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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

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Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing

Alex Quitiquit's Bio

Born and raised in the Wasatch, I'm a creature of rock, ice, and air.

Follow the shenanigans on instagram - @alexquitiquit

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first got my hands on the Fischer Travers Carbon, I was amazed at the simplicity in the boot overall and its weight.

Essentially 1 KG per boot, with its closure/buckle system centered around a BOA synch for the lower and booster strap for the upper - It couldn't be any more streamlined.

The initial impression was how comfortable and dialed in you can get the fit, right out of the box. I eventually heated the liners and was able to get it perfect, but right from the beginning I was impressed with its comfort and fit. The BOA allows you to get a consistent and tight fit around your forefoot without any pressure points.

The boot last is marketed as 100mm and I would agree, and even say that it could fit a slightly wider foot (my feet vary in width often) - I have not noticed any slop.

The walk mode on this boot is simple and very stiff. Its a quick flip of the lever and you go from the full range of motion in tour mode, to a roughly 95 flex when the power strap is ratcheted down and the BOA synched. The transition from tour/ski is roughly 10 seconds per boot.

The touring speaks for itself. Super effortless motion in tour mode, great action from the cuff, and simple walk/ski mechanism.

The boot also crushes on the down - especially when paired with a lighter weight kit. If you keep it all (skis/bindings) under 7.5 pounds (an easy task with the assortment these days) - you will float on the skin track and shred on the down.

For the simplest touring boot on the market with the highest amount of comfort and skiability for its weight class - The Travers is top class.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got two pairs of skis with G3 ions. These are great in that i can interchange the mounts for them easily (they screw directly into the existing binding holes and you dont need to remount)

They are also the simplest to connect and disconnect. And they can be connected disconnected without having to remove your boot from the toe piece. So when you are sketchy out, sidehilling, on a side slope, you can just bust these out, connect them - and be on your way.

They are light, and pack down pretty small - an excellent and must have piece for efficient touring. Quick wasting time trying to stick to that steep slick skin track and pop these on.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those pieces. After having this pack for 2 seasons now, i feel naked on hikes, tours, climbs without it. It fits so great and has stood the test of time in regards to durability.

Excellent pack for ski touring - diagonal carry, horizontal strap for snowboard or adjusting carry, goggle pocket, wet pockets for shovel probe, back entry for when you do have stuff on the back.

Excellent, bought another for a gift!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Staple it together and call it bad weather!

This thing is great for some bad weather, when things get a little wet, and has some great features. Awesome carrying case for the laptop, and great interior space with the ability to compartmentalize.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

I'm a guidebook collector. Everytime I visit a location, I visit the local shop and buy the local guide. It's my way of justifying my otherwise dirtbag lifestyle (i.e. never pay to sleep on the ground)

This guide is fantastically produced. Great color images with straight forward topos with color gradients for difficulty which makes it really easy to identify routes in your range. The stars are neither sandbagged or overhyped. The allegories available for certain routes are fantastic, and even I have a few new routes in there. (not recommended)

For All things granite in the Wasatch - the ole ruckman guide has been a great guide, but it was time for an update!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

Float UP.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Black Diamond Helio is top tier for touring skis this season. After demo'ing and testing out skis from across many brands the Helio always rose to the top (pun intended)

The true function of this ski lies with its weight to stiffness. Extremely light carbon construction also lends itself to stiffness and easy engagement of the turn.

While this ski can essentially be skied with any boot - it would be most complemented by a lightweight touring boot - Backland, TLT6/7, F1 Scarpa, Fischer Travers Carbon, Arc'teryx Procline.

With the correct kit, the amount of weight that can be shed, but the right amount of skiable attained is excellent with the BD helio.

One of my favorite options of touring and easily the best skiing of its weight class.

First Class!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not suprisingly, this rope is solid! I got the 60m Red-Orange - and have been impressed with the feel and action on the rope.

Right out of the packaging this thing is ready go! No twists, no mess, I just flaked it out and boom! I climbed a 4 pitch slab route and had no twists, even after a few friction full rappels off quicklinks.

The feel of the rope is both supple and sleek, and is super nice while belaying. Feeds great and is easily handled. And, like i said before, no twists!

Haven't had the chance to take a fall yet, but judging by the elasticity on rappel, this rope will catch soft and great.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a avid C4 fan since I started climbing trad, and have traditionally (pun intended) doubled up in the C4's - sometimes over other cams of lighter weight.

When these came out, I was at first slightly concerned about durability. Then I started thinking about them in terms of application and durability and where ultimately they fit into my rack and came up with a few great features.

1) They are not, and never will be, the workhorse of my rack. That job falls to the C4's and Totem cams that have always held that coveted spot. The Ultralights are my "doubles" and "triples" in some cases. They are not the cam I reach for when I am cruxing - while they would do just fine (i know because I actually fell on a .75 - yes, I fall a lot when trying above my pay grade) - they often see less action. I think about them as a supplemental piece - because usually I am not falling, and in the chance that I do fall, what is the chance its on an UL and if I did they hold a fall just great. The thinking here is to increase the longevity of the UL's.

2) Weight savings. I am surprised at how much lighter these are to their C4 counterparts. The #4 is so much lighter than the OG - i'm able to leave it on my rack permanently, where before I would leave it in the truck or at home. I can make more open route decisions up at the crag with a more full rack. The ability to double up in these is great.

3) Where they shine is in the alpine, or on long approaches. First is the mentality of the alpine - "The leader doesn't fall" - that being said, IT HAPPENS. but for the weight savings and the off chance that you do fall, these are trucker.

The biggest questions it seems everyone has on these is LONGEVITY OF DURABILITY. If these are used correctly, i.e. - you really shouldn't have to fall on them - they will seemingly last a long while. But if you do find yourself, like me, slipping and falling one of these - have piece of mind that they held me like a champ.

The C4 got a hair cut. and they are looking stylishhh.

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