Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Tetons and Wasatch

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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I can also be reached at DGATES@BACKCOUNTRY.COM if you have any questions on gear, need to place an order, or just want to chat about your day in the mountains. I am in the office Wed-Sat 1:30-10pm

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

My first real approach shoes. I have pretty much used trail runners or climbing shoes for most of my ascents but some recent trips required something in between and I picked these up. Good grip so far. Toe box is pretty damn big(tall)which always blows my mind. Since it is an approach shoe you would think the toe would be a little more pointed to jam into small foot holds. that being said because the toe is pretty tall and blunt they do edge well. I've taken these on some wet slabs in the past week or two and surprised how good they gripped. Seem to run a little big, if I was going to do it all again I would order a half size down.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on September 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have tried a few flavors and have enjoyed them all. In the never ending quest to find a bar that I can eat over and over these are now in my current rotation. Playing in the mountains a few days a week means that I burned out on cliff bars years ago, Pro bars are great but bulky. Raw Revolution is a nice change of pace, and I actually feel like i'm eating something healthy which is nice compared to several other major players in the science food market. Highly recommended.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

Awesome pants, used them on a climb and a really wet hike so far. They dried and breathed extremely well. Great stretchy fabric. I wear a 32 and depending on how bad the munchies were the night before in some brands 32 can be a little snug. In these I could have easily worn a 30. However with a belt the fit is great and leaves room for a baselayer for those colder fall/spring climbs.

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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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