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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 January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just picked these guys up to complete my touring set up. So far i am really stoked on them. They are relatively lightweight, easy to adjust and stable. The small features on these poles are also great. I like the removable wrist strap (although the strap itself is not the best). And the beak on the handle makes switching stack heights on your heel lift with touring bindings really easy. All in all these are a great cost effective poles for backcountry skiing.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

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

I use these guys to when driving to and from the resort or the trail head. Needless to say my feet are really happy with this purchase. After a full day in ski boots the last thing I want to stuff my feet into is another pair of boots. The plush interior and the thermoball insulation are a great day ending shoe to stuff your tired feet into. The rubber soles also make sure that the they will stick around a bit longer when you wear them out of the house. I typically wear an 11.5 street shoe and i picked up the 11 since they pack out and they fit great.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for a crampon that can be adapted to work with any boot and in any condition these are a great option. From vertical ice, ski touring and glacial mountaineering alike this 12 point will handle it all in style. The customization of Petzl's lineup makes this crampon really a quiver of one and can be use in in any configuration. If you want one crampon that will tackle all of your objectives with just a few tweaks this guy is great.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This beacon has all the bells and whistles you can expect from a modern day 3 antenna beacon with a larger range than many other options out there. The interface for turning it between modes and tracking burials is also visually and mechanically simple but very detailed. If you are looking for a fully featured beacon with a long range make sure to take a second look at this guy.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

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

I am a big proponent of Flylow gear and was really excited when Backcountry decided to partner with them for this launch. I borrowed one of these guys to check out the new line in comparison to my current Flylow kit (higgins jacket/baker bibs) and to no surprise I loved this jacket just as much. The fit is great, the weight works well as either a lightweight inbound shell or midweight touring shell and the color choices work well with a lot of other options out on the market. I like the high pockets for integration with a harness and the Polartech Neoshell is really breathable when active. If you are considering a multipurpose shell for backcountry and inbound use make sure to add this jacket in the list of options.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 14, 2018

Just the Essentials
4 5

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

If you are looking for a pack for dawn patrols that will just carry some water, shovel, probe, snack and an extra layer this pack is great. The burly exterior will stand up against the abuse of carrying your skis and the layout of the pack makes getting in and out of it easy. The top loading system is great for getting your bigger items in the pack whereas the side zip access works great for getting your essentials out on the fly. The harness system is also comfortable and burly as you would expect from Mystery Ranch. I also really like the ski carry system and the strapping is much more substantial than other options out there. The only reason I am knocking a star off this pack is due to the fact that there is not a great way to carry a helmet. I always bring a helmet with me for the way down and if you are clever you can make it work with this pack but it still isn't ideal. Other than that this is a great touring pack for just the essentials

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is simple put... incredible. For such a lightweight and minimal design the comfort and support that are offered is unreal. I have climbed in the harness for multiitch sport, trad and ice and find that it tackles it all with style. And most of the time I can't really even feel that I am wearing a harness. The ice clipper loops work great with a caritool and the racking options on the harness allow you to carry all of the gear you need for single pitch or shorter mulitpitch climbs. I think that this harness excels primarily in sport climbing but is equally well purposed for someone looking to lighten their load in other areas of climbing. I have not used this harness on any big wall climbs and I think that it wouldn't be exactly what you are looking for while hanging, hauling and aiding. But if you are looking for a harness that will excel in the rest of the climbing world this guy is awesome. I am 6'2" 175lbs and I wear a M.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Make your life easier and get the speed verison of these screws. You are already working hard enough to get a good sink in with your tool and the last thing you need to do is get pumped out fiddling with the hanger. Once you get them set they breeze through ice like a hot knife to butter. I also really like the design of the folding handle compared to other options out there. Do yourself a favor and pick these guys up. You won't regret it.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 6, 2018

