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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

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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 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 Wike

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 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 Wike

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 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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