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Zak Ricklefs

Zak Ricklefs

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT

Zak Ricklefs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Snowboarding
Climbing

Zak Ricklefs's Bio

Hello gentlemen and gentlewomen of Backcountry.com

My name is Zak, and I am Gearhead here at Backcountry. My main thing is backcountry skiing, but I also mountain and road bike, climb, hike, and backpacking when the mood strikes me. If you ever have questions or just wanna talk about getting out, give me a call.

Use the bat-signal:
zricklefs@backcountry.com
801-523-4057.


Also, here are some stats about me, if you were curious:
6"2'
190lbs
35' waist.

Zak Ricklefs

Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on February 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been testiung this bag for the last couple weeks know while travelling through Japan, and I can happily say that it been amazing for anything I have thrown at it. I could carry my laptop, my kindle, my Canon T3I with battery grip and lens attached, two additional lenses, a shotgun microphone, with still plenty of room for snacks, passport, and everything else I needed for being on the go (and a portable tripod strapped to the side). I can easier say that this is one of the best camera bags on the market for travel and would recommend it to anyone, really.

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on January 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I am a skiier by choice, and as such, I have a lot of base-layers I rotate through throughout the week. And by far, hands-down, without a doubt, my favorite is this Norrona Wool layer. I can usually not wait to put these on. It's so nice! Now, I run really warm (many an ex-girlfriend has called me "the furnace"), so normally I tend to shy away from long-sleeve base layers. But these breathe so well, it doesn't matter; I can use them on warmer days, and they feel super comfortable! Its the same on the other side of the coin as well. I skiied with these on in -15 degree Jackson Hole weather, and they kept super warm and happy. So, pick these up. They have seriously done me wonders.

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on December 23, 2018

The Absolute Perfect Shell for Touring
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have been going through shells the last couple season, just to find the perfect one. And I think I finally found it. The material is pretty lightweight and breathable, and it it one of the first jackets I actually can wear while on the uphill. Combine that with perfect waterproofing, and you have an amazing shell. If you are looking for a good touring layer, than this one is perfect! I am usually a large in Norrona, and this one was no exception.

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on December 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking to get more into snow science, this is the perfect way. All the instruments are super high quality, and I can tell they are going to last a while. Plus, the included carrying case fits everything perfectly and still has more room to include a pen and other smaller items.

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on December 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These bibs are honestly pretty great! They fit pretty well through the legs, are incredibly breathable for the tour up, and super waterproof through it all! I took these both touring and to the resort and thought they were good for both. My other real complaint is the bib part; it just kinda fits off. Maybe its just my body type, but while the pant was snug and fit well, the bib portion was pretty loose and flowy. The skin carriers worked great on them and the pocket is great, but its just a little too flowy. Not a huge deal, but definitely something to consider! Overall, I would definitely recommend these for anyone looking for a good touring layer, or a lighter resort pant!

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

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

I was using this bag on a camping trip to mountain bike in Fruita, and honestly I couldn't be happier! Its packs down really small, is super warm, and its draft tube was amazing for when I got super warm in the middle of the night. The only complaint I may have is that the material seems a bit thin, but as long as you take care of it I don't see much of a problem. I think this would be a great bag for backpacking and getting outside!

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on November 2, 2018

4 5

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

Really solid glove! The only thing I wish is it had a strap on the cuff. I got the size large, have a 8.25in long hand, and it fit great! Check out my video review for more info!

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on October 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This glove is really solid. The palm of the glove is super grippy, the outside vents super well, and I really enjoy the aesthetics of it all. However, just be aware of the sizing, because it is uni-sex. Normally I am a large in every glove I've tried on, but this large was really small. Definitely look at the sizing chart, and make sure you get the correct size!

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