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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 Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on July 1, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

Material is nice, it's basically the same as the patagonia R1 fleece material. Cut is nice. Looks good around town and in the mountains. I put this thing through hell this winter touring, alpine climbing, and spilling drinks on it at the bar. Durability is good, stitching is awesome and it washes well.

The dock in stars only come from a technical stand point. For standing around in the bar and looking like you might do something outdoors the hoodie gets 5 stars. From a technical standpoint and actually using the item in an active environment it gets 3 maybe 4. The henley buttons look cool but don't function super well. The top two or three buttons pop open through out the day when being active in the top. Also the cuffs soak up moisture and I think they weight more than the rest of the garment. They make hoodie stand out in the crowd, but impact the function of the garment negatively.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this bag for 10 months now and am so happy with it. It is super light and provides a tremendous amount of warmth. It doesn't pack up super small, but the weight savings more than make up for that. I have used it in relatively damp conditions without any serious moisture being soaked into the shell material. I have the regular length and have more than enough room to fit my boot liners and layers in the bag with me on super cold nights in the alpine. <br ></article><br />I have a Montbell and a Marmot bag that I have used for years and honestly I really like both of them. However the quality and comfort of this bag is really in another league. Western Mountaineering bags are not cheap, but with the proper care it will be the only bag you need for the next decade. <br /><br />If you have questions on this bag or any other bag contact me and I would be happy to chat with you.<br /><br /><br />Dan Gates<br />Expert Gearhead<br />801.746.7582<br />dgates@backcountry.com<br /><br />

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great harness with a nod towards ice and winter ascents. Fits well over winter clothing and has great clipper slots. Gear loops are easy to use and well positioned. Size up so you are in the smaller end of the size range and you will find everything to be perfectly centered. <br ></article><br />Pretty comfortable to hang in, however it is small and light enough that you can wear all day in an alpine setting when skinning or hiking. Great choice for ice or mixed routes, as well as Alpine routes where you need a little more than just a minimalist alpine webbing harness. Also works well for standard trad and sport climbing, however I think there are better choices out there for that. That being said if you were looking for one do-all, four season harness this would be a great choice.

Contact me for any questions you might have on harnesses.

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I seem to have a much better experience with my crampons than many of the reviewers below. Most crampons in my experience do not fit every boot heel on the market. The heel profile between an AT boot, Ice boot, and hike/light mountaineering boot is extremely different. I have used these on everything from Asolo ice boots, La Sportiva Trango's, and Dynafit TLT5's for splitboarding and have never had any issues. The heel on the dynafit is extremely narrow and does not contact all sides of the heel "cup" however that has never been an issue or created slop/popping off of the crampon.

The nanoflex steel on these is incredible and these are so light there is no reason not to take them on any alpine adventure. these are not meant for kicking into ice, but will last when used as a general mountaineering crampon when stepping on snow, glacier ice, and rock.

If you have any questions on these or are concerned with fit please contact me

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used several versions of this draw over the years and I am convinced this is the best price point draw on the market. Not only did they used to be the lightest on the market they are incredibly well constructed. I have always found the action to be smooth and easy to clip. I did have some from a few seasons ago that were a little stiff, however it seems that the current version is much smoother.

The full size biner makes them easy to get on and off of the harness as well as easy to use in the winter or if you have gloves on. Also great for when you are starting to push the limits of your climbing and frantically grabbing for that crux clip.

I also have the Photo Express draws and honestly I think I prefer the action of these more. These make up the back bone of my draw rack and I find myself using these more than anything else. If you are looking for a lightweight quality biner that will last season after season pick these up.

For questions contact me
Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't use the word perfect often, especially when referring to packs. However the M4 is about as close as it gets, at least for a 3 season alpine pack. I have done everything from sport climbing to ice/mountaineering days with this on and love it.

It is light and minimal but carries a huge amount of gear. the straps are lightly padded, but the pack is surprisingly comfortable. There is a rear entry panel however I don't really use that feature super often. The lid area is pretty expandable making it easy to fit a large rope on top of a extremely loaded pack.

Even though the pack is 40L it can easily compress down to carry a smaller load for a day of sport climbing and not be wobbly on the approach. I haven't had a chance to use it with skis, but in the theory the side compression straps should work for that. I'll update that assuming it actually snows in Utah next season.

All in all this is the best light climbing/alpine pack I have used and I have tried most offerings from BD, Patagonia, Osprey etc...

If you have other questions or need to talk packs contact me
Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been climbing in this harness for about 3 weeks now and love it. It is one of the most comfortable harnesses I have been in. For the price point I can't think of a better harness on the market.

The gear loops are well positioned and easy to get quickdraws on and off. The wider profile of the harness makes it extremely comfortable, even on hanging belays. As with all CAMP USA gear it is super light and packs up very small.

If you are interested in picking up a new harness or looking to get into climbing this is a pro level harness at an entry level price.

If you have any questions or would like to talk more please contact me.

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

These boots are light on the feet and easy to walk in, making them great for summer mountaineering. Warm enough for any summer time summit in the Lower 48 and mild winter conditions. I just used this boot during CAMP USA's adventure week, the boot performed well on the muddy approach, 3 pitch ice route, and steep scree fields nearing the summit. <br ></article><br />Fit is a little more narrow in the toe box but worked well for my standard fit foot. The boot does seem to have a high arch, which again worked well for me. If you have a wide flat foot you might want to consider something else. <br /><br />For fit questions or if you are interested in this item please contact me directly.<br /><br /> Dan Gates<br />Expert Gearhead<br />801.746.7582<br />dgates@backcountry.com<br />

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted the original version for years, but never pulled the trigger. Finally got my hands on the 2.0 and love it. I have been climbing in it for a few weeks now and it's the best fitting helmet I have used. I also have a Mammut El Cap that I like, but the Speed 2.0 feels better on my head.

The speed 2.0 is also designed for side and back impact where most other climbing helmets are not. I can't wait to get it on snow next winter.

If you have questions on this helmet or helmets in general please contact me
Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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