Great Boots
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far I am loving this boot. The walk mode ROM is huge and feels like you are wearing a pair of hiking boots rather than ski boots. While the weight of these may not be as light as some of the softer ski mountaineering inspired boots like the Raceborg it far makes up for in down hill performance. I have a flat, narrow and low volume foot and these boots offer just the right amount of space in the toes to be comfortable without being too large to loose downhill control. I have only used these boots a few times and am very impressed by both the construction and design. I am typically a 46 EU or 11.5-12 US shoe and I went with the 29 mondo. The boots fit like a glove and make me want to go for lap after lap in the backcountry. I'm looking forward to many more days in the backcountry with these bad boys.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 6, 2018

Active Pursuits
5 5

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

I love this jacket. However it is a very specialize piece that is best served for those individuals looking for a lightweight jacket that is both extremely breathable and waterproof. I personally use this jacket for ice climbing and ski touring and find that I can stay one steady temperature going uphill without having to wait to put my shell on. If you are looking for a resort jacket this will not be the jacket you are looking for and instead you may want to check out Norrona's Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro jacket. But if you want a jacket that will keep you dry and won't make you overheat while you are pushing boundaries in the backcountry this is the shell. The shell also offers plenty of room for layering and is the perfect length in both the sleeve and waist for integrating with your favorite touring/ice climbing gloves and pants. The pockets are also nice and big for storing your belay gloves in between pitches. I also really like the double zipper system that allows you to dump heat while the jacket is still zipped.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on December 6, 2018

Great Type 3
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I borrowed this PFD from a friend so that my girlfriend and I could go paddle the snake. She really enjoyed the vest and like the fit and features that are built in. It was easy for her to get on and the belly pocket worked nicely as a beverage holder. If you are looking for a feature rich type 3 this is a great option.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I picked up this baselayer to use for ski season. I am really happy with the piece. The Merino is incredibly soft and the cut of the shirt is tight but not as next to skin as other baselayers. I also really like the cuffs on the sleeves. They are a bit narrower than most other baselayers so they stay in place all day without bunching and sliding like others out there. If you are looking for a high quality merino base layer that will keep you comfy and warm this is a great option.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a small waterproof bag to store some dry gear for your clients on your daily stretch this is a great option. This bag is fully waterproof and offers just the right amount of room to store a few extra layers without having to carry a huge bag. Pick one up and earn a few extra dollars from your guests on those cold wet days when you hand them a dry towel at the end of your run.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for a battery pack that will give you a couple charges on your various devices this is a great option. Pair this with a GZ solar panel and you have a expedition charging station that will rival anything else out on the market. I like the cord that is also included because it stays stowed for use in really sandy environments when charging ports can get clogged.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up a set of these guys to use while paddling the Grand Canyon and I love them. They are easy to pack, extremely durable and most of all completely and totally waterproof. I have used a number of other bags on river trips including Bill's bags, Sea to Summit roll tops, etc. to try to keep my gear dry but they all seem to leak a bit of moisture in the interior of the bag. In my experience watershed bags are the only true dry bags out there. Also be sure to not store your wet gear in these bags because the bag will trap that moisture in them until you are able to air dry the bag. I also really like the plastic hard points that are sewn into these bags. They work great for being able to lash you bag down with little worry of them wondering down river after some carnage.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After reading reviews and trying to narrow down how to charge my electronic devices for longer expeditions I feel upon this device. So far I am really pleased with how this panel operates. I have been pairing this with the GZ 30 battery pack as well and have been pleasantly surprised to find that it charges even quicker than advertised. My only complaint that I have about the panel is that it cannot fit into an ammo can to be easily accessed while on river trips. Otherwise it is simple, easy to use and charges really quickly. I would definitely recommend also charging a battery pack off this panel rather than straight to a device. While it will charge your devices sometimes it will be slower or will stop charging all together as it resets. With the battery pack if it resets I have experienced no issues with it continuing charge.

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Wesley Eadswrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently picked up this towel to use on a 23 day trip down the Grand Canyon. After using it on the trip I am in love with this towel and plan to use it more now while travelling. The material is thicker and a bit more absorbent than other "tech towels" that are out on the market as well has having a softer feel next to skin. It also does a really great job at resisting dirt and debris build up as well. If you are looking for a towel that will work well on and off trail this is a great option. Just be aware that it doesn't pack down as small as other options out there.

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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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