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Nick Gray

Nick Gray

, Gearhead

Salt lake city

Nick Gray's Passions

Paddling
Snowshoeing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Nick Gray's Bio

Recently moved to to Salt Lake City, UT. Previously my wife and I were living abroad in Thailand teaching english in Bangkok and enjoying the all that Thailand had to offer on the weekends. International travel is always at the forefront of my mind and love sharing experiences with people. Before meeting my wife in California I was a senior expedition guide in the San Juan Islands of Washington for 8 years and helped run the REI adventure tours in the area.

I come with a wealth of knowledge in the paddle sports and camping industry and always happy to share my tips and tricks. Shoot me an email (nigray@backcountry.com)

Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on January 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This what my wife had to say about the pack:
"We used this pack on at 5 day hike hike to Machu Pichu in Peru. At 32lbs the weight was centralized on the hips and didn't feel any pain the shoulders or back. The different compartments made it easier to organize gear without emptying our the whole pack. Very easy to fit the backpack and didn't feel like a huge turtle shell on my back"

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Nick Grayposted an image about on January 21, 2019

Backpacking in the Andes Mountains

We used these sleeping bags on our self support trip in the Andes Mountains. Our first night at 12000+ feet of elevation we had ice on the inside/outside of our tent. These sleeping bags preformed prefect at around 20 degrees. As we dropped down to 8000 ft of elevation I keep my sleeping bag unzipped and found that to be a perfect temperature..

These bags are 800 fill Goose Down at 600g. The temperature rating at 15 degrees is a very true statement. Having the extra protection of the Pertex shell was piece of mind for durability and in wet conditions.

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Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on January 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I tried these Knickers out for Night Sking and I was amazing at how warm and above all comfortable they are. I wear 32x32 pants and the Medium fit well and could easily layer with a base layer underneath with no feeling of constriction. These are a welcome addition to my Black Diamond Mission ski pants.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on January 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought these as a gift and we needed to exchange for a size larger, they were just a tad too tight on the foot. I was told that these are very comfortable and the rubber soles are prefect for small trips outside around the hardwood floor.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on August 26, 2018

Capture Everything!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We picked up one of these lens to pair with my Google Pixel 2 phone for our backpacking trip to Machu Pichu. Very impressed with the quality of the glass in this lens and the Moment Case for that matter too. It was fun using the Fish Eye lens for photos for some creative flare. Just remember that when objects are close and located on the outer area of the shot they will be "bent" more compared to far away.
This was a perfect way to get high quality photos without take our big camera on our backpack trip when we wanted to keep our packs light.
Photo is overlooking Machu Picchu, Peru in the far background.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on August 25, 2018

Favorite Down Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6'
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I have a few down jackets and I decided to use the Microlight for our most recent backpacking trip on the Salkantay Trail in Peru, due to it being so versatile. For the record I have used and owned this jacket since 2012. Our first night we camped at 12500ft of elevation and woke up to ice on our tent and poles. I used this with a wool layer underneath and rain jacket over and handled the temps before sleeping great. While moving on trail, I used this as a stand alone piece when the wind kicked up or I started to chill down. June In Cusco, Peru the temp drops to around 30*F at night and wore this as a stand along piece as walked around downtown being tourist. The temp was approximately somewhere in the 40's.
It has the right cut to have a layer underneath if needed and happy with the fill weight and power to keep me warm in multiple environments. I continue to be happy with the Microlight and Rab products.

(I almost wish I bought the hooded version, but still happy with the jacket)
photo is at 15200ft of elevation, Salkantay Pass, Peru

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Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on August 25, 2018

Down to ~15 - 18*F
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say that the temp rating is pretty good. We bought two for these pads for our self support backcountry trip on the Salkantay Trail in Peru in June. The first night we slept at ~12500 ft of elevation and woke up to having ice on our tent and poles. One of our trail friends said that the temp dropped to around 15 - 18*F that night and I believe it as all the streams were solid ice until mid day when the sun melted everything away. I am cold sleeper and found that I did get a little cold through my shoulders that night, with a 15*F Down sleeping bag. This was the only time that we found our self's this cold as we camped at around 8000ft to 10000 ft of elevation the rest of the trip. Overall very happy with the pad and construction and it helped to make our packs at little lighter as we went over the pass at 15200ft.
Fits perfect inside the NEMO Dagger 2P

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Nick Graywrote a review of on August 25, 2018

Download the App!!!
5 5

Decided to put a new hang board in at the house to train during the winter. I have used a Metolis hangboard before so I decided to switch it up and get a Trango because I can set the spacing to my shoulder width (huge plus). Almost every photo below has a pulley system set up for the hang board and for good reason. I will be installing my next week. I highly recommend downloading the app and paying the small charge. The beginner set is 9 exercises with 6 reps and breaks built in for a total around 48 mins. Its a full workout and i'm slowly working my way up to actually being able to complete it all the way through. Very happy with my purchase.

I bought the Metolis wall mount and it fits this hang board perfect for mounting.

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Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on August 25, 2018

5 5

My wife gets the worst bug bites so this is a necessity for us when we go camping and traveling. It's easy to pack in luggage without the fear of it leaking all over your clothes when you get to your destination. With it being individually sealed it works perfect for on the go for any of our adventures.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on August 25, 2018

No Fuss Wood Backing
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the 3rd hang board that i've set up as I have moved around the country. Instead of going to the hardware store and getting screws and finding some part of a board that was cut off in the free bin I purchased this backing. It makes it easy to set up and no guess work. This time around I purchased a Trango board and it fit perfectly on the board and it comes with the screws to mount to the wall, all you need is a stud finder.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on May 14, 2018

5 5

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

This is what my wife had to say about the leggings:
"Love the print, love the fit! bought 2 different color prints because I enjoy these pants so much. Its the right thickness to go workout and run in these. I have a pair of Lululemon tights and I find myself in these more! I am usually a size 6-8 and I bought a small and they fit great"

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Nick Graywrote a review of on May 14, 2018

5 5

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

This is what my wife had to say:
"One of the most comfortable sport bras I have owned. I ear it anywhere: the gym, running, hiking, very versatile I am size 36 D and I bought a Large I tried out a medium first but it returned it for Large for more room and comfort, It gives me the right amount of support and I feel like I can breath still after a long workout/distance run."

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Nick Graywrote a review of on May 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 0"

I bought these for my wife and she really liked these pants when she put them on. True to size and there was a lot of stretch and movement. the right durability in the knees. We are headed to Peru in June (their winters) and wanted something a little more durable and thicker. They just released the Rugged Flex Pant and we will be picking up those because they are a thicker material.

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Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on May 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs

I really liked these pants when I put them on. True to size and there was a lot of stretch and movement. the right durability in the knees. We are headed to Peru in June (their winters) and wanted something a little more durable and thicker. They just released the Rugged Flex Pant and I will be picking up those because they are a thicker material.

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