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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 November 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the absolute best! Great for when you need a little boost to help get you through the rest of the day. I carry these everywhere I go. Throw a couple in your pack and you are set for a full day out in the backcountry. Salted Watermelon and Black Cherry are my favorites.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on October 23, 2018

Best hammock on the market!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the highest quality, best designed hammock out there. It's cut is more elongated for more of a flat laying position, apposed to a traditional banana shape that is uncomfortable for a full nights sleep. The Diamond Shell 40D fabric is extremely durable that allows up to 500 lbs which most other hammocks only allow for 400. It also added to the overall comfort to the fabric itself. With the continual innovation Kammok puts into the thought, design, and execution of their products. You won't find anything better! Highly recommended!

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William Bowenwrote a review of on October 23, 2018

Protect your noodle!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you can't tell from the picture, I love this helmet! I walked away from a pretty bad accident and I have this helmet to thank. It saved my life, literally! Coming in at about 40 mph, 40 feet off the deck straight to a football sized boulder field. After examining the helmet post ER, it was amazing to see how much impact the helmet took while only suffering a minor concussion. I immediately bought the same helmet again. Highly recommended.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on October 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I couldn't be happier with the performance of this jacket. The fit can be a little bit hard to decide. I am a Large in most of Arc'teryx mid-insulated layers and they fit like a glove. (i.e. Cerium, Atom, Proton) But I have a hard time getting the fit I want out of both the Medium and Large. Large is too big on it's own, but with multiple layers it fits well. Medium fits better with fewer layers but will start to get a little snug with more layers. I'm 6' - 175 lbs. and went with a Medium. Little tight with layers but not bad. Really just depends on what you see yourself mostly doing in the jacket and decide from there. It is well worth the price and you will have it for several years to come. Highly recommended.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on October 8, 2018

The fit is Phenomenal!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Gearheads and Smurf approved! The Norrona Wool Round Baselayer is a new Backcountry office favorite! The fit is perfect. Just tight enough in the arms to not bulk up when layering, loose enough in the torso to make you not feel restricted. It offers a great balance between form fitted and comfort.

I'm 6' - 175 lbs. I went with a Large and fits perfect!

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William Bowenwrote a review of on September 27, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

First off, I really like this shoe and find them very comfortable. From the office, around town, going to the gym, and pretty much everything in between. The sizing is a little bit weird and they are pretty snug. (hence being a running shoe)

The main thing I didn't like is the foam spacing construction. Awesome in theory and they really do make a difference when you can split up the base of the shoe to make it more malleable and overall more comfortable. The gaps will pick up anything that can fit between the spaces and cause uneven steps and discomfort.

It is a really nice shoe and I like them a lot. However I will be wearing them as more of a lifestyle/gym/treadmill shoe then a road runner.

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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 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.

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) This will add a new layer of waterproof protection and have your jacket repelling water like it did the first day you bought it. Trust me, it works!

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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 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 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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