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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Even though the sun is a 92 million miles away from the earth, she's a bright little number. Protect your eye holes with the dark lenses of the Elmore! With a more affordable price than most glasses that look this trendy, you won't feel so bad when you drop them off a cliff climbing or lose them in the backcountry.

And they make you look goooood.

They are a bit on the bigger size - so if you have a larger noggin like myself - they'll fit amazingly. If you have a smaller shape to your dome - these glasses may be a bit big!

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before you ski that couloir,
you must whippet,
Before that cornice comes off,
you must whippet,

Go forward,
Move ahead,
Try to detect it,
It's not too late,
To whippet good!

In the backcountry, the difference between having a great time and being heli-vac'd to the hospital may lie with your ability to self arrest a fall. The whippet is an amazing tool for those who wander out to ski steep lines in exposed areas.

Make sure you practice your self arrest before heading out!

You must Whippet!

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

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

Out of the packaging this jacket is super light, conforming to my body shape and super warm. I am a fan of no zips on layers like this one, it safes on weight (for us ultra lights) and it's fit is snug.

Great jacket for belays, multipitch climbing, layering for ski tours, and an all around insulator

With all micro downs, no matter what the brand, they will produce holes, lose down and become worthless shells - at least if you go hard in them like I tend to do. Knowing that, I always prefer to get the best bang for my buck.

This jacket has yet to disappoint - and didn't cost me the bank.

Grey and Purple - great combo. Stylish, Trendy, Outrageous

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So easy even your gaper bros can use it!

Not saying that practice with any beacon is necessary, but i've used this thing for awhile and it seems to be the most straight forward product on the market. It's easy use, easy to interpret indicators make it primo for any backcountry enthusiast. Unless you are guiding or generally ski in a way where multiple people are buried (even so this beacon has a multi-burial function) you won't need anything fancier than this!

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Color coded for easy size identification, these "show stoppers" fit in those perfect constrictions and keep what your momma gave you off the dirt. I refer to them as removable bolts. Bring a rack of these and some quickdraws and you've got a finger crack sport rack.

And they look like candy. Which is always gooood.

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

These flexible stem versions of BD's C4's are an excellent addition to any rack. The place well, have good trigger action, the flexible stem inspires confidence in horizontal placements, and their range is amazing.

The only downside to these cams is the fact that the smaller sizes - .1 and .2 don't quite match the sizing on the same color C3's from BD. This takes a bit to get used to as you reach for them in a placement that you would think fits, but they run a bit small.

Awesome design and great action. Catch falls like a champ!

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For those of us who don't wish to carry around a heavy, lunky gri gri (mind you, the gri has a place and purpose and I have used them for it) The Mammut Smart Alpine is my swiss army knife of belayness.

With it's autolocking belay feature, especially in the alpine where rockfall is ever prominent, I feel more secure in my belay.

The autolocking feature is also active on Rappel - this is the device's best feature. While rappelling you are able to go hands free (albeit the manufacturer does not say the device can do this, but it has never failed for me) - I don't do it often, as you never should, but when it is necessary to untangle a rope - it's a nice thing to know you are still secure.

I have also used this device alone to jug up a rope to take photos, and to clean route. I have also used it to jug back up over a roof after missing a rap station.

The device also allows to belay from above up to two climbers. This feature, in my own opinion, is often smoother in it's action than the ATC guide! - although the ATC guide is a great belay device in it's own right.

PROS: It's autolocking feature. It's amazing. It isn't a gri gri, but it not only locks while belaying, but rappelling as well. Lightweight, in comparison to other autolocking devices, and it's versatility are amazing- you can't perform a traditional rappel with a GRI GRi and have the autolock feature- you can with the MSA!

CONS: a bit tricky to figure out at first and requires an HMS biner. But these cons are extremely outweighed by the benefits of the device.

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

4 5

Because it's amazingly comfortable. It doesn't quite block wind like you want it to, but then again it's a sweatshirt, not a wind breaker.

and because i like to be super trendy, the cilantro color doesn't disappoint.

When fully zipped, you're a ninja.

It runs a bit small, so if you are a medium but like mobility in your sweatshirt, get the large.

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Alex Quitiquit wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

5 5

The Togir light is great all around harness. It is extremely comfortable while climbing, has a low profile for maneuverability, has a great color scheme (who doesn't like that), and the fixed leg loops are a great no hassle feature. One awesome, subtle and unique thing that I have found while using this harness on gear routes is that the gear loop design sort of "pushes" the gear closer to the front of the loop and this, I've found, allows you to access your cams easier while some other harnesses force you to reach back.

The one thing i will say is that for hanging belays it gets a little uncomfortable but it's not a big wall harness, and I assume it will loosen up over time.

Another great harness from Mammut!

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