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Chris Shields

Chris Shields

Employee

Chris Shields's Passions

Snowshoeing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

Chris Shields's Bio

I grew up in Boston, went to school in Vermont, and have a rabid passion for Mad River Glen that confounds my coworkers here at Backcountry. I am very proud to #SkiTheEast, and have hiked, climbed and skied throughout the US and the Swiss Alps.

Fun fact (?) - I spent my honeymoon scrambling up Kilimanjaro. All was great until we summited in the dark and had to wait 90 minutes on the summit to wait for sunrise so my wife could get a better picture. Tip - don't hang out at 19'000 feet, use Photoshop.

I run customer acquisition marketing for Backcountry, so thanks for being here.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

The Salomon Mountain Lab boots are my first touring boots and they are incredible. The stiffness provides the right level of stability, but unlike my Salomon 120 pros they are incredibly comfortable after getting the boot molded. The boot climbed like a breeze, and held my feet in place with no concerns on the way down.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few Patagonia R1 fleeces over the years and continue to love them.

They're a great base layer whether you're skiing, or running. They are wicked breathable and comfortable.

I'm 5'10 and bought a large thinking that I could layer under it. I can, but it's pretty big. If you're a medium you can probably get away with a long underwear layer underneath.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Patagonia Synchilla Snappants are my go to weekend pant, early morning dog walking pant, and general lounging around pant here in Park City during the winter. They've also stood up to Chicago winters, so they're up for anything.

Let's be clear - these are not technical pants. They're a bit long, boxy, and heavy.

But, they are probably the most comfortable article of clothing I own, and certainly one of the most well used. It's hard to express my love for these pants.

I'm 5'10 and wear a medium.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 30, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for a couple of years now and it's ok.

On the good side, it does a decent job of keeping me dry while providing adequate breathability.

On the downside, for $100 that's not exactly a ringing endorsement. I've had better luck with the Marmot PreCip.

All in all, I've struggled with how clamy this jacket can feel, even when not working particuarly hard.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've had these Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants for two seasons now and they haven't let me down.

The 2ply Goretex is breathable enough for mainly resort skiing, and the side vents provide some relief quickly and easily.

The fleece lined pockets are a great touch, but as with some other pants I'd love for the zipper to close down instead of up. Maybe I'm OCD, but I'm constanly reaching down to make sure that my wallet and cellphone are safe.

I find the bit to be a bit baggy in the quads, but nothing outrageous. The reinforced ankle cuffs are a nice touch.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the Mammut Expert Tour Glove for a year and it's been a mixed experience for me.

It's a compact glove, and with the insert it feels the right amount of tight. I use them to ski and I find that the grip is pretty fantastic and the dexterity (after breaking it in a bit) is great.

However, like the other reviewer mentioned, these aren't the warmest gloves in the world. I've found them (even using the insert) to be much colder than other gloves in my drawer such as the Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove, and my Kincos.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

4 5

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

I bought these Atlas Fitness Snowshoes for my wife and she's generally pretty happy with them.

The good: A lightweight snowshoe that handles the snow pretty well, while allowing flexibility for running. The binding allows for a one handle open/closure which is great when you have gloves on.

The bad: The back strap in the binding is a pain and hard to work with. You have to stretch backwards and around to get it to line up properly, a task which is easier when you have someone to help. Maybe it gets easier with time and experience, but so far it's a pain.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

4 5

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

I bought these boots as a gift for my dad who is a 6-10 time a year cross country skier. He was upgrading off a pair of boots that were probably 20 years old, and not surprisingly he was very happy with these.

The fit was strong and comfortable, and he mentioned that they walked very easily when outside of the ski.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have a fair amount of Patagonia insulation from the Nano Puff to the Patagonia Hi-Loft Hoody and when it gets really cold, this my go to jacket. I wear it around town, and I've summited Kili in it, and climbed in the alps with it.

The insulation provides warmth and comfort when it gets well below zero, and the hood fits easily over a hat as long as you don't have a pom on top of it.

The one downside is that the pockets could be fleece lined to provide a bit more comfort. Other than that, this jacket is awesome.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my Patagonia Down Sweater for a couple of years now and love it. The down creates a soft warm setup which is extremely comfortable and versatile.

I start to wear this jacket (transitioning from the Nano Puff) when the weather starts to go below freezing. The fit is true to size, but I went up a size to add more flexibility with layering. I've used it several times as a ski jacket when it gets cold, and the extra size allows me to easily layer up without reducing mobility.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have a couple of Patagonia Nano Puff jackets and love them. They are ultra light, and have a normal enough fit that they can easily be slid under a shell as an insulation layer when the weather gets bad.

These are highly breathable, and I find them comfortable in weather down to the low/mid 30s. Below that I tend to go do to down.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

I've had a pair of Marmot Ultimate Ski gloves for more than a decade now, and although more than a few fingers are covered in duck tape, these guys still keep my hands warm and cozy. The wrist guard with draw strap works great to keep the heat in, and the leather palm provides great traction. Love these things.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

It's hard to find anything new to say about the Patagonia Better Sweater. It's a staple of my wardrobe here in park city starting in the fall, and running through the spring. It's a great fit (mine have shrunk), and after years they're still soft and holding together. Can't recommend these enough.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on January 28, 2017

5 5

I have a couple pairs of these Smartwool Slopestyle socks and I've been pretty happy with them. Like all Smartwool products that I've owned they're very comfortable and built with great quality. The only potential drawback that you should consider is that these are pretty thick socks. Depending on your boot they might be too tight and cutoff circulation down in the toes.

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