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Case Turner

Case Turner

Salt Lake City, UT

Case Turner's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Snowshoeing

Case Turner's Bio

"Second star to the right and strait till morning!" - Neverland

Here at Backcountry.com, I crush the keyboard and I crush the weekends.

Born and raised in the upper mid-west. I've been in guiding and instructing in outdoor adventure education for the last twelve years from the midwest, to Alaska, Colorado and Utah. I call the Wasatch Mountains and the Utah desert home. I plan mini-adventures each week while soaking the most out of vacation time. I'm your guy if you need help with rafting, paddle-boarding, sea kayaking, canoeing, ice/rock/alpine climbing, splitboarding, backcountry travel, bike packing, back packing and mountain biking.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 155
Waist: 31 - 32
Inseam: 32

Shoot me an email at anytime! I'd love to help you pursue your outdoor passions, outfit your trip and talk gear and objectives.

Expert Gearhead
caturner@backcountry.com
801-619-7490

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10US/9UK

I've been eyeing these boots for over a year and I just had to get them. Wish I did earlier. I was hesitant because I thought my heel would slip, but it doesn't! I snagged the Stout Brown and they are a super dark brown. Almost a "light black." Make sure you are buying the UK size and not your US size. For example, I'm a Men's 10 so I bought the UK 9's and they fit wonderfully. I am NOT flat footed and the soles are flat so I bought a SuperFeet insert just to add that arch support. I also use Red Wing Heritage Boot Cream and a brush to keep these alive and looking good.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on December 8, 2017

Sold!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this beenie/skull cap for over 5 years now. I use it for my alpine climbing and ice climbing outings. So many skull caps are fleece and this is the best one out there because of it's merino and spandex materials. Breaths well AND it's warm. Other than the materials, I've been sold on this because of how it is super thin, I barely feel it and most importantly, it fits like a dream under a helmet.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on December 8, 2017

ACTIVE winter mid-layer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I use this as my active winter mid-layer for ice climbing and for ski touring. I'm wearing a MED in the picture. On approaches, I usually have this stand alone (no shell) and the DWR finish is awesome for minor snow or moisture. I wear a 100g merino base layer underneath this jacket. I also own the Nano Air Jacket, but I use the Hybrid when I'm more active. Also, this has a skinier fit than the Nano Air. The big difference is that the Hybrid is only 40grams of insulation which is perfect. Also, the thin fleece in the back (instead of insulation throughout the jacket) is wonderful when you're wearing a pack and you won't get a sweaty back as easily as you could with other mid-layers.
Also, I'm sporting the Patagonia Dual Point pants/bibs in the picture! My go to for ice! Great for spring touring as well.
Lastly, great colors for guys! (finally)

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Case Turnerposted an image about on December 5, 2017

Swiss Army Jacket

This is my go-to for ice climbing, ski touring and as an emergency shell. It has a nice long cut which I like when I'm climbing and it wont come out the bottom of my harness. Its super simple, velcro cuffs and the hood and face coverage is amazing, especially with a helmet. I'm 5'11" and 155lbs and went with the MED. I'm super happy with the breath-ability and wind/rain protection. I'd only suggest the Alpha AR if you want a lot more thicker protection, but I use this shell more due to the need for both protection AND breath-ability.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

Ice Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs

THIS IS MY ICE CLIMBING JACKET. PERIOD. I've battled with hard shells, softshells and switch it all around and this is the end all jacket. The fit is amazing. I'm 6' and 155lbs and I'm in a Med. I also run a bit cold and I don't sweat much. I can wear it with just a base layer alone on "warmer" days or when I'm on lead or I pair it with the Patagonia Nano Air Hybrid for a perfect midlayer. The pockets, fit, breathability and the super thin fleece layer is so worth the price tag. This jacket actually moves with you! Also, the hood with the neck and face protection is roomy and comfortable when wind picks up.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Backcountry has two forms of Gift Certs. A hard card or in digital form. This is the way to go for that Millennial who live on their phone. I'd suggest printing out the email you receive after you purchase so the gift receiver at least can have something physical (slide it in a card maybe) and forward the email later on. Simply redeem online at any time! Hassle free.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on October 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

