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Warren Young

Warren Young

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT

Warren Young's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Biking

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

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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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Warren Youngwrote a review of on February 13, 2019

Beginner-level snowshoes
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Tubbs Wayfinder 25-inch is definitely a good choice for beginner snowshoes! I used these recently on a 9-mile hike with ~3500 ft elevation gain, breaking trail for about half the distance.

Pros:
The BOA dial binding is actually a nice touch for a snug fit. I was skeptical at first, but you can use the heel strap to adjust for various boot sizes and really get locked in on your toes with the BOA. I was really hard on these all day and never had to adjust them even once. The decking does provide a good bit of float on the snow for its size also (I'm 135 lb with a 15 pound pack). These were pretty lightweight and easy to pack. Definitely great for the convenience factor.

Cons:
These snowshoes are not made for steep terrain. The crampons are sufficient for snow-packed trails, but do not provide enough traction on Utah's soft snow when it gets steep. I would've liked to see a heel riser on these as well.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on January 14, 2019

Style and functionality!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I guess I got the purple memo and it looks so good! Fit is awesome and I have used this a total of about 30 times already this season, has kept me dry on the deepest days. 3 layer gore is also bomb proof and has a ton of great pockets! The pass pocket on the sleeve is just awesome! Also love the collar, all the way zipped up, keeps the winds out and helps keep you warm. Feels less bulky than the fuse brigandine too. Which I did come from and got rid of in favor of this jacket. If I can help out with your jacket, feel free to reach out.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on January 12, 2019

Super easy to install!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This comes with all the hardwear you need to install this on dry wall, I did not add the clips to the top end of the contact point to reduce weight on the main bracket but it is working. No need to find a stud as well but if you did! Your bracket would be bomb proof as far as holding weight. Below is a picture of what I did with two boards with blown edges that I have a special place in my heart still. Hope it turns into ideas for your job and feel free to reach out if you need help.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on January 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who doesn't like an awesome mitten, this is warm! One of the best features is the lanyard that attaches around your wrist! Very warm and if you want a glove to last you a couple years! Look no further! Just make sure you treat the leather, Hestra also provides you with instructions and some leather wax treatment to use so you can keep this waterproof for many years to come. Very warm and true to size!

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on January 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The Polartec NeoShell fabric is ahead of it's time, with the feel a breathability of a softshell and similar waterproofing to gore. This shell is perfect for touring or even resort days. You are thinking about this and I'll just say it but easy to pee in the backcountry for those ladies. So no zipper on the butt area that just looks weird and doesn't fit right. Just zip one side down and boom! You're back on the skin track or back at the lift line. Pockets are amazing too! If you skin and are prone to a couple laps, there is straps that come out and hold your skins, which helps drying your skins. They also fit true to size!

Doing this review with info from one of my friends who I tour with a ton and the fit is true to size and very comfortable. Also does not ride up like a lot of bibs do as well. Easy to layer underneath this, feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on January 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board is similar to the men's Weston Backwood board. Slightly less taper and is directional with a camber. This allows for control and stability at high speeds, also allows for the board to have a solid feel over crud. The best thing about this board is going to be the float on pow days. With the rockered nose! This board is a do it all kind of board that also moves edge to edge quickly. I got this board for my girlfriend and she has been loving it, the flex is around a mid stiff and would also feel playful. Great board for pow lovers and a board that can handle the groomers as well.

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Warren Youngwrote a review of on December 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the clear lens for night shredding. This is an awesome lens if you shred night time like I do, also try the sonar night for nights as they give you a bit more clarity and less glare. If you have the M4 goggles, you know how easy it is to swap lens. You can use this for everything! Sunny? Slap on the Sonar Green/Blue/Bronze. Even comes with a case!

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