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Jimmy Elam

Jimmy Elam

Salt Lake City, UT

Jimmy Elam's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Running

Jimmy Elam's Bio

Reach me directly with any gear questions.
Jelam@backcountry.com

I love every activity there is to do outside and spend the majority of my time on endless trails to run and backpack. I also enjoy hiking miles into the wilderness searching for hidden lakes to fly fish.

I've lived in Mammoth Lakes CA, where I trained for marathons and worked as a wilderness backpacking guide. I recently finished guiding the whole John Muir Trail, taking ten people from around the world on a 21 day high alpine adventure. I've also lived in Bend Oregon working for a wilderness therapy program. I'm currently in the amazing Salt Lake City training for Ultra Marathons and climbing as much as possible.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on February 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've put a couple runs in the Cloudventure so far and these are my early impressions - Out of the box they look sweet! The attention to detail On puts into their shoes is top notch as you can see from my close-up of the seam welded upper. I still don't know how I feel about the outsole. Being a trail shoe they don't seem as durable as some of my other shoes but I'll need to put in a few months of rugged trail running before I know for sure. Email me with any questions you might have! - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

Unreal Warmth to Weight
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Email me directly with all your Patagonia questions.

It's about time synthetic insulation has stepped up its game and is competing with down in warmth to weight. I honestly can't tell the difference with the Micro Puff. You could easily be tricked into believing the Micro Puff is a down jacket! The stitching is higher quality than the Nano Puff. The baffles are unique, strategically placed and just overall well thought out. This has become my new favorite summit layer as well as daily use around town. It keeps you warm while also not letting you overheat in mild conditions.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Email me directly with all your Patagonia questions - jelam@backcountry.com

I'm a huge Patagonia fan, and have had pretty much all amazing experiences with their gear. With that being said, I'm let down with the quality of the Nano Puff. In the first month the stitching in multiple spots along the arms came undone (as well as my girlfriends Nano Puff). I feel the stitching overall on the Nano Puff could be of higher quality considering it's a $200 top. On the positive side, the look of the Nano Puff is really flattering. I love the cut, and hope that Patagonia can dish out some upgraded models in the future. For now I'll be looking into their new release, the Micro Puff. If you haven't checked it out yet definitely do!

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on January 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I'm throwing away all my other shirts, and now my dresser is filled with all sorts of Nine Trails shirts and I couldn't be happier. Easily the best t shirt I've ever used. A bit on the expensive side but definitely worth it. I've done a few runs in them but prefer to use it for my everyday shirt. I really don't understand how they can make it so soft but still hold the original shape after so much use.

Email me directly with all your Patagonia questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 17, 2017

Life Changing piece of gear
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Email me directly with all your Peak Design questions - jelam@backcountry.com

Finally, a device that allows me to take my mirrorless on my mountain runs! This thing is bomber, secure, comfortable and easy to use with my a6000. It's a necessary piece of gear for the hiker, trail runner, mountain biker, the list goes on...

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 13, 2017

5 5

Email me directly with all your Western Mountaineering questions - jelam@backcountry.com

This is what one of my customers have to say about the Meltdown.

I put the meltdown jacket to the test this past week in North Dakota. I was up there for a duck hunt but I wore the jacket when I wasn't in the blind. It never got above freezing and constantly blew 25+ for several days I was there. I could literally put the jacket on over my merino wool t-shirt and go outside and do whatever in total comfort. At one point my buddies didn't believe me so I made them take their jackets off and walk outside in the meltdown jacket and they were blown away. Just a solid product from WM.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 9, 2017

For the coldest winter days
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Photo is a zoomed in shot of the seamless baffles, which is my favorite feature in the Alassian jacket. This thing is crazy warm. If you haven't given Marmot's Featherless line a try yet, go for it, you'll be happy you did! I suggest using the Alassian on the coldest winter days, doing work in the yard, hitting the slopes, meandering around town, or when you're heading to the office.

Email me directly with all your Marmot questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 9, 2017

Performance with class
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 28x30

Feel - Great poly cotton blend which gives a soft finish yet also feels durable
Fit - Slim fit, but not full on skinny jean fit
Design - Flattering cut, high quality stitching throughout.
Use - Daily office pant, also easy to dress up with for a night in the city

Email me directly with all your Patagonia questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear the Quantum glove on pretty much all my morning or evening high altitude runs during the fall and spring. It's great as a standalone glove for mildly cold runs/hikes, or works amazing as a thicker liner under ski gloves. The material is soft, warm for it's weight, warm when wet, though a bit fragile. I don't recommend any type of scrambling or contact with rocks (granite especially) or you'll shred these babies.

Hit me up with all your Icebreaker questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

Email me directly with all your Icebreaker questions! - jelam@backcountry.com

I immediately tossed three of my older tees after using the Sphere. The merino mixed with a little tencel makes this shirt super soft, extremely strong while wet or dry, and tough to get wrinkly. Don't be deterred from the price, since one Sphere shirt is basically three considering it's high quality and odor resistance.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 3, 2017

Best Warm Weather Hat ever!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Email me directly with all your Outdoor Research questions - jelam@backcountry.com

I've been jammin in the OR Performance Trail hat for a few hundred miles now, and I had to get a second color! My favorite things about this OR hat is that the brim is softer and more flexible than a regular trucker, but still holds in place while you run (unlike those other dorky runner hats). The softer materials make the hat perfect for packing away on trips, and the reinforced inside material quickly put it back to shape when ready for adventure. I also really like how quick the hat dries, and doesn't seem to retain odor like many other hats I've used.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars, is because I'm still waiting for OR to design a hat that will never show sweat marks! It's not a huge deal with this hat though because I'll just dip it in a creek and it's as good as new.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on November 1, 2017

Skratch hydrating during Speedgoat 50k
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm going on two years of using Skratch Labs for all my endurance training and racing, and it's amazing. For my longest mountain days, I'll preload with a glass, and then take a bottle of the exercise mix and then some hypermix powder to refill along the way. All the flavors taste great though my favorite is the raspberry. If you haven't tried the Apple Cinnamon yet, give it a try after your cold workouts. Amazing stuff!

Email me directly with all your Skratch Labs questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Email me directly with all your Icebreaker questions - jelam@backcountry.com

I take out the Ellipse for my really cold winter morning runs. I tend to overheat trying to run in insulated tops, but the Ellipse has breathable and stretch side panels and back which helps regulate my body temp really well. The front insulation is just enough to break the cold wind while not overheating you. The front zip pockets are the perfect size to stash some gloves, keys and wallet. Oh and one of my favorite things about the Ellipse is that I can put in over a weeks worth of runs before I need to wash it!

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