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Justin Morgan

Justin Morgan

Gearhead

park city

Justin Morgan's Passions

Climbing
Running
Hiking & Camping

Justin Morgan's Bio

I am an outdoor enthusiast from a small town north of Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up taking advantage of the northeast's unique terrain racing downhill mountain bikes, splitboarding, working in a terrain park, fishing both salt/fresh water, and golfing all over New England.

I have had over 9 years working in the ski industry, and over 4 years working in customer service/ sales. When I studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria riding, studying and living at the base of the alps made it hard living in New England. I decided after a year working in Boston selling software I needed to follow my passion and dream. Now I live in Park City surrounded by the epic playground of the Wasatch National Forest chasing powder days, riding mountain bikes, fishing, and working with clients every day who share my passion for the outdoors.

The best part about Backcountry.com is it provides me the unique experience of staying on the front lines of the highest quality existing and new products on the market. From expert to beginner my soul purpose is to ensure you get the right gear within your budget. If you have any questions, or need detail information about a product please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Justin Morgan
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Jumorgan@backcountry.com

Justin Morgan

Justin Morganwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After watching my buddy tear around on his 29er hightower i had to take one of the new plus hightowers out. I am really impressed with everything about this bike. Climbing in the trails around park city i felt endless amounts of grip. This did lower the bike a touch but still didn't feel like my cranks were in the ground using 175mm cranks. The VPP suspension as always is incredible but they really excelled on the geometry to really make this stable on both uphills and downhill. Add the 1x12 and you have one perfect quiver bike. If you have any questions on the buying process, sizing this bike, or wondering what options would be best for you i would be happy to chat anytime.

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on March 20, 2017

touring partner for life
5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

After hearing a raving review about this piece from a trusted customer i had to give it a try. This is a great alternative to a down mid layer or touring piece. It was a little thicker then expected so will be used on colder mornings but is incredibly comfortable and packs well. I got the large in this which fits me perfect and i am tall/skinny guy. If you have any questions please reach out to my contact information below!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

why spend $500 on a watch when this nixon looks better? Have had nixon watches all my life. They are built to look great and to take a beating. The look of the leather is so rich and the face is simply perfect. I also had the chrono version which i loved as well.

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Coming from a DH background i like my bars wide and these baby's did the trick. Not only that but the color options are a good way to trick you bike out a bit for the park. I perfer this rise not to aggressive but enough. Really excited to get some miles under these!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on February 15, 2017

Pow day special
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The rage among snowboarders is to build a quiver of boards. The purpose of this is having a board for specific days, conditions, terrain, and riding style. In my quiver this board i found to be my go too on deep pow days. I mean this board is super snappy and short in the tree's. You have such control and response it allows you to take lines otherwise not taken. Its exactly what you want in that pow surfer board. Now i hate this board traversing and holding an edge on hard pack as others mentioned. With that being said the other day this is my board of choice is a warm corn day or party days on the mountain. Overall rome crushed the design for what they want it to be.That huge spoon nose just eats snow. You get a high quality sintered base which is a big update from the older version i rode. This board filled a big hole in my quiver and i had a blast riding it. I put it through a lot of abuse and it just kept on trucking. If you ever want to chat about this board shoot me an email or give me a call. My main role here is to work one on one to help get you in the right board the first time.

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

quiver killer
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yeti came through the other day to let us test the fleet and i was lucky enough to find myself sitting on the do it all trail machine they deemed the Yeti SB5. This bike is one curvy, good looking bike. I was surprised to find out they upgraded the color pallet to offer other options from Yeti blue to include a few more options for those who wish to be different. The big difference with these bikes from Yeti is that switch infinity you see in the SB line. Developed in collaboration with Fox , Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design is unlike anything currently on the market. One thing you need to realize with this bike is its not a second shock located above the bottom bracket. It's actually two short rails, the heart of Yeti's €œtranslating pivot€ suspension configuration. Initially, as the bike goes through its travel the carrier moves upwards on the rails, giving the bike a rearward axle path for improved pedaling and small bump absorption. As the rear wheel goes deeper into its travel the mechanism moves downwards, reducing the amount of chain tension for better big hit performance. The unit itself doesn't actually move that much about 4mm in either direction but when you attach a 17.4 inch lever to that (the length of the SB5's chainstays), it does make a difference in the bike's wheel path.

