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Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn

Snowbird, really any canyon along the wasatch front, Salt Lake City, UT

Pat Guinn's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Pat Guinn's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.


I grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah and I love to ski and rock climb. During the winter I can be found at Snowbird searching for powder. I still live in the Salt Lake City area and spend all my free time in the canyons either climbing, skiing, or hiking.


When I'm not outside, you can find me working in the Backcountry.com retail store at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City. Come on in and check it out!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 25, 2018

5 5

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

I skied my new Faction Prime 3.0's for the first time last weekend and I was thoroughly impressed. I mounted them up with Marker Kingpin 13's and although this is my new touring setup, I decided to ski them inbounds at Snowbird on their inaugural outing (mostly because avalanche conditions have been heinous here in Utah this season). I was blown away with how light they are, the 182 is listed at 3 lbs 13 oz and I've got the 177 cm length so they are probably a few ounces lighter than that. For a ski that is relatively fat at 108 mm underfoot they are incredibly light and I was thinking to myself "there is no way that a ski this light can perform well", but the wizards over at Faction somehow figured it out. I skied them all day on everything from groomers to cut up pow, to chunder and they handled it all incredibly well. I even tested out their top speed on Regulator Johnson, the steepest, fastest run at Snowbird, and they held their own surprisingly well; I never felt like I didn't have enough ski under me. For being so light this ski still packs a punch; I would say that they are a medium-stiff flex, so they aren't exactly 2x4's, but they are beefy enough to handle just about anything that you can throw at them, while still being forgiving and fun to ski.

Where I felt they really excelled was in tight areas like chutes. The tail is flat and has a notch so that you can attach skins easily, but it also has a bit of rocker that angles it up a little, so for being a more traditional shape they still pivot and jump turn really well in tight spaces. These are going to be an awesome couloir ski.

Although I haven't had a chance to tour on them yet, with the weight I can already tell they are going to be a night and day difference from my previous setup (Salomon Guardians on some Moment Jaguar Sharks), which is roughly twice the weight. I'll update my review once I take them on their maiden voyage in the backcountry.

In summary, although this is a ski built for the backcountry, I was thoroughly impressed with their performance inbounds at high speeds, and I can't wait to see what they can do in the backcountry.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got a pair of these CW-X Stabilyx 3/4 Length Tights a few weeks ago for skiing after hearing a couple of friends rave about them. I have a few nagging injuries that I've accumulated over the years. These gave me some much needed compression and support for my lower back, hips and knees (the problem areas) and I've found that I feel more confident in my skiing as well since my legs feel more stable and my janky knee has some extra support. My legs also don't seem to get as sore/feel as exhausted after a day of skiing, so I think the compression definitely helps. I also love the 3/4 length for skiing, these end right above the tops of my boots so I don't have to bunch up the bottom quarter of my baselayers to keep them out of my boots anymore.

I've got a 32 inch waist so I went with the medium and they fit pretty well, with one exception, they are a little bit long for me. I have about a 30 inch inseam, so when I put them on the knees are a little bit low and I have to pull them up an inch or two. I wish they made a short inseam because then they would be perfect for people like me who have shorter legs.

Feel free to shoot me an email at pguinn@backcountry.com or call me on my direct line at 801-204-4682 if you've got any questions!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have had a chance to use the Eider Rocks Jacket for a couple of weeks now and I like it a lot! I normally ski with a shell and a couple of insulating layers, but has been really nice to just be able to throw this jacket on over my baselayer and not have to worry about a bunch of different layers. This has 100 grams of insulation so it is pretty warm and has been perfect for ski days in the 20-30 degree range. I even used it for night skiing; the temps were in the teens and all I had to put under it was a lightweight fleece. This has plenty of pockets including an upper arm pocket that is perfect for an RFID ski pass, two chest pockets (one outer and one interior media pocket) and plenty of space in the hand pockets. It also has all the key features for a ski jacket; helmet compatible hood, pit zips, powder skirt, and even stretchy wrist gaiters to keep snow from going up your sleeves.

