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Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn

Gearhead

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!

Pat Guinn

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 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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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

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

I initially bought these because they were a great deal and I needed some polarized sunglasses to take on the river that I wouldn't be too worried about breaking or losing, but I was pleasantly surprised by the optics and how comfortable they were. I get headaches really easily, especially if my sunglasses apply too much pressure around my ears and temples, so my main concern was finding some sunglasses that wouldn't apply too much pressure. These have a slightly larger than average fit that was perfect for that purpose, so that is why I went with these initially.

What I really fell in love with was the Spectron 3 lens, it has a great tint that isn't too light, isn't too dark, and does a great job of keeping your eyes from fatiguing on long summer days on the river. The polarization does a great job of reducing glare from the water as well. The lenses also enhanced colors very nicely, especially greens, so it looks like you are seeing the world through an Instagram filter. It also doesn't hurt that they look good too. Overall I was thoroughly impressed with my first experience with Julbo sunglasses. Even if you're paying the retail price of $100 for these the performance is every bit as good as Oakley's that I have had in the past that cost twice as much.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my second Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Shirt (I bought the long sleeve version last summer) and I can't think of a better shirt for being on the river, in the desert, or in my case both. I wore this for most of a five day trip on the Green River down Desolation Canyon in the arid desert in Utah. The fabric is super lightweight and allows the wind to breeze right through it to cool you down. It was in the neighborhood of 100 degrees for entire trip, so I would often dunk the shirt in the water and put it back on for a swamp cooler like effect that would keep me cool for the next half an hour to an hour until the water evaporated and was bone dry and I'd dunk it again. The fabric is also UPF 40 protected, so this shirt gives you great sun protection as well especially on the back of the neck where the collar gives you some additional coverage. Additionally, it's just a clean looking shirt that you could wear to a BBQ on a hot summer day without sweating bullets. It would also be a great fishing shirt.

I am normally on the border between a Medium and a Large in most shirts. This shirt runs slightly large, I actually could have sized down to a small, but I ended up going with the Medium which had a pretty relaxed fit for me.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

4 5

If you are going to be in an area notorious for bugs this jacket is a great alternative to bathing yourself in DEET. I used this jacket, as well as the matching pants, on the first day of a five day river trip down Desolation Canyon on a section of river that is known to be saturated with mosquitos. It worked really well and I only really got bitten on uncovered skin on my hands (I opted not to wear the included mittens as the fit was really odd and not anatomically correct at all), I probably could have been bite free if I had used the jacket in combination with bug spray. It was nearly 100 degrees, so I appreciated how lightweight and breezy this was for the most part, but naturally the hood can get a little bit claustrophobic after an extended period of time. The jacket was super quick and easy to throw on over my other clothes, and it has a zippered opening around the front of the neck which allows you to drop the hood back and allows for the consumption beverages without taking the whole jacket off. The fit was pretty good, but the arms seemed a little bit short (even for my T-Rex arms).

If you hate bugs, this jacket a life saver and it is really nice not to have to worry about applying and re-applying bug spray.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are going to be in an area notorious for bugs these are a great alternative to bathing yourself in DEET. I used my bug pants, as well as the matching hooded jacket, for a solid 24 hours on the first day of a five day river trip down Desolation Canyon on a section of river that is known to be saturated with mosquitos. These worked really well and I only really got bitten on uncovered skin on my ankles and feet (I opted not to wear the included socks as they weren't very compatible with my Chacos), I probably could have been bite free if I had used these in combination with bug spray. It was nearly 100 degrees, so I appreciated how lightweight and breezy these were. They were also super quick and easy to throw on over my other clothes without having to take my Chacos off. The sizing was probably a little on the small side, I am normally always a Medium in pants and these were maybe a bit on the short side in the length, but were close enough that I didn't need to size up.

If you hate bugs, these are a life saver and it is really nice not to have to worry about applying and re-applying bug spray.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

4 5

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

Very effective bug repellant for heinously buggy environments. Just be careful as this uses nearly 100% DEET saturation (bottle says about 98%), which is pretty nasty stuff and can even dissolve nylon and other plastics, so keep it off of the synthetic materials on your shells as well as climbing ropes, ect. This should also be kept away from your eyes and mouth at all costs. It is very effective against bugs though.

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