William Bowen

William Bowen

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City

William Bowen's Passions

Fly Fishing
Climbing
Skiing
Biking
Surfing

William Bowen's Bio

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a place where outdoor activities and adventure are so highly available. I received the bug at a very young age and I haven't looked back since. I first started skiing when I was three, carried that throughout most of my childhood with various outdoor sports in between. I eventually moved my way into outdoor rock climbing with that being my main focus for the last ten years. Like most athletes and their passions, I found myself among the outdoor guru's of mountain bikers. Landing myself in another adrenaline sport that promotes high stoke and epic enthusiasm in this outdoor playground. Feel free to give me a shout if you’re looking to hit the hill and get after it! Or just to share your awesome adventure and experiences. After all, it's what we live for. See you on the mountain!

William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you love Metolius then you know how awesome there are to place! Confidence inspiring when you are getting pumped out and want a bomber placement to push you through the crux. Metolius favors holding power over range. So once you find that right piece, You will be confident to take whippers all day.

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most people think you can't wash your hardshell or it doesn't do anything to the protection or performance. Check out this video by Arc'teryx using Granger products. If anybody knows what they are talking about, trust the leading brand for innovation, performance, and protection.



So when you think you need a new waterproof jacket because the water isn't beading up and falling right off anymore. Use Granger's Repel solution, As everyone in the industry would call it, DWR. (Durable Water Repellent)

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William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When it comes to saving your gear that you just invested in, the biggest attributing factor when your gear starts to fall apart is how you wash it.

Heavy chemicals are in mostly all your general detergents, breaking down the fibers of the garment and stitching over time. Granger is the save alternative, it is a less invasive detergent that is Bluesign approved and environmentally friendly. You also don't need to wash your gear under a normal wash cycle as well, speed wash cycle does the trick. Saving you water, time, and money! If you want your gear to last over the years, I would highly recommend looking at how you take care of it. Go Granger!

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most people think you can't wash your hardshell or it doesn't do anything to the protection or performance. Check out this video by Arc'teryx using Granger products. If anybody knows what they are talking about, trust the leading brand for innovation, performance, and protection.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't let your down bring you down. Here is a how to guide on how to properly wash and take care of your down. The kit is nice because it comes with specific drying balls. Though tennis balls work well, they can leave behind a weird odor and little yellow fuzzes all over the garment.

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on September 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 33-34

These shorts are great! They are comfortable while maintaining a very strong face fabric. They are awesome to hike in, boulder climbing, travel around town, and just an overall really awesome short. Trails to cocktails, this is a new fav!
I generally wear a 33 waist pant, I can get in a 32 but find I like the little extra comfort. The 32 is a little bit more snug then what I would like of a traditional 32. I decided to go with the 33-34's. Though they do work very well, I can't wear them without a belt. Not the end of the world but something to consider if you are between a 32 and 33 waist.

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on June 6, 2018

Best Climbing Pant!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 33 x 32


I love the Stretch Zion Pants! It is one of the top picks around the Backcountry office. They are super stretchy, durable, comfortable, and look awesome!

97% Nylon, 3% spandex makes them very durable, and breathable. With a DWR finish for great water resistance and additional durability.

It is a great go-to pant for Hiking, Climbing, Travel, and pretty much anything you want to throw at it. As many of us say it's a great "trail-to-cocktail" pant.

They are a little on the longer side so depending on how long you like your pants. I'm 6 feet and 170 pounds, my general measurements are 32 x 32. I bought these in a 33 waist, 32 inseam. I like them a little more on the comfortable side but can still be snugged down with the built-in waist belt.

Your standard pocket layout, two in the front, two in the rear. Flaps over the rear pockets for added security closer, and one thigh pocket for stashing away personal items while in a harness.

You can roll up the legs with a built in snap closer if you just want to air out your legs, Articulated knee and crotch is great for movement when climbing, hiking, and overall movement.

I would highly recommend these pants!

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William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on June 6, 2018

"Super" Comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These shorts are the best! I own four pairs and wear them constantly.

Great for doing Yoga, climbing, and casually wearing around pretty much anywhere.

You can go true to size and they will work. The waist strap is a little tight for my liking and I prefer them to be a bit more comfortable so I went with a size Large (I'm a 32 inch waist) Inseam comes to about mid-knee (I'm a 32 inch inseam). They fit perfect!

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William Bowenwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

C4 + Dragon = Wild Country Friends!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love the Wild Country Friends! I picked up a few of these cams and liked them so much I'm going to slowly convert all my cams over to them.

They are what you get when you take the key advantages from the C4 Camalot with the DMM Dragon. You get the extendable sling and CNC machined lobes giving you better holding power from the DMM Dragon, with the thumb loop from the C4.

One thing that Wild Country has done that I haven't seen on other cams is the hollowed out axles, which I have noticed really makes a difference in the head weight and balance of the cam. I would highly recommend these cams!

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