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Connor Johnson

Connor Johnson

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Utah

Connor Johnson's Passions

Biking
Running
Skiing
Hiking & Camping

Connor Johnson's Bio

Howdy! I work as one of our Expert Gearheads - I specialize in skiing (resort & backcountry touring, I don't discriminate in my powder hounding), mountain biking, hiking & camping. I'm happily semi rad! When I'm not getting lost in the woods, you'll catch me tinkering with my bikes, snappin' photos, and eating burritos.

Some of my favorite trips I've done have been bikepacking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango, following the snow up & down the Powder Highway in Canada, and roadtripping with my brother to find the best trailheads & singletrack west of the Mississippi!

All of the photos in my reviews are either my own or one's that friends have shot of me enjoying the gear! Check out my latest adventures on my Instagram @connorjuliusjohnson

For any gear questions or adventure advice, give a shout to cojohnson@backcountry.com or call me at 801.204.4547

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this for my girlfriend and this is what she had to say on it: "I am 5'7" and 128 lbs. I ordered a medium. It's fitted and has longer short sleeves which I love for my business casual attire. The shirt is soft too and quite breathable so I don’t sweat as much on those hot days! Perfect for the spring weather."

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this for my girlfriend and this is what she had to say on it: "I am 5'7" and 128 lbs and I ordered a M. It fits great and the length is just above the knee so I can wear it to work. The material is soft and I love the green color. It's got an active look to it and is comfortable enough to sit in or move around outside. I love Prana products!"

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

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

I gave this as a gift to my girlfriend and she had this to say about it: "I recently lost my old leatherman which only had the knife. So I got this knife that also has the tools. I love it. It's still light weight but can help save you in a pinch when a screw on your binding comes loose! It has the clip on the end as well which I've found helpful to connect to my backpacking pack. Sometimes the clip is a little difficult to put back and I wish it wasn't there but overall a good buy!"

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

Perfect for Sun Exposure Adventures
4 5

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

I gave this to my girlfriend and this is what she had to say on it (sorta blends into her jacket): " I really love it. It's perfect for river rafting or backcountry spring skiing, really anything where the sun may be on the neck. It’s also nice to throw over the ears if things get chilly. It's not thick by any means but blocks the wind well and keeps the chin warm!"

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

No Nonsense, Bright Light
4 5

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

I gave this to my girlfriend and this is what she had to say: "This headlamp is great if you're looking for a no nonsense, bright light. It doesn't have a lock or a blinking light but it will do that trick in the dark. It's also light weight and I love the bright blue color, makes it easy to find around the camp site! If you're looking for a fancy headlamp, this is not the headlamp for you. If you're looking for something in the cheaper price range that will light your way, however, this is it!"

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

Easy to Clip & Hold Up Well
4 5

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

I gave these to my girlfriend and this is what she had to say about them: "I love these draws! They are light weight and very easy to clip! They have taken a fall or two and they have held up well and rope drag is minimal. I would recommend these draws."

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

 "I'd recommend these a million times"
4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

I gave these to my girlfriend and this is what she had to say about them: "I am 5'7"€ and 128 lbs and I've ordered the 4 and the 2 sizes in long and regular. The 4 was a bit large around the waist but the drawstring keeps things tight enough. I would recommend getting the 2 size. I have long legs (about a 33"€ inseam) so I ordered the long but they ended up being too long and I have to roll them. The next time, I ordered the regulars to try it out but I wish they were just a bit longer. I don't mind the rolled pant leg.

Otherwise, I love, LOVE these pants. I have them in three colors. They are perfect for cool weather hiking, rock climbing field work and camping. They are stretchy and breathable and I can't talk highly enough about them. They even look great for semi-professional business occasions. I would recommend these a million times over for all activities. Worth the price."

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

The Hype Is Real
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mountain bike wheels are a difficult thing to nail down; the perfect wheelset is going to be light, durable, stiff, have good hubs that engage well (and are also durable in a long term sense), and ideally cheap.

These tick off 4/5 of those requirements and 5/5 if you want to compare them to the outlandish pricing of some carbon wheelsets. I rode them for 70ish miles in Moab on an Evil Calling and was thoroughly impressed (enough to consider picking up the 29'er version for my Yeti SB5.5 that is being built up).

Though I cannot full speak for long term durability, I had a few hefty bottom outs and potential rim strikes that didn't do any sort of damage.

I love the 30.5mm internal rim width - rim widths have been fluctuating the last few years from low 20's to 35 ish and i think it will settle on somewhere around 30 - this hits that spot on. A 2.3 Maxxis Aggressor was perfect on it and a 2.3-2.5 would be ideal.

