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johngchrist

johngchrist

Gearhead

Park City, Utah

johngchrist's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

johngchrist's Bio

I have been in SLC Utah for around 9 years and have been at backcountry.com the entire time. I like to do everything and know a lot about gear.

When I'm not outside, you can FIND ME IN THE BACKCOUNTRY.COM RETAIL STORE!!!

I just love it there. So many things and so many things of each thing.

2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City.

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johngchristwrote a review of on June 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great boots that blur the line between free-ride and light-is-right. I'd call them 'free-touring' boots. Stiff and ski very well. Plenty of power to drive big skis at high speed. Despite only having two buckles, the fit is precise. Unlike other 'light' boots, the cuff is tall enough, even in small sizes, to distribute force well on the tibia and not cause a pressure point at the top, just like a good alpine boot. The fit is narrow, definitely a true 98mm last, as claimed. THANK YOU! Buckles are easy to use, as are the power strap and the walk mode. Transitions are fast. Just a couple small gripes: The liner is very thin and not very warm. Sometimes during kick-turns the cuff lock switch gets caught and locks on me, making the next kick turn REALLY hard if you don't notice it. Probably poor technique but maybe could be looked at for next year. The heal pocket could be a bit more snug but if you're looking for a true narrow last, powerful, and lightweight boot, this is it.

Pros:
relatively light weight
great ROM
great narrow fit and power
slick buckles

Cons:
liner- it's not warm
walk mode- occasionally locks out on it's own
heel pocket is a bit roomy relative to last

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're using these for day to day or traveling (love them for travel), I would say they are great. However, I have been super nervous taking them into the backcountry and on multipitch trad routes for fear I would puncture them. I have two and had one get a couple small holes in it which they replaced. Now the other one is leaking from the lid because the plastic top seems to have deformed and it won't seal properly. Also, note that you shouldn't put iodine tablets or the like in them. It leaches to the bag. While I'm not worried about the discoloration, I am worried about the subsequent effectiveness of the tablets doing their job.

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

My girlfriend has two pairs of these because she likes them so much. She wears them day to day in the beginning and eventually retires them to climbing pants. Stretchy for high stepping. One pair she is climbing in now and did wear the fabric down kind of quickly climbing sharp rock and then crack climbing when legs were used in the crack. Just gives them character though according to her!

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs

Cute, comfortable, and practical. She has two complaints though. 1) she is 5'7-ish and they are almost too short. 2) She wore them climbing once and the harness kind of made the material ball up around the leg loops. Now she just wears them climbing so she doesn't do more damage but I'm sure she will retire them to climbing when the day comes!

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johngchristwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Tried this shoe on and it felt great for an around the town clipless shoe. Wasn't quite what I was looking for in regards to a strictly trail riding shoe. Mesh toe looks like it would vent well and felt like a sneaker more than a MTB shoe.

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