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 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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Dan Gateswrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

I generally wear trail shoes since if i'm running it's on dirt, but I needed some new jogger/training shoes and picked these up. At first I didn't think I would love these since I am a huge Altra fan, but these are insanely comfortable. They have great rebound and spring. I really do feel like the shoes give me a little more energy on each step. They are great to be in for long periods of time and provide good support and stability in the gym.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just picked this rope up and overall I am really impressed. I have climbed on Mammut ropes for years and really like them. Compared to my old Tusk the feel and quality are still there. This rope is more supple than most mammut ropes, and clips well right out of the packaging. My only real complaint is some weird flat spots in the core, I have felt this on a few other mammut ropes as well recently. Not sure what the deal is. Otherwise I love this thing. Will updated after the summer to report on durability.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

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

Maybe i've gotten use to vintage print, slim fitting, hipster shirts printed on thin fabric, but this shirt blows them out of the water. The fabric has a nice feel to it, but it is heavy duty. I have put mine through a year of abuse and it has withstood all the usual damage (fish slime, climbing chalk, mustard, and beer stains). I have no doubt this shirt will be in rotation for years to come and I have added a few more to the closet.

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