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Porter Trapp

Salt Lake City, UT

Porter Trapp's Bio

I am a Gearhead here at Backcountry. I love the being in the mountains and spend my free time skiing, biking, running, and camping.

Porter Trapp's Passions

  • Running,
  • Biking,
  • Skiing,
  • Hiking & Camping.
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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 25, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I am loving these so far. I have always thought that bigger glasses were superior because of how much better they block wind/dust, and it seems like your field of view increases as well. I have used Oakley and Smith in the past, but these might be my new favorites. I also think that the Clarity lenses are some of the sharpest and most vibrant lenses I have used. Fairly light and sit comfortably on my face, and they go perfectly with my POC Tectal. Now go get some!

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on October 17, 2019

4 5

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

If you are someone who likes to ride a little bit of everything, this it the bike for you. Even with the knobbier tires, it still felt smooth and precise on the road and pavement, and when took it off the road and on to the dirt, that is when it really stood out. Even on singletrack, it was still fairly stable and easily maneuverable. Once you got out on a stretch of fire road or gravel, it ate up all the small bumps and it felt like you were back on the asphalt. It was so smooth and so quick. On longer rides, I found that I was not as fatigued as expected, and I think that just shows how efficient and comfortable the bike actually is. The Ultegra Di2 group works flawlessly, and I have not had a bad shift yet! Overall, great build on an even better bike.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Buy this jersey! It's quickly becoming one of my favorites. I don't typically like to ride in long sleeves, but this jersey is certainly changing that for me. It breathes very well and I never felt that I was getting too hot in it. The material is very comfortable, and the construction feel very well-made, no worries about it falling apart after a few washes. I also like the addition of the small zipper pocket. Overall, amazing jersey!

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

So far, I have been very pleased with these Alps shorts. This is my first piece from Alpinestars, and I am already a fan! I found the ventilation to be well placed to help cool you off when it gets warm, which certainly can help, since these shorts are a bit on the heavier side in terms of material. The heavier material is a big plus, however, as that will help with the durability in the long run. I also liked the selection of pockets on these shorts. In terms of fit, I found them to run slightly large, so you may want to think about going down a size, depending on how you like your shorts to fit.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on October 10, 2019

A Megaton of Fun
4 5

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

Before riding this bike, I was apprehensive of how it would handle climbs and less gnarly trails. I was worried that this bike was going to be a one-trick pony and that anything less than steep, loose, and rocky terrain would feel dull. However shortly into my first ride, all my concerns were laid to rest. On climbs, the bike felt much lighter than it actually was and was not too much of an effort to drag up to the top of the trails. But this bike was not designed to be a climber. Quite the opposite. The reason you bought this bike quickly becomes apparent when you point it downhill, you want to go FAST! This bike made it so easy to just smash through everything in your path, and make it the bottom in the shortest amount of time possible. No need to carefully picking your way through rocky section, this bike handled it all like a champ. I found myself letting off the brakes more often because of how in-control I felt on the bike, and you didn't have to think twice about exploring new features on the trail. Overall, a real winner if you are one who prioritizes having fun and going very fast.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

4 5

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

This bike was my first time riding an Ibis, and now I can understand the hype. This bike was amazing! It was flat-out a fun bike to ride, and not only that, but it was surprisingly fast compared to what I had expected it to feel like. Granted, the big 2.6 tires are not doing it any favors in terms of weight and rolling speed, but I felt that they made up for it in terms of the grip that they offer and higher volume helped give little extra squish on top of the 130/120 travel this bike offers.

I felt that the suspension did a good job offering support on the climbs, even when you need to stand up and mash on the pedals. It was also really nice to be able to open the suspension and point this bike down the trail. It felt really great on the flowy sections of trail, but when things got a bit bumpier, I realized just how capable this bike actually was! It felt so stable and fast on rougher trails, and I hate to say it, but it really was "confidence-inspiring"! This bike was not afraid to take the rougher line, and handled the unexpected drops with no complaints. On the climbs, it felt fairly quick and I wasn't completely cooked after taking it up some longer climbs. For the XC-minded cyclist, don't think of this as your race bike, but more of your all-around fun bike.

Overall, I liked the spec on this bike, however I think that the brakes could be upgraded. Everything else was excellent. It would be interesting to try this bike with a more traditional, narrower tire to see if it still feels as plush and grippy. Nice work Ibis!

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on September 26, 2019

4 5

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

First of all, this bike is really fun. I was blown away by how well it just ate up everything in front of it, no matter how lazy I was with my line choice. That being said, for those times when you needed to pull some more intricate moves, it was still quite responsive. When it comes to pedaling, I felt that it maintained good efficiency. It was by no means a XC bike, but I think that most people would be very happy with how it handled climbing, whether that be long sustained sections or more technical steep climbs. I found the geo was slack enough to put you in a comfortable position for descending confidently, but not too awkward for sitting in the saddle and climbing. In terms of the build, I thought everything was a perfect fit, other than the saddle. I am not a fan of these stock Niner saddles, but most people have a go-to saddle anyways, so it's not a huge issue for most. Overall, it is an absolutely killer bike if you want a bike that you can take down even the most rough and loose trails!

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on August 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To put it simply, this bike is absolutely fast. No matter if it is on a long climb, or a techy descent. Since this bike is still certainly in the XC category, it is crazy efficient! Rather than being a really short travel trail bike that prioritizes downhill capabilities and comfort, this bike somehow manages to work in efficiency and agility into the equation. I loved the addition of the lockout on this bike, and even though I seldom used it on singletrack, it came in handy for fire roads and pavement sections. I found the bottle cage fairly easy to reach, which is a plus for those of us who don't like to pedal around all day with a pack bouncing around on our shoulders. Everything else on the build worked flawlessly, hard to go wrong with a Syntace cockpit and SRAM bits.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Size Purchased: Small

These bibs have been nothing short of fantastic on every ride that I have taken them on. They are definitely have more compression than a lot of the other bibs I have used, but so far, that has been a plus. One thing that I liked is that the legs stayed in place and did not ride up even on longer rides. The chamois has been very comfortable, ever when riding on the trails. Even when things get warm out, these bibs seemed to breathe fairly well and help keep me cool. I opted for the 5cm shorter option since I am not a tall person whatsoever, and I read that the traditional FR-C Pro Bibs tend to have a longer inseam. I found these to be perfect for me.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So far, I have really been pleased with these bibs. They stay in place and stay comfortable for long rides, and don't get too hot either. The Chamois is about as good as some of the more expensive bibs that I have, which makes these bibs appealing since they are about half the price of some of those bibs. Try them out!

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike really surprised me. When I first rode it, initially it felt about the same as many of the other more climbing-oriented bikes I had ridden, but once I actually had a few miles on it, I found it to be much more stable and comfortable on the descents, but still nice and agile. It was very responsive when standing up and sprinting, but not too stiff to where it was uncomfortable on rougher roads. You can tell that Alchemy really thought out just about every single small detail on this bike.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have only gotten a few rides in with this jersey, but so far it has been generally pretty good. It is light and breathable, which is a plus. The main issue that I run into with this jersey is the pockets are super stretchy, which is typically something I like, but in this case, they didn't feel very stable when I was carrying stuff. They would always shift to one side, or it felt like the items would fall out easily. So when I am riding with nothing in my pockets, I loved the jersey, but once I start having to carry stuff for longer rides, then I would find myself using other jerseys. Overall, the fit is alright. It is more fitted than a tradition club fit jersey, but not quite as fitted as I prefer.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So far, I only have a few rides in the FR-C Pro jersey, but it has been nothing but the best thus far. Very light and breathable, so that helps when it gets warm out. Overall, it is very comfortable, but still is form-fitting. The pockets are great and offer lots of carrying space. The sleeves are a bit longer than what you would find on more affordable jerseys, and I prefer that. I have found that they stay in place better. I think that it is definitely worth it to spend the extra cash on a nice kit, it makes your rides that much more enjoyable.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on June 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was lucky enough to spend some time aboard this bike recently, and so far, it has been very impressive. One thing that I noticed immediately was that it felt very comfortable but still agile on the roads. It still maintained much of the same confidence once the tires hit the dirt. That attribute alone was very helpful for me, as I traditionally ride mountain bikes, and this bike gave me the same confidence as I would have on a MTB. The frame did a good job of absorbing a lot of the small bumps, but still maintained great stiffness when it was time to stand up and put the power down. Overall, this is a bike that I would be very happy to ride all day on, no matter the terrain.

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Porter Trappwrote a review of on May 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Great for those people who try to spend as much of their winter living the hut life. There are few things more enjoyable than taking off your ski boots and cruising around in these things for the remainder of the day. Keep your feet warm and very comfortable.

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