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Spencer Allen

Spencer Allen

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Sandy UT

Spencer Allen's Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Yoga
Biking

Spencer Allen's Bio

I'm a trail runner and backpacker who loves the outdoors.

Spencer Allen

Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

Update After PCT
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I took this liner on the PCT this year and its the best liner out there. The main reason I took this liner was to protect my Western Mountaineering Versalite because after hiking 15-30 miles a day you get real sweaty and gross and if you hop in your sleeping bag without either showering or having a liner it'll decrease the life of the bag tremendously. I bought a $700 bag for a reason because it'll last a lifetime. And with this liner, it'll last that lifetime looking ( and smelling ) a lot cleaner, and warmer as when down gets dirty ( from sweat and grim on you when you get in it ) it'll lose its loft and in the world of insulation loft is warmth. So I choose to spend a little extra money and weight to have my bag work as it's supposed to. Another plus to having a liner on a thru-hike is you now have a laundry bag when you need to wash your clothes in town. As well as washing the liner which will, in turn, keep the sleeping bag cleaner. Its a no brainer to me to have a sleeping bag liner. It also adds a couple of degrees of warmth which is always a bonus on those chilly nights. I'll continue using this any time I use a sleeping bag.

Picture: If you use a liner and keep it dry your bag will be just as lofty even after 100+ nights in it.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this as my food bag for the pct and it worked great. I carry A LOT of food and this can hold the weight and I didn't have to worry about anything getting ruined if I took an unexpected dip into a ragging Sierra river or if I got caught in a downpour. It's super durable as I would practically throw it around and it's still in great condition minus a few small scraps on it. I love this bag as every time I got it out I'd end up a little happier. Works well for bear hangs ( If you choose to hang your food) and is a good looking bag that is easy to pick up and move around because of the handle on the bottom and the roll-top on top. Great product by outdoor reseach.

P.S. Works as a great pillow

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

Lightweight weather proofing
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I used this jacket on the PCT this year and it does its job as intended. this year was a high moisture year for the Pacific Crest Trail and this jacket kept me dry through it all. I bought this jacket a couple of months before I left for my trip and got some testing in before it went with me so I knew it worked. But after putting on 1000+ miles on the jacket I've got an even better idea of how well it works. It isn't the most breathable jacket on the market but for the price and weight its a fantastic option. While going through the dessert section of California I experienced high winds, rain, and snow which was unusual for southern California. And I was very glad I went with the helium instead of just a windbreaker like many others on the trail does. After 600 of miles of hiking through the desert with a couple of small rainstorms I really got to but this thing to the test as we got rained on and snowed on for 5 days straight with high winds and overall miserable conditions, but this jacket kept me dry and relatively warm by keeping the wind at bay. The Jacket has put up with the beating of a thru-hike and is still in great condition. It's my go-to jacket for all of my backpacking trips where the forecast isn't looking great, and it's so light that I keep it with me on trips where the weather is supposed to be great as most people who spend lots of time in the mountains can tell you the forecast isn't always accurate. With how light this jacket is at only 6.5 ounces theres no reason to not bring it on fair-weather trips as an extra layer if it gets chilly or the wind picks up. All in all its a great layer that is Water and windproof that you can count on. When this one wears out ( which probably won't be for a while) I'll definitely be getting a new one.

Picture: Summit of San Jacinto CA.
Picture Credit: @Wasatch_weirdo

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The pack liner is a necessity for all Non water-proof packs. It works great and is super light. Only problem that I had with it is I paired it with the Osprey Levity which has a Aluminum cross bar that shredded it after two months on trail . I wouldn't say that's the liners fault rather the packs design. It still remains mostly water-proof even after it was " attacked " by the levity. Love the liner as it got rid of three stuff sacks and saved my a couple ounces.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

Does the job.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a very simple pack for backpackers that want a low base weight. This pack carriers weight up 30 lbs very well, anything over 30 lbs not so much. The packs outer Cordura fabric is very durable but the Nanofly is not so you do have to be careful when leaning the pack up against stuff such as trees to make sure you don't puncture the fabric. If you do plan on carrying over thirty pounds the Mesh back-panel will wear out much quicker then intended due to the extra weight. My biggest complaint about the pack is the out side stuff pocket, It isnt stretchy at all so when you have a fully loaded pack its hard to get things in and out of it. The solution to this is pack the outside pocket before you completely fill the main compartment. My other complaint is the fact that the pack is white, and after a 1000 miles of backpacking its not that white anymore. I feel that they should have chosen a different color as it does not stay clean. One of my favorite things about this pack is the water bottle pockets, the way they're slanted it makes to super easy to drink on the go with one hand. Another thing I love is the weight, at under 2 lbs this pack is super light. If your looking at purchasing this pack you do want to consider your base weight as well as how much food and water weigh. My base weight for the PCT in the desert was around 15 lbs but once I added food and water for 5+ days it was around the 30-40 lbs mark. But once I got into the high sierra my base weight jumped to 25 lbs with extra cold weather gear and add the weight of food and water was sitting around 50-60 lbs, Which the pack held but not as comfortable as packs that are designed to hold that much. If your looking for a pack that'll hold those kinds of weights I highly suggest the Osprey Aether Pro. It carrier those weights super well and has a ton of sweet features. Its also the pack that I switched to after continuing to carry loads over 30 lbs. Over all this pack is awesome for what it was designed for and is great for those looking to lighten your base weight. I will continue to use this on summer backpacking trips where the objective is to move fast and light.

