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Wesley Eads

Salt Lake City

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!!

Wesley Eads's Passions

  • Paddling,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Climbing,
  • Skiing,
  • Biking,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Yoga.
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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on October 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To get the obvious out of the way this bike is big and for how big it is it does climb relatively well. I would not expect this to replace your trail or XC rig if you enjoy PRing climbs and cruising descents. But at 170/160 this bike will climb up most trail rides relatively comfortably and with only a bit more labor.

As for the down this bike rides really well but it takes quite a bit of speed or chunk to really make the bike feel alive. I think if you are riding downhill bike parks or want to smash and grab rooty rocky sections this bike is awesome. But if you are more on the casual end of enduro riding I find this bike to be a bit much. I personally like a bit more poppy and playful feeling when I ride which I would say you don't get as much of out of the megatower. But if you plan on pointing it and rolling through whatever terrain comes by without getting bucked around the Megatower is great.

If you are only a quiver of one rider this may not be the best bike for general purpose riding unless you charge hard and spend a lot of time spinning lifts or riding park. But if you want a fun smash and grab bike to add to the quiver this bike is a riot in that category.

I'm 6'2" 175lbs with a 34" inseam. I have ridden both the L and XL comfortably. Overall though I think I would go L just to be able to move the bike around a bit more easily.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on October 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike is a blast. While i think the headtube angle could be a touch more slack this thing climbs and descends way better than most XC rigs I have ridden. I had the pleasure of riding this for a weekend down in Fruita on 18mi trails as well as around the Horsetheif area. This bike climbed incredibly well and the grip lockout for the shocks came in handy quite a bit (although most of the time I did just ride it open). While descending this bike was a lot of fund and had plenty of travel to maneuver through the couple rock gardens as well as catch a bit of air without feeling squirrley or completely bottoming out the suspension. While I would not call this a downcountry bike by any means it is a definitely a fun bike that tears up trail on the uphill and descends pretty well for the class of bike it falls into. It is also a really comfortable bike overall that I can definitely imagine hammering out longer arduous rides with.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

The Alpha SV from Arc'teryx is the gold standard in severe weather protection. This piece is specifically designed to withstand the harshest conditions that the alpine environment can deliver. With burly 100d nylon and GORE Pro waterproofing this jacket is made for the mountains.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

The Beta AR is a do it all piece from Arc'teryx. Packed with features like pit zips, storm collar and helmet compatible hood this jacket ensure all your backcountry jacket needs are met. With GORE Pro this jacket is incredible waterproof and breathable but when you need to dump extra heat the pit zips are there to keep you moving. If you are looking for a jacket that is at home in any conditions no matter what you are doing take a a second look at the Beta AR.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

The Beta LT is test piece for Alpine pursuits. GORE Pro ensures that you will stay dry in any conditions while the simple design ensures you aren't carrying anything you don't need. High pockets keep your essentials out of the way while carrying a pack or wearing a harness. Longer length and e3D patterning keeps you covered and mobile. The Beta LT is a no nonsense alpine piece that will last for years to come.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

The Beta SL hybrid delivers a lightweight package and versatile design. The 3L GORE C-Knit ensures that high use areas on the jacket remain durably waterproof. While 2L GORE Tex Paclite shaves weight and improves next to skin comfort. Whether you are conquering the town or the trail the Beta SL is meant to keep you dry and comfortable.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

The Arc'teryx Alpha FL is Arc'teryx's lightest 3L GORE Pro jacket. For those of us that count every gram that goes into our kits when we venture into the backcountry Arc'teryx delivered an ultralight and ultra waterproof shell. This jacket removes most of the features found in other jackets and opts for weight savings and overall usability. If you want an ultralight alpine jacket won't hold you back take a look at the Alpha FL.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 13, 2019

All Purpose Waterproofing
5 5

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

These pants are ideal for a do it all mountain enthusiast. They are incredibly lightweight and packable and will fit into any backpack. The full side zip ensures that they are easy to get on and off around your boots as well as provides ventilation during those high output days in the mountains. Paclite from GORETex ensure a waterproof package with extra breathability. If you are backpacking, hiking or summer time mountaineering and want an added level of weather protection take a second look at the Beta SL's. I'm 6'2 175 lbs and the M/Tall works great for me.

