Employee Gear Closet: Eric Miller
Employee Gear Closet: Eric Millerby Tyler Fomenko
Eric Miller has lived in Utah practically his entire life. After a short six month stint in New Hampshire after graduating from college, he and his wife moved back to the Wasatch, and Eric started working at Backcountry.com. Heís been working here for almost three years and is now the Email Marketing Program Manager (yup, Millerís the guy that sends you this email). In the summer, Eric trail runs, backpacks, and climbs, and in the winter heís all about skiing, preferably touring.
Hereís some of his favorite running and trail gear for the end of the season (in his own words):
These shoes rock. Theyíre light, supportive, and fit really well. I can cinch them down to ultra-snug if I need and the hard sole lining is killer on ultra rocky terrain. Iíve put a lot of miles on these shoes and havenít had any complaints. When weather gets cold and snowy in Utah I switch over to the Hurricane Ridge XCR.
This is my choice for short runs where I only want a little water. I donít like carrying bottles when I run, but strapping one to my hand is a different story. The zipper pouch is crucial in stopping the annoying key shake in your pocket.
Yeah polypro stinks after awhile but these shirts perform. Iíve been a fan of these for 5+ years now. They do snag easily, but Iíve never had any tears.
I like the Interlock lens system better then the Slider lens system. These glasses hug my face and the long rubber strip on the ends of the temple pieces keep them from sliding down my nose when things get sweaty. The polarized lenses are a plus. The extra lenses they come with are a lot better the yellow and brown of old.
I love these socks. My first pair wore holes in the toes quickly but Iím giving them a second chance. I know many others who use these socks and they havenít had problems. Iím chalking it up to a fluke. In terms of long distance comfort and performance, these are hard to beat. Havenít had any blisters or hot spots in these socks.