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Zach Lassek

Zach Lassek

Zach Lassek's Passions

Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Zach Lassek's Bio

Originally from "All over the place," USA.

Being the product of two parents in the US Navy was both a blessing & a curse. Without one place to call home I always finding myself gravitating toward whatever adventure calls my name next....


My obsession with the outdoors "officially" began 5 years ago - upon to moving to Fort Collins, Colorado for college (Mountain-biking straight from home after one one o' clock class was definitely a routine I took for granted)


As a kid I always loved being outside; the classroom or the house was never where I belonged.


Snowboarding, Mountain-biking, Golfing, Fly-fishing and just being outside are my main passions. I'd be selling myself short if I didn't throw in the occasional beer consumption - Pale Ale (5 Barrel from O'Dells brewery has to be favorite) -- Fort Collins pride baby!


Recently, I moved to Utah to chase my dream job right here, at Backcountry.com. It's apart of my job description and overall life duty to get you stoked and connected to your passions.


Whatever your passion, hobby or true love is let's talk about it!

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

5 5

Yeti has figured out how to make the perfect bike for everything. The 5.5 is cold hard evidence.

Last year I was on the Santa Cruz Hightower and before demoing this bike I thought it was the best bike out there for me. The Hightower has pushed me to become a better rider across every aspect of riding, but I got on the 5.5 and realized there are more bikes out there....

With 160 mm of travel in the front and 140 in the rear the 5.5 is so well balanced and so methodically built out... Well done, Yeti. There is a reason why pro racers like Cody Kelly and Ritchie Rude choose the 5.5 as their bike of choice, along with both Yeti reps I spoke to (Daker and Hunter - you guys are rad!). The aggressive geometry, higher BB height and overall feel to this bike enables any rider to feel like a pro while you're out there in the saddle.

I tried to find weaknesses or "cons" to the way this bike rode, but I couldn't. Initially I thought it wouldn't climb as well as my Hightower, but I was wrong. it climbed even better. I also thought it wouldn't be as much fun or even overkill on the flat and flowy sections of trail - having that much travel... but I was also wrong there. I have to admit, I was trying to find reasons why I shouldn't fall in love with this bike. After one full season on this bike with a few tweaks made to my suspension setup (MRP is the way of the future) this bike has become the best bike I've ever had the chance to ride.

If you are looking for a hard charging, enduro-style 29er that loves to get some air, rally technical trails and just go FAST - look no further than the 2018 SB5.5

If you are contemplating your next bike, weighing the options and trying to convince your girlfriend or wife why you should spend thousands of dollars on your next bike come talk to me and I'll help soften the blow.

I am right on the fence of their sizing chart, so if you have any questions on this bike, a custom build or whether this will be the perfect bike for you and your riding style just hit me up!

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting my first hip pack last year I knew I wasn't going back to a backpack from there on out.

The first variations of hip packs definitely lacked the right fit, size and key features. EVOC seemed to put all the missing pieces together on this pack. and absolutely nail an incredible hip pack for riders of all sorts and skill levels.

The only time I find myself riding with a backpack is when I go on LONG rides (3+hours - The whole enchilada, is the last trail I remember using my other EVOC backpack on). The other 98% of the rides I do I stick with this hip pack. After putting this pack through the wringer after a full mtb season here are the pros and cons I've noticed:

Pros:
- Perfect height and width on the pack. If you have a pack too small or too short, when full it will bounce around. The EVOC race hip pack has the perfect dimensions
- Tool pouch is clutch. The pack includes various areas in the front panel (accompanied by a nice zipper/handle combo) that organizes your Co2, levers, multi tool, hanger and power link all in compact area.
- Size. Perfect sizing for your bladder, a hand pump and other tools listed above
- Magnetic attachment. This pack has a handy magnet so your bladder hose stays nicely on the hip belt without fumbling when you need that quick sip. (only included on the + bladder version)
- Water bottle holder. Along with the bladder the pack has a nice area for a water bottle that you can fill up with an electrolyte drink (my personal favorite is SIS and Skratch Labs).
- Mesh vent. Keeps that lower back from accumulating a pool of sweat and keeps that area fairly cool, even when fully loaded.
- Style. Looks good and feels good:)

Cons:
- The waist belt adjustment tabs can make attaching the hose of the bladder back to the magnet a little difficult at times.

Hit me up if you're thinking about joining the hip pack revolution and get rid of those shoulder straps. There is nothing like having your back and shoulders free of weight allowing you to shred the "Gnar"

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting my first hip pack last year I knew I wasn't going back to a backpack from there on out.

The first variations of hip packs definitely lacked the right fit, size and key features. EVOC seemed to put all the missing pieces together on this pack. and absolutely nail an incredible hip pack for riders of all sorts and skill levels.

