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Wally Phillips

Wally Phillips

, Gearhead

Salt lake City, Utah and ANYWHERE there is snow

Wally Phillips's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Running
Biking

Wally Phillips'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.


As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.


I’d love to answer your gear related questions. Here is how you can contact me:
Phone: 1-800-409-4502 ext 6112
Email: wphillips@backcountry.com

Wally Phillips

Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 6, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 182 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

RVCA has a knack for versatile style and that is certainly on display with the Daggers Denim Pant. The colors are contrasted enough to disseminate from each other if you want to buy multiple pairs. The problem lies in its fit where it is a bit tight in the legs without having the denim weave give enough stretch even though it is comfy in feel. If you are the skinnier type of leg then this pant is for sure on point.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 6, 2019

3 5

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

The rep that Pit Viper has built based upon its hard charging cult following that makes a living out of not caring at all what you think. The double wide version does deliver on that note with their widest frame yet (148mm) and the same boisterous style that we've grown to love. The frame and lens materials used are bomber as well while still providing substance.
However, they aren't kidding when they say double wide as these things are massive. I thought I had a bigger face than the norm and these resembled clown sunglasses so I think it might've gone a bit too far with the sizing. For super big rad faces only.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 6, 2019

4 5

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

Darn Tough's ABC Boot Cushion Socks are a good option for anyone looking for a casual sock that braves the abuse better or a mid-weight hiking sock. The first thing that sticks out is the design which is crafty without being too much. The wool/lycra/nylon blend is somewhat thick but a good middle between insulating and cooling so I never felt temperature discomfort. Those looking for super cushion will want a thicker blend however. Sizing is about true and comes not too far up the leg.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 182 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

On Footwear was a relatively new brand to me when it was introduced into our assortment. After trying them out a bit I was impressed with how it took to road running. The weight makes the stride feel swift while the Cloudtech sole provides an ample amount of cushion. The sockliner upper helps to breathe very well however I wouldn't use this as a training shoe as cutting tended to fold it over a bit.
The fit is interesting as it comes out a bit longer length-wise but also a bit narrow. It's fine with me as that mirrors my foot shape however it makes the quicklace system a bit moot for me.
Finally the style is on point. I have actually gotten a bunch of compliments on the look within the 5 days of wear. Will follow up with longer term review but overall a great long road run shoe and decent light trainer.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 10"
Weight: 28 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Patagonia's Board Short for toddler boys is a more than viable option for your little boy and his first forays into the water. The nylon/DWR design does shed water pretty well and dries faster than usual at the beginning. The fit is pretty close to normal though my boy is pretty big so it came off a bit tight. Also, the color scheme is hit or miss as the navy/orange blend is awesome but the green is a bit too bright.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 2, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Thule SnowPack 6pr Roof Rack is a pretty decent mid-level option for carrying your skis and board on top of your vehicle. The fit and closure system of the rack itself to any crossbars and the skis/snowboards in the rack are very intuitive and tight. The key system is a easily usable security feature as well. I did find that for a 6 pair rack that it seems a bit thin for today's ski and board width standard. Also it is a bit cumbersome on taller vehicles.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

YETI's Rambler Colster is a very good camping accessory that you didn't know you needed until you try it. Most normal shaped 12oz cans and some bottles will fit into the colster which will insulate it and keep it from getting warm. The time I've tested is an hour but with a can of Coca Cola it did not lose very much cold-ness. The only caveat is you need to be choosy on the type of cans and bottles that you try to use and it seems more for car camping than actual minimalist excursions.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 8"
Weight: 38 lbs
Size Purchased: 5T

Warm kids last longer and have more fun. These fleece layers are soft, wash easy and keep kids toasty while they take their turns. We have these for our four year old to wear on cold days and, in her words, she stays "nice and warm". They are loose enough to get a first layer under them but fitted enough to wear under a jacket comfortably. Great staple for your adventure kid's wardrobe.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 7"
Weight: 28 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

As per usual, Stance keeps up with the style times with the Seapunk socks. The scheme is a bit more unorthodox here so definitely pair it with more plain colors. The material is good but pretty thin and synthetic so it won't repel smell and could impact durability. Fit is surprisingly close to normal.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 7"
Weight: 28 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Stance socks' style can never be questioned as they are one of the visual leaders in the sock industry. That doesn't stop here as the style is super eclectic and one of a kind that will draw heads. Outside of that, the structure of the sock is super polyester and fairly thin so you'd think it could stand up to more. Keep only in casual situations.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 8"
Weight: 38 lbs
Size Purchased: 5T

We have these pants and the matching top for our 4 year old. She stays so warm that we often have to drag her off the hill, even on the coldest days. We have these soft, warm fleece layers to thank. They are loose enough to get a first layer under them but still fitted enough to go under snow pants.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

4 5

Height: 4' 8"
Weight: 38 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.0

Sorel is now a current staple when it comes to winter boots and the Yoot Pac TP Boot is no exception. The waterproofing, insulation and protection is above most grades of merit while the fit is slightly on the long side. I do admit that this boot can definitely be viewed as overkill in anything that is not super winter conditions so it falls into a bit of a niche in that manner.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 3' 3"
Weight: 29 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

This piece is on the opposite spectrum of the design of Tiny Whales as it seems counter-color-intuitive at first but as you put it together with the matching pant it comes alive. It's funny how the color scheme grows on you.
Meanwhile, the comfort is very high and it feels like an old school go-to sweatshirt when you just want to be normal. The fit is slightly big but not abnormally.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 3' 3"
Weight: 29 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Tiny Whales can have some interesting design choices and nothing personifies this like the Graphic Crewneck Sweatshirt. How this piece looks at face value could have other Moms and Dads walking the other direction though the fit is slightly big in the right way and is so comfy. If your boy is a little bit on the bigger side or likes baggier apparel then this is a good option if you can get past the looks or take them ironically.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 183 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

Volcom's Solver Denim Pant has a softer blend and a stretchy material to optimize comfort. The fit is close to true if a tiny bit on the thin side but the stretch of the pant cancels this out. We'll see how the durability comes out but so good so far.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 27, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 3"
Weight: 29 lbs
Size Purchased: 2T

Patagonia's Down Sweater Vest does very well to fit in those in-between temperature days where you end up super cold in the morning or night while warmer during the day. The 600 down does keep warm during the cooler days though I wouldn't use this more like a jacket as there isn't as much coverage. The sizing is pretty close to true and the material is a bit tougher than expected.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 27, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 8"
Weight: 38 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Patagonia's Capilene Baselayer Bottom does well to maintain its reputation by providing a great amount of warmth with the seemingly smaller amount of material. The fit is pretty close to dead on with a slightly longer inseam which is actually helpful for taller kids. The color scheme is a little blah but that is a small blip on what is most certainly a recommended piece for your little one's layering.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 27, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 3' 8"
Weight: 38 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

The Patagonia Capilene Heavyweight Zip-Neck Baselayer does pretty well in keeping the little ones warm as it is closer to a fleece thickness and is about as soft as such. The fit is a bit on the big side so size down if you are in-between and I found that coupled with the right lightweight baselayer that it sometimes could be too warm for most winter occasions. It does make for a decent outer layer in the cool and dry days though.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Smith has been my staple for a minute now. The I/O was one of the only goggles to not pinch my nose incorrectly so it never restricted my breathing and gave me a good perk in switching lenses.
The Squad XL opens up the field of vision much more while keeping that same frame shape. The lens is more than a bit harder to switch but for a guy like me who doesn't mind banging my head against the proverbial wall to do things like this I just shrug it off.
And the look. I've gotten 50/50 feedback when it comes to aesthetics but I really like the way these look when paired with the right helmet. It screams pro look at times and that can give a silent type of confidence.
Finally, the lens setup might be the tightest Smith has ever released. Blackout, Red, Yellow, done. Definitely worth a try on.

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