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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Alex Quitiquit's Bio

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

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had the chance to rip these out in the recent warm conditions here in the Wasatch and they crushed some foamy corn!

The rocker, built for powder, performed seemingly similar in corn and spring conditions - super buttery and playful. A little bit of the chatter in the morning on the ice, but i looked around and saw everybody besides that dude on his tuned up race skis chattering tips.

I'm 5'10 155 and I ripped the 172 - was a decent size but i may have wanted something a bit longer especially in wetter conditions for more speed!

The snow is prime in it's springish conditions! Can't wait to rip these in some powdaaa!!

MMMM corn chowdaaaa!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on March 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

This is easily the most sensitive shoe i've ever worn. It performs exceptionally well in steeper terrain, and allows your toes and feet to literally "feel" the rock.

I found it was really easy to find ideal foot positioning on holds, be able to turn or maneuver my purchase and adjust my body positioning. It has made moves that I thought were impossible into the realm of possibility. Im all about that sensitivity when it comes to steeper climbing, and dropknees in these bad boys is like a sensory overload.

They run a little bit on the small size, so half size up may be ideal unless you like that super tight fit or like punishing yourself.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on March 12, 2015

5 5

Alas, a reform to the age old and time tested Cow Bells. The highly designed and more dynamic lock these bad boys provide have me reaching for them more than i had with my old hexagonal chocks!

They torque nicely in place, even in pretty much parallel sided cracks, and they hold! great for building anchors on alpine routes when you want to keep the weight down.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are great for extending pieces on meandering trad routes - they keep rope drag down and are light weight!

They eliminate a small fear of mine in which biners can unclip from circular slings -- on these the biners are essentially fixed at the ends and do not twist or move - providing a bit of added security.

Low profile, lightweight, excellent!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got the pleasure to bust a pair of these out onto my secondary/loaner touring set up and these things meet all my major requirements for skins - especially for longer days!

The combination of mohair and nylon makes these puppies glide easier but hold on to the snow like a a child unto there moms leg.

It also seems like the glue holds up better in colder conditions which is ideal!!! Often my other skins have iced up and when needed to slap them back on to get up and back over that ridge over there, they failed - Not Montana skins though - these things slapped back on easy and held.

The tail clip is also bombproof. and the print style is quite snazzy!

Climb up!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had the chance to mess around with this pack from a buddy who loves the brand. This thing is the perfect combination of haul-ability and usability.

The backpack straps can be zipped away and this pack becomes a straight haulbag - albeit a bit small with about 30 liters of room, but for that alpine route that may require a one night bivy on a ledge (think Bugaboos) - this thing may do the trick. Hauls quite smoothly, we did it on a slabbier route just for fun.

It's also great as a backpack - all the liter-age is usable due to the top down stuff effect - and it sits fairly well on the shoulders and hips (although for the long haul it may not be ideal due to the lack of padding on the straps)

Also, can double as a cooler for all your liquid beverages - alcoholic or not!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Time to throw away those shoes lingering in your closet. You know the ones - with holes in the toes, don't quite fit right, are only used to crack climb, are only used to boulder.

The Katana lace will put them all to rest. These fit like a glove! - The molded heel cup and internal "sock" like fit makes these things ideal for long days, steep to slabby routes, crack climbing, edging etc.

I've used these on all stones, granite to sandstone, gneiss to basalt - they give rubber a good name.

The lacing structure allows you to adjust the fit to your foot precisely and get all the feel you desire.

I have yet to find someone whose feet do not fit in these, or eventually wear into them.

Ditch the quiver, Slice and dice with the Katana Lace!

Maybe go half size up for comfort trad climbing, half size down if you lean towards the Bloc.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mounted this bad boy next to a plastic hangboard for the combination. This thing is awesome! Easy on the skin so you can session even after long days out or training.

Excellent minimal set up, not too many holds, but the perfect variety.

Excellent starter board - will keep you confidently pulling even when you hands feel like fire.

