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Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Gearhead

The Wasatch Front, Southern Utah, Appalachia, wherever the adventure takes me

Geoff Conner's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Running
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga

Geoff Conner's Bio

I am a Tennessee Native and am currently living in beautiful Salt Lake City. I completed a Northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2012, grew up camping, hiking, climbing, biking, handling snakes(joke, maybe)and spending all my time in the mountains of East Tennessee. I ventured out West 8 years ago and spend everyday trying to get after it in the gigantic playground that is Utah. I look forward to discussing any upcoming (or past) 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 CONTACT ME AT 801-736-5313 MONDAY - FRIDAY 9AM - 5PM OR EMAIL AT GCONNER@BACKCOUNTRY.COM

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on August 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently took the Tufly out for a 4 day backpacking/climbing trip in the Wind River Range and it's definitely one of my favorite 2 person options. The number one reason is because it is legitimately a 2 person tent. It is the same length as the Copper Spur but 53 inches wide on both sides as compared to 52/42 on the Copper Spur. It also has 3 more inches of head space, creating a really great room for hanging out in. I really liked the door design and while the pole design is a little more involved, it's not any harder to setup. It is a little bit on the heavy side for a backpacking tent, but not overly so when splitting the weight. The ability to pitch out an awning with trekking poles is also really rad and the color is really pleasant to wake up to in the am. My opinion is that this is the perfect 2 PERSON base camp tent for an extended stay in the alpine. The women of Big Agnes did an awesome job with this one.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on July 26, 2017

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 wearing this shirt for backpacking and climbing in the alpine. It's incredibly comfortable and is the best shirt I've found for the hot days of summer. I love the cut and the hood design fits nicely over my climbing helmet. Additionally, the colors are a nice respite from the normal colors offered in the outdoor clothing world. If you are always in the sun and looking to save your skin, I highly recommend giving this shirt a try.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32 Regular

I really love the Runbold pant and Mammut pants in general. These guys have a straight, athletic fit and offer all the stretch and movement you could want for both backpacking and climbing. The zippered hand pockets and map pocket are perfectly placed, they are super lightweight(feel lighter than the Stretch Zion for comparison), and dry quickly. If you want one pant to get after it in, this is the one.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on June 15, 2017

4 5

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

My go to short for just about everything. They are super comfy, have the right amount of stretch for hiking and climbing, and are the perfect length(about an inch above the knees). I love the built in webbing belt and also think they go perfectly with a button down summer shirt and a pair of chacos.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The "new and improved" Copper Spur is, in my opinion, the way to go if you are looking for the lightest option that doesn't sacrifice on roominess, access, freestanding, ect.. When comparing directly against other similar options(Hubba Hubba NX, Nemo Dagger 2p), you are getting a tent that is about 12 oz lighter(packed weight) while providing adequate head space and enough overall room for two 6 ft tall adults to sleep comfortably.
The only real complaint I have about this tent is that it tapers too much at the feet(from 52in at the head to 42 in at the feet), which is fine if you have 2 rounded sleeping pads but a little tight with two rectangle options(20 inches is regular width). The other two tents are 50 inches wide at both ends.
Otherwise, it ventilates extremely well and prevents condensation buildup, sets up in a jiffy, and offers adequate vestibule space. I really love the little media pockets that are found all over the tent - they are great for storing your headlamp, beanie, phone, ect... The new structure design also seems to be more sturdy and durable than the previous iteration. The floor is a thinner fabric(10 D) so I'd recommend bringing a footprint along, which at 6 oz, still keeps your weight below the other options.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Definitely runs small, you will want to size up one size from what you normally wear. Even doing that, it is a very trim fit. Otherwise, I have nothing but love for this piece. The construction is excellent, featuring a great feeling face fabric, stretch panels in key areas, and excellent pocket placements. It's functional for climbing or whatever else and looks good. It's very warm for the weight - definitely not as breathable as say, a Polartec Alpha built piece, but warmer in my opinion.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using Western Mountaineering bags for years and can confirm that they are unmatched in regards to quality and performance. When you buy a "made in the USA" WM bag, you are investing in a bag that will keep performing year after year. In fact, if the bag ever starts to lose it's loft, WM will re-stuff the bag for a nominal fee.
The Alpinlite really fits the bill if you are looking for One 3 season "comfort" option. I say comfort, as WM also offers the Ultralite, which is the same but more narrow(59 in shoulder circumference vs 64 in at a 2oz weight savings and a slightly lower fill weight). It legitimately will sleep comfortably at 20 degrees and regulates temp. extremely well thanks to a breathable shell and continuous baffling. The weight and ability to compress make it an ideal choice for thru-hikes, bike packing, alpine climbing, or any other activity where weight is a premium and performance is mandatory.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

