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Sam Kapacinskas

Sam Kapacinskas

Gearhead

Salt Lake City

Sam Kapacinskas's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Climbing
Skiing
Paddling
Biking

Sam Kapacinskas's Bio

Born in Chicago and raised in Central Florida I had the opportunity to play organized team sports year round. I played baseball collegiately before moving out to UT for a job as a guide. Upon moving out West, my passions of baseball and football were quickly replaced by backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, snowboarding, skiing and just general adventuring in the mountains. With over 1,000 days in the field working as a commercial guide I am happy to help you get outfitted for your next adventure.

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Sam Kapacinskas

Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing comes with on every adventure I go on. Doesn't matter if it's a backpacking trip or car camping. This thing gets tossed into the bag because whats better than hanging around a campfire? Hanging around a campfire with killer tunes! I even use this at my house when I'm just relaxing in my backyard. Can also be strapped to a ski/hiking pole or bike handle bars easily when you're in the mood to jam and move. Hands down this little guy is one of my top pieces of gear.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn this sandal all summer. Has broke in wonderfully and the leather feels great on the bottom of my foot. I have not had the same durability issues that other reviewers had and I wear these things almost every day. Both around town and when I'm just kicking it around camp and want to let the feet breath.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big guy with big legs who is on stretchier side of the flexibility scale . These things look great and allow me to do everything I want in them. I climb, do yoga, hike, go to the bar and work in these. I loved these things so much I got all three colors and it's been all I wear during the summer.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love how this thing collapses down while still storing food. My dog isn't super food motivated so sometimes he doesn't eat everything. I love the fact that I don't have to empty the bowl of it's contents when that happens. I just tug on the straps and toss down in his pack.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I toss this bag in my pack anytime I'm heading out on a fly-fishing backpacking adventure. I love being able to hike deep into the backcountry in search of trout. I don't love sticking my fly box and other fishing essentials in my pockets. This pack is small enough to shove in my main backpacking pack on the way in and then pull out once I've set up a base camp. Keeps all my fishing essentials handy for a day out on the water. Plus the water bottle carry is genius.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Anytime I'm out car camping with my pup this thing comes with. Love the roll top. Love the food chute. Cuts down on plastic bags. This thing is great for all your doggie car camping adventures. Throw your collapsible bowls in the side mesh pocket. All your dogs kitchen needs in one handy spot.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looks great and fits greats. Keeps the sun off your skin. Even has a cool/dorky collar that snaps close for when you're in the middle of your multi-pitch climb and waiting for your partner to finish his lead and the sun is cooking your neck. I've worn this thing climbing, backpacking, fly-fishing and to the bar after all of it. Plus the buttons are snaps so you can feel really cool/sexy when you want to bust out of it like a Chippendale peformer

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Sam Kapacinskas

Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who doesn't love watching a dog run full stride for 50+ yards only to jump at the very last moment and snatch the frisbee from the air? That's why you got a dog in the first place. This thing flies like a champ and is soft your pooches teeth. Best friz for sure.

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Sam Kapacinskas

Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

My go to boardshorts ...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I've been wearing these shorts for several years now. Before I started work at backcountry.com I was a commercial guide. I've always loved board shorts for guiding in almost all conditions. Super stretchy for hiking/climbing. Drys quick when down in wet canyons or running rivers. Goes well under my ski pants when I'm out touring. As a guy with a big butt/legs and who is still pretty flexible I love these things. They move with me and regardless of the adventure they come with. They are light enough that when it gets cold enough or I need more protection on my lower legs I can throw on a pair of pants over it and I don't even know they are there.

Plus they look great, so I can still wear them when I'm relaxing by the pool trying to pick up babes. Just saying.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

For when dog claws aren't an option ...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these crampons. I've been using these for splitboard mountaineering purposes. The heel welt on the back combined with the rubberized toe piece on the front creates a super secure connection to my snowboard boot. It's a great crampon whether your main application is booting up a couloir, glacier travel or ice climbing. I'd highly recommend these crampons to anyone who is the market. Unless of course you have 4-wheel drive & dog claws, like my main adventure partner, Split.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on May 23, 2017

4 5

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

These taters are way better than your average bag of instant mash you'd pick up at the local supermarket. I would suggest bringing along salami or little sausage to toss in there. Sausage, spinach, a nice cheddar & taters. Can't go wrong

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on May 23, 2017

5 5

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

Oh man. I'm a recent convert to the prepackaged backpack meals scene. But I gotta say this was so, so tasty. Had this on an overnight trip into the Escalante. Was not disappointed when I made this thing after we had settled into camp. The spices and the texture was off the chain! This will definitely end up being a staple for me on any overnight/multi-day trip in a backcountry setting.

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Sam Kapacinskaswrote a review of on May 23, 2017

4 5

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

Let me just start out by saying I've been a hold out to the prepackaged backpacking meal scene. I've done a lot of backpacking both for work and pleasure and have never touched these things (mostly because they weren't available where I worked and I was being snobbish). Well I gave them a try and I have to admit they are quite tasty. I love how easy they are to use and clean. Count me as a convert. My buddy had the mountain house rice and chicken meal. We ended up combining them after trying our respective meals. The beans was definitely delicous as a stand-alone burrito option. But the beans paired with the mountain house chicken and rice was also tasty.

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