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Jimmy Elam

Jimmy Elam

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT

Jimmy Elam's Passions

Running
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing

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 Elamposted an image about on April 14, 2017

Update!!! Canyon action in the King MT!

Exploring Buckskin Gulch in the southern Utah desert with my King MT. The canyon presented everything from thick mud, numerous rock crossings, knee deep pools, and the King held their own nicely. The upper dries extremely fast and the foot lock strap really locked my foot in place for the technical sections of the route. I'm also loving how grippy the Vibram outsole is. It feels much better than the Lone Peak I've used in the past. My friend (who wasn't wearing the King) was slipping around everywhere while I was sure-footed through the entire canyon.

Hit me up with Altra questions - jelam@backcountry.com

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

Jammin work emails wearing the Fjord LW
5 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 flannel questions - jelam@backcountry.com

If you're a fan of the OG Fjord, you won't be disappointed with the Fjord Lightweight. Winter transitioning to spring is when I find myself wearing this flannel on the daily. It's soft, comfortable, cut well with a relaxed fit, and one of my favorite tops for spring and fall days. Only gripe is I feel the sleeves are a tad long. Though, I roll them up once and don't have an issue.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

Crushing Desert Canyons in the Run Truck
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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

OR nailed it with the Run Trucker. I've been using their regular trucker hats (non-mesh back) for a few years now and have been waiting for a hat like this to come out! The fit is spot on, with a very soft liner against your forehead. My favorite feature of the hat is the mesh back which dries extremely quick. This hat is built for those who are into the aerobic activities like hiking, biking and running.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

Rainy Zion in the Helium II
4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

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

The Helium is the type of jacket you'll want to add to your quiver of gear for times when you have no idea what the weather will throw at you. I busted out the Helium while I was exploring Zion when the rain hit and it was perfect for an emergency layer. I wouldn't use it for extended storms (get a 3-layer GTX for that) but the Helium kept me dry for 2-3hrs easy. The Helium is also light enough to be a layer that you never take out of your adventure pack. Even with no rain on the forecast, I've been happy to bring the Helium along as a wind layer, keeping me warm on high altitude peaks.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

Picked up my third pair
4 5

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

These are solid running shorts for warmer summer days. For longer runs in the heat I prefer no liner in my shorts, for obvious reasons. The Nine Trails unlined are nearly a perfect short for me. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because of the two side pockets. I feel Patagonia missed something, making them so small you can barely put your hand inside. At this point there really should be no side pockets at all. Still though, it's not a deal breaker and there's a good reason I now own three pair of them. I do love the back zip pocket though! It's ideal for my car key, credit card, or snack for the longer runs.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

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

Email me for all your Gore questions - jelam@backcountry.com

This is hands down the best active rain layer ever made, and I've used a TON of different shells on the trail. I got this jacket primarily for trail/ultra runs. I pump out heat and run on the warm side, so needed a jacket that sheds the heat while still keeping me dry from the elements. I took the Gore One out for a 10 miler in temps around low 40's and it performed wonderfully.

My favorite things about the Gore One - Stupid light, I believe it's the lightest and most breathable fully waterproof goretex available. It's so quiet! Unlike many other rain jackets I've used which make that crinkle sound, this thing is silent but deadly. Another favorite feature is the hood. It doesn't have a drawstring but as long as you are wearing a hat it wraps around your head perfectly.

What would I improve? I would have an integrated stuff sack on the chest. I don't know why this doesn't already exist.

I know this thing is on the pricey side for a minimal shell, but it's worth every penny for function.

I'll post up another update once I put a few hundred miles in this bad boy.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

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

Some new info after more time in the Airshed--- I've worn the Airshed in a range of temps now (30-60deg) and I'm finding that this top seriously dumps heat. If I start to get warm and sweat, the Airshed helps regulate my body temp by allowing plenty of breathability and keeping me cool when it's wet. I'm interested to see how this thing works as a stand-alone layer even on summer days.

I also find that when the Airshed is damp/wet, it feels much better against my skin compared to my Houdini.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

Cruising Zion in the Atom SL
5 5

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

Email me with all your Arc'teryx questions - jelam@backcountry.com

The heftier Atom LT is my favorite mid-weight synthetic jacket of all time. For years now I've wanted to find a similar jacket that I can do my cold weather runs in, that provides just as much comfort and reliability as the LT. Well, it's here! The Atom SL is the little brother of the Atom LT. It's silly light, breathable, and the perfect piece to add to your quiver if you're into self-propelled pursuits like trail running or mtn biking.

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Jimmy Elamwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

Catching Air in the Grit
5 5

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

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

I'm absolutely loving the PureGrit 5 and they are my current favorite trail shoe. These are some of the features I love on the shoe - The mild outsole lugs provide amazing grip on every type of terrain I've thrown at them. I've taken them through slick packed snow, scree fields, mud, packed trail, a little road, and it all feels great. I also really like how the heel counter wraps nicely around my heel/foot. It gives me some extra confidence when wanting to slam the downhills.

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