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Nick Gray

Salt lake city

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's Passions

  • Paddling,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Running,
  • Climbing.

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Nick Gray

Nick Graywrote a review of on June 20, 2019

The Perfect Fit
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know this a Women's PFD but I used this PFD professionally as a Sea Kayak Guide for almost 8 years. The extra foam breaks in the front of the PFD help provide a more comfortable fit compared to the Men's version. The pockets in the front are functional for a Radio and navigational items I needed for trips and a snack bar. Wearing this PFD I never felt any restriction when paddling which helps in everyday paddling and dynamic surf environments.

I agree with past reviews that I would not take this PFD on class 4 or 5 rivers and would switch to my White Water Rescue PFD, but for sea kayak environments it's perfect!

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This gravity filter is perfect for groups and easy to use. I took this system on my Backpacking trip in Mountains of Peru. Some nights that the temperature was going to dip below freezing I did bring this filter in my sleeping bag to avoid it freezing at night. Worked great on the trip and I was never sick. "Back flushing" the system if the filtration speed slows down is a great trick.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was the first cooking system I bought when I started camping, great sizing for 3ish people. Easy to clean if you burn something on the pot with steal wool. This is a set that you don't need to baby around. Pair this with the Whisper lite International, Dragonfly or the Windpro II and you will have a great setup. I still have my system after 9 years.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 0"

I bought this as a gift for my wife and here is what she had to say:

"SOOO SOFT!!! Stylish jacket for everyday wear in chilly weather. The color is absolutely perfection. More of a boxy cut than fitted, but it is so comfy and I have gotten so many complements whenever I wear this jacket. My go to jacket for the warmer parts of winter, spring and fall in Utah."

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

4 5

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

I bought this as a gift for my wife for running outdoors in the cold. Her is what she had to say
"Love the Pattern, good material. The width is a little too large, could cover the whole head and still hang off by my pony tail. I have to fold it so that it doesn't look funny. After it is folded it does the trick!"

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

4 5

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

After exchanging out the size this is what my wife had to say:

I wear these every night. Love the hard sole and the soft interior, durable and perfect for cozy feet in the and wood floors of our house. I don't think the bulky heel is attractive but they are great for my lounging needs. They have also held there structure nice and did not stretch out.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

Bought these for our trip to Thailand. Great Fit and super comfortable. I lived in these while we were on the beaches for the week.
I normally wear a 31" waist and bought the 32 and the fit was good with a bit of room for comfort, but probably could have gone with a 31" if they were in stock.
These shorts are true to size.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

I bought these as a gift for my wife for our Thailand trip after her previous pair were scratched up and she has not taken them off since. She loves the color and fit, the lens aren't too big on her face and after traveling around on the beaches in Thailand and beating them up a bit, it is safe to say they are durable as well. Overall, great purchase.

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

I bought these as a gift for my Mother for her trip around Thailand. Here is what she had to say about them:

"I bought these for my Thailand trip. I wanted something super comfortable, lightweight that didn’t look too clunky. I can wear these with shorts or a casual dress so that definitely cuts down on the number of shoes I have to pack."

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 0"

I bought these as a gift for my Mother for her trip around Thailand. Here is what she had to say about these shorts.

"I bought these to wear in Thailand this spring. They fit perfectly with enough stretch to be comfortable but not baggy. I am hoping the material will be lightweight and breathable for the humidity!"

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Height: 0"

Bought this as a gift for my mother who is works in professionally as a Realtor and is outside a lot meeting clients. Here is what she had to say about this jacket:

"This coat is perfect for life in the PNW, I am so happy with it. It combines warmth and style, I can meet clients stay warm and dry and still look professional."

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Nick Graywrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 250 lbs

I bought these as a gift for my father who need cushion and support for his feet. Originally used these on their trip around Asia to walk but now wears them for everything! Here is what he said about the shoes:

"What a difference! After trying many different brands I have found the perfect shoe to walk in!"

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