Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50* – Limited Time Only
Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Gearhead

Tetons and Wasatch

Dan Gates's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Surfing
Yoga

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

Chat or by Phone
Wed-Sat 1:30pm-10pmMST
Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had these crampons for a year and have used them on everything from WI5 routes to clawing my way up mixed routes and alpine summits. Pretty heavy, but they are indestructible. After a several hundred feet of alpine rock and mixed the teeth are still pretty damn sharp.

Not sure what the reviewer below is referring too in having to remove the anti-bailing plate to adjust, the crampons are easy to adjust by just lifting up the lever. Having the ability to run these in several different front point configurations is nice. If you are solely climbing steep water ice get the Blade Runners, however if you need a do-all crampon the c14 is a great choice.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

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

Such a great glove for splitboarding. Mine are abused and ugly but still going strong after 4 years. Great for skinning up on the cold days and they are nimble enough to fiddle around in the pack and transition to ride mode with ease. Takes a beatin and keeps on tickin.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not bad for such a cheap accessory. It is semi tricky to tighten on skiing/climbing helmets but can be done pretty quickly. I hate ruining a good helmet with a permanent teletubby mount so this works great for me. For the price it's a super low risk, high return investment and you never know when it might just get you the shot or clip of the trip.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually like small goggles and have ridden with IO's for a few years, however I just upgraded to the IOX and I am stoked! The field of view is fantastic and overall these are the most comfortable goggles I have worn in years.

Smith usually is pretty good in terms of not fogging and these perform even better than my IO's. I ride chairs a few times a year and spend the rest of the time touring. Touring can be brutal on goggles as they are constantly going in the pack or the jacket, lifted up on the beanie and subjected to a fogging up.

These held up excellent on a recent trip to Rogers Pass in damp conditions and several days in a hut. No fog and the Red Sol X was a great all around lens for the sporadic sun to grey conditions. Obviously these are better suited to a medium/large face, but for the average person they fit great. I was concerned about fit with my climbing helmet I use while touring, but no gaper gap. I am sold on the IO X.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 12, 2016

5 5

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

They lightweight capilene top is great. However beware it is pretty thin, awesome for spring/summer/fall adventures where you need a light layer to protect from the sun or great as a next to skin layer in the winter. The fit on this has been relaxed from previous years so it is more of a casual cut instead of skin tight. Minimal thumb loops are awesome and help keep the sleeves in the place when doing aerobic activities. Shirt is super comfortable, and looks sharp in the Forge Grey color. I would highly recommend.

The Capilene material has been updated for this season and wicks moisture better than before and doesn't have the stink factor of previous versions.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 12, 2016

5 5

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

This has been my go to piece for splitboarding and ice climbing this season. I hated Capilene for years because it smelled horrible after about 30minutes of wearing it. However for this season patagonia updated the entire line and capilene material, and it is fantastic.

I just came out of a four day hut trip in British Columbia where it was around freezing and snowing everyday, everything was soaked by the end of the day. Even after four hard days of sweating my ass off breaking trail, dropping pillows, and chopping firewood this shirt was fantastic. It dried super quick, kept me warm, and the smell was tolerable after days of use. If you are thinking about giving capilene another try, or looking to get your first piece; do it. I have the peppergrass color and it looks pretty good with my ginger beard. The color is insanely bright. SAR won't have any issues finding you if shit hits the fan.

The thumb loops rule, super minimal and help keep the shirt tucked into gloves and under other layers.

the mid-weight features a great waffle print fabric that is the perfect weight for most mild winter conditions. If it is super cold go with the thermal weight. fit is more relaxed than previous years and is reasonable to wear into the store to pick up a few beers and cans of dinty moore beef stew after a long day of touring.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Get this in the 4wt 8'9" size, pair with the spring creek of your choice, and enjoy one of the best mornings fly fishing has to offer.

For years the fly fishing world has been focused on turning our passion into an action sport, everyone wants to throw monster streamers on fast action rods in the latest trucker hat and buff combo. Leave your phone in the truck, grab a bit of scotch, and slow down while you wait for that big bank feeder to start sipping every PMD that comes down. Just make sure you have the circa in hand when it comes time to cast.

I grew up fishing old school Winston's on the Henry's Fork and Montana spring creeks and every time I cast the Circa I am transported back to being a kid chasing big selective trout around some of the best rivers of the west. The slow action allows for insanely delicate presentations and will make your stalking skills improve as I find the sweet spot on this rod to be 20-30ft cast. It has enough backbone to battle some truly large trout, but the soft action will cushion the hook set when you get tight to a 20" bow on 6x tippet. This is a niche rod for the serious dry fly angler. However if you love to chase super selective trout in gin clear water this is the rod for you.

and for God's sake leave your split shot and thingamabobbers at home.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 16, 2015

5 5

The Tourist is the first legitmate splitboard boot for everyday riding(besides hardboots with dynafits and phantoms of course). Every other soft boot splitboard specific design has just been too stiff, bulky, and uncomfortable for me. Hence why I have spent the past 5 seasons riding modded hardboots on my splitboard. However if soft boot and strap technology keeps moving in this direction I might come out of retirement.

Things I love about the Tourist include:
-A forgiving, but progressive flex for everyday touring. Soft enough for mellow laps in the trees on high danger days and enough balls to open it up on big and steep terrain. (I prefer a mid flex and come in at 150lbs so bigger riders might find the boot to be more of a mid-soft flex especially on steep technical terrain).
-Touring flex. This is huge. These boots offer just enough reward flex to allow you to open up your stride and actually start to cover some ground. For maximum effect pair with a Karakoram binding that offers negative forward lean and start covering more terrain than ever before.
-Heel welt is nice and allows you to use semi-auto crampons. Much more secure when front pointing up icy chutes or covering a pitch or two of rock.

If you want to take your splitboarding to the next level, but don't want to wear moon boots. The Tourist is the boot for you.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 15, 2015

5 5

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

I'm not much of a boot guy. Always grabbing my trail shoes before boots, however these are quickly making me a believer. They are very comfortable and supportive. For me they also provide just enough insulation for summer/fall use on cold alpine routes in the Tetons and winter trails around the Wasatch. The sole is super grippy in all conditions, and the sole is just stiff enough that I wouldn't hesitate to throw on some light strap on crampons.

I think these run true to size if not a touch on the small side. If you have wider feet I would probably size up.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments