Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

Wasatch Range, Sierra Nevada, Mt. Shasta, Chamonix

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Andrew Wike's Passions

Alpine Touring
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering

Andrew Wike's Bio

Climbing and skiing big lines.

Andrew Wike

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

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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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for TR'ing at Ouray. The DoubleDry works as advertised. I dropped this into a semi-frozen creek at the bottom of the gorge and had no issues with freezing or water soaking into the rope. For a 9.7, its very supple and runs through belay devices smoothly. I'm a convert, I'll buy Blue Water ropes from here on out.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love fleece jackets. I have way more than I need, but I find that they're very versatile pieces that are useful for layering on cold days or great as an outer layer in warmer temps. This fleece will have a permanent place in my closet for a couple of reasons. Gaiters/thumb loops at the cuffs are a nice addition and make it easier to add an outer layer without fiddling with the sleeves. Three pockets are just the right amount. I especially like the upper left sleeve pocket for car keys or credit cards. Best part about this jacket is the fit. So few pieces in the more common brands actually fit tall and lean folks, but this fits me like a glove. 6'3", 165 lbs. Medium is perfect.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

I've needed a new harness for a while now. My old alpine bod works adequately for everything, but lacks the comfort features of something like the Aspect. I've climbed rock and ice with this harness and it is equal to the task in either discipline. I'll be a BD customer for life.

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Andrew Wike wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for a shell pant that actually fits for a long time now. I'm 6'3" with a 30" waist and a 34"inch inseam. Finally, I stumbled across Arcteryx Beta AR pants in the Small/Long size. These fit me like a glove, snug at the waist with plenty of length in the inseam. Full length zips and built in gaiters are a nice touch. The best part about these pants is the feeling of quality that you get when you pull them on. I've used these for ice climbing and ski touring. A harness fits over them without any issues and they're very comfortable, even in the bar for an apres climb/ski drink.

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