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Elliott Bates

Elliott Bates

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 22, 2015

5 5

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

This bag has a really cool roll-up system where you basically fold and roll it up like a burrito, and it packs down very small. Lofty and high quality 700-fill down, it only weighs 1 lb, 5oz. Great price and weight for this level of warmth. Fully featured with draft tube and shoulder tube, along with an ergonomic foot zone for more comfort. A great bag for those who want to go lightweight and save space, and want a bag that'll last for many seasons.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

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

Crazy light and extremely packable, the Millet LTK Stunner Stretch jacket is a perfect mtn running jacket for days when you need something to keep the wind and water off you in case of an afternoon thunderstorm. It packs down to a size smaller than your first, weighs about 9 ounces, and is totally windproof and DWR-treated water resistant. Really a sweet, super functional jacket for the fast and light minded.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Prolighter series of packs are the official packs of the Chamonix mountain guides... What does that mean? Well, they are designed and used by every Cham guide... Which says a a lot, as Cham is the ultimate climbing/alpinism/ski playground.

The prolighter packs are built with a flexible back panel, designed to move with the climber, creating "one unit" between the climber and the pack. A perfect alpine pack as it's sleek, with no frills. Just light, well-priced, and versatile, in that it has ski-carry straps, gear loops (perfect for the following climber on a multi-pitch route), full strength haul loops, and a designated ice-axe carry system.

Bottom line: Impressively lightweight, yet durable thanks to the ripstop fabric. Great price, and versatile for many different mountain pursuits.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

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

Consider this piece to be Millet's version of the Patagonia R1, but with some functional updates that make it more useful for climbing... And it's less expensive than the patagooch. First, the use of Pontetorto technostretch fleece. This is a super stretchy, non-pilling, gridded fabric, that will wick away moisture, stretch like crazy, and not wear out and pill-up like other fabrics. The addition of flat-lock stitching makes it super comfy against the skin. The fleece is longer cut to sit comfortably underneath a harness, and has a very abrasion- resistant fabric (called armored canvas) along the hips and forearms, specifically to hold up against high-rub from harnesses and grinding against the rock as you climb. Looks great as a casual jacket as well, and I cannot say enough about how comfy this thing is! Size up from US brands sizing (so if you are normally a M, order a L)

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

The latest generation of hiking shoes, ideal for the long-term walking in the mountains, hiking in the alpine highlands and rapidly changing areas. The special design of this shoe provides dynamic foot movement, shock absorption, comfort and the best protection. Synthetic Multi-carbon-fiber outer shell ensures the free movement of feet in all directions, as well as provide excellent ankle protection, and these shoes are very comfortable.

GoreTex used membrane makes boots waterproof and breathable while still maintaining excellent properties. If you need easy, durable and comfortable boots , the Switch GTX's are for you.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 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 really cool piece that is extremely lightweight and packable, while being warm and windproof. 700-fill 90/10 duck down is very compressible, and it stuffs into it's own hand pocket, so it makes for a great packable layer. Windproof stretch sleeves keep the weight down and ensure that it's not too warm for a summer jacket. I like the same fabric in the hood as well, as it's windproof and fits nicely under a belay helmet. I use this as a belay jacket for multi-pitch routes and it's perfect for that use, and I'm sure it'll be a great ski mid-layer when winter is back. Size up from your normal US size and it'll fit great.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

The Go-To Cord When it's Time To Send
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light and long-lasting. Supple and easy to clip. Takes the big whips repeatedly and keeps going. The TRX refers to the Triaxiale system of Millet ropes, which is a braided core. For more info on this, check my review on the silver 9.8mm TRX Millet rope.

The absolute TRX 9mm is my go-to cord when the send is on the line. The anti-friction treatment makes it supple and it easily slides through any device, while the anti-twist packaging prevents kinking once the rope is in use. The above two features combined makes for a really easy rope to belay with, lessening any chances of short-rope hosings.

Long-lasting and light, you can't go wrong here for a performance sport rope.

