Dave Marcus

Dave Marcus

Engearment.com

Dave Marcus's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing
Fly Fishing

Dave Marcus's Bio

Gear Admiral at Engearment.com. Facebook.com/engearment or @engearment.

My obsession with gear began early with a stint at summer camp. Long trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada’s Quetico came with packing lists and packing lists got me thinking: the list says backpack, but which one?

Since then, I've led trips back to the BWCA and Quetico and into Utah’s Escalante and Grand Staircase National Monument and guided mountain bike tours through the mountains around Colorado Springs. While acting as head guide, I was also chief bike mechanic for the rental fleet. I'm AIARE Level 1 certified. I have used gear all over the world: skied the Swiss Alps, hiked the Great Wall, explored ancient cave strongholds in Turkey, and watched the sun set over Mt. Fuji.

What gear do I use?

Skiing – Custom Ski Logiks with Fritschi Vipec bindings and Scarpa Maestrale RS boots; Black Diamond Traverse poles with Carbon Probe lowers, Carbon Whippet; Ortovox S1 Beacon; Ortovox Lite PFA 240 Probe; Brooks Range Backcountry Shovel; Arc’teryx Stinger bibs, Venta MX softshell, Alpha FL shell, Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants, Outdoor Research Deviator; TREW Gear NuYarn base; Point6 socks; Black Diamond Spark mittens or Marmot Work Gloves; Smith I/O goggles and Vantage helmet.

Fishing – Tenkara USA Sato rod; Fishpond San Juan Vertical chest pack and nippers; Yamatoyo 3.5 level line; Rio Powerflex 5x tippet; Peak rotary vise for tying flies.

Camping – REI Flash 45 pack; Black Diamond HiLight or Megalight tents; Exped Synmat UL7 or Downmat UL7; Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #1; Jetboil Sol Ti or homemade alcohol stove; Snowpeak 450 titanium mug.

Mountain Biking – Soul Cycles Dillinger frame and fork; Thomson Elite stem and seatpost; WTB i25 rims laced on Chris King Hubs with Maxxis Ardents; Answer 20/20 carbon handlebar; Crank Brothers Eggbeaters; Shimano XT disc brakes; running single speed – 32×20.

Commuter Biking – Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot frame and fork; Gates Carbon Drive Centertrack – 46×28; Shimano XT cranks; Whiskey Parts Co. No.9 carbon wheels; Clement X’plor MSO tires; TRP Hylex disc brakes.

Fat Biking – Engearment Carbon Frame and Fork; RockShox Bluto; SRAM X9 gearing 1×10; Avid BB7 brakes; Vee Snowshoe tires.

Carrying Gear – Thule Aero Crossbars, Yakima Skybox 12, 1up USA Heavy Duty Bike rack.

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Dave Marcusposted a video about on January 22, 2016

We've been trying to find the ideal splitboard specific boot for the last few years. The ThirtyTwo MTB Jeremy Jones splitboard boots pack a lot of tech into a a great product. Lets go over some of the major details and see if these are the right boots for you and your needs. Stop by our full review - http://engearment.com/snowboarding/splitboarding/thirtytwo-mtb-jeremy-jones-boot/

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on January 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 14 lbs
Size Purchased: 0-3month

In preparation for the recent Engearment mission to Iceland, we picked up a few extra bits to make sure our littlest gearhead, Danjo, stayed warm and dry no matter what sort of shenanigans we got up to. The foundation of a great layering scheme is a great base layer. And, wouldn't you know it...one of the all-time greats is available in mini sizes. So, we had a set of the Patagonia Baby Capilene Midweight base layers delivered just in time.

The set comes with two pieces - a long-sleeve onesie and a pair of pants - and are available in six sizes for everybaby from birth to 24 months. There's no difference between boys' and girls' sets other than the colors. The 0-3 month size is still working for the little dude since early December at about 14 pounds, though it's starting to get small. Patagonia rates it up to 10 lbs, but with baby sizes, everything is a total crapshoot.

