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Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Salt Lake City, UT

Geoff Conner's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Running
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga

Geoff Conner's Bio

A Tennessee Native currently living in beautiful Salt Lake City. I grew up spending all my time in the mountains of East Tennessee and headed west 10 years ago. I am an avid traveler, climber, splitboarder and explorer of desert canyons. Some of my recently completed objectives include a northbound thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, summiting Pico de Orizaba and climbing the Northeast face of Pingora.

I look forward to discussing any gear related requests/questions, trips and/or just sharing my knowledge of the outdoor arena with you!

We use the gear we sell, so if I am not available I will get back to you once I have returned from my latest adventure here in the Wasatch and beyond. You can reach me 9AM - 5PM M-F at 801-736-5313 or GCONNER@BACKCOUNTRY.COM

Geoff Conner

Geoff Connerwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The softshell is a really nice weight for cold weather to spring condition touring. They are well articulated and quite stretchy. I appreciate that the suspenders are removable because I don't really enjoy using them. Side zips are adequate and the reinforced instep is standard. I really like the thigh pockets and think they are pretty perfect - great for maps and notebook. Fit is athletic/trim but not too tight.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on December 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just used this duffel on a climbing trip to Tasmania. First off, it's super durable and uses heavy duty zippers. The next awesome feature is the two side compartments on either side of the main compartment. This made it super easy to keep our gear organized for the entire trip. Finally, the various load handles and backpack straps made it incredibly easy to transport and throw around. It's a fantastic duffel at a really good price. I can't wait to use it on my next trip.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

Versatile Pant
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are my favorite lightweight softshell pant. They are the right weight for everything from backpacking to alpine climbing, are trim but not too trim, feature a belt and cinch ankle cuffs, and are super durable. I've taken them on several climbing trips, about 5 backpacking trips and wear them for all sorts of other things; they are high quality and holding up great.
Photo Credit: Fisher Creative
Tested on a 4 day Grand Teton trip with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

Versatile
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this glove is pretty great for a variety of activities and have been using them since the spring. I used it as a spring skiing glove, will be using them for cold weather touring and have found they work really well as a mid-weight glove in an alpine setting or on an expedition. They are pretty light, offer a good amount of dexterity and are solidly built. They are Gore-Tex and fully waterproof.

Photo Credit: Fisher Creative
Tested on a 4 day Grand Teton trip with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It's everything I want in an alpine shell pant. It's super light and packable, has full side zips and the insteps are reinforced. I really appreciate the belt and they wear well with a harness. I'm a 32X32 and these fit great over my hiking pants or shorts in a size medium.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Quasar Lite II is designed for getting after it. It is the most breathable shell I've used. Period. Besides the high performing Dry Q Elite membrane, it also features venting down the back of the arm instead of the underarm. I was a little skeptical of this feature but have found it to work amazingly well. It also has venting in the mid-section via the hand pockets. Fit wise, it's trim but does allow for light layering(think light fleece and a ghostwhisperer puffy). It's also built with stretch and articulated nicely. It's perfect for moving in the mountains. If it's lacking anywhere, it is in ruggedness/durability. While it is not as durable as a GTX Pro piece, it definitely breathes better and is plenty strong for the majority of activities. It's also under 11 ounces and highly packable.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

Perfect for the mountains
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been using the Strata Alpine all spring and summer and absolutely love it. It's very similar to other breathable mid-layers on the market (Patagonia Nano Air, L3 Ventrix, Proton LT) but is a bit different in that it strategically places two different types of Primaloft Gold to maximize warmth and breathability. I think it works exceptionally well. The fit is also pretty spot on(trim but not tight) and it moves really well when climbing and hiking. I'm also a huge fan of the styling and colorways. I have it in red but the purple looks fantastic in person as well.
Photo Credit: Fisher Creative
Tested on a 4 day Grand Teton trip with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on October 25, 2018

Reversible Awesomeness
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

“The Ghost Whisperer Reversible is the same awesome ultralight down jacket you know and love, but in a new and exclusive Backcountry package. Aesthetically, you get the classic looking Ghost Whisperer on one side. Reverse it, and you have a no-baffle look that is clean and completely unique for a down piece. Functionally, the reverse side has two chest pockets which I think adds a bit of versatility. When I’m wearing a pack, the hip belt makes it hard to use the hand packets. Wearing it reversed gives me pocket access that I would otherwise not have. The Ghost Whisperer has been a staple in my kit for years and a piece I could absolutely not afford to leave behind. At a highly packable 8 ounces, it is always with me whether I’m climbing, splitboarding, backpacking or even trail running.”
Photo Credit: Fisher Creative
Tested on a 4 day Grand Teton trip with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

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