Ok lets hop on the scale and talk weight of these: Enve's 60/40 with boost DT Swiss 240's weigh in at a claimed weight of 1488g. These are 1695g - meaning 0.45lbs more in weight, but at almost a grand and a half less in price. I'll take that.

Lastly, the Torch hubs are the bomb. I rode with them previously on my Ibis 742 wheelset and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone, though they do sound like an angry pack of bees rippin' along with you. Plus side is anyone ahead of you (hikers, etc) hear you coming a mile away.

If you have any question if these may be the right wheelset for your rig or would like help placing an order for one, don't hesitate giving a shout to my direct line 801.204.4547 or email cojohnson@backcountry.com.

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not sure if there's a whole lot I can add here that others haven't said, but really love this so gonna drop my $0.02 here.

Seriously compact, easy to use with the spring actuation and allows control of C02 being released. It does get cold when C02 is being released, I'd recommend wearing your gloves when using it.

I've used it more than I'd like over the past few years and its reliable and ease of use make it a go to for my pack.

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

Ride Fast, Have Traction
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I rode a Evil Calling with this as the front and rear tire. I was a bit hesitant to have it (especially as a front tire) and am absolutely stoked on it now that I've tried it. I spent three days riding in Moab on it and rode Captain Ahab, part of the Whole Enchilada (Half Eaten Enchilada?) and Mag 7 and it excelled the entire time.

It rolls relatively fast and has decent enough of tread to provide traction and bite when the going gets rowdy. I agree with many of the reviews below that it would be a great rear tire, especially if paired with something like a Minion DHF up front. I'd love to have a side by side comparison with something like the Minion SS to see how they hold up next to each other.

Long term durability isn't something I can speak for here, but no knobs torn off or anything after ~70 miles of slickrock and desert riding. If its anything like other Maxxis tires, we should be set.

For trail/all mountain riding, this would make for a great rear tire to pair with a more aggressive front tire. If you have any other questions on it or what you should run as a front tire, feel free to give a shout to my direct line 801.204.4547 or email me at cojohnson@backcountry.com!

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 24, 2017

Just Out For A Rip, Are Ya Bud?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'11" and generally in between a medium and large, though tend to run larger frames, especially when paired with a shorter stem. I was fortunate enough to get a demo bike (EVB0009 is the build spec I rode) for a weekend and put it to good use - rode ~70 miles in Moab; Whole Enchilada from Kokapelli down, Mag 7 (Photo is mid way through Portal), Captain Ahab and more. I rode the medium, though if I were to buy one for myself, I would likely go with the large size frame.

I'm coming off an Ibis Mojo 3 so pretty cool to see a relatively similar travel bike that rides very differently. I rode this in the "low" setting.

What I liked about the bike:
- Mid travel, uber capable bike. For the amount of travel it does have, it pedals well and feels quick.
- It climbed surprisingly well. I cleaned technical climbs and sustained, stout uphill bits.
- The suspension design did take a little getting used to. I didn't feel that the rear wheel felt as lively when popping off stuff, but tracks to the ground really well. You learn how to pop, but does seem to have a different feel than some other bikes. By the end of the weekend, I was thoroughly impressed how it ate up chunder and could send it off ledges and doubles.

What I didn't like about this bike:
- Pedal strikes galore. I would love to see what this looks like in the X-LOW setting as I was scraping left and right even in the LOW setting. Granted, I was riding in technical terrain that is the land of pedal strikes, but one thing that would worry me about this bike.
- If compared to other bikes with similar travel, probably going to be heavier than them. But lets be real, if thats a concern, this bike isn't for you as its a trail smashing mid-travel monster.

Overall, if you're looking for a mid travel, aggressive trail bike, this is going to be right up your alley. This can handle pedaling up to your favorite DH trail and just rail on down! If you have any questions on the bike or would like help building out a custom build, feel free to reach me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email cojohnson@backcountry.com.

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 24, 2017

Just Out For A Rip, Are Ya Bud?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'11" and generally in between a medium and large, though tend to run larger frames, especially when paired with a shorter stem. I was fortunate enough to get a demo bike for a weekend and put it to good use - rode ~70 miles in Moab; Whole Enchilada from Kokapelli down, Mag 7 (Photo is mid way through Portal), Captain Ahab and more. I rode the medium, though if I were to buy one for myself, I would likely go with the large size frame.

I'm coming off an Ibis Mojo 3 so pretty cool to see a relatively similar travel bike that rides very differently. I rode this in the "low" setting.

