Elliott Bates

Elliott Bates

Vendor Rep

Boulder and anywhere else that is awesome.

Elliott Bates's Passions

Running
Climbing
Skiing
Surfing

Elliott Bates's Bio

Born and raised in Boulder, CO, climber for 16 years. I currently am the Rockies rep for the outdoor/ski brands Millet, Faction Skis, and Arva. I post reviews based on my personal experiences with the products.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The Millet Alpine LTK 900 is named not '900' for the fill weight, but rather, the overall weight of the bag: 900g. That's just about 2lbs for a bag that has a limit rating of 25f, comfort at 35f. Super light for the amount of warmth you are getting.

The 700-fill down is nano-polymer treated so it's water-resistant, and won't collapse and lose warmth under morning dew. 30% of the bag is made up of a hydrophobic synthetic material, which helps gives the bag structure and further boosts the water resistance.

Super soft nylon liner makes it feel like Egyptian cotton sheets, and nice features like the full draft tube and glow in the dark draw cords.

The "Jet Pack" system is neat, and negates the need for a compression sack. The compression sack for this bag is built into the hood and the bag just rolls into it. Saves weight and bulk, and rolls up and packs away in under a minute.

Overall it's a killer bag at a great price.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on April 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Super lightweight, ripstop jacket that is designed by the Compagnie de Guides de Chamonix (Cham Mtn Guides). You can tell it's built for the alpine as it doesn't have hand pockets, as these wouldn't be accessible while wearing a harness or pack. The lack of them gives a better fit and makes it lighter (since no zips or extra material). The other important detail I would note are the drains from the oversized chest pockets. These are the little triangles on the bottom of the chest pockets, they have a tiny opening into the pocket to allow water to drain out. So if you throw your wet skins, extra gloves, etc, in there, snow will melt from your body heat and drain out... Pretty clever. And of course the inner fabric of the chest pockets is gore pro, so you'll stay dry using that feature. Extra panel in underarm allows freedom of movement when you are swinging an ice-axe. Climbing helmet compatible hood with wire brim. Metal grommets. Built to last for years wether you are using it in the Chamonix valley, or the Colorado Alpine. Compare to similar Gore pro jackets from Arc, Mammut, or Patagooch, and you actually save money, AND the Millet jacket is made in Europe where the others are Asian-made.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on April 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Just got this last week and I haven't taken it off. SO comfy, fit is great ( I am 6'2" 175 and wear an XL), and I can tell will be a perfect climbing piece for cool/cold weather. Grid finish on the inside makes it breatheable, nice scuba-style hood that'll fit under a climbing or ski helmet. Ok, gonna go buy the other color now.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

The Laundromat Phoenix Sweater is the best apres-ski sweater one can wear. Sipping Bourbon, or white russians by the fire, no doubt with an attractive woman by your side, you'll feel sophisticated and even more handsome than you already are when you wear it. It's very warm and cozy, is softer on the inside than the arse of a bebe, and has a warm thick wool outer, with the most righteous bird knitting. I think this thing takes an entire sheep's worth of wool to make, it's that warm. A statement sweater that'll turn heads and make you feel as tranquilo as The Dude Himself.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bomber, light, stretchy, full-featured, European made and cheaper than the competition (mammut and Arc'teryx), because we own the factories in Hungary. Super high attention to detail, nice features like drains from the skin pockets, and 3-layer, 2-way stretch Gore that moves with you as you climb, ski, hike with skis on your pack, etc. I freakin love this piece and have used it on many a deep day, like the photo shown above.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have an older version of this jacket that I've used for super cold winter days, and ice climbing. I've been impressed with it's water-proofness, not only on the face fabric, which has a membrane bonded to it to be truly waterproof, but also on the down itself. Millet uses a nano-polymer spray on the down to make it fully hydrophobic. As a result, the down actually floats on top of water, and cannot get wet. I've washed this jacket a couple times and it comes out of the washer as lofty as it went in... Crazy. There are nice additional features like a light fleece in the pocket for extra warmth and coziness, a chin guard, 2-way zips so it's a great belay jacket, a helmet compatible hood, and long-lasting "puller garages", so your hood adjustment cords don't flap around in the wind. Also has an insulated chest-pocket so your phone won't freeze. This is a bomber jacket that comes in at a killer price for all the down and features you get. Buy an XL if you normally wear an L from US Brands.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Candide 1.0 is a poplar and ash, symmetrical park ski that checks in at 90 underfoot, with 5mm camber and some rocker at the tip and tail. It's built with 2.5mm edges for extra durability to withstand as many rails as you can. Peep the video below with team riders tearing up Breck, many of them (including the designer of the ski, Candide Thovex) riding the 1.0.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The Candide 2.0 is a symmetrical, 102mm at the waist, all-mountain/park ski that is super fun and playful. Poplar and ash in the core, with sandwich construction and a PTEX4000 base. Designed by Candide Thovex himself, made in Europe, and Adams ski of choice for buttering around in the park. Check the video, this is last year's model in white.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs

The Millet Crystal Mtn Gtx jacket has a Gore "Sapporo Softshell" fabric that is soft and quiet to the touch, and highly waterproof and breathable. The inner fabric has a light brushed taffeta which is soft and gives a slight warmth contribution to what is otherwise a shell jacket. So it's a warm, breathable shell. The fabric is burly so you can shred trees without fear of ripping or snags. Longer cut, so it'll protect the bum on the chairlift, with a nice stretch powder skirt, interior pockets, a helmet compatible hood, and lycra cuffs. This jacket is for the ladies who like to hike for their turns and have a burly, breathable shell with a femme cut. I ski in the mens version and love it. Ladies sizing is true to size.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 19, 2015

Durable, light, supple
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Honest calculation on how many times I've fallen on this rope. One of the falls was an especially memorable one as a quickdraw snapped on me, the draw below that one I had skipped, and I ended up taking a 40-50 footer... If you're wondering why the draw snapped, it was because the long sling twisted and the nose of the biner torqued against the rock. I was fine though. Watch yourselves out there.

4 weekends in Rifle, 2 days of climbing per weekend, 2-3 burns a day on proj, 1-2 falls per burn (average). Equals: 30ish falls of at least 15 feet.

6 days on project in Boulder, 2-3 burns a day, 2-3 falls per burn, 30+ falls of at least 15 feet.

So around 60 lead whips on this rope and I have yet to chop it. It's durable and light and I dig the triaxiale technology. It works. Photo is from the Boulder project using the liquid hot magma rope

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is a 2-way stretch GORE jacket with primaloft insulation. The Gore helios fabric is soft and quiet (not crunchy feeling or sounding), and it's very waterproof and breathable. I was most impressed with how light this jacket is for being full Gore that is insulated. Feels amazing on thanks to the super soft nylon inner and the stretchy face-fabric that moves easily as you shred. European-made, super high quality. Nice additional features like an offset main zip so it doesn't irritate the chin, and a gusset at the collar to give you more room to tuck in your face on the chairlift on cold days, or dump some heat on warm ones. Longer cut, with a stretch powder-skirt and 2-way zip. A great price for a fully-featured ski jacket with an incredible fabric.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs

The Millet Hybrid Wool Langtang is a best-selling FW15 piece thanks to it's unique, functional fabric blends. The core and back of the jacket has 700-fill waterproof down that is light, warm, and compressible. The arms are a windproof, breathable softshell fabric that is DWR treated to be water-resistant, and the inside of this softshell is lined with a light wool. So you get lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking sleeves with a warm, waterproof-insulation in the core. Perfect as an outler layer on cooler days, or as a ski midlayer below a shell. Last, Millet bring a French styling to the Langtang with chevron baffles that are form-fitting and flattering. I have tested the mens version quite a bit and was impressed with it's ability to breathe during high-output activities, and with how warm it was as a cool-weather coat. Ladies sizing is true to US sizes, so if you are typically a ladies small in US brands, you would wear the same size in this jacket.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on November 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I've been wearing this jacket under my harness for cold-weather climbing, and belaying between burns and absolutely love it. Perfectly designed for climbing, the polartec powerwool skirt sits flush under the harness, and you can still access the hand pockets with a pack or harness on. The scuba-style hood sits comfortably under a ski or climbing helmet, and it's a toasty jacket for how light it is. Millet does a solid job with blending insulations and fabrics, and this piece exemplifies excellent hybrid-construction. Polartec powerwool is a new fabric, that has a wool outer layer to resist wet weather, abrasion and wind, with a synthetic inner layer for softness and moisture wicking. On the underarms of this jacket you get powerwool, so it resists snags and rips if you are climbing with it, and the upper side of the arms and the core has primaloft insulation for lightweight warmth. A best-selling piece for FW15, Millet nailed it with the dual advanced. I'm 6'2" 175, and wear an XL. Makes for a good, alpine fit that has room to move without being bulky.

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