Wood is the new plastic!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Boom. Same Scarpa crush-ability - affordable price - they dont make em anymore so get em while they are hot.

I got a pair of these to rock when, and if, my Maestrales decide to take the forever nap in brokenville. This has yet to happen, but in the mean time I've gone ahead and broken them in - and yes, they are pretty much exactly like the Maestrale - with the one major feature being that these do not come with intuitions - BUT - if you really cared, you could buy new liners, OR, the liners these come with are amazing in themselves and do a decent job at molding to your foot with use.

These are slightly heavier than the maestrale - but not by any real conceivable amount, because let's be honest, if you're into counting grams you've already shelled out for those carbon fiber rando-race boots that cost as much as a house down payment.

Great 4 buckle configuration - excellent stiffness - features pebax only in the tongue - where you really need it - and the rest is made from poly-plastic - this makes the boot affordable without compromising on stiffness.

The color is so fresh lime it hurts. Get yourself a bottle of tequila cause you'll be shredding margaritas all day.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

The Maestrale Rises.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Do you like wearing deliciously comfortable foot-gloves on the uphill, and then have the power to drive your planks of powder slaying wisdom on the downhill?

Do you believe in unicorns? - because these are unicorns. Let me explain.

For YEARSS- I have fought with the demonry of my feet. Having grown up punishing them in ski racing boots, and since shoving them in climbing shoes every summer, they hate me. The Maestrale sits within the "Unicorn" realm of unrivaled comfort, with an incredible range in walk mode, intuition liners that mold with your feet just by using them, adjustability of 4 buckles, and vibram souls. WHILE - also having the ability to shred powerfully on the downhill with stiff pebax construction, tongue design, and buckle configuration that gives you seemingly inconceivable stiffness (what i would say is close to 115 if racheted down correctly) -

If you've struggled to find a boot that will not ruin your feet - look no further.

I wear a 9.5 (closer to a 9.25 but that's just to be precise) shoe size - and I got these in a 26.0 - the first few tours were a bit tight (as i did not heat mold the liners prior, which you can do, but i find with intuition molding them just by body heat and use alone makes for a better fit for me) -

I also removed the footbeds as the intuition liners can serve as amazing footbeds on their own in the same body heat molding process.

Now they fit like a glove! and I've walked over 30 miles in them with my skis on my back across dirt and rocks in Patagonia, the Southeastern desert mountain ranges of Utah, and the Wasatch.

These are a tool, not a boot. They go places, and just happen to have invited you along for the ride.

Yes. The Legend Continues...

Photo - Driving so hard my pole basket makes a guest appearance.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

What's that? Can't hear you, I'm up here
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What's the difference between going to Shralptown USA and being tired and sad? - Not having the winged dynafit snowleopard strapped to your boots.

True, Time, and tested - these things are so simply light and efficient it makes it hard to want to really ski alpine bindings again.

The ability to have some room for boot adjustment has allowed me to move to a different shell size without the worry of remounting.

I've done a bit of personal product testing on these by hitting decent size airs, sub 10 feet, and have come out on top each time.

And going to town on some hard, chalky snow makes these things legendary.

Dyna. Fit.

Pic - nearing the top of Suicide Chute, Wasatch Range UT in the early morning light - not feeling a thing in my legs on the up, and about to have one hell of time on the way down.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a fan of diversifying my portfolio of cams - I've got metolius, i've got BD, i've got great trango's, I've got DMM's

They all have their place. Sometimes these will go where a camalot won't - and I appreciate the variety.

They aren't any other cam, they are friends. good friends of mine.

Take ze whipper!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the opportunity to use this tent this last weekend down south in the desert of Southeastern Utah. Because we have been having a freakishly warm winter so far this tent was great!!

This thing is tall! You can pretty much stand up inside of it (im 5'10'') and we used it primarily as a campsite hangout -

We were able to fit 4 small camping chairs inside as well as my buddies small collapsible aluminium table.