What I liked about the bike:
- Mid travel, uber capable bike. For the amount of travel it does have, it pedals well and feels quick.
- It climbed surprisingly well. I cleaned technical climbs and sustained, stout uphill bits.
- The suspension design did take a little getting used to. I didn't feel that the rear wheel felt as lively when popping off stuff, but tracks to the ground really well. You learn how to pop, but does seem to have a different feel than some other bikes. By the end of the weekend, I was thoroughly impressed how it ate up chunder and could send it off ledges and doubles.
- The build spec on this bike is bad ass. I9 Enduro 305 wheelset are burly and wide, the Eagle X01 basically guarantees that you can climb a vertical wall, the Pike paired with the Super Deluxe Debonair rear shock means you can mob down just about any terrain. I hadn't been on Aggressor tires before, pretty impressed though. I might look at getting a DHF or something a bit more hefty to throw up front, but pretty impressed with them for looser, dry dirt. Fox Transfer dropper is reliable and does exactly what you need it to do.

What I didn't like about this bike:
- Pedal strikes galore. I would love to see what this looks like in the X-LOW setting as I was scraping left and right even in the LOW setting. Granted, I was riding in technical terrain that is the land of pedal strikes, but one thing that would worry me about this bike.
- If compared to other bikes with similar travel, probably going to be heavier than them. But lets be real, if thats a concern, this bike isn't for you as its a trail smashing mid-travel monster.

Overall, if you're looking for a mid travel, aggressive trail bike, this is going to be right up your alley. This can handle pedaling up to your favorite DH trail and just rail on down! The build spec is pretty on point too. If you have any questions on this bike or would like help placing an order, feel free to reach me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email cojohnson@backcountry.com

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm 5'11" and 175lbs - I wear a 32 x 32 jean. I bought a medium and they fit great - not too tight, not too loose. Probably could even fit into a small honestly.

Pros:
- These are decently warm and are my go to layer for under my (shell) Arc'teryx Theta SV bibs for both resort and backcountry skiing. They almost run a touch hot for touring, but with the side zips on the bibs they're able to dump heat well enough.
- Wick moisture away! Can't ask for more on that.
- Have a good fit. No weird hugging in places it shouldn't.
- Long term durability seems fine. Have only used them for a season, no QC issues to speak of.

Cons:
- Being synthetic, it will pick up funky odors faster than wool. These aren't too bad, but noticeable after several days of tour (ie hut trips).

Overall, can't go wrong with these. Great pair of bottoms for a base layer and will last a few seasons for you!

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

2 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm 5'11" and 175lbs and am often in between medium and large. I bought a large and it initially fit great and true to size initially, but yes definitely shrank and its closer to a medium now.

Pros:
- Is cheap
- Looks great

Cons:
- Shrank significantly
- Lots of little black strings. Where did they come from? Super annoying picking them off.

Overall: Might recommend a different flannel or at least just hang to dry to keep it sized normally.

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on March 16, 2017

Stud Of A Steed
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11"€ and have a 32" inseam. I'm often split between a medium and large, though more typically on the large frame side of things. I've paired this with a 35mm length stem and have 175mm cranks on it. It fits great. For my build (with a Fox 36 bumped to a 140mm travel, Raceface SIXC bars, X01 11sp drivetrain, Sram RSC brakes) it comes in at 27.98lbs. While my build is slightly different than this, it should be able to get some perspective on how the bike rides!

In all honesty, most modern bikes these days don't really have straight up pros/cons so I'm going to switch it up from my normal format. Things that stood out on it:

- I have the Ibis 742 wheelset and love them. I personally have the DHF 2.5 & DHR 2.4. This bike will have the 738 wheelset which is very similar in terms of rim width, though the hubs are different and they are aluminum. I love the way the wide rims feel, just can rally into berms and run a touch lower psi (though for me being at 175lbs and riding aggressively, I love a 24 front/27rear psi).

- For being as slack as it is (66.8 degree headtube angle) it felt very nimble and could whip it around tight switchbacks both down and up. It just feels straight up snappy.

- While it doesn't have a straight up bottomless feel (I didn't expect it to, its a 130mm bike), the bike would definitely be able to take some relatively big hits, especially smoother stuff. With that said, the bike handles chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.

- I've now spent a lot of time climbing on it and it climbs fantastic with the suspension wide open and is super-efficient

If you want to talk shop about the Mojo 3 or look into getting it custom spec'd best for you, don't hesitate to reach out and I'd be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 801.204.4547 or you can email me at cojohnson@backcountry.com

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

Stud of a Steed
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11"€ and have a 32" inseam. I'm often split between a medium and large, though more typically on the large frame side of things. I've paired this with a 35mm length stem and have 175mm cranks on it. It fits great. For my build (with a Fox 36 bumped to a 140mm travel, Raceface SIXC bars, X01 11sp drivetrain, Sram RSC brakes) it comes in at 27.98lbs. While my build is slightly different than this, it should be able to get some perspective on how the bike rides!