The only time I find myself riding with a backpack is when I go on LONG rides (3+hours - The whole enchilada, is the last trail I remember using my other EVOC backpack on). The other 98% of the rides I do I stick with this hip pack. After putting this pack through the wringer after a full mtb season here are the pros and cons I've noticed:

Pros:
- Perfect height and width on the pack. If you have a pack too small or too short, when full it will bounce around. The EVOC race hip pack has the perfect dimensions
- Tool pouch is clutch. The pack includes various areas in the front panel (accompanied by a nice zipper/handle combo) that organizes your Co2, levers, multi tool, hanger and power link all in compact area.
- Size. Perfect sizing for your bladder, a hand pump and other tools listed above
- Magnetic attachment. This pack has a handy magnet so your bladder hose stays nicely on the hip belt without fumbling when you need that quick sip.
- Water bottle holder. Along with the bladder the pack has a nice area for a water bottle that you can fill up with an electrolyte drink (my personal favorite is SIS and Skratch Labs).
- Bladder. The bladder is a legit 1.5L hydra pack (best one out there, IMO)
- Mesh vent. Keeps that lower back from accumulating a pool of sweat and keeps that area fairly cool, even when fully loaded.
- Style. Looks good and feels good:)

Cons:
- The waist belt adjustment tabs can make attaching the hose of the bladder back to the magnet a little difficult at times.

Hit me up if you're thinking about joining the hip pack revolution and get rid of those shoulder straps. There is nothing like having your back and shoulders free of weight allowing you to shred the "Gnar"

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on June 6, 2017

Best MIPS MTB helmet out there
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using the POC tectal race all of last season, I decided it was time to give TLD's new A2 a shot this season.... I am so stoked I did!

I don't think I have an oddly shaped head, but after trying out multiple helmets and sizes (including the Smith Forefront MIPS, this helmet and the Giro Montaro MIPS) - the A2 was the clear winner.

The A2 boasts a stellar look and style to it - not to mention they have some sick color ways to choose from. This lid also has the latest helmet technology, MIPS, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System which keeps your head and neck safer than a standard helmet. The A2 also is fairly light, has great ventilation and one of the more solid adjustable systems in the back of the helmet.

Give me a shout if you are wondering what colors look best in person, what size to go with or other TLD/mountain biking gear is out there!

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Solid casual jersey
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pearl Izumi has been stepping up their game. And this jersey is no exception.

Looking for a casual t-shirt type jersey that still breaths well and looks sweet? Look no further. The 100% polyester has a nice stretch to it and keeps you nice and dry even on the hotter days. I went with a Large and I wear a Large is just about 99% of tops out there. If I could do it again, I'd probably get a medium as I feel like the jersey runs a tad long. I'm 5'10 and 175 - so right on the cusp of most shirts for sizing. If you like the baggier and looser feeling the large is solid.

Hit me up if you want a short recommendation to complete this as a sweet kit. Shred on!

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The TLD ruckus has become my favorite MTB short out there on the market right now. I have owned last year's short for about a year now and have gravitated towards them on most rides - from short all mountain rides behind the house to the lift-served days at Deer Valley.

TLD made some serious updates to these shorts for this year. One of which is the chamois. A lot of chamois that come "stock" with shorts are pretty weak and not too impressive (to be honest). With an updated fit, better support and a nicer feel to them, the new chamois is a serious bonus with these shorts. Another nice thing about these shorts is the bomber quality they boast along with incredible ventilation and breathability.

If you are on the fence with sizing, maybe a 33 or 35 - size up on these. You can always adjust the waist straps on these to get that snug and comfortable feeling.

The new Ruckus is worth the money and have risen to the top of the list for MTB shorts out there this year with some seriously crucial updates made.

Hit me up if you are looking to get a sweet kit for the season or just looking to add another pair of shorts to the wardrobe... can never have enough - that Maroon is fresh to death!

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Zach Lassekwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Although the description describes this jacket as being for perfect for ultra runners it's a perfect jacket for mountain biking and touring in the back-country on a spring day.

I'll admit it - I am a sweater. Big TIME sweater. Whether I am in the office or on the trail/slopes or river chances are I am sweating (I have my Norwegian heritage to probably thank for that). SO when Patagonia's awesome rep, Ty Nelson let me try this jacket out I was SO stoked to have a jacket that would be breathable and able to withstand the elements inside and outside of the jacket.

Earlier this spring I had the chance to splitboard up to Empire at Deer Valley, UT (shhh no snowboarders are allowed) and this jacket slayed it. Windy and some rain - no problem for this jacket. I have taken it out on my backyard MTB trails and the jacket's inner tricot70 lining provides a soft and smooth inner layer and keeps you warm and dry out on the trail.

Pros:
-3 layer H2no
-70tricot inner lining is soft and smooth deterring abrasion on your skin
-6oz...?! Yes. 6oz
-Slim fit, one of the best fitting size Large Patagonia tops I have
Cons:
-Pockets. I am a sucker for more pockets... which is a BS con

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