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Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Gearhead

Tetons and Wasatch

Dan Gates's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Snowboarding

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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Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my 7th season using the tough guy glove. Just got a new pair after the duct tape wouldn't hold out any longer. The new gloves are noticeably warmer. Dexterity is still good and quality is great for the price. They are $35, keep your hands warm, and last forever.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 9, 2017

3 5

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

Quality is ok, but damn they are thin. Warmth is good and they are comfortable. However when touring in my well loved and packed out liners, I got incredibly large blisters. The previous versions of these socks have been much thicker which I prefer.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is an interesting one. Carpet testing and in hand feel had me guessing that it would be too soft. However once on the mountain it proved to have enough balls to make a wind scoured hardpack day fun. If you are looking to shred the whole mountain with a freestyle preference this is the binding for you. Super comfortable, Burton has some of the better straps in the game. If you are looking at getting a binding of this level you already know why you should buy it. If you want to go stiffer, get the Genesis which is my favorite binding from Burton.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this board up for a weekend trip to Grand Targhee for an epic powder dump. However the only thing that was epic was the wind. Not the conditions you want this board for. However it handled the wind scoured snow and hardpack with ease. I would have preferred to have a stiff full camber board with me, but in a pinch this thing held it's own. We all know the Flight Attendant rips pow, but I would have no problem using this as my daily driver. Held an edge respectably through the bullshit.

162 is the best size, even if that is bigger than you would normally ride. Technically I should be a 159 but after riding both sizes I think the 162 is more fun.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you prefer to have fun when snowboarding the Arbor Element should be on your feet. For a sub $400 board this thing rules. From deep pow, to dabbling in the park the element can do it all. It is most at home slashing pow and railing corduroy, but makes quick work of hardpack days and spring shredding.

If you have questions on this board, or boots and bindings that pair well. Feel free to reach out to me directly. dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This binding is awesome. I spend 90% of my time splitboarding in hardboots so when I ride the resort I want something soft and silky. The Flite Pro is perfect for that. Crusin pow, slashing groomers, doing 50-50s in the kiddy park. It's great for an intermediate rider or someone that wants a fun binding for the entire mountain. Paired with a stiffer boot you can dominate the mountain top to bottom. Oh yeah, it's also light as hell.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 26, 2016

5 5

Around the West the summer's first PMD's mark the beginning of incredible dry fly fishing on most rivers. However before that can happen thousands PMD nymphs move around the bottom of the river, and the trout take notice. This assortment covers every stage and size of the PMD nymph. Fish one of the beadhead nymphs with the split case as a dropper, focus on shallow riffles that dump into green pools and hold on.

If you have questions on techniques or specifics on this package, I would love to talk shop.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

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

One of my all time favorite jackets. Need a jacket for walking the dog? Patagonia Down Sweater. Need a jacket for passing out at the bar? Patagonia Down Sweater. Need a jacket for climbing 10 pitches of granite? Patagonia Down Sweater. Need a jacket to put under ski jacket? Patagonia Down Sweater. You get the idea...

Fit is true to size, however it is old school Patagonia so expect it to be a tad boxy and a little short. Durable enough for most activities however sharp granite and sharp branches will rip the shell material.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I have owned several of these over the years and would love to get you in one.

dgates@backcountry.com
801.746.7582

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

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

Spent a few days testing these out at the Ouray Ice Park last winter. Super comfortable and warm. Great flex when walking, but sole is stiff enough for mixed and ice. Zipped gaiter is a great feature. Favorite mountaineering boot from Scarpa thus far. True to size in my experience.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Ghost UL 1 is fantastic. Felt like I was carrying a bivy, but had the room of a single person tent. I used this for three days backpacking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho recently and have zero complaints. Weather was generally nice so I can't comment on rain, but it withstood 40mph winds no problem.

Pros:
-Set up is fast and easy
-Really light
-Quality stakes!
-Stable in wind
-Tent color is nice from the inside. No weird orange or green tint when the sun comes up in the morning.

Cons:
-Fly is noisy in the wind
-Not sure how tent does in the rain

I would highly recommend this tent to any one looking to shed some pounds. Perfect for alpine climbing trips, biking, and backpacking.

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