Elliott Bates

Elliott Bates

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Elliott Bates's Passions

Trad Climbing
Trail Running
Mountaineering
Bouldering

Elliott Bates's Bio

I was born and raised in Boulder, CO and still reside there. I've been a climber since I was 13, and have shaped my life around the sport and lifestyle. I currently am a rep for the kickass outdoor brands Millet and Eider, representing the Northwest and Rockies Territories.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on January 16, 2014

Love them
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Started skiing the Candide 3.0's this season and they are fantastic. I noticed the lightness immediately as compared to my previous skis from a bigger brand. So much easier to rip and I love how they are constructed with lightweight balsa wood yet have flax stringers to give solid dampening. I skied them at Silverton a few weeks ago and they excelled in the pow on the upper mountain due to the flat camber. When it got crusty or hardpacked, they were easy to turn due to the lightness and held the edge well as there is some noticeable sidecut and the tail rocker gives you easier release/initiation on turns. As compared to my heavier skis I noticed no difference in chattering on groomers or hardpack.

Bottom line- super light, yet really solid feel. So playful and easy to rip. Extremely well designed and built. Love the fact that they are designed by Candide himself and made in Europe by hand.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Neoshell is beyond breathable, it's air permeable. What that means is that the jacket allows a small amount of air between the face fabric and the membrane (the middle layer of a jacket), which helps suck out any excess water vapor. However, air is not allowed between the membrane and interior lining fabric (what touches your skin), so Neoshell is still classified as windproof, as well as waterproof.

Neoshell can breathe 2L of water, per square meter of fabric, per MINUTE. If you can sweat that much there is something seriously wrong with your physiology. Bottom line- you'll NEVER have a jacket that gets clammy when you're going hard in the backcountry.

Millet does an awesome job blending this stellar fabric with an excellent French cut, skin pockets, reflective logo, adjustable hood, cuff and hem, and classy styling.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

5 5

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

I've skied in the jacket and pant combo for the past 2 seasons now, and simply put, I love the kit. The jacket is really supple and stretchy, and thanks to the GORE fabric it's super breathable. I like the shell construction with a light brushed fleece on the inside, so you get a bit of warmth while keeping it light. My favorite thing about this jacket is how burly it is. I like skiing tight trees, and I've definitely hammered the Gakona on many a gladed slope. Not a single tear or snag. Last thing, I think it's cool that Millet makes their GORE in their own factories in Europe- it shows in the taping details (super-high end), and in the fit. I only wish I had the latest color!

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I used the suit for the first time at Silverton Mountain. It was a deep day but rough conditions (cold and blowing). Did a bunch of hiking that day (as really any day at Silverton involves lots of uphill), and the suit was great. Breathed really well on the long (~45 minute) slogs, stretched nicely for both hiking and skiing, and when the weather turned to crap, it kept me warm. There were a couple hours when the sun was out, and I wanted to use the "roll up" system, and I did find it a bit difficult to get into and out of the torso of the suit, and it wasn't all that easy to create a clean roll around my waist. But once I did, it made for smooth sailing. The Gore fabric was burly, and I loved the freedom of movement and simplicity of the suit. Overall, a killer piece!

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a freakin TOASTY jacket. Super stuffed with 700-fill down, a large, helmet compatible and removable hood, and stretch stitching. It moves really well with your body as you move, feels incredibly light, and has nice finishes like a soft, stretch cuff at the wrist, so it'll be snug over your bare wrists, or well fitting over gloves. Standing in the cold belaying? This is the perfect jacket for you then... And yes, it has the 2 way zips as well.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

The Millet Down Alpine Jacket is my go-to down piece. It is buttery smooth to the touch and is super warm. Millet uses a really high quality down fill here- 700, but also 95% "puff" of down, and only 5% quill. This is the highest quality down ratio on the market. Ever had a down jacket where the feathers are sticking out like little spikes? Yeah, that's likely because that jacket had a low quality down ratio, like 80/20, or 70/30...

So 95/5 700 fill duck down gives you crazy warmth, lightness, and no feathers poking through your jacket. Last thing on the Down Alpine: $279 is a steal for a jacket with that quality of down, and a pertex quantum face fabric.

Don;t just take my word for it though... Check out Millet athlete, Matty Hong, Staying warm with the Down Alpine before sending "Cage Free Assis" V13.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

This jacket was developed by the French High Mountain Military group for their expedition of crossing the Darwin Cordillera in 2011. This was the first successful crossing of the Darwin despite many attempts. The jacket is Gore Windstopper Endurance (windproof, weatherproof) face fabric, combined with overlapping baffles of primaloft. That means no cold spots, and a super warm piece no matter what nature throws at you. Check out the video (unfortunately all in French), but it gives you an idea of just how awful the weather was!

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Designed specifically for high-output, this jacket will breathe like crazy when you're skinning up the hill and leaving your sweaty comrades in the dust. You'll stay dry from the inside and out, thanks to Polartec Neoshell, the most breathable fabric on the market. When you get to the top and it starts nuking, the 10k waterproof-ness and DWR finish won't let any moisture in. Then you toss your skins in the perfectly-designed skin pockets, complete with drains. It's a sharp-looking piece as well, complete with reflective logo and taping so you can be seen during alpine starts. And it only weighs .99lbs. Check the video for complete specs on the new Millet ski touring line.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on September 2, 2013

5 5

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

I've been approaching in the Rock Hoppers for a few months now, and most recently used them on the Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton. The shoes were super comfy for the 8-mile slog in, and they were absolutely perfect for the 5.5 ridge climbing on the Upper Exum. The stiffer rubber at the toe, coupled with the reinforced toe-box makes them great for climbing/scrambling and gives em solid durability. The midsole is just the right stiffness for roll and flex on trails, while the padded upper makes them super comfy. Plus I think they just look awesome. Enjoy!

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

Love the Battle pants
5 5

I just used these pants for the first time on a 4 day creek trip. They are super comfy while also being burly. They held up really well on the multiple pitches of grinding against the rock, thanks to the armored canvas fabric. They climb super well due to the 4-way stretch panels in the crotch and knees. I was surprised by how light they were even with a burly face fabric, and the drawcord makes for an easily adjusted fit.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These Millet pants are the shizz. Millet was the first company (and still on of the only) to carry this fabric- a GORE Windstopper Xfast stretch 3L. What's all that mean? A super-stretchy, windproof layer that is very abrasion resistant. I climb in the W3 WDS pants (same exact fabric as the Oregon), and I've even been slammin' kneebars with em. I 've been very impressed by how there are no snags/scratches/ pilling on the pants after rubbing them against rock, and hiking through trees on the way to the crag. They are pricey- but you'll have em forever.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

Don't leave home without it
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

How do I start on this watch? I've had mine for probably 3 years now, and wear it all the time. It's bomb-proof, although I do wish the glass was a bit more scratch-resistant. Maybe the new version is? I've done an expedition to the top of Aconcagua with this thing, and it's altimeter was accurate down to a few feet. I love the large display, that makes it easy to see your stats when running. It's super easy to use, and the buttons seem are still kickin' strong. I have the brown-leather one, so it's a classy looking piece, and I get mad compliments on it, like "hey, that's a sweet watch!". Word. In a nutshell- a bomber watch that just keeps ticking.

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Elliott Bates wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Millet Wall 32 is so simple, yet so well done. Openings down the entire back make for uber-easy access. Little features like daisy chain loops on the outside add some tech. It's light, and made from recycled industrial materials. And the cordura-style fabric on the bottom and sides add a burl factor to ensure it lasts a lifetime. All this for $35?! Why wouldn't you own one?

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