"Whoa!" means I was super surprised to get so much out of the bag at such a great price. I had a few doubts and a few drawbacks, but was super surprised at the performance of this bag. It's way way roomy. I was hesitant to like the roominess of it due to past experiences of moving around a bag and hitting cold spots. Not with this bag. I could heat up the entire bag and the whole bag was warm. The shinch around my face was super fast and easy and I appreciated that and also appreciated not having a velcro closure, but rather a snap top, to secure the bag (that is annoying around your face). If you have a pad other than a thermarest, no worries, just make sure it's around the 20" width and you'll be good. Also, like I mentioned with doubts, I had doubts about using it, but super thankful I did as it worked like a charm as I roll around when I sleep. Also, I didn't find a pro or con with the foot space. I like the idea of an extra layer of down to tuck my feet into the bottom. I guess I didn't need it for the 30/35 degree weekend I first used it, but someone might appreciate that. Lastly, my one draw back is that the zipper doesn't stay very well. Unless you zip it entirely, it will simply open and unzip.
For the space, pad security and SUPER lightweight feature, snag this bag!

I went ahead and stuffed this in an 11L compression stack. So if you want to make this bag smaller in your pack, pick up an 11L (for regular fit).

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

Swiss Army Shirt
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 3 Banditos and I'm pretty much done buying shirts. This does it all! It is an athletic/slim cut and I appreciate that for my size. I only buy Patagonia athletic cut and it hasn't let me down. I've used this under my PFD on multi day raft trips, guided climbers on multi pitch, backpacking (seen in picture), bikepacking and simply around town. It has a great western look, a dress down look and is semi professional looking for that person in the outdoor industry or just wants to go from the crag to the bar and being able to look and feel good. Now that I have 3 different colors, I'm set for a long time with shirts. It's also super light, breathable, dries super fast and eats odor where you don't always get that with other synthetic shirts. Don't look any farther, this is your EVERYTHING shirt.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is the best hoody. Hands down. Super thick and comfy. Take a look at the wrists and waistband. It feels like a blanket. Also, as you can see it's a blend, so it doesn't shink very much at all and maintains it's quality and comfy feel. I actually bought two. Now I'm done buying another hoody for a long time.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on September 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my 2nd Exped, and much like the SynMat 7 I own, this seems to be built well, warm and comfortable. During it's first 4 nights of use it never got below 40, but I can already tell it's adding warmth in a big way. I'm normally a sleeping bag zipped up guy, but didn't zip it once this past trip. Moreover, just resting your hand on the bare pad is enough to feel, within a few seconds, how warm and reflective of heat this pad really is. I have no question as to whether or not it'll hold up in zub-zero camping conditions later this winter.

After borrowing my brother's long/wide pad, I knew I was, in choosing an L/W over a regular, was opting for more space/weight. I'm ok with the little bit of added carrying burden for the pure comfort this pad brings to the table.

Having the schnozzel pumpbag was great. Taking only 7 or so pushes, it replaces minutes of blowing, which means I'm also not injecting hot, moist air into it in Mid February. Solid idea here that plays out well in the real world scenario. I was bummed that it didn't fit onto my SynMat to use on that as well.

I'm a side/back sleeper and much like other thicker air pads, this is comfy and brings side sleeping to camping. Between the extra heat, space and loft I slept like a baby. I'm not sure how you could create a warmer or more comfortable pad without adding size and weight.

My only 2 gripes with this pad aren't even with the pad...they're with the included storage sack.

-While it isn't HARD to get it rolled back up and into its stuff sack, it needs to be done perfect to fit well. It's harder than other pads I've owned which isn't a big deal at home...but when it's 6am and you're in -10 degree weather with 2 other people in a tiny tent I could see it being frustrating. I just think it needed a slightly bigger stuff sack.

-The stuff sack it came with is extremely fragile and while taking the pad out to test it at home, before it'd even been used, the pocket w/ repair kit pulled loose. I understand it's just a stuff sack, but anything over the $200 mark should include a case that's meant to stick around longer than day 1

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this for two purposes. Trail running and fitting under my climbing helmet. Looks good, feels good, smash-able in your pack and it breaths well while making you look good and it dries really fast. So perfect with just the right amount of sun protection!

