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Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Gearhead

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 May 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, it's stupidly expensive but hey, coffee is important. I love this press - it's light, will take a beating and is easy enough to clean. It works just as well as any other french press but the durability and weight savings stand out. Tips for using a french press - 1. Use course grinds to prevent grinds from getting through and to draw out the coffee's oils. You will get a little residue regardless, that's how it goes with a press. 2. Measure your coffee out at home for the proper coffee to water ratio. I keep it in separate mini containers for each day. 3. Wet the grounds and let stand for a half a minute before filling up with water. 4. Let it steep for 2-4 minutes before pressing. 5. let the coffee cool down a little before drinking and then enjoy!

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 11, 2018

5 5

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

After loving my Granite Gear Blaze to death (including a thru-hike on the AT), I finally decided it was time for a new pack. The 3400 Southwest checked all the boxes and made the most sense so I picked it up and took it to the desert to test it out. First, the 3400 is a great size if you are going to be carrying a bear canister - which is the main reason I went with it. I packed a BV500 vertically and easily compartmentalized my gear around it. If you are carrying less, sweet, it rolls down and compresses nicely. I also opted to take the whole kit and caboodle to see how well it carried with weight. At around 40 pounds, I can say the pack carried really well with the pack staying securely in place. Anymore than that and I'm not sure, but I'm usually carrying about half that weight, so yeah! Durability - seems amazing and I can't wait to try and beat the heck out of it. I didn't get to test it in weather but am super confident that everything would stay nice and dry with the roll top and material. External pockets - I put water my water bottles on the sides and packed my rain shell and insulation layer, along with my filter and topo map in the bigger pocket - fit nicely and securely. Conclusion - I think it's a super versatile pack that will be great for 4 season use, both because of volume and materials.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really love the trailshot. whether I'm out on a longer run or on a backpacking trip, it gets the job done. I love that I can keep it in my shorts pocket, waist belt pocket on my pack, or any other number of convenient locations. I didn't find it any more difficult to pump than a standard option like the Hiker Pro or Miniworks, just a little slower. The weight and size more than make up for it.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

4 5

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

These are the perfect distance shoe for any terrain. Super light, the upper is breathable and comfortable, they are surprisingly nimble, the outsole is aggressive without being too aggressive, and the cushioning makes for happy joints and feet after putting on the miles. After a couple weeks in these, I have not found anything I don't like about them. I think the drop is pretty ideal and the Balance Meta-Stage Geometry creates energy in the right way. Fit wise, they are true to size with a slightly wider toe box. The mid foot and heel are just right and the lacing creates a snug and comfortable fit. Love them and i'll be rotating between these(for distance) and the Brooks PureGrit this summer. Stoked!

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 30, 2018

4 5

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

Pros -
awesome fit. Athletic, longer torso and arm length, stretchy. The hood is great and does indeed fit over a helmet. Pockets are great and accessible when wearing a harness and pack.
Fabric material is really nice.
Cons -
and this is somewhat situational. Probably too much insulation for active pursuits unless it's just super super cold. Like, a tech shirt and this in 15 degree weather while splitboarding and it is still too much jacket. I have not been in lower temps yet, but it'd be perfect if I were in a much colder environment. If doing more passive activities, it's pretty perfect in those temps.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing the Outliers for quite a while now so decided to pick up a pair of these after I lost my last pair. Slightly different feel than the originals but maintain a similar profile overall. Look great and are perfect for touring, climbing, running and whatever else you are into. Glad I picked them up.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I agree with Kyle below. Awesome, durable crampon that will last for years and a great price. I use them with my snowboard boots for split-mountaineering and they've been solid - currently on my 3rd season with them.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been wearing these for about a month now and they are everything I was looking for. Inexpensive(compared to a lot of brands), lightweight, comfortable and look great for around town but still work well for splitboarding and climbing. The lenses offer nice, clear visibility with quality polarization. Best part about these is the fact that they come with a lifetime warranty and easy DIY lens replacement for $7. Awesome.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 13, 2018

5 5

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

After a full year of use, I can definitely say this piece lives up to the hype. I primarily use it backpacking, splitboarding, climbing, trail/adventure running and often bring it as an extra mid-layer when the temps are variable. It packs up to nothing, offers a crazy amount of warmth for such a light package and layers well. The material isn't the most durable (It is a 10D ripstop face fabric after all) but the craftsmanship is solid and it's held up well. Also, it is absolutely as shiny as it looks in the pics. Trim fit but still true to size.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 13, 2018

5 5

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

I love everything about this jacket. 60g of Coreloft insulation is perfect for a wide variety of activities. The fit and design are spot on and the styling is ideal for technical and casual pursuits a like. I wear it backpacking, climbing, splitboarding and out to the bar. In fact, there are few times when I'm not wearing it.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 33 Reg

I've been a huge fan of the Patagonia Performance jeans so I decided to pick up a pair these. Incredibly comfortable, stretchy, and an awesome strait fit. I'm pretty sold on only wearing Patagonia performance pants for as long as they keep making them.

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