Dave Watson

Dave Watson

Himalaya, Karakoram, Mt Hood

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Dave's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

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Dave Watson

Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is a great size for resort, bc, heli, cat and sled skiing. Pretty light for an airbag pack. Plenty of room for a liter of water, puffy, food, skins, extra hat and gloves, avy rescue gear. Good size for ski patrolling but you can't fit too many shots if you are on a long route.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Typical synthetic puff jacket. Mammut uses the best fabrics (Pertex) for this one so although it feels light and delicate, it's burl. If you live in a wet place (NE,PNW, AK) you'll want a synthetic jacket rather than down. Warm with good pockets. I use it guiding on Rainier, if the weather is going to be rain/snow, this is the coat I take. Great ski jacket too.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a super warm puffy at a great price. Stream-lined design, all the features you need, none you dont. Lightweight, compressable and so warm. Having climbed Everest a couple times, this is a jacket I would wear on summit day. Slightly oversized to fit over your layers.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Like the jacket, I've had every version of this pant (the only change is color) I have had no issues with durability, zippers anything. The fabric is the best available, waterproof softshell. Great big vents on the outside of the thighs, lots of pockets. Baggyish freeride fit. Removable bib. Any and all ski pants will get hack marks on the inside cuff if you have razor sharp edges and you ski with your feet together. This is an awesome pant and worth the money.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've had every version of this coat because it is that good. The fabric is dope-WATERPROOF softshell. Burl, stretchy and breathable. Lots of pockets, arm pocket for RFID ski pass. The collar has a gusset so you can be all zipped up and not be choked. Lycra wrist gaiters keep pow out if you wear under the cuff gloves. This jacket has not changed since it was released 4 years ago- it's that good. (it used to have a high loft fleece bonded to the inside for the first 2 yrs, that's the only difference) It's a more versatile piece like this. Killer Jacket. Only downers are $ and it's too heavy for really big ski mountaineering objectives. It's a resort/bc jacket not an extreme jacket.

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Dave Watson wrote an answer about on October 22, 2013

The FT and ST have risers under the toe because the heel is higher due to brakes. These are plenty beef for the widest skis. I have them on K2 Darksides and DPS Lotus 120. Most folks have problems with ripping bindings off skis because of bad mounts. Don't use a power drill to set the screws, hand tighten, then you wont weaken the core

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this binding on all of my touring skis, fat and skinny. The Radical toe piece has a wider mount pattern so it works well with fat skis and the heel piece is a stripped down version of the ST. The heel is still adjustable to accomodate different boot sole lengths. It's got the best features of the FT and ST but in a stripped down lighter package. You cant put a brake on it that's why it comes with leashes.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on September 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this pack for a few years now, it's not flimsy. Plenty of room to carry multiple ropes, rack, harness, shoes, food, water, helmet, puffy. Lots of pockets and internal gear loops to organize gear. Top load pack w back zip to create duffel/rope bucket options.
Highly rec if you need a crag pack.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on September 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's pretty small for overnights so have your kit dialed. Great for alpine climbing and ski touring. Full length zip gives access immedately. Pretty light, carries loads well. Great pack for ski patrollers. Taped seams for waterproofness. The 2 alum. stays that make the frame are removeable, the slide together to make a stick clip, one end of one of the stays is notched like a nut tool.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent and durable duffel bag. Built for abuse. I use the 90,110 and 140 for organizing and travelling with gear. Large opening, robust locking zippers, multiple pockets. I use the shoulder straps to carry it and stow them away when I check the bag into the airlines. I've been using them for a few years now and have yet to put a hole in one.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

Well built glove
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Mine are 3 yrs old now and still going strong. Made with the best materials, Pittards, gore pro and swiss designed. Great dexterity and pretty warm, though not warm enough for sub zero temps.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

5 5

Great harness, the best Mammut has put out. Super light and breathable. I've been using it for everything from sport climbing, alpine climbing, ski touring and mountaineering. Even with fixed leg loops, it has great adjustability and fits well over boardshorts and a down suit. The slide-bloc buckle is fast and easy, no need to double back. Packs down small in the pack for the approach. The gear loops lay flat so you dont feel them under your pack waistbelt and are big enough to allow for climbing without a shoulder sling.

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Dave Watson wrote a review of on June 6, 2011

5 5

This headlamp has a few modes, it can be used with the 2 side LED's that create a nice pool of light, good for reading maps or cooking. In that mode there is soft and bright settings. The other mode is a super sick beam that can be used for night biking, skiing etc. The beam shines really far and is great for route finding on walls and mountains. The batteries seem to last longer than some other brands.

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