We found baby Capilene to be a great foundation for a baby layering system and used the same set almost every day. After washing, it dried quickly enough - despite a janky Icelandic dryer - that we could wash it at night and put it back on Danjo in the morning. It also really liked to absorb liquids, so spit-up and drool made for frequent washings. No damage from washing, so far.

There are a few features we've really appreciated. Patagonia uses snaps that feel exceptionally solid. When you snap the onesie together, it's not coming apart until you unsnap it. Also, hand covers! The sleeves have magical hand covers that fold over and keep the little ones from scratching themselves or getting cold hands. Though we haven't tried it ourselves, Capilene must be pretty tasty because the little dude loved shoving his hands in his mouth the second we covered them. Keep an eye out for our upcoming base-layer taste test.

Does your kid need Patagonia Capilene? No. But, if you plan on having the little one outside in some chilly conditions, it's a great (and adorable) way to keep them warm and dry. Add in a set of Patagonia Baby Synchilla Booties and your nugget will be cozy and well on his or her way to being a little gearhead.

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Dave Marcusposted a video about on January 4, 2016

If you are getting into splitboarding, the Arbor Abacus Splitboard a great board for you. If you have been riding for years and just want to have fun, this board is for you too. Arbor did their homework on this one. Click through to our review after watching the video to find out why the Abacus Splitboard is the best splitboard we've ridden yet.
engearment.com/gear/arbor-abacus-splitboard-review/

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Dave Marcusposted a video about on January 4, 2016

We've been checking out the Helly Hansen Ridge shell for a couple of months now. Our initial impressions were good enough that we included it in our 2015 Gift Guide. Now that we have more days in the jacket, we can give you a full review. Bottom line, Helly has come very close to a great technical shell, but there are a few things that would keep us from giving it a top rating.

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Dave Marcusposted a video about on November 18, 2015

We got our hands on next seasons (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins and tested it over the course of 2 weeks. G3 redid everything, new glue, new solvents, new tail connector, new tip connector, new carry bag (wallet actually) and overall - a better skin. We tested them head to head with the current G3 Alpinist, G3 High Traction, G3 Alpinist LT (covered in another review) and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group). Check out the full review @ Engearment.com!

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on April 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've wanted one of these for years, if for nothing else than to terrify gapers in the resort. But, sadly, Vail has added some terms and conditions to my Epic Pass specifically preventing me from doing that. So, I guess I'll have to take it into the backcountry instead.

Why is the carbon Whippet so much better than the regular one?

Well, in some ways, it's not. It weighs more! But, the fact that BD was able to get the weight of a three-piece pole within 2 oz of a two-piece pole is pretty impressive.

But, in some ways, it totally is! The collapsed length is 70mm which puts it right in line with some of the longer mountaineering axes out there. That means you can actually handle it like an axe. It won't get you up any ice, but it's a heck of a lot less ungainly.

The pick design makes for some decent self-arresting. The funky bend in the pick that looks like it would get in the way actually fits your hand quite nicely in the arrest position. BD designed the top of the pick to be equally comfortable in both the American and Euro piolet grips, so you're covered there.

A carbon Whippet, a Raven, and a Traverse pole. Set for anything.

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this bag to compliment my UL Super Spiral #1 in the warmer months of the year. While there's a small part of me that wishes I'd chosen a second down bag (I still may!), this Burrow bag is a better choice with a wider range of uses.

I chose synthetic for two reasons: A) the traditional warmth when wet tripe, and b) when the dogs jump on it and shred the fabric, the insulation won't blow out all over the inside of my tent again. Yes, that happened. It looked like a chicken was murdered in the tent.

While the Burrow Bags don't have as much mechanical stretch as the Super Spiral series, there is still enough to allow movement inside the bag without creating cold spots. It's not as important in the summer anyway.

Great bag for summer backpacking and car camping. Look elsewhere for ultralightness.

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