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Patrick Law

Patrick Law

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Patrick Law's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing
Biking

Patrick Law's Bio

Hey all my name is Patrick Law, I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. My life has been centered around skiing, and any outdoor activity. Since I was a young pup I have had boards attached to my feet. Whether its skiing in the winter time, or surfing and skateboarding in the summer! I also am an avid traveler. I enjoy exploring new places, meeting new people and trying new food.

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Patrick Law

Patrick Lawwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Prizm™ is a revolution in snow lens optics built on decades of color science research. Prizm™ lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission resulting in colors precisely tuned to maximize contrast and enhance visibility.

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The features that set this apart from the other ones I looked at was the way it displayed direction, distance, and separate victims in the display and the feel in my hand. I found the display to be very similar to many of the other electronics I use in life and it was very intuitive for me to be able to follow what was on the screen. While practicing in the field I found it very easy to mark a beacon and move on to a second beacon rapidly. It is also very comfortable in my hand and easy to use while wearing the different types of gloves that I use. I have used it for a season and I am very happy that I chose this model. My only complaint is that the harness straps tend to come loose throughout the day when touring. I think that the harness shape and design are very comfortable and easy to use but the strap material needs to be improved to prevent slip. I also like how the harness is designed to protect the digital screen.

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Patrick Law

Patrick Lawwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Simply put, this jacket offers exceptional performance. The two layer stylish jacket will keep you dry on the harshest winter days. The longer cut is stylish and adds extra protection. I have owned both Arcxteryx and Patagonia Gore-tex shells and this jacket is on par with both brands with a more stylish free ride look. If you are looking for a stylish jacket that will keep you dry against the harshest elements then look no further. Worth every penny.

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

Best Goggles
5 5

There is nothing negative I can say about these, They fit perfectly and allow for a fantastic field of view in all conditions. The fleece lined foam feels amazing against your face even after wearing them for a full day of skiing. The overall look and feel of the goggles is amazing and if you like the whole oversized goggle look then these are definitely for you. I am yet to experience any fogging even after my best attempt to try and make them fog up.
Bottom line - BUY THESE GOGGLES!!!

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on January 13, 2017

5 5

If you have questions about this ski, don't hesitate to contact me.


Marker has been in the top manufacturers for bindings since I began skiing, but they are really stepping up the game with this one. The new Marker Griffon 13 ID extends its performance range with SOLE.ID, allowing both Alpine (downhill skiing) and Alpine Touring (backcountry skiing) boot compatibility to create the most versatile freeride binding on the market today.

With skis getting wider and wider, a lot of power transmission can be lost between the binding and the ski, forcing the skier to drive harder and ultimately resulting in greater fatigue. The Griffon features Power Width Design, Marker’s signature toe and heel designs engineered to make today’s wider skis perform at their very best. I can say that this binding does a great job of holding you in, and won’t prelease unless it is really necessary. This binding will work great for you if you are an intermediate to advanced skier. For more advanced skiers, I recommend the Marker Jester 16 ID binding. If you have questions about what brake size will work best for your skis, or if this binding is a good fit for you, please contact me directly!


Feel free to hit me up with any questions regarding skis:



Length: What works for your weight/ability/ and where you tend to ride.



Bindings: If your curious about what binding may compliment this ski, how much retention you need, or even which brake to size to choose.



Full Package: What would be the best boot and binding to go on this ski in regards to your weight/ability, and where you ride.



Skins: Mohair-Mix/Nylon/ Mohair? Whats the best option for you? What size should you get?



Comparison: How do other skis feel in this weight class? What are the pros and cons of going with another option?


Patrick Law
plaw@backcountry.com
801-204-4661

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

If you have questions about this ski, don't hesitate to contact me.



When I first started looking for a new touring ski the Zero G was at the top of my list. At first I was a little hesitant of their tag line “the days of sacrificing downhill performance for light weight are over.” They further claim that the Zero G is the “lightest weight alpine ski construction on the market.” Usually super lightweight means sacrificing downhill performance. That is not the case with the Zero G. I think the 95mm waist is the most versatile for skiers on both Coasts. No changes this year to construction just different colors. The Blizzard Zero G 95 is lightest ski in its class yet it skis like it should be two pounds heavier. This ski is a great touring ski especially when combined with a boot like the Salomon MTN Lab or Zero G boot and a binding like the Ion 10 or Dynafit Radical speed.


I am 5/11 and ski the 185 cm. The flex in my opinion would be medium to stiff. There were no changes made to the ski except color.



Feel free to hit me up with any questions regarding skis:



Length: What works for your weight/ability/ and where you tend to ride.



Bindings: If your curious about what binding may compliment this ski, how much retention you need, or even which brake to size to choose.



Full Package: What would be the best boot and binding to go on this ski in regards to your weight/ability, and where you ride.



Skins: Mohair-Mix/Nylon/ Mohair? Whats the best option for you? What size should you get?



Comparison: How do other skis feel in this weight class? What are the pros and cons of going with another option?


Patrick Law
plaw@backcountry.com
801-204-4661

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have questions about this ski, don't hesitate to contact me.



