Hank Pantier

Q&A with Darrin Young

Hank Pantier
Q&A with Darrin Young

Sales and Marketing Manager – Run, General Sporting Goods, and Cycle

Q: How long have you been at SmartWool?
A: This September will make 9 years.

Q: What’s your favorite sock and why?
A: The new-for-Spring-2015 PhD Run Light Elite Socks. They really are a culmination of 20 years of sock making expertise. They are the perfect weight and cushion for running and have an amazing fit. The new low-cut height is perfect for trail running.

Q: Favorite Piece and why?
A: Micro 150 Boxer Briefs. Everyday awesomeness!

Q: Oldest Piece?
A: I have some of our Mountaineering socks from at least 15 years ago. They have been up ice climbs in the White Mountains to the Rockies, and from the summit of Mt Rainier in summer to New Hampshire’s Mt Washington in winter. They also double as great slippers.

Q: SmartWool Dream Product?
A: I am lucky enough to work for a company where I can live, work, and play in our product every single day. Short of making garments that wash themselves or can do our taxes, I am perfectly content with what we have already.


Q: Activities that you frequently participate in?
**A: Running, skiing, biking are the main three I have time for right now. However, with a 3 and 5 year old in the mix now, Lego building, ninja fighting, and sessions on the trampoline are all part of the fun these days.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Every day I find a lot of inspiration in the sunny skies and mountainous skyline around Boulder. However, I have to say my kids have brought a new perspective to things and to see their little determined faces as they try hard to learn to ski, climb, or ride a bike is amazing. When the going gets tough during a race I pull up these images of them taking on new challenges every single day and suddenly my tired legs don’t seem like such a big deal.

Q: What would you do with two weeks “off” and an unlimited budget?
A: Well the family has to go of course… plus a few other friends and families. We would head first-class to Europe in winter for a two-week, ski-themed dream trip through the Alps. We would ski from resort to resort, hitting up some of the famous ones as well as some out-of-the-way hidden gems. At the end of each day we would end up slopeside and eat, drink, and be merry!

Q: Favorite thing to give?
A: The super yummy chocolate chip cookies my wife makes. It’s a win-win really. I get to sneak some cookie dough and our friends get some fresh baked treats.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: I often travel back to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA for work. While there, I always make sure to grab a monster-sized sandwich from Primanti Brothers. Two huge slices of fresh Italian bread, choice of meat, coleslaw, cheese, and even French fries all go on the sandwich itself. Add some Frank’s RedHot and you have artery clogging perfection!

Q: What did we forget to ask?
A: I bought my first set of alpine skis this year since 1992. This was big news as I have been solely Telemark skiing for the last 20 years and so I felt like I sold out to the free-heel tribe or something like that. Now however, I must say that I am relishing in the fact that I’m not doing lunges down the hill all day and can step right in and out of my skis without kneeling down in the snow. Tele-what?