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Check out the blend! 76% Cotton, 24% polyester. I love this combo of material. I use this when I use to guide because it's professional and handy. Even when I'm not in the field, it's a great everyday shirt that has comfort, but it has that professional look as well. My only drawback is that it's a regular fit which has a slight boxy feel to it for a slim guy like me, but I did rate it as "true to size." Also, the chest pocket is "free floating" so that is an odd feature from most chest pockets, but a feature I'd like to mention as the picture wouldn't show that.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs

The Lowdown Slim glasses fit extremely well and the pads are a nice feature as I was able to wear the glasses all day without any discomfort or them sliding down my nose. I've worn these while biking, paddle boarding and climbing without needing to adjust them during my activity. They make a great casual wear as well. The Chromapop feature is always amazing with clarity, color and definition. They are a game changer and they definitely get the work done!

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Get that prerequisite out of your head of fat ropes are stronger than thin ropes. Read the technical specification and understand what this rope can do at only 8.5 (UIAA falls and stretch for example). YES, this is a single rope and it's about as skinny as you can go and still get the security of fatter ropes without hauling around all that weight. Always default to manufactures rec commendation on when to retire a rope! This rope can easily double up as a twin or a half if need be.

This is my alpine rope and will become my ice rope this winter (thank you Beal for your amazing dry treatment technology).
- 48 grams per meter
- Received high praise for the OR 2017 Summer Show!
- Super soft and pliable

Word to the wise, make sure to double check the device you use with this diameter. For me, I love throwing this rope into the Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Device.

Get this rope when weight counts! If the thinness of this rope makes you nervous but you have similar objectives like me, I'd suggest the 9.1 Beal Joker.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was at a mountain hardwear clinic once and the rep asked me my all time favorite Mountain Hardwear piece and it is this glove. Kind of odd to pick a liner out of all the sweet items I love and own from MNT Hardwear (ghostwhisperer jacket and Direkt 2), but I use this more than any other piece in the fall and winter. I've used them to lead ice, line my mittens during winter camping, mountaineering base camp, CC ski, running, ridge scrambling. So many things. I love the snug wrists and how plain and simple it is. No bells and whistles, just a straight up and simple liner. The one draw back is that you can't use your smart phone with them on, so use your nose or put your phone away! :)

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

When shopping for a light-midlayer, you can't beat the Ghost Whisperer. 2.6oz!? It's true. AND, it fit's inside it's own pocket. I smash this into the bottom of my winter touring pack and inside my multi-pitch alpine pack. Great to have in emergencies.
My only two drawbacks is that it has a bit of an "all-american" cut. It fits true to size though. In other words, it's boxy in the torso and gut. Also, just make sure to be careful with the zipper since it's so thin and light too.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've battled between non-lockers trying to find the best combination of light weight, a decent gate opening and a smooth nose and I finally found it in the The Ange S for my alpine draws.

I've taken apart my ice climbing quick draws and I put the Ange S as my top carabiner that I clip into the screw and I love how easy it is when I'm wearing my thin gloves that I use for leading ice. I love every advantage in reducing the weight on my harness and this is one trick that has worked.

This is eaislily one of my favorite non-lockers out there.

Also, sidenote: They are actually surprisingly more quite than other aluminium carabiners when they hit each other while dangling off your gear loops in an alpine draw setting.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

It's odd to give a fleece at a 5 star rating, because all hats are the same, right? Not at all. I got this hat in the mid-2000's and I still wear it all the time. Just like mentioned above, it's great to fit under a helmet. Too many hats are too bulky or too tight like a skull cap. This is the straight up, simple winter hat that fits to be casual and underneath your helmet without it shifting around or adding too much bulk. 10 plus years and I'll keep using it.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I did my first ice climb in 2005 and someone offered this to me as a belay jacket. I didn't know what that totally ment but I was sold on it after a full weekend of Ouray ice. It quickly became my everyday winter jacket too. I love the longer torso and the neck/hood protection. Also, all the pockets are super helpful. That is as far as I enjoyed it though. It's a bit too heavy for the backcountry, perfect for front country and as a lifestyle jacket. I'd suggest the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka if you'd like something warmer and lighter.

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Case Turnerwrote a review of on August 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The weight!? The space? The additional vestible? Wow, I love this tent. I was in rain, wind and even some snow on the first outting with this tent and both my climbing partner loved it. Great color to spot in the alpine and easy to set up with the internal pole set up. Look no further for your alpine and winter pursuits in a 4-season tent. Can't wait to go from "several uses" to "putting it through the wringer."

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