Photo: Simply Read, 13d, with the absolute 9

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Perfect gym pack or light approach pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When you've got a project that is an hour long hike away, stashing equipment is nice. No need to slog a rope, draws, duck tape, etc. every time. But you need to carry some stuff of course, like shoes, harness, chalk bag, food, etc. A big pack is overkill and too heavy. A running pack is too small. Enter the Millet Rockland pack. Nice and light, 38 liters, so big enough to carry everything you need for the day, and if you are keen to carry a rope, is has rope straps on the outside. Nice draw loops on the inside to help organization, and it comes with a full-size rope tarp. Rad! All the pockets and features you need for a gym/light approach pack, nothing you don't. comfy and sleek. Great price. Nice how it opens completely around to lay out fully flat.

Not a great photo of the pack here, but shows what I'm talking about. Just another day on the proj, leaving my rope and draws at the cliff but taking my shoes and harness down for gym sesh's during the week.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Great climbing and ski pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this pack for 4 years now and it's still going strong. A burly fabric gives you durability without too much weight. Great features such as the external crampon pocket, with even more fabric reinforcement to resist snags in the pocket. I'm not much of an ice climber so I use this pocket for trash at the end of the day, or a big water bottle, or a jacket that I have to take off mid-way up or down the trail.

Favorite feature though is the full U-shaped opening, which allows you to completely access the main compartment and fold it open, almost like a rope bag. Quick and easy access that is well-done since the zippers for the U-shape opening are burly. No problems with these after many seasons.

Comfy hip belt, thumb holding loops (is Millet the only company that has finally solved this issue??), and a "free-flex back" system; the shoulders straps are allowed to pivot so that the pack stays centered on your pack when you are scrambling/climbing/mtneering.

It also has reinforced ski carry straps for a frame carry, so makes for a killer ski/ ski mtneering pack. Last, and like most millet packs, has a designated Ice-axe carry system that is designed to fit around the crampons.

Also nice how the pack extends 10L in case you need more space. Overall, just an awesome pack at a very reasonable price.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Supple and SUPER durable
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Millet is the only company out there that is braiding their ropes at the moment. This means that the core stands are internally braided together, which essentially places each core strand more precisely while creating a tighter pack of the core. I liken it to doing a really good job packing your car for a road trip vs a poor job. When you pack it well and tight, everything is snug and doesn't jostle around, no friction created. When you just throw Sh*t in your car and drive, stuff moves around, falls, breaks, etc. This is like the inside of a rope. With a braided core, everything is very tightly packed. Friction is lessened under normal usage, thus the core fibers are not degraded as fast, thus the rope lasts longer! This, coupled with the anti-friction treatment gives you a burly, supple rope that slides like butter through a device. One last cool thing about Millet ropes is their ability to resist kinking, since the ropes are packaged "flaked" (called the "anti-twist pack"). As such, before they are unpackaged and used, they are not being held in an abnormal way compared to how they lay on a rope bag. There are no strange kinks... It's a simple concept that really works.

Photo shown is from the "boulder problem" pitch of the Freerider on El Cap. Definitely took some whips here...

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I have used this shoe for approaching as well as big walls, and am a huge fan. The extra toe cap of rubber makes them great for aid climbing as the rubber won't peel back, and there are wide strips of rubber around the rand and heel for added burl. Solid, sticky vibram outsole with a bit denser rubber in the toe for scrambling. Great foot wrap throughout the shoe and I like the carbon heel for added stiffness and stability there. Overall, great shoe at a very reasonable price.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Durable, comfy after breaking in.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I bought these as winter approach shoes for hiking through snow on the way to a crag this winter. The Gore membrane is nice for tromping through snow and shallow streams, my feet stay dry. The shoe is more solid than it is light-weight, but again, I got this for approaching and scrambling, not running. The climbing zone rubber in the outsole of the toe is a bit denser than the rest of the outsole, which adds durability and makes for easy hiking and scrambling on slabs. The shoe was a bit stiff at first, but broke in after 4 or so hikes, now they roll easy and are very comfy. If you are going for a summer hiking shoe in dry zones I'd go for the non-Gore version as the Gore can make them a bit hot, but not so bad they I won't take them out in the summer. Overall, I'm a big fan and have been impressed with the durability of the upper and the outsole.
Picture shown is after about 8 months and maybe 60 days out in these. Still going strong and no blowouts. True to size, I'm an 11 in most shoes, same with these.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 19, 2015

5 5

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

10k/10k waterproof breathable for $149, weighing in at only 14oz. Clean styling, nice fit (order a size larger than you would for any US brand), very packable. Ripstop face fabric will keep it lasting for years.

