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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 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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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Melts water incredibly fast, it works much better than my white gas stove in cold temps. You can't regulate temps as well with this, but the efficiency is well worth it for snow based camping or mountaineering where the primary goal is making water from ice and snow. I'll stick with my Dragonfly for actual cooking, but this is the best choice for making a ton of water in a hurry.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much to say beyond what's already been detailed here, but this is a great piece of gear for data nerds. I use it for running, mountaineering, and ski touring. The Movescount app works infinitely better than Garmin Connect and the watch itself is far more intuitive than any comparable Garmin product. As always, GPS watches suffer when you gain a ton of vertical in a very short linear distance (rock climbing), but outside of that, I've had no problems with this product.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 29, 2015

5 5

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

Warm enough for resort skiing but they wick well enough for long tours as well. Minimal amount of seams, they hold their shape very well over repeated use and washing. Always great to rock the stars and stripes as well.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

For long days in the backcountry, I prefer a lightweight, long sleeve garmet to avoid sunburn. This is an extremely versatile piece that fits next to skin and will keep you dry and protect you from the sun. Good for a standalone or a layering piece. The only issue is the large stitching on the inside of the sleeves that feels rough against the skin. You forget about it quickly, but it's slightly irritating when you first put the garmet on.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Metolius Cams are 100% Made in the USA. Given how little manufacturing is done in the US these days, this is an impressive feat. The functionality and lack of weight is the best selling point of these cams. I seem to always find places to place these. Feel and finish are excellent.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought this for my girlfriend as a warmer-weather alternative to the PhD SmartLoft Divide Full Zip, which is her go-to for outdoor adventure during winter months. She recently wore this for the first time on a 15-mile 14er trek in Colorado. The temperature regulating feature of the SmartWool material provided her the convenience of keeping the vest on even when the temperature heated up, taking the usual layering distractions out of the equation. She claims this will be her new go-to piece during the warmer months when temperature changes in the mountains can still be drastic.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 12, 2015

Must have
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A buff is a must have item for any outdoor adventure. I use mine mostly for sun protection, but the list of uses is endless. Here's a shot of me and the Gruff Buff on a hot, sunny glacier in Chamonix.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 12, 2015

Ice climbs as well as it skis.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pulled the trigger on those boots early this year after breaking my Sportiva Spitfires for the second time. I was immediately impressed with their comfort and rigidity. I did have to modify the right boot, as my right foot is slightly wider. Five minutes with a hair dryer warmed the shell enough for me to apply a shop clamp and successfully widen the forefoot. Once that was done, I was pain free. I'm extremely happy with the build, fit, and performance. For folks interested in Ski Mountaineering, crampons are easy to attach and the boots climb well.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like Merino Wool, but its a problem when it gets damp because it tends to stretch out. This product is the first merino baselayer that I've use that doesn't become baggy and cumbersome when I sweat. I really like to wear this for ski touring because it works decently well as a single layer piece. It's quite warm on its own, but it's a vital piece for winter layering. I'm long and lean (6'3" 170lbs) and the medium is comfortable and form fitting.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has become an essential part of my post workout routine. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm running, climbing, ski touring, or hitting the gym, Ultragen tastes good and seems to significantly reduce soreness the following day. If you're serious about doing hard workouts on consecutive days, this product is a must. I've sampled all the flavors, my current favorite is Cappuccino, but the Fruit Punch is a close second. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

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

I've used these everywhere from Chamonix to the Tetons as my go-to technical boot. They are quite warm, I've never had cold feet in these boots. They fit like all other Sportiva boots, I use the exact same size in the Trangos. Long approaches in these guys are killer as they are so stiff, but once the terrain gets steeper, they really come into their own.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I like to think of this jacket as an insurance policy. You hope to never use it, but you're glad you have it when the need arises. Its insanely packable, so you have no excuse for not bringing it along. The fit on the medium is perfect (6'3" 170) for long and lean types. Unlike a lot lightweight jackets, this one is comfortable to wear and breathes quite well. Salomon continues to impress with quality product at reasonable prices.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A good sleeping pad is arguably the most important part of any camping setup. I hadn't done much camping until I pulled the trigger on this pad. While it doesn't appear much thicker than a backpacking pad, the BaseCamp is worlds more comfortable. This is definitely a car camping pad (heavy and bulky) but it makes all the difference when it comes to getting a good night of sleep.

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