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Warren Young

Salt Lake City, UT

Warren Young's Bio

Grew up in Utah and born in Arizona, have traveled around the world. My passions are snowboarding and splitboarding, you can find me all across the wasatch backcountry as well as Brighton Resort. I like the hike, camp, climb, canyoneer, and paddle board during the summer months. If you have any questions about gear, shoot me a email at wyoung@backcountry.com

Warren Young's Passions

  • Snowboarding,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Biking.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on December 31, 2019

One really awesome split!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden this split on a handful of tours so far and I am very impressed! A little background on this, we partnered with Burton on this and myself and 3 other gearheads designed every aspect of this split except the color. Down to the hole-less base design which is the only one of it's kind in the family tree line. A slightly longer nose and shorter tail as well as a good amount of taper to give you insane amounts of float when the snow gets deep! The side-cut radius is shorter as well to give you something a little quicker edge to edge, so if you like tree runs or need something that can maneuver well, this is it. A mellow swallow tail design and a split that can handle big open pow fields to chutes in the Wasatch. This uses a mid stiff design that feels somewhat playful as well as snappy on turns. Pretty much, we wanted something we can use in the Wasatch where the majority of our riding is 35 degree faces with some trees as well as the occasional 45 degree chute what requires some thing that can really charge.

This split with pucks attached weigh 8 LBS. Add some lightweight bindings and you are around 10 lbs. I currently use the Spark R&D Arc Pro which are 2 lbs 7 oz.

I had some trouble with skin tail clips testing out a few brands so I opted to use ski skins and altered the nose clip to 10 degrees on our Black Diamond x Backcountry collab (item #BCC00G7). I tried Voile, G3, and BD splitboard tail clips and these 3 didn't work with our mellow swallow tail. One of our other gearheads who help design this is using Pomaca skins and they work great too!

If you have any questions at all, reach out anytime. Sorry I accidentally deleted my last review that had some really good questions.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

Bomber and comfy!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wore this out last winter and I was thoroughly impressed, the fabric feels like nothing is going to get through it, very tough! Essentially a free ride bib that can take abuse if needed. Runs true to size as well, I wore a medium. There are excellent pockets on this, for maps, beacon pocket, one waist pocket for your keys or phone. There are inner thigh vents too which is nice to keep you cool if you are boot packing. I wouldn't take this out touring but if you need a bib for free-riding, side country missions and need something that is going to last you a few years? Look no further, feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

Super durable and burly!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I wore this out last winter and I was thoroughly impressed, the fabric feels like nothing is going to get through it, very tough! Essentially a free ride jacket that can take abuse if needed. You sledding into the backcountry? Heli-skiing? Side country? This is the jacket you need! Excellent pockets and pass pocket. Also runs true to size, usually wear a large and fit is slightly larger, this is due to you layering for different temps. In this picture I am wearing a medium however but I would prefer a large. This jacket would last you a few years no doubt!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on August 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a really great knee pad and it packs down small enough to put into a pack if you get very hot on long rides, it is however comfortable enough to have one while you pedal and provides great protection. The foam is made to stiffen up at impact which is really rad! I have the burly Elite pads from G-form too and have taken spills on them and came out unscathed. tried and tested by yours truly, if you want something low profile and doesn't skimp out on protection, look no further. The sizing can get a little tricky, the bottom of my thigh (top of knee) measures at 16 inches and I like the fit of the large over the medium. the medium just felt tight! Email me if you have any questions at all.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on August 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super stable on water and I am not the best at headstands but I was actually able to do this on calm water! Which is rad! Unfolding this SUP, putting the fin in and pumping up is easy. The pumping can take some time but no complaints, it might even whip you into shape? This and all other POP paddles come with a leash, pump, repair kit, fin, and the paddle.

I have had mine for about a year and just take it on calm water mainly and it is very durable. I like how it has performed in all environments so far. Mountains to desert lakes, rocky shores to sandy beaches. So awesome!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on August 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this on my stand up paddle and I have to say it fit really nice and also has a ton of adjust-ability. So when my friends or family want to try while I hang out around camp, they have some protection as well. The pockets are a great addition and a perfect PFD for recreating on the water anywhere, email me if you have any questions about this item.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on June 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this and right away, just blown away by the design and how well put together this is! The stitching is in all the right areas to support a lot of weight, that is if you are carrying a ton of gear on a crazy mountain goal. The fabric is very resistant to weather and really anything, so rest assured. Your gear is going to be safe when flying or on long road trips. What is great about this duffel, it stuffs in it's own pocket and you can stow it away nicely as it does not take up much room at all. Haglof does it again with there gear and for the price! You get insane quality if you compare to say another duffel company.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is one of the more stiffer bindings than any out there in the ladies department of bindings, it boasts a rigid baseplate that give you a feeling of ultra response, combined with a mid-stiff highback. You get the feel of comfort and response for freestyle or freeride styles of riding. Or if you just want a stiffer binding. The straps are top of the line, the big difference between this and the escapade is the escapade does have a softer baseplate. Which feels more comfortable and you can feel the board, which makes for a "surfy-feel". The lexa is the stiffest binding in the women's line as well.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looking for a powder specific board that can also handle groomers okay? Look no further, this board offers a profile that is flat to early rise and pretty good amount of taper. Staying above the snow becomes easy, no matter if it is a two feet pow day. You can size down on this too, to give your self better maneuverability, the waist on this board is going to be wider than most boards you have probably tried. My lady friend is 125lbs and and she used the 142cm, it is the only size but with the massive nose, you should be anble to get on this board with ease. The only complaint is when you get some chop, it cannot handle it the best. Fresh lines? No other board compares!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is a bit of an upgrade from the cartel, you get much better straps and ratchets. The base-plate is also stiffer and the high-back stays at a medium flex, all this combines to max comfort and great response! If you need a binding for all-mountain riding or freestyle riding, this is it!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This board is amazing! If you have not tried a profile like this, you need one! Everyone needs a early rise directional cambered board in their quiver. Slight taper and great mid stiff feel to handle anything from crud to untouched pow. If you need a board that can handle freeride terrain or even open bowls, this is it. I would say a board that is perfect for Snowbird and Jackson Hole. There is a reason they also made this a splitboard and it has become a favorite in the backcountry community.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