In all honesty, most modern bikes these days don't really have straight up pros/cons so I'm going to switch it up from my normal format. Things that stood out on it:

- I have the Ibis 742 wheelset and love them. I personally have the DHF 2.5 & DHR 2.4. This bike will have the 738 wheelset which is very similar in terms of rim width, though the hubs are different and they are aluminum. I love the way the wide rims feel, just can rally into berms and run a touch lower psi (though for me being at 175lbs and riding aggressively, I love a 24 front/27rear psi).

- For being as slack as it is (66.8 degree headtube angle) it felt very nimble and could whip it around tight switchbacks both down and up. It just feels straight up snappy.

- While it doesn't have a straight up bottomless feel (I didn't expect it to, its a 130mm bike), the bike would definitely be able to take some relatively big hits, especially smoother stuff. With that said, the bike handles chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.

- I've now spent a lot of time climbing on it and it climbs fantastic with the suspension wide open and is super-efficient

If you want to talk shop about the Mojo 3 or look into getting it custom spec'd best for you, don't hesitate to reach out and I'd be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 801.204.4547 or you can email me at cojohnson@backcountry.com

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

Stud of a Steed
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11"€ and have a 32" inseam. I'm often split between a medium and large, though more typically on the large frame side of things. I've paired this with a 35mm length stem and have 175mm cranks on it. It fits great. For my build (with a Fox 36 bumped to a 140mm travel, Raceface SIXC bars, X01 11sp drivetrain, Sram RSC brakes) it comes in at 27.98lbs. While my build is slightly different than this, it should be able to get some perspective on how the bike rides!

In all honesty, most modern bikes these days don't really have straight up pros/cons so I'm going to switch it up from my normal format. Things that stood out on it:

- I have the Ibis 742 wheelset and love them. I personally have the DHF 2.5 & DHR 2.4. This bike will have the 738 wheelset which is very similar in terms of rim width, though the hubs are different and they are aluminum. I love the way the wide rims feel, just can rally into berms and run a touch lower psi (though for me being at 175lbs and riding aggressively, I love a 24 front/27rear psi).

- For being as slack as it is (66.8 degree headtube angle) it felt very nimble and could whip it around tight switchbacks both down and up. It just feels straight up snappy.

- While it doesn't have a straight up bottomless feel (I didn't expect it to, its a 130mm bike), the bike would definitely be able to take some relatively big hits, especially smoother stuff. With that said, the bike handles chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.

- I've now spent a lot of time climbing on it and it climbs fantastic with the suspension wide open and is super-efficient

If you want to talk shop about the Mojo 3 or look into getting it custom spec'd best for you, don't hesitate to reach out and I'd be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 801.204.4547 or you can email me at cojohnson@backcountry.com

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Connor Johnsonwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

Stud of a Steed
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11"€ and have a 32" inseam. I'm often split between a medium and large, though more typically on the large frame side of things. I've paired this with a 35mm length stem and have 175mm cranks on it. It fits great. For my build (with a Fox 36 bumped to a 140mm travel, Raceface SIXC bars, X01 11sp drivetrain, Sram RSC brakes) it comes in at 27.98lbs. While my build is slightly different than this, it should be able to get some perspective on how the bike rides!

In all honesty, most modern bikes these days don't really have straight up pros/cons so I'm going to switch it up from my normal format. Things that stood out on it:

- I have the Ibis 742 wheelset and love them. I personally have the DHF 2.5 & DHR 2.4. I love the way the wide rims feel, just can rally into berms and run a touch lower psi (though for me being at 175lbs and riding aggressively, I love a 24 front/27rear psi).

- For being as slack as it is (66.8 degree headtube angle) it felt very nimble and could whip it around tight switchbacks both down and up. It just feels straight up snappy.

- While it doesn't have a straight up bottomless feel (I didn't expect it to, its a 130mm bike), the bike would definitely be able to take some relatively big hits, especially smoother stuff. With that said, the bike handles chunky areas and the bike handled it great, possibly due to being as slack as it is.

- I've now spent a lot of time climbing on it and it climbs fantastic with the suspension wide open and is super-efficient

If you want to talk shop about the Mojo 3 or look into getting it custom spec'd best for you, don't hesitate to reach out and I'd be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 801.204.4547 or you can email me at cojohnson@backcountry.com

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