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Wesley Eads

Wesley Eads

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Salt Lake City

Wesley Eads's Passions

Paddling
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Biking
Snowshoeing
Yoga

Wesley Eads's Bio

I'm an Midwest native from the heart state of Ohio. My main focus over the last decade has been climbing. Previous to landing a job with backcountry I was working as a seasonal guide between southeast Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia. I've guided everything from rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, ziplining, challenge courses to nature hikes. I also spend most of my free time outside doing any number of activities such as: backpacking, canoeing, skiing, playing volleyball,shooting photos, etc. I am very passionate about all that I do and my main purpose here at Backcountry is to connect you with yours. If you ever have any questions about any gear you have been eyeing or just want to share a rad experience I'm merely a phone call or email away. Until then HAPPY TRAILS!!

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on October 15, 2018

5 5

I bought these for my girlfriend and this is what she said about them. “I got these in the cognac brown color and they go with everything! I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the perforations but they are much more subtle in person. They fit true to size, but I’m not sure if the leather will stretch with wear. I have bunions on both big toes so I require a wider toe box, and these were so comfy! No rubbing at all, even during the first wear. They could easily be dressed up or down.”

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on October 10, 2018

Sustainable Waterproofing
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

After having this jacket hanging in my closet for a couple of months the wet season here in Utah has finally graced us with some rain to put this jacket to the test. I am happy to say that the waterproofing and the breathability of this jacket are incredible. And the new Eco DWR bonded to face fabric works like a dream.
The material that Marot chose to use for the jacket as well is a great compromise between durability and lightweight. Whether you plan to use this jacket as a daily rider or under a backpack it will stand up to the abuse. The color choices are also really nice and the accent colors on the zippers really make the jacket pop. I also really like that Marmot chose to integrate mesh venting into the pockets as well as the pit zips.
Overall I really like the fit and performance of this jacket. The sleeves and torso length are long enough for a tall guy like me and I'm able to fit layers underneath quite comfortably. The only downside I found and the reason I only give the jacket 4 stars is due to the fit around the neck when it is fully zipped up. This is a problem I have found with other jackets as well but this jacket in particular it stood out the most. When the jacket is fully zipped it just doesn't have enough room for your neck and chin to sit comfortably. Other than that though the jacket is awesome.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 24, 2018

Breathable Performance
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 45.5

I picked these guys up as more breathable alternative to some of my other approach shoes. I not only wear approach shoes on trail or at the crag but throughout my daily life and was really looking for something that was a bit lighter, more breathable and more comfortable than some of the other approach shoes that I currently wear. The TX3's fit the bill perfectly for what I was looking for. The integrated tongue (much like some of Sportiva's climbing shoes) is perfectly padded and the shape of the shoe really works well to fit comfortably without loosing traction. Initially the only complaint I had was the stack height seemed a bit taller than what I was used to but after wearing them for a few days I no longer noticed it. I find that they also fit true to size and went with my normal shoe size. I have a narrow lower volume foot and the extra width is nice for some added comfort comparatively.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great no frills Type V PFD. I used it for 2 seasons of guiding on the New and Gauley in WV and have since used it as a kayak vest. If you are looking for a good vest for both rafting and kayaking I would say that this is one of the better ones out there. However, it feels better in the kayak than it does in the raft. Getting in and out of the raft it feels kind of like having a turtle shell on your belly. In the kayak it is out of the way enough to not really notice it. Also the updated clam shell design is a great addition to this timeless vest.

I am 6'2 175 and I picked up the L/XL and it fit well.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 18, 2018

Creekers Delight
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Lynx is my favorite duckie to paddle. It is stable, nimble and tracks well. The Lynx compared to other duckies in AIRE's lineup though is really well designed for creeky more narrow channels that require quick maneuvering rather than high water punching power. If you add in thigh straps this boat edges well (as well as a duckie can) and is really responsive. This boat also really likes to surf so paddle it back upstream and try to hold on!

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ride tubeless these are a must have for you pack. They are advertised as a temporary fix to patch up a hole in your tire but I and friends have ridden whole seasons with multiples of these patches in your tire. They won't fix a sidewall tear but for annoying little trail punctures these guys are a life saver. Do yourself a favor and pick up some CO2 as well and make tubeless flats an easy trail side fix.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This ducky is great. I have paddled it on big water, creeky rivers and the flat water in between and it handles it all in style. It is responsive enough to be agile but the tubes are large enough to crush through some big waves and its shaped well enough to still track when the drops flat out. And for how high you sit out of the water it is surprisingly stable. It also surfs fairly well but compared to the Lynx this boat is better suited for punching through the big stuff.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of my favorite minimalist pfds. Especially for kayaking and paddle rafting having a pfd that does not interrupt your stroke is huge and this pfd strikes a great balance of having some creature comforts without the bulk. If you are rafting without a rescue vest this guy allows for easy access back into the boat and doesn't present the normal turtle shell effect that others do that prevents you from easily getting back into a boat. For kayaking this vest offers great flotation and stays out of the way for necessary strokes. And with available strapping on this vest it can fit a wide variety of body types.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2018

My Favorite Guide Stick
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have paddled Sawyer, NRS, and Werner's but this is by far my favorite. I like that it is a bit heavier and stiffer than the Guide stick from Werner mainly because I rely on my draw as a guide more than my pry and the Werner always left me wanting just a bit more power. I also like that it does have some flexibility unlike the Sawyer so for long days on the water your hands don't go numb and shoulders don't feel pumped out. I also really like the fiberglass polymer blade. My stick has taken a beating on shallow low water runs and still looks relatively new. The T grip is also nicely shaped and fits well in a closed hand and is skinnier than other grips out there. I especially like it for out of boat experiences because it has enough purchase to hold on to even when swimming. The only downside to this paddle is that the shaft will inevitably fill with some water. But it is an easy fix. All you do is lightly bump out the bottom pin and the water comes right out. If you are looking for a great stick to make powerful j strokes and draws this one is my favorite. (Slapping the rock on Pillow on the Upper Gualey)

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 28, 2018

Confidence Inspiring
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently picked these cams up to fill out my rack for climbing in and around the Salt Lake Valley. So far I am loving having these cams on my rack. I have used them on several other occasions when climbing with my friends gear but now that I have them I'm not sure I could live without them. I climb with the 00-4 and find that compared to my X4's I always get a better more confidence inspiring placement that grabs the rock better than the X4's otherwise would have. I also like the slightly stiffer stem for vertical crack placements. But I do tend to prefer my X4's for horizontals since the stem has a wider range of motion.

I have also heard a lot of people having difficulty placing these guys without the thumb loop but so far I haven't really noticed much of a difference. I still find myself going through the same motion I otherwise would have with a X4, C4, Friend or Dragon. The dot range on the cam is also really helpful for those who cannot readily identify a good placement and is a good quick reminder you are doing things right for the experienced. Pair these guys with the FS Mini carabiners and you have a UL set up that rivals anything else out on the market. (Now I just want to try out the Super Cams!)

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not sure if I can say much that hasn't already been said. But any product that can have such a unanimous decision on just how awesome they are can't be wrong. Look through the rest of our page and you will see there are very few product that get such a consistent consensus of awesomeness. Again, these are great for flares and odd placement where regular nuts or active pro just won't protect. They are light and are a great addition to any budding or experienced climber alike. Pick them up and soon you will realize what all the hype is about.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these float bags in my creek boat and they work exactly as you would want and expect them to. Although there is not anything particularly technical about these bags in comparison to other I enjoy the thicker vinyl for its longevity. They hold air, they are durable and easy to use. What more can you ask for? Put these in your boat and when you go for a swim you and your boat will be happier trying to get it back into that eddie. Also be sure to buy in a pair so that you don't have any weird offset buoyancy issues.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

So far I am really digging this new material produced from Polartec called Delta. And the application in this sun hoodie is very well designed and incredibly comfortable. Especially for warm climates with lots of sun this shirt is great. It pulls moisture off you skin and acts a true moisture wicking layer. The only reason I am not giving this five stars is due to some small pilling I have experienced from climbing in this jacket.
In comparison to other sun hoodies like the Tropic Comfort this is lighter weight, better hand feel and much more breathable. If you are looking for an additional layer to keep those hot days climbing, biking, or running more bearable this is a great addition to your quiver. The sizing is true and is a more of an athletic American cut. I went with the large and it fits great.

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