So now the real meat, how does it ride?
Climbing: This bike was excellent on the time i spent climbing. Yeti did a great job of making the bike feel plush in bottomless but when climbing i felt no bob with the rear shock wide open. Its also extremely light around 26 pounds, and short so getting this bike uphill is a breeze.

Descending: This is where the fun starts. This 127mm rear travel bike ate everything i threw in its path. I felt the switch infinity pushing me down, and through rock gardens/turns. Its crazy how it gains speed through sections that would usually slow you down. With the switch infinity i found it was great platform while also feeling bottomless on drops and rock gardens. Its a little weird to get used to jumping the bike at first as it does sink deep into travel sometimes when hitting multiple jumps in a row because i am so used to pre loading hard into jumps. I found just letting the bike do its thing and try less helped eliminate this issue.

Overall: This bike is a great quiver bike that can really do it all. I think the geometry combined with the switch infinity developed a stable progressive platform to give you the best range of usability. I would love to have this bike for long rides as i know i would not only feel comfortable on it all day but i could literally throw anything at this bike with confidence. Finally the fun factor on this bike is all time. You cant help but grin accelerating out of a berm on this bike. Its like nothing i have experienced on a bike and i recommend it to anyone.

If you are looking to chat about this bike feel free to contact me anytime!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

The best
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yeti came through the other day to let us test the fleet and i was lucky enough to find myself sitting on the do it all trail machine they deemed the Yeti SB5. This bike is one curvy, good looking bike. I was surprised to find out they upgraded the color pallet to offer other options from Yeti blue to include a few more options for those who wish to be different. The big difference with these bikes from Yeti is that switch infinity you see in the SB line. Developed in collaboration with Fox , Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design is unlike anything currently on the market. One thing you need to realize with this bike is its not a second shock located above the bottom bracket. It's actually two short rails, the heart of Yeti's œtranslating pivot suspension configuration. Initially, as the bike goes through its travel the carrier moves upwards on the rails, giving the bike a rearward axle path for improved pedaling and small bump absorption. As the rear wheel goes deeper into its travel the mechanism moves downwards, reducing the amount of chain tension for better big hit performance. The unit itself doesn't actually move that much about 4mm in either direction but when you attach a 17.4 inch lever to that (the length of the SB5's chainstays), it does make a difference in the bike's wheel path.

So now the real meat, how does it ride?
Climbing: This bike was excellent on the time i spent climbing. Yeti did a great job of making the bike feel plush in bottomless but when climbing i felt no bob with the rear shock wide open. Its also extremely light around 26 pounds, and short so getting this bike uphill is a breeze.

Descending: This is where the fun starts. This 127mm rear travel bike ate everything i threw in its path. I felt the switch infinity pushing me down, and through rock gardens/turns. Its crazy how it gains speed through sections that would usually slow you down. On all of the SB's one thing you need to be careful about is getting going to fast. With the switch infinity i found it was great platform while also feeling bottomless on drops and rock gardens. Its a little weird to get used to jumping the bike at first as it does sink deep into travel sometimes when hitting multiple jumps in a row because i am so used to preloading hard into jumps. I found just letting the bike do its thing and try less helped eliminate this issue.

Overall: This bike is a great quiver bike that can really do it all. I think the geometry combined with the switch infinity developed a stable progressive platform to give you the best range of usability. I would love to have this bike for long rides as i know i would not only feel comfortable on it all day but i could literally throw anything at this bike with confidence. Finally the fun factor on this bike is all time. You cant help but grin accelerating out of a berm on this bike. Its like nothing i have experienced on a bike and i recommend it to anyone.

