, it's incredibly handy to have a tool you can use to cut rope or slings to create rap anchors or for other self rescue applications. This guy provides all the sense of security knowing you're prepared, while being lightweight enough to leave clipped to the back of a harness or a rack and forget it's ever there. By far the most minimal design I've seen in this category--definite winner from Trango!!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on May 7, 2019

4 5

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

Batt pack and app work like a charm and exactly as expected--was able to dial in the fan speed for a near-smokeless and extremely fuel-efficient fire! Functionality/burn/experience was a 10/10, but minus 1 star for RUST....Granted probably my own fault but it rained overnight while the pit was outside it my yard and the mesh and outside rusted quite badly. I have since put on a coat of Rustoleum high-heat to hopefully prevent that problem from happening again or getting worse. It's back to looking nice again but wish it wasn't necessary. Would be nice if there was a more corrosion resistant coating, my advice is keep it dry though.

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on April 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You just can't go wrong with Hestra Fall Lines. The DEXTERITY IS UNREAL!!!! You will feel all the things there are to feel with a glove that molds to your hand for a perfect fit, but still keep you toasty in 90% of the temps you're likely to encounter skiing. My previous pair lasted for 8 years before I blew a teeny hole in 1 finger, so I used it as an excuse to get a different color to change things up. Treat them with Nikwax once a season and they'll take good care of you for a long time.

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on April 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a quality pole with extended grip so I could choke up on bootpacks and hikes. As a skier you don't really NEED a collapsible pole when touring and weight's not that much of an issue. My very first steep bootpack I was thankful for the fat grip and choke-ability of these guys. Strap safety release is a nice plus, no more skier's thumb for me!

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Alex Popowychwrote a review of on April 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this little fella, got it in the classic green. Has been a touring and occasional lift companion. Doesn't leak, EXCELLENT profile for jacket pockets and you won't lose the cap. Stanley so you know it's quality and can take a thrashing. Besides whiskey what more could you ask for?

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