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Amir Najam

Amir Najam

Salty Lake

Amir Najam's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Amir Najam's Bio

Grew up bouncing between Southwestern sandstone and Sierra granite, dived and surfed the Hawaiian coast while I was in college, and before working at Backcountry, I spent 4 years working for the National Park Service, where I saw some nightmarish gear choices. So I'm here to set things right!

When not working, I can be found climbing around Utah, riding my steel rigid on single track, camping everywhere that's free, especially river banks!

Get in touch with me if you have any gear questions! Email: anajam@backcountry.com
Instagram: Just_Amir_Goat

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

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

Yup, these are it. Great sizing, nice and wide, so stoked to mount up my 3 pins on a fresh pair of s-bound 112s and have a set up 1/2 the weight of a $2,000 AT set up and far more capable on everything under serious angles for 1/3 the cost. Plenty warm too for shoveling snow!
Among other things, these boots are plenty supportive and though I'd love to try the Svartisens, they are elusive and a gamble with sizing, but went with these with the intention of adding an instep strap eventually.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

After a few chilly nights in my car, I got these to lounge in. They are AWESOME! I even slept with them on. Chris was probably right about down sizing, but I have a hard time getting in and out of my street size as it is. I'm going to modify mine with laces or elastic when they stretch.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

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

I ditched Solomon, even though I was a huge advocate of SNS's place in this world, it still has a place in my heart (i'll miss the 2 pole snap), IFP is where it is AT! So stoked to adjust my boot relative to pin line fore or aft depending on conditions and this is noticeable on long uphill approaches. Being able to unweight the tips really makes the difference.

I do wish these were automatic step in though, but I got these over the autos because I wanted the more exact and easier to use lock. And I wanted the yellow and black!!!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know when you need it, and I usually do. Got both ends which is nice when I switch over to schrader soon. I hear it's actually the way to go on MTBs since we run lower pressure. I mean think about it, a bigger hole to dump sealant and air into is better than presta.... Even Stans knows this, they make schrader stems now. Only a matter of time!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

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

Got these for a friend, but ended up walking around the office in them. The magnesium buckles and walking mechanism are MINT! I have wide feet and was struggling in these honestly, but we swapped them for Vulcans because he needed the alpine toe. Still a beautiful piece of art!

*** DOES NOT WORK WITH 3 PINS***

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

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

Leaving Solomon this year for greener and wider pastures with Fischer, I wasn't sure about sizing. I heard size up a little, but I ended up being true to size! Nice and stiff and stoked to pair these with SCS skis. Minnesota, here I come!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

For leaving you. My search for minimalist shoes took me to all kinds of designs from foreign lands, but here we are right back at home.
These shoes are so great! Waterproofed, fleece lined, and warm. 'nuff said.
For reference, I biked to day a few miles in the snow and these were plenty warm, and I'm a sensitive human. I also wear a 10.5 in everything and these were great in the same size.
Get em!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on February 10, 2018

1 5

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

There I said it. Since no one else apparently can without overstepping journalistic/marketing law or "industry standards."

I have a simple test for how good a helmet is:
1) Put it on and get it snug, adjust sizing if needed.
2) Lay on the ground and within a normal range of motion see if your skull touches the ground. If it does, in certain scenarios it's likely to NOT BE EFFECTIVE at protecting your head - the entire point of a helmet-

This helmet has a glaring open patch in the rear where my entire occipital lobe was exposed to direct hit if my chin was tucked in, you know that thing you do when you are instinctively protecting your head in a crash.

I returned this helmet and would not recommend it.

- I will say though that I will be trying out the forefront because Smith's helmet construction is top notch, they just really really messed this one up.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So fun story: I just got these a few days ago and put them on my Surly Straggler commuter build. I started biking to work because there wasn't really a winter in Salt Lake, and as I was fiddling with them in the office, it started to snow. By the time I left for the trek home, 3 inches on the ground. These performed flawlessly.

Set up was a little rough, but nearly everything on a bike is about give and take. Just adjust it and the ride a little and play with it till it works.

Tools you might need to get these installed: #3 allen wrenches (comes with one too, if my size is wrong, it's whatever the standard bottle screw mount size is), 7/8?/10 mm wrench for the nuts, and patience. Sorry, the list isn't definitive, you might need more or less depending on your bike needs.

If you have any questions, you can always email me (I'm secretly a gearhead)- anajam@backcountry.com.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing works as advertised, and yes it's just a syringe. No, the end isn't brass as shown, but hey it got the stans in with little mess and I didn't have to re-seat my tire.

Pro tip: Take the plunger out and screw the injector on and pour the stans into the tire!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm about the stans, works great! I've had it in my tires for 4 years and have sealed even non-tubless tires (though you have to re-up more often). Just got the injector too, GAME CHANGER!

You could make your own, but why? This stuff works great and your time is better spent making homebrew Skr@tch (Tums, fruit powder, honey, and salt to taste ;)

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a-looking for a simple and secure bottle cage and this fit the bill. I prefer this wrap around design vs. the other cheap cages, it holds my bottle of choice well - Camelback Podiums. DOES NOT COME WITH HARDWEAR!

Cheap, effective, colorful, cool. Get one!
If you have any questions, you can always email me (I'm secretly a gearhead)- anajam@backcountry.com.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on January 19, 2018

5 5

Yup it's a nalgene. I bounce around every few years between SS vacuum bottles and plastic and I got this to pair with the Blackburn Outpost Cargo/Bottle holder. I didn't feel like sacrificing one of the numerous SS bottles I have on the bike so I got this in PINK. Hard to clean, but nalgene maintenance is an art; an art I hope to get right this time.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on November 24, 2017

5 5

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

I demoed the Evo at a Swix clinic and was very impressed with how quickly I could turn some rusty edges into race finish, I'm talking a minute most a side. Now I'm not the most experienced tuner out there, but if you had to have a tool to get those skis and boards in shape after some neglect and at least enjoyed doing hot waxes, this purchase would pay for itself in a short amount of time over sending them to the pro shop - again only a minute a side for race finish!

East coasters and ice fans everywhere, this is for you!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These liners are great for daily use in the chilly SLC winters! I've so far been using them as a lite glove for runs, and coupling them with my vert gloves for bike rides and cooler strolls. I will be taking these with me on my longer XC ski trips this winter and I can confirm that though I don't like using electronics, the sensors do work!

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a burly glove for CX skiing, but not your lycra affair - no, I'm talking butch gloves that function well and aren't too hot or bulky. Look no further - these gloves are perfect and I went a little big to get liners for getting out on the trail, and better venting and feels when I'm ripping. I'm stoked for winter yurt trips, and the ski to the hot springs no one bothers to go out to. Heck, I feel like these will do just fine for the occasional ice climb. My initial thoughts are very positive, will update when I finally get out of the hot springs.

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Amir Najamwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

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

After a rough float with a sawdust and down vintage PFD, I upgraded and went straight to the top of the line. I bought the LE9 version and I'd love to have pictures but I'm patiently awaiting arrival. Having used the Zen Class V on the Colorado, I was well aware of the safety features on all class V PFDs, but so many of my guide friends rave about the green jackets superior design and layout. I'm looking forward to great support and function, and a YUGE zippered pocket up front since I'm usually better prepared than most.

Will update when I get the glorious LE9!

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