When it came time to sleep it fit 4 people really well with a little room for wiggling.

The rain fly, which we only set up for a few hours is easy to set up, seems pretty waterproof and burly - and covers the tent corner to corner.

The tent itself is quite ventilated - so this tent would be suited for the spring and summer and warm fall months.

Easy set up due to the external frame - clip set up procedure - it took myself about 2 minutes to set it up in the dark when we first got to camp.

For the price - and used as a car camping tent - this thing can't be beat!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been abusing this pack for almost a season now and can say that it has stood up to a helluvalot of thrashings. She's been taken to the alpine and ski tours in the Utah Wasatch, climbed desert towers, a trip to Patagonia, a backcountry climbing expedition to Canada and elsewhere.

Fits the whole crew of gear, plus a rope, and others by using the straps on the outside of the pack. Features a mesh helmet pouch that stores away in a small pocket at the base of the pack.

I own this pack in the 30 liter - but besides the internal size - they are the same.

Built from burly recycled material - this thing is beastly. And in it's black and yellow highlights it doesn't show dirt and looks the same as the day I bought it!

Grivel - Italian for awesome.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been rocking an older model 2 antennae beacon for a few years and it has been tried and tested - but I wanted and needed an upgrade. Jumped up to the Arva Neo - and damn am I glad I've entered the Matrix.

This beacon is all that and a bag of chips. 3 antennae for easier and faster searching and narrowing of the field when a burial occurs - i've only tested in a mock burial situation but it was able to pick up much quicker in a side by side comparison to my 2 ant. beacon. It also was much faster and direct at narrowing in on the burial.

This beacon also has a wicked good battery life - I accidentally left it on after a Saturday tour, and come Monday morning for a dawn patrol it was still rocking at a 65% (my personal lower limit for use - although i did replace the batteries right then and there) -

The safety redundancies on this thing are great as well - the twist and lock magnetic on switch is a great feature to ensure that your beacon gets turned on, and STAYS on.

Switching from trasmit to search is really easy, even with large mittens on so there is no lost seconds switching over - just slide it up and your ready to go.

The sound indicator is strong, loud and intuitively precise.

The holster, included, is comfortable and seems to fit more snugly than other beacon harnesses I've used.

Most beacons are great, this thing is awesome. And too be honest, beacons aren't really something you want to go cheap on - without one, your chances of survival in a burial situation is very slim. Well worth the investment.



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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not sure I CAN'T find a place for these to fit in most granite classic routes. Where other pro won't go, these go - and feel bombproof.

I've personally taken a decent (15 ft) whipper unto the yellow red - and it held like a champ - and didn't get destroyed in the process. The armored cable, coupled with the time and tested BD aluminum cam's - these things make me happy when i should really be sad.

Pin scar approved - whipper tested.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a package of these to supplement my already ridiculous and envy inducing rack of cams. These puppies are great for fitting the sizes in between other brands (i.e. BD, Metolius) - they are also lighter ( or at least feel lighter).

The adjustable sling is a great option, and because of this feature I find myself reaching for this cam more than I thought - it reduces rope drag without needing to carry extra slings and that also saves significantly on weight.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 9 CAMS - which at this price is a score. And DMM is notorious for their metallurgy and these things are truck'ville when it comes to durability.

Great for sandstone, but also do well in granite and other stones. Especially on wandering routes where the extendable sling shows its true colors!

Release your inner demon!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light but as strong as an OX - the Nanutaq plays the boundary of being light for the tour, but built for the down.

I've been referring to them as Volkl's backcountry version of the Mantra - given they ski differently - this ski shreds in the soft snow like a mantra, and does surprisingly well when the crust and bullet snow sets in.

So light they make my touring partners jealous.

Because of their weight they bring those long off major objectives, where you need a SKI (not some twig randonee set up) within reason.

These do work. Both on the uphill and the downhill.

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