My favorite thing about this jacket is the fact that it works just as well when wearing it around town as it does when skiing. It has a super clean look and I love the fact that the fabric has a crosshatch, almost heathered, weave that gives it a sophistocated look. I’ll definitely be rocking this on Main Street in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Feel free to email me at pguinn@backcountry.com or call me on my direct line at 801-204-4682 if you've got any questions about this jacket!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

Great insulated pant!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I don’t normally wear insulated pants when skiing, but I was really impressed by the Eider Edge Pant. I have skied a few days in these already and they have worked out really well for me. These are listed a regular fit, but keep in mind that Eider is a european brand, so their regular cut is a bit more fitted than most brands based in the United States. Even though they are more of a trim fit I found that they did a great job articulating the joints so that these pants move with you very well. These are plenty warm and were perfect for temperatures in the 20-30 degree range. I wore them night skiing one night when temps were in the teens, I didn’t need to add any additional layers underneath and they kept me toasty warm.

I really like the fabric they use. It has kind of a cross-hatch weave that is almost heathered and gives them a really sophisticated look; it almost makes me feel like I'm wearing a pair of dress pants. They look real sharp!

I would only change a couple things about these pants. I would make the pockets a little bit bigger and I would add thigh zips for venting. They were almost a little too warm for me when skiing in temps above freezing, so it would be really nice to have the ability to bleed some heat. That being said, I generally tend to run pretty warm, so your average person may not have the same issue.

Feel free to shoot me an email at pguinn@backcountry.com or call me on my direct line at 801-204-4682 if you've got any questions!

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Pat GuinnMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on January 5, 2018

Here is a video that DPS put together with application instructions. I am the in-house DPS Phantom expert here at Backcountry, so feel free to email me at pguinn@backcountry.com or call me on my direct line at 801-204-4682 with questions!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I had a pair of the Chaco Z/2 Classics for about 8 years before they finally kicked the bucket; the sole came unglued last summer while hiking through the desert on a particularly hot day. Even though I ended up sending those back to Chaco to get resoled (they did an awesome job, by the way), I decided it was time to try something new. I absolutely love the footbed on the Z/Cloud; it is so much more cushy than the original and even helps a little bit with shock absorption. I used to only use my Chacos when I was on the river, but these are so comfortable that I found myself wearing them a lot this past summer.

One thing to be aware of is these seem to have a slightly narrower/snugger fit than the Chaco Classic, specifically in the heel. It's not a huge difference, but if you have a wider foot the Classic may be a better fit for you.

I normally wear a size 9 street shoe, but I size down to an 8 in my Chacos because I don't like having a lot of extra rubber in front of my toes to trip on.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs

I had a pair of Scarpa Crux approach shoes for several years before they kicked the bucket and I decided to upgrade to the Gecko. The fit on these is even better than the Crux (which didn't fit badly by any means). The toe box is more comfortable, and I like the dual-density EVA midsole because it is more durable than the Eco-Pure midsole on the Crux (which was the first thing to break down on me). These definitely have higher quality materials so they are built to last. They are less bulky and have a better toe shape for scrambling than the Crux, while still having super grippy rubber.

These don't have a ton of cushion under the forefoot, so my feet were a bit tender on the one 7+ mile hike I did in them, but that is my fault for not wearing my normal hiking shoes on a non-technical hike of that distance.

I normally wear a size 9 and I went with a 41.5 for a snug fit for use on more technical scrambles.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Can't go wrong with any Patagonia organic cotton/poly blend shirt. I have a half dozen of them and I couldn't refrain from buying another one because the retro logo reminds me of growing up in the early 90's.

I am usually right between a medium and a large, and since this is slim fit I went with a Large and it fits perfectly.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

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

This is the first meal I've tried from Good To-Go and I was very impressed. This is probably one of the best meals-in-a-bag that I have had, so I will certainly be trying out more flavors in the future!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great value and gives you a great assortment of different meals. Mountain House does a great job of making tasty dehydrated meals, and this includes a couple of my favorites: Chili Mac with Beef and Rice & Chicken. I do kind of wish that they would substitute the Spaghetti with Meat Sauce out for Lasagna though, as it is far superior. Also the fact that it comes with a bucket is nice for storage and stashing any other dehydrated meals you might buy in the future.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was in the market for a new sleeping pad this past summer since my previous pad, while slightly lighter and more packable, wasn't particularly comfortable. After hearing rave reviews about the NeoAir for years I decided to give one a try and I have been very impressed. The Trekker still packs down very small (smaller than a nalgene water bottle) and is really light at just over a pound in the regular size. I have never slept better on the ground, and this thing is arguably more comfortable than the mattress on my bed. I was using it at high elevation in the Wind RIvers in temps just below freezing and it did a great job of insulating me from the ground with its solid R-Value of 3.