When I first started looking for a new touring ski the Zero G was at the top of my list. At first I was a little hesitant of their tag line “the days of sacrificing downhill performance for light weight are over.” They further claim that the Zero G is the “lightest weight alpine ski construction on the market.” Usually super lightweight means sacrificing downhill performance. That is not the case with the Zero G. This ski absolutely rips on the downhill. The Zero G 108 and Cochise share the same dimensions and essentially the same rocker profiles, but the Cochise has a “double Ti construction’ with a poplar-beach core, while the Zero G 108 has no metal, and a lighter, paulownia core. So you are getting the profile of an awesome all mountain ski without the weight. The Blizzard Zero G 108 is light enough for daily ski touring, but robust enough for full days of skiing inbounds, even in steep, challenging, tracked-up terrain. Moreover, when combined with a boot like the Salomon MTN Lab and a binding like the Marker Kingpin 13 there really isn’t a situation or destination, inbounds or out where (for me, at least) this set-up would feel terribly out of place.


I am 5/11 and ski the 185 cm. The flex in my opinion would be medium to stiff. The 108 version of the Zero G has a noticeably stiffer tail then the 95. There were no changes made to the ski except color.



Feel free to hit me up with any questions regarding skis:



Length: What works for your weight/ability/ and where you tend to ride.



Bindings: If your curious about what binding may compliment this ski, how much retention you need, or even which brake to size to choose.



Full Package: What would be the best boot and binding to go on this ski in regards to your weight/ability, and where you ride.



Skins: Mohair-Mix/Nylon/ Mohair? Whats the best option for you? What size should you get?



Comparison: How do other skis feel in this weight class? What are the pros and cons of going with another option?


Patrick Law
plaw@backcountry.com
801-204-4661

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

The Zero G is a four-buckle touring boot with a "130" flex. Initially, the 130 flex felt like a 115-120, but the Power Light Design—allowing the overlap boot to weigh 1,545 grams—combined with the Light Grid Triax inner cuff material packed some beef. In tour mode, the cuff disengaged via a metal-on-metal connection with 44 degrees of rearward motion—which includes a spring eliminating slop. It was lighter and more powerful than previous versions of the Cochise, with power transition and pop. Overall these boots were super comfortable on the ascent and responsive on the descent.

When buying boots it doesn't matter how well they perform if they dont fit your foot. I found these boots fit my foot the best of any AT boot so ultimately that is why I went with the Zero G. Shoot me an email if you have any questions, plaw@backcountry.com. If your thinking about this boot or any other touring boot shoot me an email or give me a call. I would love to help you put together a ski package that makes sense. I've been able to demo a lot of the various ski gear we have on the site and love to talk shop! 801-204-4661

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: US 32

A heavy duty trouser designed for trekking and general outdoor use. These pants are tough, well thought out and reliable in whatever conditions mother nature throws at you. The fabric, Fjallraven’s legendary G-1000 fabric, is strong and well built. Like a Toyota truck, these pants are made to last the test of time. These trousers have plenty of pockets for anything you might need on the trail. With reinforcements in the knees and seat you won’t have any trouble getting dirty rough while out in the wild.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about these pants.

Patrick Law- Expert Gearhead
801-204-4661
plaw@backcountry.com

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on August 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Shreditor is a super fun playful ski. The all terrain rocker can conquer any terrain from those deep powder days, to the spring slushy laps. Due to the all terrain rocker profile they feel softer then they actually are. The core is a fir/aspen blend which provides plenty of pop. The sidewall is a unique blend of sidewall and cap construction. Which provides accuracy and power underfoot, chip resistance and smooth turn initiation. They are a great one quiver ski.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this ski.

Patrick Law- Expert Gearhead
801-809-4217
plaw@backcountry.com

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on August 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Dalbello Rampage is a well rounded boot. You can ski both park and big mountain in this boot. Dalbello uses a different flex rating for their boots. The tongues that come with the rampage are around a 100. You can stiffen the boot by swapping the tongues. 98 mm last feels wider then a traditional 98mm last. The ID liner is heat mold able and wraps around the entire ankle for a snug comfortable fit. The boot has a shock absorbing foot bed for those big landings.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about these boots.

Patrick Law- Expert Gearhead
801-809-4217
plaw@backcountry.com

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on August 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a new enduro bike then look no further. The HD3 is fun and fast. It climbs exceptionally well for a six inch travel enduro bike, and descends like a dream. The new boost version provides laterally stiffer wheels, and gives you the option to run a wider 2.8 semi fat tire. The Hd3 is a well rounded bike and a great option for a conquering a variety of different trails.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this bike.

Patrick Law- Expert Gearhead
801-809-4217
plaw@backcountry.com

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the 6800 package, cassette, derailleur and chain. The gearing spread combined with a compact 50-34 is wonderful, especially if you live in mountainous country. Shifting is flawless and smooth. 6800 is more durable and cost effective then the Dura Ace cassette.

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Patrick Lawwrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A definite improvement over the previous model in that the shift from the smaller chainring to the larger one is extremely smooth; it's almost as if you have to look down at the chainwheel to see if the shift occurred. More durable but heavier then the dura ace, but at a much more affordable price. No flex in the crank arm, stiff and smooth.

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