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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

Employee

Wasatch Range, Sierra Nevada, Mt. Shasta, Chamonix

Andrew Wike's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Andrew Wike's Bio

Originally from Southern California, I learned to love the outdoors while attending college in Northern California. I cut my teeth on overly ambitious climbs and ski descents in the Sierra and Cascades before moving to Utah. Climbing and skiing big lines is my favorite passion. Shooting photos of the aforementioned activities is a close second.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After spending a couple nights out on the pad so far this winter, I'm pretty happy with this pad. It's quite a bit lighter, packs up smaller, and is just as warm as my previous pad. The stuff sack pump is pretty handy too since I usually need one along anyway. There is a definite crinkle noise when moving around on it but that doesn't bother me. Overall I foresee getting a lot of use out this pad.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This backpack has been a great touring bag with and without the Vario ABS system. I've given a pretty good rundown carrying gear on tour and up climbs. It's layout really helps keep everything organized for quicker transitions. Whether its an afternoon out on the skis or an overnight camp and climb. this pack has worked out pretty well so far. I also have used the harness with the small back that came with the Vario and it makes for a lightweight pack for longer days inbounds or hiking.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up after a descent off Mt. Owen that would have been made far easier if I had a hammer. Every once in a while you need to weld a nut into a crack or hammer a piton home in order to get home. You hardly notice these at all, but they make quite a difference when trying to set some pro for a rappel or checking to see if you can trust an old piton or not.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a few different pairs of skins from a few different manufacturers and I can honestly say that these skins grip better than any other. Their sliding leaves a little to be desired, but for steep Wasatch skinners, grip trumps the slide. Not only are they like superglue, but they LAST. I'm on a set of STS skins that are 4 seasons old and going on strong. Awesome product.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked up a set of these for my girlfriend a few weeks back. She's loving these on any terrain, but especially on the groomers. She especially likes the rockered tip and tail, which allows her to slide backwards while lining up for a coolie shot. She's never had Blizzard skis before, but I think she's now a convert.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Saw this pack in Chamonix, France last Spring and could not bring myself to pull the trigger for the full price euro cost. I jumped on it the second I saw it in the US. Every piece of the pack is well thought out and made to last. It carries skis well and has just enough room for a shovel, probe, crampons, jacket, and a bottle of water. Also works well as a lead/scrambling pack in the summer . Can't recommend it enough.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Burly crampon, works well in a variety of terrain. I prefer a monopoint for brittle ice and mixed climbing, but these get the job done everywhere else. Grivel definitely makes a quality product.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


Out of the box, these may be the most comfortable boots I've tried on. Solid heel-hold (no pansy foam on the back side), nice snug cuff and just enough room for my toes without feeling vague. With no heat molding I was able to put in 3-straight days of fresh pow turns with no issues. Plenty warm too.

My biggest concern was the lack of a 4th true buckle for two reasons: shin bang and controlling my 110mm waist skis. No issues there. I can't imagine a ski these boots won't tame.

No feedback yet on the touring aspect. Boot packing at the resort was plenty comfortable although not as good a true AT boot (duh) but the best I've experienced in a crossover boot. (FWIW, I was able to 'walk' around in the bar in a slightly 'altered state' with out slipping for a good 2 hours after skiing. Never took the boots off, but did have them in walk mode.)

Color is phenomenal. They actually match my 2015 Salomon STH bindings perfectly.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size

My lovely girlfriend is one of those unfortunate people who is constantly cold. The best way for me to score points is to buy her stuff that improves her frigid state. These tights are a definite winner. She loves the fit, feel, and warmth they provide. It's really hard to go wrong with anything from Smartwool. Great product.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on August 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

On the surface, this seems like an exceedingly simple product. It's a headband, it keeps sweat out of your eyes, keeps sun off your forehead and ears, and allows heat to vent better than a beanie. It does all this while simultaneously elevating your backcountry style above those sporting flat brim trucker hats and pink framed hipster sunglasses. This is a discerning choice for folks who tour and think the up is just as important as the down. Men want to be, and women want to be with a man that wears this headband. The perfect accoutrement for the style minded backcountry skier.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on August 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically carry an "oh sh*t" kit for backcountry travel. First aid, a knife, a small multi-tool, and a half dozen ski straps. I've used these to repair ski boots mid-tour, make a hasty ski carry system for a buddy's pack that broke, and immobilize an angry wolverine. The list of uses is endless, buy some, you will use them constantly.

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