My only complaint with this pad was that I wish that the regular was an inch or two wider, but that can be remedied by going with the "regular wide" size if you don't mind spending a few more bucks and a slightly larger packed size.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Katadyn Hiker Pro filter, it is easy to use, relatively lightweight, and makes your water taste great. I had my first Hiker Pro for several years and the only reason that I bought another one is because I somehow lost mine (maybe lent it to a friend, or misplaced it while moving, who knows), so when I was gearing up for a 4-day backpacking trip to the Wind River Range In Wyoming this past summer it was a no-brainer which filter I was going to buy. You can't go wrong with the Hiker Pro!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34/Short

I just bought yet another pair of these jeans, as they are what I wear exclusively during the colder months. I love the fit; it is slim, but not too tight for my muscular skier legs. The stretchy denim is super comfortable and works great for climbing, and even shorter hikes, as well as everyday use so you can cruise straight the climbing gym after work without having to worry about changing.

I normally wear a 32/30, but these run a size small in the waist, so I always get a 34/Short and they fit perfectly,. Go get yourself a pair, you won't be disappointed!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this harness a few weeks ago, I have used it mostly for gym climbing so far and I have been really happy with it! It is really lightweight. With the split webbing technology they are able to make the harness really comfortable, while minimizing the amount of padding that they have to use. I really like the fact that it is not bulky at all and it packs down pretty small to save space in my pack. I am also a big fan of the rubber tie in protector that helps reduce wear on the tie in points, it doesn't add much weight to the harness at all, but will help prolong the life of the harness significantly.

I am a size 32 inch waist, and I went with the medium (29.5 - 33.5in), which fits fine, but I probably could have gone up to the large as the padding on the harness has a small gap on my waist, and when I cinch down the waist belt and have the tie in points centered in the front the gear loops on my right side are noticeably further back than the ones on the right. The Large fits a 31.9 - 35.8in waist, so I probably could have sized up and fixed this minor issue.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on November 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love this jacket! I am thoroughly impressed by how much heat this jacket can produce while weighing only 7 oz. I haven't yet found another jacket that can pack the same punch as the Ghost Whisperer. If you are looking for an ultralight layering piece for traveling fast and light, you really can't go wrong. Not to mention, it also packs down to basically nothing. If weight and warmth are at a premium, look no further.

I am usually between a Medium and a Large and I went with the Large since this has a pretty trim fit.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs

I bought these shoes for my mom for her birthday and she absolutely loves them. They have a wider toe box that helps keep her feet happy and she says they are extremely comfortable. Maybe I need to look into a pair for myself ;)

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using Hydroflask products pretty religiously for the last few years now. Their pint glass is my favorite vessel for which to drink cold beverages out of, but it's not the ideal shape for hot drinks so I was stoked when they came out with the 10 oz Rocks Cup. It has the low center of gravity and stability necessary for hot beverages, and 10 ounces is the perfect size for my morning coffee. My main issue with the normal Hydroflask bottle with the flip lid is that it keeps my coffee so hot that I need to leave the lid off for 15-20 minutes to let it cool down to non-mouth scalding temperatures, so I welcomed the open top design of the 10 oz Rocks Cup. The sip lid keeps your coffee from cooling down too fast, while still allowing a little bit of heat out so you don't burn your tongue.

Also, it's great for adult beverages once work hours are over with. You really can't go wrong.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs

I recently bought a two pairs of these, one for me and one for my roommate, because my dog has an affinity for flip flops. This is my second pair of Teva Mush II's and I absolutely love them. At a retail price of $25 you really can't go wrong with these, even if you have to replace them on occasion because your dog is a jerk. Their mushy foot bed breaks in and totally forms to your foot after a week or two of consistent wear, which makes for an insanely comfortable flip flop. They also have a simple, clean, look so you can live in them all summer and not look like a bumb.

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