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Chris Yates

Chris Yates

Gearhead

Chris Yates's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Chris Yates's Bio

I spend my days skiing, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, fishing and playing with my dog Jerry and my wife Sarah. I am lucky enough to have the best snow in the world to ski and multiple mountain ranges just out my back door that offer endless fun and adventure. When I get some time off of work I do my best to travel the world to find new mountains to play in but it is always nice to come home to the Wasatch.

Chris Yates

Chris Yateswrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these for my wife and she loves them. They look good and they are sturdy. Both the frames and lenses have the quality that you would expect from Smith. The polarized lenses work great in all lighting conditions. The frames will fit medium to large head sizes but may be a little large if you have a smaller head.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these for my wife and they are a huge hit. The keep her feet warm and dry in the snow but they are not too clunky to drive in. The also look nice enough for her to wear with work clothes. They fit her as expected so you should order your normal size.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on November 6, 2015

5 5

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

I bought this bike for my father and it was his first road bike. It is a great entry level bike with solid components and you cannot beat the price. He loves the bike and has been putting a lot of miles on it. Sizing can be a little tricky but I contacted a Gearhead at Competitive Cyclist and he set me up with the perfect fit.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on November 6, 2015

5 5

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

These shoes are great. They are light, comfortable and super breathable. They are sturdy and the soles are stiff and rugged. They fit true to size and if you are not familiar with EU sizing, the sizing chart on this page is accurate.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on November 6, 2015

5 5

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

My son loves this jacket. It keeps him dry and seems to be windproof as well. It is just a shell but I think it will work fine on the ski slopes with the appropriate layers. The great orange color will make it easy to see him while he is skiing out of control through the crowds. This jacket fits true to size and should stay in great shape long after he out grows it.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shirt is soft and comfortable and one of our go-tos when dressing our 2 year old. The shirt speaks the truth and always agrees with our son. It also gets a good laugh from most people.

This shirt fits as expected and holds up better than most shirts we have bought for him. It also seems to hold its size and shape through many laundry cycles better than most.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always have a water bottle in my hand and with most of them I get dripped on with every drink. This bottle has a great design that eliminates that issue. The smaller opening makes drinking easy and drip free even while walking. The larger cap is a little difficult to get off to refill but it is a minor inconvenience for the upside this bottle provides.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

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

I bought these for my wife and she loves them. They are comfortable enough to wear daily and tough enough to wear on the trail. If you are not used to wearing this style of sandal you will need a couple of days to break them in and get your feet used to the straps but then you will be good to go for years. They fit as expected so go with your normal size.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have owned many Marmot shirts and loved them all. The Brookhurst is no exception. It looks great and is super comfortable. It stays nice and cool in the summer heat.

I wear my shirts big so I bought and XL and it fits exactly as expected. You cannot go wrong with this one.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

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

My father has circulation and swelling issues in his legs and I bought him a CEP Calf Sleeve a couple years ago hoping he would use it. Not only did he use it, he wore it out. He wears it every day and needed a new one. I just bought him the identical sleeve and he will be all set for another couple of years. I am not a doctor so I don't want to get into the details of the medical benefits but his doctor is happy with the results of wearing the sleeve regularly.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Almost every pair of jeans that I own are Carhartts. The one issue I have had with Carhartts is that they can be inconsistent with fit. This pair fits perfectly true to size. This pair is also not quite as heavy duty as some Carhartts and are comfortable on the first wear.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on January 8, 2015

4 5

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

I gave this sleeping bag as a gift to a 4 year old that plans to start camping next summer. He loves the bag so much that he uses it most nights. Even when sleeping in a warm house, he would rather sweat than sleep without his Grasshopper. I am not sure yet if the bag will indeed perform at 30 degrees but so far it has not disappointed.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My son is not yet a year and half old but he already loves his Strider. In fact, we have to hide it at times or that is the only thing he wants to do. Since this was a Christmas present, he is only able to ride indoors now but he will be at full speed once the snow melts. It is amazing to see how quickly young children gain the biking skills and confidence that it took us all years to get with training wheels. I recommend the Strider to anybody ready to get their little ones on two wheels.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

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

Frye boots are not cheap but my wife would be the first to tell you, they are worth every penny. These were a Christmas gift this year and Santa received a big thumbs up.

These are made of the highest quality leather and the craftsmanship is top notch. These boots should last a life time.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

As with every Marmot shirt I have ever owned, the El Dorado is cool, comfortable and durable. This shirt suits me fine if I am in the office or walking through the woods. The material is soft and comfortable and stays dry and cool when it is hot outside. It also stays relatively wrinkle free even with my folding style of wadding it in a ball. I would certainly recommend the El Dorado.

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Chris Yateswrote a review of on October 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The pack is great. It is very comfortable and rides well with the kid on board. It is very stable on the ground with the kick stand. My son loves riding in it and it is comfortable enough for him to fall asleep in and he usually can't fall asleep any where but his bed. The pack is very adjustable and fits people of all sizes. I highly recommend this pack.

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