If you are looking to chat about this bike feel free to contact me anytime!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

2 layer glory
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

looking for a technical set up with enough money left over to pay for your tickets? This is the jacket. The famed gore tex waterproof membrane keeps the wind.rain out. It is the most durable membrane on the market so you know this jacket will be performing year after year. Love the zippers and handy pockets built in. The fit is great not to baggy not to tight. Have tested this touring, and riding in the resort and it is really all time. Love this jacket so much. Let me know if you have any questions as i would be happy to help you set up your winter kit!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

2 layer glory
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

for those looking to get into a cheaper technical kit this is what you want. I have been using these to tour in and ride in the resort. The gore tex two layer does a great job blocking wind/water. It also breaths really well when active which is all you can ask for. The polyester face fabric is plenty durable to handle all the abuse you can think of. These fit pretty true to size. Please reach out with any questions or help setting up your winter kit!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on December 21, 2016

spicy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Xavier Le Ru hits the biggest baddest lines and this board is built to help him achieve his goals. It pretty much is a race car. Why? First the base is insane. They took rossignol's fastest strongest base. core shots? forget about it. Wax on wax off your ripping. Next they they used the magic of basalt on the edges three Microcell beams. This provides extra damping so you dont get loose and an extra stiff flex which stiffens this baby up and provides that solid feel that xavier needs on big, fast lines. They threw magna traction in which helps you rail turns by increasing contact points. On a normal board your have 2 but using magna traction which increases that to 7 a side. Wana turn ice to pow? I do. Then the shape. The profile is a 40/60 rocker/camber. This is the perfect amount so you aren't washing out and float with ease through the pow. They also have a small cutout on the tail to help float, and a pointy nose to spear through the pow after re appearing out of a drop. Finally the artwork on this board is insane. It really pops and you always get complements. No stickers on this baby. Overall if you are looking for a hard charging all mountain board that is oriented towards pow this is your board. Please feel free to reach out anytime if you are looking for a board happy to answer any questions and make sure we get you in the right gear!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on December 21, 2016

Spicy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Xavier Le Ru hits the biggest baddest lines and this board is built to help him achieve his goals. It pretty much is a race car. Why? First the base is insane. They took rossignol's fastest strongest base. core shots? forget about it. Wax on wax off your ripping. Next they they used the magic of basalt on the edges three Microcell beams. This provides extra damping so you dont get loose and an extra stiff flex which stiffens this baby up and provides that solid feel that xavier needs on big, fast lines. They threw magna traction in which helps you rail turns by increasing contact points. On a normal board your have 2 but using magna traction which increases that to 7 a side. Wana turn ice to pow? I do. Then the shape. The profile is a 40/60 rocker/camber. This is the perfect amount so you aren't washing out and float with ease through the pow. They also have a small cutout on the tail to help float, and a pointy nose to spear through the pow after re appearing out of a drop. Finally the artwork on this board is insane. It really pops and you always get complements. No stickers on this baby. Overall if you are looking for a hard charging all mountain board that is oriented towards pow this is your board. Please feel free to reach out anytime if you are looking for a board happy to answer any questions and make sure we get you in the right gear!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

These bad boys are the perfect boxxer. The folks over at Mons live and breath merino. They took the old itchy merino of the past and refined it so it feels as soft as cotton which keeps your boys nice and comfortable. Along with that merino is oder resistant which allows you to be able to wear this day in and day out (under certain circumstances as a ski bum this happens) without having to wash after every ride. Another feature is merino stays much warmer when wet and dries fast which will keep you comfortable no matter the circumstances. Finally merino is durable and properly washing will last. Highly recommend giving these a go!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

Touring go to
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

This is my go to touring top. The ventilation and combo with the merino is perfect to keep your temp regulated. The folks over at Mons live and breath merino. They took the old itchy merino of the past and refined it so it feels as soft as cotton. Along with that merino is oder resistant which allows you to be able to wear this day in and day out without having to wash after every ride. Another feature is merino stays much warmer when wet which will keep you comfortable no matter the circumstances. Finally merino is durable and properly washing will last. If you have any question's about this piece or are looking to get a baselayer kit feel free to reach out!

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Justin Morganwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

3/4 perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Mons royale crushed it on this and will be my only baselayer pants from here on out. All baselayer pants like this should be 3/4 because full lengths get stuck in your boot and rob your feet of heat! much better then cutting a brand new pair like i used to so love that. They are so amazing because the folks over at Mons live and breath merino. They took the old itchy merino of the past and refined it so it feels as soft as cotton. Along with that merino is oder resistant which allows you to be able to wear this day in and day out without having to wash after every ride. Another feature is merino stays much warmer when wet, and dries faster which will keep you comfortable no matter the circumstances. Finally merino is durable and properly washing will last. If you have any question's about this piece or are looking to get a baselayer kit feel free to reach out!

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