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Nick Wrzesinski

Nick Wrzesinski

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City

Nick Wrzesinski's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Biking

Nick Wrzesinski's Bio

I traded the Chicago skyline for the mountains of Utah and haven't looked back. You'll mostly find me in the Wasatch, Southern Utah and Red Rock. Photography is what initially brought me to the mountains and began my travel adventures but the adventures themselves are now what keep me going.

You can follow along on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nick_wrz

I'm happiest when I'm backpacking, hiking, camping, mountain or road biking, snowboarding, or climbing. My latest passion is splitboarding but I'll try just about anything.

Nick Wrzesinski

Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For car camping or fests this is a pad you won't want to live without. Its easy to inflate, just unroll it, open the valves and give it some time. You lose more heat than you'd think to the ground so having an 11.4 R-Value is huge if you're in colder climates. Be aware that it it quite large when packed up so keep that in mind if you're short on space. The 26 x 7in packed size is when it's fully compressed. If just using the included bag it will fill up in the bag to be larger than that so tie it down to keep it smaller.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't usually ride with pads so I was dreading finding a pair as in the past the styles I've tried have all been very uncomfortable and hard to get on. I have pretty large legs but the K-Traze AMP Zip Knee Pad were easy to get on with the zipper and once on they stayed where they should. I don't have to adjust them when riding and don't even notice I have them on once on the trail. Highly recommended.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

Thrives in the pow
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these all season in waist deep pow and -15 degree nights. They've kept me dry, warm and comfortable. They run true to size so measure your hand to get the best fit. The merino liner is super soft and comfortable and Primaloft Gold will keep you warm even in some of the coldest temps. I run pretty warm so your results may vary but I've used these in negative temps with good results. They have a pocket to stuff a hand warmer if you need the extra heat.

They do have wrist straps so you won't drop them while taking that selfie on the lift. The leather is high quality and has held up well so far. Using some wax occasionally on them will help them from getting soaked externally in damp conditions but the GTX will keep your hands dry even if the leather gets a little damp. Highly recommended.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The photo above is larger than life size. They are seriously as long as your camp spoon. For ultralight use I can see them being somewhat useful but you can't believe how small they actually are until you have them in your hands. Personally I returned them as they were not what I needed.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this mostly to keep some cold water on hand while out in the desert and it does a great job of that. Keeping it out of the sun I can keep water cold for a couple days in this. My tip is to put it in the freezer the night before you leave then in the morning fill it tot he brim with ice and then ice water. That will keep the water colder much longer.

It's great for carbonated drinks like beer and kombucha as well. Have somewhere that sells kombucha on tap? Fill up and you're good to go.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

Everyone needs Cast Iron in their life
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this kit camping and also at home in the kitchen. It's bomber either way. From pizza to steak to biscuits and gravy they really can't be beat. Make sure you don't use soap to clean it and follow the manufacturers instructions and these will last you a lifetime.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

5 5

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

The Mountain Equipment Helium 800 is a super warm bag that won't break the bank. It's not cheap but is less expensive than some of it's premium counterparts while still being high quality. If you run colder this is the bag for you.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Axl Insulated Sleeping pad is comfortable, packs down tiny, is lightweight, and my go to. I'd use this for car camping but shines for backpacking. It's by far the most comfortable ultralight sleeping pad I've used for a side sleeper. The insulation helps keep you warm and is not crinkly and loud like some insulated sleeping pads can be. Inflates easily by mouth but add in a Big Agnes Pumphouse and it inflates in under a minute with ease.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

5 5

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

I bought these as a gift for a friend and they wore them while we did the full Narrows at Zion. That's 2 days hiking through the water. She tends to run cold so these made sure she stayed warm and didn't freeze her feet off. Paired with Astral water shoes they were top notch.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on November 24, 2018

5 5

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

Bought this as a gift for a friend and I know others who use it. POC puts safety first and I wouldn't trust my friends welfare to anyone else. Comfortable, looks good, and solidly built. Look at their new Spin technology for even better protection. Spin is POC's proprietary version of MIPS.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Hopper Backflip is great for a day on the beach, going fishing, camping, sports event, or anywhere you need a chilled tasty beverage. It'll stay cold long enough for day trips but don't think it will keep cold for days like the Tundra or Roadie will. It's a great companion to a larger Tundra. Keep the ice cold for days in the Tundra at basecamp and add as needed to the Hopper Backflip for adventures. It's also rugged and will stand up to pretty good abuse. The zipper is water tight but due to that can be a little hard to fully zip and unzip so your little ones won't be able to snag a beverage behind your back!

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

Non nonsense pack.
5 5

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

The Ariel Pro won't be the pack for those just getting into backpacking but for the seasoned Pro who doesn't need or want all the bells and whistles, and weight associated with them. It's top load only with very few pockets. That keeps the weight down. The Ariel Pro is the Women's, the Aether Pro is the Men's version of this pack. Want all the bells and whistles? Go for the non-Pro Aether or Ariel instead.

There are plenty of straps and attachment points to add additional gear to the outside. If you don't want/need those straps you can optionally remove them to lighten your load even more. This is highly customizable.

Compatible with both the Daylite and Daylite Plus daypacks. Those clip right on for added storage and for use as a daypack or summit pack.

Photo taken in the Zion Narrows

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

Minimalist and durable pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Aether Pro won't be the pack for those just getting into backpacking but for the seasoned Pro who doesn't need or want all the bells and whistles, and weight associated with them. It's top load only which very few pockets. That keeps the weight down. The Aether Pro is the Men's, the Ariel Pro is the Women's version of this pack. Want all the bells and whistles? Go for the non-Pro Aether or Ariel instead.

There are plenty of straps and attachment points to add additional gear to the outside. In the photo I had my tent on the outside along with my trekking poles as I didn't need them at the moment. If you don't want/need those straps you can optionally remove them to lighten your load even more.

Compatible with both the Daylite and Daylite Plus daypacks. Those clip right on for added storage and for use as a daypack or summit pack.

The tent attached is a Big Agnes UL3 HV . The photo was taken in the Zion Narrows.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Static V2 sleeping pad is great for warm weather camping. It's thick enough for side sleepers and back sleepers alike. It's small enough and doesn't take forever to inflate. If you're camping in colder weather check out the insulated version to keep you warmer. I toss and turn a lot at night and the side baffles help keep me on the pad and off the ground. Highly recommend it.

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Nick Wrzesinskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Sea To Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad is a great pad for the price point if you're looking for a super small pad for backpacking. I'm a larger guy at 225 so side sleeping for me isn't the best on it but for someone lighter that wouldn't be an issue. It's R rating of 2.5 means it will keep you warmer but if you are a very cold sleeper you may want to look for other options. Note that other options will be larger and heavier so it's a trade off. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pad to anyone.

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