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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 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 19, 2018

Great Boot, But..
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

The boot itself is absolutely wonderful. It is a little hard to get into it the first time (especially if you have a high instep) but after that is awesome! the grip on it is great for the trail, but the style is still on point for the office. However, there a couple things that I think are pretty weird/wrong. First, it the back tabs of the shoe. On the second use, one of them pulled off the back of the shoe. Couple months late, the back one pulled off too. So now I have two boots that have the back tabs hanging off, looks like they are hanging on for deal life. Second, the shoelaces are a little odd. They are elastic (which I admit I didn't read about before I bought) which, even after a couple months of use, if still weird. They definitely keep the shoe closed and don't interfere with anything, but its just weird feeling, ya know?
In conclusion, they are a great stylish shoe. But definitely be a little easy on the back tabs, and make sure you know the laces as elastic!

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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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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on October 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things really all the perfect "daily driver" touring ski. They are insanely light at about 6lbs for the pair, and have so much stability on the downhill. They are pretty surfy as well; skiing soft snow on them gets you that feeling of surfing a wave in Malbu. If there was one downside, I would say that its hard-pack performance isn't as good as its soft-snow performance, but they are still super stable for anything that is less than powder. If you are looking for a good every-day touring ski, definitely take a look at this one!

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on October 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I am notoriously so hard on my shoes. Growing up, Vans would last me 3-6 months max, and even today I go through at least one hiking boot a year. But this shoe perplexed me because of how well it held up! I spent 18 months in this shoe, almost 3x times longer than how long shoes usually last with me. Add in the fact that its waterproof for everyday-wear summer or winter, and you have a seriously good shoe. It was so good that I bought another pair! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, its one of my favorite shoes on the market.

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Zak Ricklefswrote a review of on October 8, 2018

Be Outside in the Fall
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Fall is my favorite time of year in my opinion. The leaves are amazing, the weather is finally not resembling an oven, and you get to wear sweaters non-stop. This Mid-Ivory is the perfect pairing to the sweater weather rejoicing. The material is super comfortable, its incredibly warm when taking those leaf-seeing hikes in the mountains, and the length of the sleeves is perfect for me. The only thing that I would say wrong about it is that I think the torso is a little short. However, I'm also 6'2 and ordered a Medium, so maybe a large would have been a bit better. Either way, I'm excited to have this in my closet for my favorite season!

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