Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

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.

Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

Great spring skiing pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When danger is low and temperatures are up, this is my go to pack. Designed primarily for skimo racing, I've found that it also does double duty on days where you don't need to bring a ton of gear. The ski carry system is ingenious and can be manipulated without taking the pack off, but be warned, it only works for narrower skis. If light and fast is your thing, this is the pack for you. A mesh pocket inside keeps your valuables or food separate from gear, and a lower crampon/skin pocket is well designed with a velcro opener.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're in an area with readily available water sources, like the John Muir Trail, the SteriPEN series of products are the best choice for purifying water. Lightweight thru hikers swear by tablets, but you have to wait 20-30 minutes for those to do the job, and the water generally tastes bad because of the chemicals. The pen is a bit heavier, but well worth the slight penalty. I managed 7 days of use for 2 people on one set of batteries. Will not work as well in cloudy or muddy water, but you'd want to use a pump in those situations anyway.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great little bag for folks looking for something that won't take up half the space in your pack. For summertime backpacking or climbing trips, this bag is more than enough if you plan to sleep in your clothes. I took this on a 10 day section of the John Muir Trail and had no issues sleeping in this bag at 10,000 plus feet. The bag will pack down smaller than a coffee can if you get a good stuff sack. I'm 6'3" and the regular length worked fine. Weighs about a pound and a quarter.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skeptical of the concept of a portable solar panel, but this is an impressive piece of gear. I bought mine to take on a 10 day section of the John Muir Trail. It did an excellent job of charging my smartphone and portable bluetooth speaker. With so many people using a smartphone as their primary camera these days, this will become an essential piece of gear for multi day trips. Durability seems good and the thing just flat out works.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

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

I own all four colors of this particular shirt, which should give you a good idea of how much I like it. The fit is tailored for long and lean types like me (6' 3" 170lbs). Fabric is comfortable next to skin and dries quickly. I've worn these shirts on the John Muir Trail and out to dinner. It works well in both worlds.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

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

This jacket is warm as all get out. It's going to replace all of my fleece layers for ice climbing. Seems to breathe well, actually better than the typical polartec. This jacket is well made, has an assortment of nice pockets, and is very lightweight. I'm stoked to take it for a few touring laps on cold winter days, but my first impressions are very positive. I'm 6'3" and 170 pounds, the medium works great.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on September 26, 2014

5 5

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

I'm a self admitted La Sportiva freak, but these shoes are objectively great! Decently lightweight, grippy, and sturdy enough to hike with a loaded pack. I've been up Garnet Canyon in GTNP and to the top of Capitol Peak in the Maroon Bells Wilderness with these shoes and my feet were no worse for wear when done! Highly recommended.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I'm tall and skinny, so finding the right ratio of waist to length ratio is hard, but these shorts fit the bill. I'm 6'3" 168 and the Small fits perfectly in the waist and is plenty long in the leg. I bought these for climbing, but they look good and can be worn around town as well. Lots of pockets and they dry super fast. Read the size chart and measure, these run large.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

5 5

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

The "breathable shell" wars have done quite a bit to benefit the customer in the last couple of years. Gore-Tex's domination has actually encouraged other brands to develop their own fabrics. Dry Q is Mountain Hardwear's offering and it is as good, if not better than Gore-Tex. Fit on these pants is excellent, particularly at the end of the leg, which is quite tapered to keep you from snagging your crampons. The kick patches are integrated nicely and the whole pant has a very streamlined look. The yellow color is amazing and photographs extremely well. These have a true full length zipper, so you can put them on in a tent without issue. I'm 6'3" 165 and the Small waist with the Long inseam works great.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently got started in skimo racing and didn't want to invest in a full race setup that doesn't do anything besides going uphill fast. This is a nice compromise in terms of weight. The set with Dynafit bindings weighs about 6 pounds, so my fitness is my only excuse for lack of speed uphill. When you rip the skins and point downhill, you realize that these are not what they appear. Lots of pop and scoop rocker, so they plow through everything. Turns are easy to initiate and control. I can't wait to get these up to the Tetons in the spring. These are ski mountaineering weapons. Get the Dynafit skins that go with these boards, ripping skins from the tip without having to remove the ski is an excellent feature.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a difference! I bought these boots after using a pair of Garmont Mega Rides for years. These boots ski super well, even with larger skis. My daily drivers are 110mm underfoot and these boots have no issues with large boards. The ankle articulation is great and despite the light boot and thin liner, these boots are plenty warm. I climbed two mixed lines in Chamonix with these boots and was blown away with how well they managed some delicate crampon placements. Great for folks that can't squeeze into Dynafit boots.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't realized how much extra weight I was lugging around with my current stable of packs until I bought this one. The minimalist lightweight design is pretty great and surprisingly durable. It's comfortable to wear and holds enough gear for a few nights out in the backcountry. Works great as a follower bag on multi pitch climbs.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I carry a DSLR with me on most of my outdoor activities, so finding a bag that can work for skiing and climbing was key. I don't shoot with huge lenses, so compactness was also important. This bag delivers on both counts. Great choice for amateur photogs like me.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

5 5

If you do a lot of spring laps at the resort after it's closed or alpine starts, these things are a godsend. Forget about kick turns, you can blast straight up stuff like you wouldn't believe. They also work well on icy or firm traverses.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

5 5

I'm a geek in the sense that I want to know where I've gone and what I've done on my adventures. This watch does that well, without overwhelming with a bunch of data. It won't tell you anything beyond mileage/pace/elapsed time while it's in use, but you get a GPS track of your route, elevation loss/gain, and a whole bunch of other metrics at home when you've downloaded the data to your computer. Works well and functions as a normal watch (not bulky or cumbersome like other options).

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

5 5

If you're in need of a lightweight insulating layer, this is the jacket for you. It works great underneath a hardshell in nasty weather. Windproof sleeves allow this to double as an outer layer or a belay jacket on those clear and cold windy days. The fit is good, not super athletic, but there isn't any loose material flapping around. The hood is a nice addition and fits well under a climbing helmet.

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