Picture: Running down Pinchot Pass
Photo credit: @Wasatch_Weirdo

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x32

I wore these pants on the PCT and they work great. Loved having the ability to make them shorts. While Thru-hiking the more purposes you can get out of one item the better it is. Being able to wear these on chilly morning or on exposed ridge lines whens its really wind, and then being able to convert them into shorts when it gets hot or you have to cross a ragging river was key. They are also some of the most comfortable pants I've ever worn, I often call them my pajamas because they're that comfortable! They do really well as a wind breaker and with the DWR finish they defend against light rain and snow. Which was super helpful this year on the PCT as we got a lot of rain and it was a 200% snow year in the Sierras. Overall these are rad pants and will be using them on more backpacking and alpine climbing trips.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

Favorite Shirt
5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I've put over 1500 miles on this shirt while backpacking and another 200-300 miles on it trail running. Its held up fantastic no holes, no fraying seems, and no awful stench that is unable to be removed. The only damage to the shirt is a little sun bleaching on the back and shoulders which is expected after 3 months of daily backpacking, and being above 10,000 feet for nearly an entire month. This shirt is great at keeping the wind at bay and the sun off you. its SPF value of 50 defiantly works. it breaths very well for how thick the fabric is and wicks moisture just as well. Its a good looking shirt as well if it didn't have the sun damage which makes it look a little goofy I'd easily wear this to any professional event given you choose the right color. Over all this shirt is the G.O.A.T. and will continue to use this shirt for many more miles.
Happy Trails!

Picture: Coming up Half dome

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would love this thing if was just two inches wider, As a side sleeper my knees hit the frame and its rather annoying. I understand why its slimmer so you can fit it in more tents, but I wish they made a larger size as well. Other then that its well designed and is light and very packable. This is Not ideal for backpacking unless your a god of luxury but works super well for Car camping and travel. On colder nights ( Anything below 45* ) I'd recommend pairing it with a pad as any sort of draft will steal all your heat. overall its a great cot just wish it was a little wider.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

This jacket is right at home in the alpine in the summer. Its super light and packable. From doing miles of windy exposed ridge line to backpacking in the trees where its a little to windy for just a T-shirt. this jacket works well and is Super light at only 3 1/2 Oz there's no reason not to have this layer as insurance in the mountains. I'd say the Fit is slim and is true to size, surprisingly Patagonia makes the selves long enough for people with a positive ape index. Absolutely love this jacket and will be with me on all of my Fast and Light Ascents as well as my morning commutes.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Black diamond really nailed it with these poles at only 5 oz per pole these things are stupid light. so far I've put 1500+ miles on them with no issue other then the tips wearing out. Which is to be expected with that amount of use. black diamond sells replacement tips so they're back in commission. perfect for UL backpacking and trail running as well as any fast and light mountain pursuit. Over-all a great product. The only issue I've had with them is the handle after a few hundred sweaty miles started to leave small bits of itself on my hand. really a small inconvenience for how well they've worked so far .

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Pad is super comfy and is really warm. The downside to it is that it weighs nearly two pounds ( in the Large ) and doesn't pack that small when compared to its Full air counterparts. This is an ideal pad for car camping and short backpacking trips where you have plenty of room in your pack and your not worried about weight. I slept super well on the pad and have had no issues with it deflating. Highly recommend getting the Large as its best used where weight and size aren't an issue and the extra size in the pad makes a huge difference if your a side sleeper or toss and turn a lot in your sleep. All in all a great pad and will continue to use on car camping trips

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've already reviewed this bag but after another 200+ nights in it since then I thought I'd update it. This is my go to bag I use it for everything, I used this bag For the Pacific Crest Trail and it worked flawlessly. From sleeping at 12,500 ft in the Sierra's at the base of Forester Pass in a 200% snow year. or sleeping in the SoCal desert this bag does the job and does it exceptionally well. Its generous temperature rating that Western is know for, to the continuous baffles that allow you to adjust the warmth of the bag by adjusting the down to be on-top or beneath you. This bags truly live up to the name Versalite, From being just a hair over two pounds ( in the 6' 6") and being comfortable in 10* weather as well as 40* this bag truly is versatile. This bag will continue to be my Go-to bag for all my adventures. Western mountaineering makes bags and makes them extremely well.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect Helmet for all fast and light accents. Bright colors make sure your visible to your partners and the light design ensures your not being slowed down by any unnecessary weight. Truly a perfect helmet for those focused on moving quick in the mountains.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on March 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Am looking forward to putting some serious miles on this jacket, Tested it a few times and the water-proofing is sweet, breathability is sub-par but for the weight of this thing, I can't complain at all. Will update this review after 2652+ miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. It does run a little small so I sized up so I can layer and have the sleeves fit my monkey arms. But as of now, I love this jacket.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on March 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Of all of The North Faces products, I'll only ever get their Summit Series because they perform much much better than their regular equipment. These boots are no exception to that. they're built well and are pretty comfortable and warm. I can say they are in fact water-proof I've stood in decently deep water with them and stayed dry the entire time.

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Spencer Allenwrote a review of on March 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

This piece has become my daily jacket for Utahs winter. It's warmer then it looks and breathes super well. it also has 2 internal pockets which are clutch. absolutely a stellar jacket and would buy again.

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