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Elliott Batesposted an image about on May 4, 2015

Rock and Ice Review

R&I review of the opposite rope:

http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news/millet-opposite-trx-9-10-review

Millet Opposite TRX 9/10| $299 | milletusa.com ????
This 80-meter cord is broken into two sections of different diameters: 30 meters are 10mm and 50 meters are 9mm. In theory, this allows a chintzy sport climber like me to weasel two ropes out of one. Work your project?take lots of falls, lower repeatedly?with the thicker side of the rope, while saving the thin side for sending. In practice, the theory proves true. Flipping to the 9mm side allows you an instant advantage since the rope is lighter and glides more easily through the gear. With pitches getting longer, having a light rope for redpointing is becoming more important and this is a light, versatile rope with a nice supple hand. The change in diameter is hardly noticeable as it passes through the device. It?s a dry-treated (hydrophobic) rope, but unlike some brands, the rope?s sheath isn?t so slick that it becomes difficult to control with a Grigri when the rope gets thin.

The Triaxiale technology includes a beefier sheath (in contrast to a thinner sheath sometimes used to create smaller-diameter ropes), a stabilized diameter that Millet says won?t fatten up over time and a unique braided core. Millet divides the core into several braids instead of just one and claims that this Triaxiale Technology adds extra safety.

Subjectively, the eight-fall Opposite handles well, snakes smoothly through biners and delivers a nice, soft catch (maximum impact force of 8.2 kN). At 63 grams per meter, it weighs about the same as a 9.8mm.

One thing I really like about Millet ropes is the anti-twist packaging. Unlike many ropes, which seem to maddeningly twist and knot in snarls that could best even Alexander, the Opposite is packaged so that it is easy to uncoil and put to use.

ABOUT THE RATING I gave the Opposite 4 stars because it?s a unique product that works. The dual diameter effectively provides two ropes in one. It?s a little heavy, but that weight comes from a beefier sheath. It?s also affordable.

? Unique dual diameter rope optimizes both working and redpointing.
? 63 grams per meter.
? Holds eight CE test falls and has a maximum impact force of 8.2 kN.
? Unique braided core could provide extra security in a cut-rope situation.
? Dry rope.
? Elongation: 38 percent.
? Anti-twist packaging.

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

Great concept and perfectly exectuted
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a sport climber, you want a rope that can take a beating along with you during the (hopefully short) working phase of projecting. Falls, taking, failure.... The rope needs to be a workhorse and handle all the abuse. However when it comes time to try and send, you want a light, supple rope that is easier to clip and lighter, yet can still handle big whips. So what do you do, have two ropes for one route? Yes, or just have one rope with two diameters.

The Millet Opposite Triaxiale rope nails it. 50m of 9mm, and 30m of 10mm rope, infused together. An 80m rope that does everything. When you're working the proj, tie into the 10mm side. You have 30m of rope to abuse. When it's time for big links or the send, tie into the 9mm side and give er. The transition from 10mm to 9mm is hardly noticeable, and runs smoothly through an ATC or GriGri without issue. Having more 9mm rope than 10mm keeps the entire rope lighter, and gives you more room to work with a lighter 9mm rope for long pitches where a skinny rope is preferable.

I've used this rope since it first came out and love the execution of the dual-diameter concept. You have two-full length ropes woven into one.

Furthermore, Millet is the only company that is using the braided core concept, which more-precisely places each core strand, for less internal slippage of the core (less rubbing and friction of core strands), thereby increasing the ropes lifespan. This is the

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Elliott Bateswrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Candide Thovex designs the 1.0, and the core haas been updated on this ski to a Poplar (medium-weight softwood that is damp and vibration absorbing) and Ash (heavier hardwood that increases stiffness, responsiveness, and provides a solid base for binding screws) for the optimal balance of lightness and durability. We also sandwich the wood-core with Carbon reinforcement, and use 2.5mm edges for increased durability on rails. Bottom line, a bomber ski that'll handle all-season park charging, while providing the lightness and pop that it takes to crush the big airs and super pipe. The balsa and flax core that is available now is even lighter, but a bit less durable (although there is still carbon and 2.5mm edges).

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