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Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Tetons and Wasatch

Dan Gates's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Dan Gates's Bio

Big couloirs, emerald green pools full of trout, and long alpine ascents are what I live for. I've grown up chasing trout, powder, and peaks across the west. Salt Lake is a great home base for this and also gives me the opportunity to work for backcountry.com.

In a day and age where you an pick up most major outdoor brands in any box store, it's crucial to have companies like backcountry.com that only staff people experienced with the product. That's where I come in, I truly enjoy connecting people with the best possible gear. Proper gear is the building block of any adventure. It doesn't matter if you need new boots to walk to the bar or to put up a first ascent, I can help get you the correct tools to accomplish your task.

For personalized service and exclusive discounts connect with me and benefit. I can be reached 24/7 at dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 15, 2015

Unreal Warmth And Quality
5 5

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

Fit:
I am 5'8", 145-150lbs I selected the size medium as I am in between a small and medium depending on the brand and fit.
This jacket fit me perfectly. For comparison a small Patagonia nanopuff is my normal insulation layer and it fits slim, if not a little tight. The Piz Bianco is a more robust jacket than the nanopuff, but I find the fit to be perfect for me. Large enough to toss over a shell or layer while belaying, slim enough to fit under a shell if you want to use as a midlayer. It also fits under a harness well, even though it is a somewhat puffy jacket. This does have a slimmer Euro fit so if you are in between sizes I would recommend sizing up.

Functionality:
As an insulation layer this thing is a heat factory. Living in the mild climate of the Wasatch, it's almost too much jacket for everyday backcountry skiing. However it is great for tossing on to quickly warm up at a belay station or lunch break.

Pockets:
Two zippered hand. One chest. Two Internal. Pockets are easy to access and the external chest pocket is easy to use when wearing a pack. One large internal pocket with velcro closure keeps a water bottle warm. Zippered internal chest pocket holds a key, cash and cards.

Zippers:
Zippers are often overlooked, but nothing is more frustrating than a zipper that doesn't€™ work smoothly or one that hangs up all of the time. All of the zippers worked flawlessly. They do zip from the opposite side compared to most other North American market jackets.

Hood:
Elastic band with pull closure on the back of hood for adjustability. Easy to operate with one hand. Small pull tab makes it a little harder to use with gloves on. Fits over a climbing helmet well, a little tight when putting over a smith Vantage helmet.

Weather Resistance:
Water resistant membrane sheds moisture really well. Water beaded up and ran off without soaking in. Obviously not fully waterproof, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well this performed in heavy snow fall.

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Dan Gatesposted an image about on January 15, 2015

Great Fit, Size Medium

I am 5"8 145lbs
this fits in between a small and a medium in most jackets. Great for those constantly in between sizes. Even fits well under a harness. Bunches up a little, but fits better with a harness than many other insulated jackets and easily much warmer than other jackets in this weight class.

PC: Josh Gunter

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these heavily for a few seasons. I really enjoyed them for the most part.
Pros-
good grip, nice basket and the z folding system is fast and rad.
cons-
really flexible always felt like I was going to snap one, and I did.
Once the pole snapped(lower section) there was not fast way to repair and when bushwhacking at 3:30am in the Tetons I was not a happy camper, or overly excited about having to MacGyver a fix for the upcoming 5,000 vertical feet I still had to climb.

great until shit hits the fan.

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