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

Fantastic belt from a local Utah company. High quality materials and a simply, yet effective ratcheting system makes this my go to belt. I find it much more effective than a cinch style buckle and it doesn't stretch out the holes since it doesn't have any. I am a 32 in waist and purchased a medium.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these guys for a few reasons:

1. They are a great size that works great for building anchors and using on an alpine draw when I need extra security
2. works well on the auto-block in guide mode
3. the screw gate is my favorite out of any I've used - really smooth and easy to lock/unlock w/one hand.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up the Q Core SLX for two reasons:
1. To compare the comfort of the offset Ibeam construction vs the vertical Ibeam construction on the Exped Synmat UL7 since it's the same weight.
2. Test the new valve system, which has to be better than BAs previous valves which weren't that great.

Initial impressions: I do think the Q-Core SLX's design is more comfortable and I don't slip of the pad like I did on the Synmat UL7. I find the valve system to be kind of funky to inflate, but adjusting pressure and deflating is easier than any other system out there. It's not as light as the NeoAir Xlite or Synmat Hyperlite, but the extra comfort is worth the 4 oz in my opinion.

Will test durability over the upcoming backpacking season, but I'm pretty impressed after a few uses. Will update!

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

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

These run a little bit looser/larger than the standard Mojo short and I wish they were the same fit. Otherwise, I absolutely love them. I mostly use them for yoga and bouldering at the gym(don't really like them with a harness on because of the fit) or lounging around my apartment. The material is great and they are just what I was looking for.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Standard

I recently got back into regular yoga practice and was noticing how much I was slipping around on my previous mat. On the recommendation of several friends, i picked up this one and have been extremely happy. The amount of padding is perfect and I appreciate the slightly longer and wider size than other mats. The rubber smells terrible at first, so make sure you air it out for a few days(outside if you can) and I recommend using the 50/50 vinegar /h2o solution suggested in another review. Anyways, I love it, which is something I've never said about a mat before.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I just picked up the new version of the Alpha FL in the Stingrey colorway. First, the color is way better than I initially thought it would be. It stands out without "standing out" if that makes any sense. 2nd, the previous iteration was a fantastic piece and while a lot of the improvements won't be totally noticeable, the one that stood out to me was the cinch system on the hem. It's super easy to use and should work really well keeping it under a harness(I've always loved the hemlock feature and this is essentially a substitute for that). The hood is also easy to adjust and fits incredibly well over my helmet. Next, the 3 layer construction, 40D face fabric, and weight make this a super functional and packable, yet durable piece. It weighs less and packs up smaller than my Paclite rain shell, which is pretty nuts. Sizing: I tried both the Large and the Medium and ended up going with the M. It's a really good fit that allows for adequate layering but isn't bulky when just wearing over a tee. The L was a bit long at the waist and way too long in the arms. I'm 5'10 175 and my arms are as long as I am tall. Super excited to use this for alpine season and into touring season next year and will update when I get some real use out of it.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I have fallen in love with the Puregrit 5. I completely agree with Jimmy's review below that the "mild outsole lugs" provide excellent grip in varied terrain as they excel on everything from hard pack trail to scree. My other favorite feature is the low profile tongue, which wraps nicely around your forefoot and ankle. I was a bit skeptical of the lacing system, but I quickly found out just how well it holds my forefoot in place while not applying any uncomfortable pressure. The mid sole is somehow both firm and cushiony at the same time and the toe box is slightly wide, although not Altra wide. All in all, this is a killer shoe that inspires confidence and allows you to run long distances with a natural stride.

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