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William Bowen

Salt Lake City

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's Passions

  • Climbing,
  • Biking.
William Bowen

William Bowenwrote a review of on September 4, 2019

5 5

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

I love these new Arc'teryx Zeta SL Waterproof pants! The fit is nothing short of perfect, the articulated knees and perfect length inseam make them ideal for hiking and long approaches when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

They have a mid-thigh zipper that makes them easy to slip on and off over boots and multiple layers. With the Zeta SL jacket and pant being so light and pack-able, this is my ideal setup that I plan to take on any adventure when the weather is suspect at a moments notice.

I'm 5'11 - 175 lbs with a 32 inch inseam. I went with a size Medium. Not too snug in the waist, especially with multiple layers. It has just the right inseam length to not be dragging on my heels but give you all the coverage you need for all day use.

Highly Recommended!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on June 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a first impression review as this jacket is brand new to the line. But from what I can tell it is renamed from the "Practitioner" jacket from their working professionals line. This jacket is amazing!

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William Bowenwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

5 5

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

I love this jacket. Perfect fit and a really nice jacket! I wore this all last winter season and loved it. I did everything from Backcountry skiing, to casually wearing to and from work during a heavy storm. The N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L Gore Tex fabric will definitely keep you dry in all conditions. I'm 6' and a size Medium fit me perfect. Plenty of room to layer and not overly baggy when worn by itself. Highly recommended!

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William Bowenwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

Mid-travel 29er?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeti's all new geometry for their 2019 line-up is nothing short but amazing! This will continue to be the growing trend and new standard for mtn bikes. Racked out front end at 65.5 head tube angle with a high seat tube 77 degree angle for pedaling efficiency, this bike doesn't disappoint. It climbs extremely well and goes downhill even better for only having 130mm of rear travel. Dare people call it a "mid" travel 29er anymore when you can point and shoot this bike pretty much down anything.

Like all Yeti's, their frames run pretty big over many other bike brands out there. The wheelbase has grown over 30mm in each frame size from the older SB5.5 - this bike is big! 44mm offset fork will definitely help with that wheelbase dimension and keep the bike lively and fun during those switchback climbs.

I'm 5' 11'' and decided to go with a Medium. I rode the Large sb5.5 last year and the frame just felt too big for the style of riding that I like to do. (playful, fun, poppy, and overall more nimble on these racked out 29ers) I could have stuck with the Large if I wanted those line charging fast decends with a super stable feel at high speed but just isn't my style for the riding I want to do.

Overall I'm super stoked on this bike and I'm glad I went with the SB130 for my riding this season. It falls under what I would call the trail travel/enduro geometry category. Critics might say, what is a mid-travel 29er anymore?

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William Bowenwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

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

Here is one of my customers impression on the shorts:

I tried it on for my work commute and then put it to the test this pas Saturday on a mountain cross, a 65 miles ride of almost all gravel roads, up and down the Virginia blue ridge parkway. I do not own other versions of the Patagonia bike liners. Here are my thoughts:

- I am a 33" waist and ordered a large. For most cycling clothing, that would be a snug but adequate fit. This bib fit, however, is generous, and I think I could I sized down. So my advice there, don't size up!
- The bib does no offer any sort of muscle compression; probably because priority is given to breathability (side mesh). This is not something that all bib/liners offer, so not a negative, but something to be aware of.
- The chamois is a lot thicker than what I am used to. You don't feel it much while riding, but you're going to want to take it off as soon as possible afterwards; or you have to walk around with the feeling of having a loaded diaper...
- The storage is great, but I don't care too much for the water bottle pocket because it puts a pressure point on the spine (also, I have enough cages on my cross bike). But in my opinion, it's a good option, especially for MTB where many frames can't fit cages.
- For this long ride, I used it with the Patagonia dirt roamer. I liked the ability to secure the shorts to the bib. But the bib works great with other shorts too.

Overall, I am happy. Being made by Patagonia, I anticipate years of use/abuse. The price is right.

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William Bowenwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this rope! I had the chance to test it out for a full day of outdoor sport climbing and love it. You wouldn't know it would be any different then any other rope other than the color. Eco friendly and bluesign approved. Using left over materials from either normal line, it is a great benefit for rope manufacturers to be resourceful and not add to the waste of normal manufacturing. Great choice!

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