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Daniel's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Daniel's Bio

Growing up in southeast Idaho I had a lot of chances to eat potatoes and play in the mountains and rivers. I did all three religiously. While my love of the potato has died out a little, the flame still burns strong for mountains and moving water. I love spending time in the mountains no matter what activity I am there for. My favorite passions would be splitboarding, mountaineering, and trail running. When not focused on tagging lines, peaks, and routes I am dedicated to chasing trout and steelhead all over the west. I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on THE BEST trout stream in the world, the Henry's Fork. Leaving the Henry's Fork and all the other sacred waters of the Greater Yellowstone Area behind I moved to Utah to go to the University of Utah. Luckily Utah has a lot of good trout water that has kept me busy exploring and guiding during the summers.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on September 13, 2014

4 5

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

I dig these shorts. Good for pretty much whatever summer activity you wanna throw at them. My only gripe is they have a semi weird cut where you get some serious plummer crack. They dry super fast and the thicker mesh liner isn't too bad for running. I have run up to 15miles in these before I started to get any chafing.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on September 12, 2014

Hey Northeast Surfing-

I will see if I can help clarify a few things for you.
Down vs. Synthetic- There is no real warmth difference between the two. Down is much lighter and generally packs down smaller. However if down gets wet it looses it's insulating qualities. Thus if you are using the bag in a wet environment synthetic is the way to go.

The temperatures advertised are really the survival rating of the bag and not the comfort rating. So if the bag is a 40 degree bag it will keep you warm enough to survive at 40 but not necessarily feel comfortably warm. Generally if you get a 40 degree bag you will feel very comfortable around 50 degrees. This is not taking into consideration wearing any insulating clothes.

The clothes you wear to sleep can have a huge impact on the warmth of the bag. I have a 40degree bag and if I wear my down jacket, pants, and a beanie I can use it down into the 20's and still have an ok nights sleep. So really the temp ratings are more of a guideline than a hard rule.

If you have any other questions about bags are need help finding the correct bag for you, feel free to contact me!

Dan G.
expert gearhead
Wed-Sat 1:30-10pm
Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on September 6, 2014

4 5

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

got these in time for school and the fall season. Super stiff at first, but breaking in nicely. a little thicker than I was expecting. Nice for the cool morning commute on my motorcycle. Fit is true to size if not a tiny bit on the small side, but that could be due to the stiff feel at first.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey!
the fit is going to be pretty similar to the New Balance Minimus. If you are wearing socks with these I would go 11.5, without socks 11. If you are interested in setting up an order for both sizes to see which one you like more I would be happy to do that for you and offer a full refund for the pair that doesn't fit.
Dan Gates
dgates@backcountry.com
800-409-4502 ext. 4491

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Six Six One doesn't list the insulation weight for the glove but I wouldn't hesitate to use this down into the 30's on a clear day and into the 40's on a cold windy day. Temperature ranges are really hard to give on products like this as that largely depends on the user and how hard you are riding. What conditions/temps are you going to be riding in?

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 30, 2014

Hey Jau,
These are more aggressive than the defys. The Defy has almost a flat sole compared to these. However the shape of the sole still provides enough versatility for all around climbing. Good on steep faces, but i've even done a few cracks in them. This is a great and natural upgrade from the defy.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was pointed out to me the other day that I needed some "real" clothes so I bought this. Great looking shirt, I probably needed a small as the medium is a tad big on me, 5'8" 150lbs. The fit is pretty slim and long(fits good across chest, a little long in sleeves and length). Great quality, and the good news is stains wash out pretty easy! found that out the hard way after a wild party on my first night wearing it. I would recommend this item to a friend.

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