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John Tribbia

John Tribbia

Salt Lake City, UT

John Tribbia's Passions

Running
Snowshoeing

John Tribbia's Bio

I am a mountain/trail runner based in Salt Lake City, UT where I currently train and live. My strengths have always been running in trails, uphill, and over steep technical paths. As a member of the Salomon-Backcountry.com Mountain/Trail Running Team, I intend to put my best foot forward -- up and over the off beaten path.

John Tribbia

John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I wear this jacket in all types of weather. It is especially effective in windy, light drizzle, snow, and cold conditions. What I like most is the sternum snap button. Never heard of one? Well that's because I have never seen it on any other jacket. This feature allows you to unzip the jacket completely (when climbing a hill, for instance) and it remains on your body with the security of the snap button over your sternum (think of it as a cape). Simply put, this simple feature allows you to control the temperature, meaning overdressing is rarely a "thing" when you come prepared with this jacket. Did I mention it is packable too? It stores into the breast pocket and you can put it in some of the smallest of places like a gel pocket on your shorts.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These shorts are primo! I've worn these in long and short races, as well as, often during training. They have well-placed pockets for gels, keys, or iPod (if you're into that sort of thing). I do much of my running in the early morning, so having reflective strips on there is a much needed amenity. The cut over the thigh isn't too slim, so that fast paced or uphill running can be accomplished unencumbered. If you typically wear a small, I would size up to a medium.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on February 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My first time wearing this shirt, I got itchy from the wool blend. However, after the first wear and another wash, it softened up. Now it is my favorite long-sleeved shirt to wear under a vest, as a base layer, or on mild days outside.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on February 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love the fit of this shirt as well as the softness. I am a smaller frame (5'6") and the small fits true to size. In addition, the collar doesn't fold over in weird directions like some other polo-type shirts.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on January 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: one size

I bought these for my wife as a gift and they are her favorite pair of socks. She loves all Stance but these are lightweight and comfortable. They don't bunch up and it is hard to beat the designs.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.0

I have an average foot width and average arch. These shoes fit true to size (i'm a size 9) and have a very comfortable fit. If you had a wider foot, I would imagine they might be snug, but for the average to narrow foot, these shoes fit very well.

I wear these for training and racing. The traction is great for trail, mud, snow, scree, and scrambling. The foot plate is firm enough to protect against rocks, but flexible enough so that it isn't cumbersome to push off. I really like the low profile, but I would opt for a higher profiled shoe if i felt ankle stability and protection was needed.

Overall, I opt for this shoe in all situations and conditions.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on October 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this backpack for all of my commuting needs. i take it biking, on the bus, and in my carpool. It has a lot of storage, with great pockets for organization. I personally like the top storage for my phone and keys. Ample space for a laptop in the rear sleeve. My one complaint is the hip belt is small - it is just a ribbon. Ideally, it would be more padded and have a bigger buckle for larger loads.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 19, 2014

4 5

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

I've only worn these a few times...my initial impression is that they fit well (true to size), stay up on your calf, and are comfortably lightweight. Even though they are lightweight, they kept my feet warm in 20 degree running weather.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I ran a few times in these socks. They are lightweight, soft to the skin (despite being wool), and wick sweat away well. But, I would buy a size down because they run a little large. I experienced some slipping and blisters with them.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

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

I bought this jacket for our 1 year old son to wear on cold days outside and while I take him on jogging stroller rides in our Chariot. The hood provides great head coverage. It fits true to size, with the exception of the arm length. I don't mind and my son doesn't mind the longer arm length, because it keeps his hands warm when he's resistant to wearing his mittens. I also like this jacket because it isn't bulky (the synthetic fill is light, flexible, and warming), so it doesn't bother him when he's buckled in the jogging stroller straps.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

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

I bought these booties for our 1 year old son to wear on chilly days in the house and on cold jogging stroller rides in our Chariot. With socks underneath, they keep his feet warm and comfortable on those cold days. The best part about these is they stay on his feet, thanks to the non-abrasive elastic band at the ankles. In addition, the rubber traction on the sole is grippy enough for his playtime/walktime/runtime across our hardwood floors. I highly recommend these for any toddler growing up in colder climates.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on September 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use Acli-mate as a daily multi-vitamin to replenish any lost electrolytes after running/training. I also use it before a high altitude mountain race. I have found both uses to be beneficial to the way my body recovers (post-activity use) and adapts to changing elevations (in race mode).

Grape is my favorite flavor. It goes down easy, but does leave a lingering aftertaste. I typically mix one packet with 32oz of water to dilute the flavor a bit.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Light and Perfect for Mud/Grass
5 5

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

I turn to the S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra SG for racing on soft terrain (mud, loose dirt, grass, etc.). These shoes provide the best traction and they are super lightweight. Salomon's boa lace system that tucks into the tongue is perfect for situations where you are running or power hiking through thick brush. Why? The laces won't catch on branches like other shoes with traditional lacing systems.

The fit is more narrow through the arch than other Salomon shoes, so beware if you have a wide midfoot.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on June 24, 2014

4 5

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

Because most of my day-to-day training takes place on equal proportions of road and trail (especially when I'm pushing a Jogging Stroller), I need a shoe that performs well on both surfaces. The Salomon X-Wind Pro is my go-to shoe because the tread is aggressive enough to provide good traction on trails, but smooth enough for a pleasant experience on-road (Salomon calls it a hybrid sole; I call it poetry in motion). The cushioning is soft but the shoe response is bouncy, which is what I prefer for easy jogging days when my legs are sore and tired from faster speed work in days prior.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a shoe with a protective foot plate (for those rocky and technical trails), the X-Wind Pro isn't suited for that. You'll find that the sole and cushioning do not protect the bottoms of your feet from pointed rocks and/or tree roots.

This is a favorite shoe of mine because it is light, nimble, cushy, versatile and comfortable.

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John Tribbiawrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to using sports drinks during intense workouts or races. Skratch Labs has been the most gentle on my stomach compared to other drink mixes. I like the Lemon-Lime flavor especially. It is not too sweet, does not leave a lingering aftertaste (e.g. it has a clean taste), and provides much needed electrolyte supplementation when running in the hot summers of Utah. What I like most about Skratch is that it is made from natural ingredients (no "Natural Flavors" or chemicals), which is probably why I my stomach tolerates it so well.

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