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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 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 Gates

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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Dan Gateswrote a review of on July 26, 2016

4 5

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

I bought these to replace a pair of shoes that ripped apart a few days before a climbing trip. I've done about 10 pitches in climbing in them so far and for the price I am really stoked.

Pros-
Comfortable
Easy on Off
Sole seems durable

Cons-
Thick sole reduces sensitivity
Rubber is pretty hard, seemed slick on cold rock. Similar to La Sportiva Mythos.
If you have a high arch the webbing across the top of the foot will become uncomfortable.

I generally climb in La Sportiva Muiras but I can burn through two pairs of those per summer pretty easily. I purchased these to be a more durable workhorse of a trad shoe, and so far the pros outweigh the cons.

As far as sizing I went with a half size down from my street shoe and it feels good in length.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

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

I am using this shoe as a around town/gym shoe and stoked on them. Really comfortable with great support. They seem to run true to size. My favorite feature is the wrap around tongue feature. The tongue never bunches or slips and feels like you are wearing a sock instead of a shoe.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are a great pant to wear around the house or for jogging/gym. My first real experience jogging with them was a 5mile jaunt in Seattle. Even in the damp spring air they wicked moisture pretty well. They are too hot for most running, but excited to try them on some cold trail runs. They work great in the gym and as a climbing pant. However my favorite use for them is netflix and chill.

As far as fit goes they are pretty tight, they relax a little bit after a few wearings. After several wearings and a few washings they have a slim fit, but not too tight. I prefer this fit over some other joggers I have that end up looking like MC Hammer pants after several uses.

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