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

I got this for the lady in my life, for some main reasons. She is transitioning into an intermediate rider and is use to the Burton Deja Vu, which is a reverse hybrid camber. The Day Trader is a flat camber with early rise, this profile provides forgiveness and with the tapered nose (fancy word for wider nose & smaller width tail), this give you great and effortless float. So if you want a powder board that honestly can handle all-mountain too. This is it! Still somewhat forgiving as it is a 5/10 in stiffness, flat camber also adds to forgiveness and does not feel catchy. Great for powder, especially deep days! And still great when it gets choppy.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board does it all! With the directional camber with early rise, you can do everything from a side country hike to get after some powder to destroying groomers. Very similar to the Burton Flight attendant, just a bit wider at the waist, which makes for more of a mellow turn radius compared to the flight attendant. This one floats the best out of the two boards, the flex feels great! It is a mid-stiff flex that can handle crud easily. This provides optimal float as well! If you need a board that does it all on any day, look no further!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this binding on my medium flex board that I mainly use for freestyle and park. The highback is medium flex and the base plate is softer which for comfort feels great. Also feels forgiving as well as responsive when you ride, making for pretty nice and easy transitions and makes butters easy. If you are looking for something that isn't stiff and comfortable, this is it! You can really take this binding from peak to park if you wanted. I have taken this into some side country pow fields and literally into the terrain park jumps. Just an overall fun binding! I wear a size 10 boot and a medium binding works great! The EST is really nice in the Burton channel system.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my first experience with Flux and I have to say I am beyond surprised at how good this feels as well as how comfortable it is. Adjusting the straps was easy and adjusting the highback as well. It pretty much is tool-less, I mainly do freestyle with this and the response was awesome! Usually it can be tough to find a binding that is both responsive and comfy.

I wear a size 10 boot and used a medium. Fit great! I would say the flex is medium as well, if you are looking for an all mountain binding or freestyle binding, this will impress you for sure. I have tried a lot of other brands and I would say this binding and flux as a binding is near the top of my go to bindings. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board rocks a hybrid camber profile, so the middle of the board will be reverse camber and you will have a small camber underneath both bindings and it rockers back out to the tip and tail. This creates a playful feel and with magnatraction and these cambered sections of the board, you get response and control at the same time. The board feels like a medium stiff board, maybe a 6/10 for stiffness, I take this out on days where I am freestyle oriented and can handle landings while maintaining edge hold. This board will also floats well as the reverse rocker helps with keeping you on top of the snow. No wonder T.rice rocks this on those resort days. Very fun board!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My initial impressions of the quality of this jacket were great! Could go with a baffled design but it is stitched as far as how the down is in the jacket, which sometimes can find cold air seeping into where the fabric was stitched. Great design and really warm! My only real gripe with this jacket is the sleeve way way short! So the lady in my life opted to return it, she by no means at all has longer arms, the Backcountry wolverine cirque which has synthetic insulation is a hit in all categories. Just wanted to compare as the wolvy cirque is spot on and this silver fork jacket is close but could be better.

Great potential and very comfy! Sizing is spot on true to size, just needs work in the sleeve length as I said. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on March 4, 2019

Trying to hunt unicorns in the winter?
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this on a handful on tours and I have to say, this is a ton of fun to get turns on, it has a much bigger set back and a huge nose, this is rad if you want a pow ripper. Skins very well on the up and had no issues at all! Karakoram split clips are super solid keeping torsional stiffness. I am use to softer boards so I wasn't able to whip any pow butters like I wanted to, which is more of a personal issue I have with this board. But I can really see myself falling in love very quick! This thing in the pow is so quick edge to edge and made for a easy tree run. Also the camber profile is super interesting, looks like the only camber is on the back foot and everything else is flat to rockered nose. It felt amazing! Also this model I rode has a mostly black base with the company name if you were curious about that.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on February 13, 2019

No more shrink and pink!
5 5

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

Weston made this true women's split, it is not your usual shrink and pink job like some other companies. Board floats amazing and has a perfect balance of playfulness and being solid when sending steep terrain. I have seen a few lady friends use this to come down 40 degree steeps as well as 30 degree deep tree runs. This profile has a tapered directional camber with early rise… All that not make sense? (Translation) It turns quick edge-to-edge, floats awesome due to having a wider nose and smaller width at the tail. This also gives the split a smaller turn radius so you can maneuver through trees with ease. A 6/10 on stiffness! And a hole-less base and high end sintered base, this split is sure to last you a long time with its super durable base.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Below is a picture of Gearhead Koly Swistak, who has first-hand use of this bad girl, reach out to her as well if you want female input on this split

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