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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
Snowshoeing
Skiing
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 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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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on April 20, 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 February 8, 2017

Always with Me
4 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a jacket that everyone should have for high aerobic cold weather pursuits or as a summer emergency piece. It's ideal for touring, climbing, trail running, backpacking, and any number of other endeavors. Basically, this piece has replaced all of my fleece and lightweight insulation pieces and is the main staple in my layering kit. The fit is trim but not tight, the insulation is perfectly mapped out, and the fabric feels great and breathes well. My favorite feature is the hood - it cinches up perfectly when wearing without a helmet and fits nicely under a helmet. It's also fantastically designed for mobility, making it a great option for climbing. Fit is true to size but you can size up if you prefer a little more length and a slightly looser fit (I did).

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Does the Job
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The G22 is a decently lightweight, stable option that does job up to vertical ice. The front points penetrated easily and definitely inspired confidence. They will fit just about any boot - I've used them with the Mont Blanc Pros, Phantom Techs, and the G2 SMs. They also fold in half, making them nice for packing.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Versatile Mountain Shoe
4 5

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

First, I feel these are true to size. I wear a size 8 and the size 8 is perfect. Second, these are extremely comfortable and seem to mold to your foot the more you wear them. The lacing is solid and really allows you to tune the feel for either backpacking or more technical climbing. Third, the versatility provided by the removable liner is key. I recently did an ascent up Pico de Orizaba(18,490 ft) in Mexico and wanted to go fast and light. After a preliminary day hike from the base to around 16,000 ft, I opted to ditch my Mont Blanc Pros and pair these with my Camp USA XLC crampons. I switched out the standard GTX liner for the Insulated Mid Liner and my feet were comfortable and warm all the way to the summit. My conclusion is that these are a fantastic versatile option, even for high elevation ascents that don't require long exposure. They crush on long technical approaches, offer enough support for carrying a heavy pack, are stiff enough for certain crampons, and climb and edge well. They are my new go to for endeavors ranging from The Grand to the Cirque of the Towers to Orizaba.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Aggressive Driver
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent a week climbing on the Carbon Tech Machines in Ouray recently. It took me a few runs to get used to these guys. They have a similar geometry to the Nomic and are in the same category of vertical ice tools to that and the X-Dream, but the weight distribution is a bit different and seems to be more in the handle than head. Initially, all my swings were a bit hard, causing the blade to go really deep every time. After I figured it out, I was able to be precise with very little effort. The long pick does indeed make for great hooking and the handle is very comfortable. The pick seems to be quite durable as well, holding up nicely over the week. I'm excited to keep using these and test them out in more variable terrain.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

Versatile Race Pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My buddy tried a few different vests out and settled on this one for the Wasatch 100. He loved the minimalist, yet functional design and felt it carried the best on his frame. Enough pockets to carry his pill holder and chews and his jacket and layers comfortably fit in the back.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

Great Harness for the Little One
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My 2 year old nephew hasn't quite advanced from climbing furniture to climbing at the crag, but he sure does love swinging. The Bambino is the perfect option for that and will be great when he finally decides to hop on route. Crazy amount of adjustability, so he will be adventuring in this for a long time to come.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My brother's review:

Super light harness. Not my favorite but it got the job done. Helped keep our weight down on a trip to Greece. Moderately comfortable. I prefer fitted leg loops and wider leg loops. Arcteryx harnesses still seem to be the lightest and most comfortable if they fit and you’re not on a budget. No real complaints other than preference issues.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My preferred cord for building anchors, great for all sorts of other things as well. Must have simple tool to carry along for solving multiple problems that you might run into. It’s small and light weight when wrapped properly.

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