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Andy Rice

Andy Rice

Employee

Utah

Andy Rice's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

Andy Rice's Bio

I moved out here to ski after college at the University of Colorado, and have since stayed. Having the Wasatch less than 30 minutes away from my house in downtown Salt Lake is awesome. In the summers I like to hit up Millcreek canyon or the Shoreline trail behind the U and in the Winters I stick to Little Cottonwood.


I just completed my Master's in Fine Arts at the U and maintain an active studio practice. I love having the Wasatch as my playground when I need to clear my head and spark some creativity. You can check out my website at www.andrewriceart.com

I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me, my email is arice@backcountry.com or I am on the Live Chat service Monday and Tuesday afternoons (130-10pm) MST and Thursday and Friday from 1030-3pm. Hit me up! Would love to chat about whatever, but I am especially well versed in skiing and winter sports and then have a good range of trail running under my belt as well.

hit me up on IG @purplehat

email me here for any other questions if I am not online to chat via the 'Email' tab at the top-right of the profile screen here. arice@backcountry.com

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Andy Rice

Andy Ricewrote a review of on July 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs

had to replace all my gear after it was stolen out of the back of my truck in my parking garage. Had this vest once before, and knew I wanted the exact same one. Comfortable, lightweight and secure. Holds all my gear in well placed pockets that are pretty easy to access with one hand, which can be helpful trying to juggle a thousand things at once on the river.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on July 20, 2017

4 5

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

Got these in a size larger based on some recommendations and past reviews. That was way too big with waders and socks on. Returned and went with my normal street shoe size and they were perfect. Also, I ended up getting the Hardbite cleats and the Alumibite cleats. The Alumibite stuck out from the sole way too far for my liking. I would say a good 3/8 inch was sticking out below the rubber and did not feel that comfortable walking with them. The hardbite cleats were perfect, however. They barely stuck out from the rubber of the sole, but did protrude just enough to get a good, secure footing and still allow the Vibram sole do its job. Would definitely recommend the boots!

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs

These pants are incredibly light and pack up super small. They are perfect to through in my pack in case of emergency. The pertex is breathable and sheds water really well. I had no issues with the fit, either.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs

I got this jacket and the corresponding pants to help cut weight on my hiking gear. Very happy I did, too. I cut almost a full pound off my previous gear. The Pertex is an awesome material. Waterproof, super light, and not too 'loud'. Would definitely recommend this as well. Fit seems to be true, but I did order larger than my normal size so I can layer. And, I tend to prefer a looser jacket.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This was way lighter than I was expecting! I sized up to accommodate layering. We've had a wet spring here, so have gotten to put it to the test. So far, pretty happy with it. Me, and my gear have stayed dry. I get most jackets in a large, and wear most t-shirts or button ups in a medium.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

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

Got this bag because most of what I intend on doing in the winter months is towing or sledding my gear in, so weight is not as big a factor. Super warm and comfortable, and the 10x18 stuff size is pretty small all things considered (winter bag, synthetic, etc...).

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

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

For how much this weighs, I think it's silly to not have it if you are headed anywhere in the alpine. Take a rescue course, and practice using any and all your gear you will be bringing with the group you are travelling with.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Loving these new short sleeves from Stoic. I think I've picked them all up so far. They have a great fit for my body. Longer fit, and slightly slim. I am only washing in cold water and hanging to dry, because I do fear they will shrink if put in the drier.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

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

I've been eyeing this bag for a number of years now and finally pulled the trigger. I'm way happy I did so, too. Super lightweight and packable. Really warm for how light it is too. I only tried out on a colder night inside, so nowhere near the 30 degree low temp rating. I am excited to put it to the test in some higher alpine camps later this summer. This one is a little bigger and heavier than the UltraLite. I do not mind the extra couple ounces to get the shoulder room.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

This shirt fits really good. On the slim side and long enough. I was expecting a heavier material and am pleasantly surprised at how light it is. Definitely will wash in cold water and air dry so it doesn't shrink. Just a tiny bit of colors woven into the fabric, which gives a nice subtle pop.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 29, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Just got these today. The fit is a touch off, but hoping to just let them relax and break in a little. The material is a great feel for being cotton. They feel more like a quick dry poly or nylon material actually. They will be great for hiking. The color is great, too and the pattern is really subtle. I normally wear between a 30-32 waist and these in the M fit loose, but work with a belt.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: m

These have a great feel to them. Definitely an upgrade from the standard box store options. I still prefer the Stance boxer briefs, but for the cost, these are awesome. Fit is a bit tight, but not restricting. I'm about a 30-32 waist, and I went with the M size.

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Andy Ricewrote a review of on March 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I got this for a more urban raincoat and not for using on the mtn. For just around town, it is awesome. I used it up in Portland while it was really rainy and it worked awesome. Longer hem covered my butt on the seat of my bike, so kept that dry. The style is great, obviously. And something I wanted for roaming around the city. I don't want to necessarily have a 'tech' looking jacket and then 'street' clothes under. Nice to have the style in the jacket to match the rest of my wardrobe. True to size fit, but a little roomier cut to layer with. Not baggy, or loose however.

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