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Wesley EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on September 13, 2019

Check out the Arc'teryx Alpha AR pants. These are specifically designed for big mountain objects and come in a lightweight durable package. The full length side zips allows you to remove the pants without having to take off your boots or crampons and the unique legwrap systems ensures that the pants stay in place and out of the way of your crampons. Zippered pockets are placed out of the way so that these pants seamlessly integrate when wearing a harness. If you have any questions about these pants or your next mountain adventure feel free to reach out to me directly.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 3, 2019

Best Trad Shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really love these shoes especially for granite trad climbing. The rubber is nice and tacky and the profile does a great job at allowing you to tow in on slabby holds that you wouldn't expect. The higher cuff is also great for keeping your ankles protected when climbing slitters. And the padded tongue does a great job a keep your feet a bit more comfortable when camming your foot in a crack. If you are looking for a trad shoe to add to your collection I would highly recommend these. I typically wear a 46 street shoe and in these guys I take a 45. They are roomy enough to be comfortable for long days on the wall but tight enough to deliver performance without pain.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 2, 2019

My Favorite Touring Layer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

While this jacket is advertised as a climbing piece I found it particular useful for touring around the Wasatch. I typically run a little cold during dawn patrols but with this jacket and a light merino baselayer I was comfortable every morning. The jacket is also highly breathable so it does a great job keeping you one steady temperature instead of allowing you to build up heat and have to take it on and off. The 3/4 zipper is also great for when the sun starts to rise and so do the temps. If you are looking for an active insulation piece that will keep you comfortable in a variety of temperatures take a second look at this piece. I'm 6'2" 175lbs and I take a large in this. The fit is athletic so it feels fitted and stays out of the way as you move but has enough room that it doesn't feel restrictive.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on September 2, 2019

Knobby Traction
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently put these on my Mojo 3 to try out a different tire than the Maxxis Minions. So far I am really liking them especially in cornering and downhill. I am running the 2.6 tire tough/traction and I feel like I get better grip around corners and better stopping traction on the way down. On the way up they definitely roll pretty well but compared to other tires out there they seem to roll a bit slower. I chalk it up mostly to the over-sized knobs that I really do enjoy. The traction though is really great. I have found myself able hold a tigher line on loose rock and technical features than I may have on another set of tires. Visually the tires seem to be a bit wider than 2.6 but I think the combination of being on 27.5 and running a 2.6 makes them look bigger than they really are. So far they seem pretty durable as well. I spent quite a bit of time popping and landing into rocky chop and roots and now after riding them a few weeks have barely noticed any wear on the tread and have not yet had any punctures. If you are looking to try a new set of tires that will roll well, have great traction and corner well I would give these guys a try.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2019

High Output Pursuits
5 5

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

This jacket is pretty slick but it definitely is not the jacket for everyone or every use. More than anything this jacket is at home in active pursuits. If you want a jacket for your dawn patrol in Jackson, an ice climb in the Rockies or climbing granite in the fringe seasons this piece is great. It gases extra heat off extremely well but does a good job at maintaining the heat that you have accumulated when sitting still. The DWR coating as does a pretty good job a keeping light moisture at bay but for wet storms I would definitely recommend throwing on a rainshell. The pockets are also pretty high staying mostly out of the way of a harness. The overall fit is perfect for a middle to outer layer. It is slim enough to fit under a shell but roomy enough to not feel like a scuba suit when you wear it as an outer layer. I'm 6'2 175;bs and the large fits me really well.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2019

Lightweight Trail Crushers
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I would like to first preface that I am by no means a trail runner. That being said if I were I think these would slot nicely into any trail runners quiver. I picked up these shoes really looking for a lighter weight and more breathable option for climbing approaches. I will say these slot in really well into my climbing quiver. They are really exactly what I was looking for, lightweight, breathable, supportive and all still with really tacky rubber. They have even worked in a variety of conditions from the dry desert climate here in Utah all the way to the wet coastal environment of Squamish. The rubber toe rand is also really nice to help prevent bashing your toes in loose scree fields. The fit is quite nice as well. Through the heel and mid foot the shoe is relatively narrow and as you get into the toe box they flare just a bit to give your toes just enough wiggle room. I typically wear a 46 in most shoes and with these guys i fit really well into the US 11.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2019

Burly Town to Trail
5 5

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34/Tall

These pants rock! (pun intended) I use them primarily as a daily piece and for climbing outside. The fit and material look like they fit in at the bar without having an overly "outdoorsy" look but are still burly and lightly stretchy enough to climb with. The material is also relatively soft next to skin and they breathe pretty well too. The side stache pocket is also really nice for storing a phone or a snack while on the wall.I am a pretty slender build and don't have overly large quads or calves so the leg of the pants fit me really well. I'm also between a 32-34 in the waist and I wear the 34 in these and they fit like a dream. I constantly find myself digging these out of the laundry to wear again and again.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on August 29, 2019

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 EadsMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on July 23, 2019

Check out Arc'teryx's fully featured alpine climbing pack. With removable back panel, simple axe carry, external lashing and removable lid this pack is well equipped for a day spent in the mountains. If you have any questions about this pack or the rest of Arc'teryx's line up reach out to me directly at (801) 523-4052 or weads@backcountry.com

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