Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi

Cottonwood Canyons, Southern Utah, Wyoming

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Emerson's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Emerson's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro.


Previously from Wyoming, I came out to Salt Lake for some bigger mountains to shred. While I'm not in the mountains skiing, I'm out rock climbing and camping with some friends in the desert!

Follow my adventures and exploits at http://sushimang.dpmblogs.com/

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on June 16, 2014

Great Gym Shoe
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Just about everyone could use a shoe like this.
It's comfortable, it has a thick, durable sole, it has an EVA insert in the heel to help absorb impact, and best of all, you can throw it in the washing machine when it starts smelling funky.

Beginners can wear it comfortably for entire gym sessions, and more experienced climbers can give their $180 Futuras a little break from the rough plastic holds.

I had to go up half a size in these from my other La Sportiva shoes(Mythos, Speedster, Cobra), since there is no room for your toes to curl up in these.
I typically wear between an 8.5 and 9 street shoe, and 38.5 in my other Sportiva shoes. The 39 in these fit me perfectly.

They're not the most technical shoes. Edging is harder due to the rounded toe, and the low profile fit doesn't make the heel very secure.
The color is kind of crazy too... considering using some fabric dye to make the CMYK coloring a little more pleasing to the eye

All in all, these are a great pair shoes geared towards gym climbing. Save those expensive shoes for where it counts, on rock!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on June 7, 2014

4 5

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

These are some nice lightweight quickdraws! They're just a bit smaller than the Wild Wires, but still relatively easy to clip.
I'm sure these will be a great addition to our rack

I haven't been able to take them out yet unfortunately, so stay tuned for an actual review!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are incredibly useful while you're out car camping!
My girlfriend and I make a lot of trips down south to go rock climb, and this is perfect for the job. Once you've set up base camp, just prop the panel up so that it's directly facing the sun and leave it there for a while to charge the power pack. A full day's worth of sun easily brought our 150wh power pack to 100%.

Our panel got its first use on a cross-country trip to Georgia for a music festival. I hate feeling like a caveman after paying upwards of $300 for ticket/camping, so this year, we brought our solar power along and made everyone green with envy, although it was hard to tell since they were all sitting in the dark.
We powered a string of LED lights, 3 cellphones, and a little speaker for music for a total of 5 days without plugging anything into a wall outlet!

Great investment for those that like a little luxury while out on the road

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 31, 2014

Bright and efficient!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got one of these lights as part of a package with the Boulder 15 solar panel, and a Escape 150 generator.
The 150 generator is more than enough to power the light for several days on end, and the option to chain multiple lights together is an awesome way to light up your camp.

These lights are BRIGHT too, way brighter than I first expected! The little carabiner that holds the light slides up and down the cord, so it's easily adjusted to fit your set up.

Perfect for reading or playing card games

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We got this screen tent to take around to festivals and other car camping trips. Thankfully, we were able to put it to the test during our cross-country road trip down to a festival in Georgia.

First off, it's a breeze to setup. 4 super durable poles attach easily to each other, and then the rest just snaps into place. I did, however purchase some heavy duty stakes to anchor down the corners as the ones included seem a bit small.
We were confined to a 10x30ft area at the festival, and the medium fit just fine. We used it to sleep in, and it seems like 4 people could fit in there just fine. There's plenty enough headroom as well.

We weren't expecting much bad weather on our trip, but we got a hell of a storm during the last day of the festival. Torrential rain and howling winds for several hours put the festival on hold and had us taking shelter within the tent.
While water had come up and flooded the ground, the tent stood fast and kept us safe from the rain.

Huge mesh panels keep the air flowing, but you can close all of them up when it's time for some privacy.

Step up your glamping game by powering your base camp with some solar panels and solar powered generators too. While our festival neighbors are sitting in the dark like cavemen, we dined and partied in style using speakers and strings of LED lights powered by our Goal Zero Nomad 15 panel and Yeti 150 generator

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 25, 2014

4 5

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

I was sick of getting my hands covered in metal shavings from handling my rope.
These belay gloves are a great, in expensive solution.

The let the rope slide right through the palms of your hands without your hands ever needing to get dirty.

Sizing chart suggests I'm a medium, although typically I wear a small. Stick with your normal size as the mediums were a bit too long for my fingers.

The palms on these have a hard, synthetic fabric instead leather, which makes them a little stiffer than I like, but the job gets done regardless and I feel like they'll be super durable.

Easy to put on and take off

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

Awesome 2 burner stove
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had a little Snow Peak Litemax Ti stove for a little while, and for short trips, it's perfect. It fits in my pots, boils water fast, impresses city folk...

However a backpacking stove is not always the most practical. My girlfriend and I take lots of trips to go rock climbing, and if you want to do some serious eating, these Teton stoves are a perfect place to start.

One tank of gas lasts a fairly long time, not to mention its very cheap and easy to replace.
It burns evenly, and is very adjustable- it's just like cooking at home.

Unfortunately the only downfall to these stoves is the piezo ignition system. It doesn't really seem to work that well, but I always carry a lighter around for camping so it's no big deal.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

3 5

These are some slick looking shades.
They're light weight, and comfortable to wear around all day.

The nose pads make sure these stay on your face, even during the most radical of maneuvers.

Unfortunately, the construction quality is a little iffy.

I had to go through 3 pairs of these before I got a working pair, with the lenses in the first two being faulty(too big to put on/take off).

Finally got a pair that worked fine, and am satisfied.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

You've always looked up to your dad, especially when you were just a young lil' turd.
Well your dad loved his old school short shorts, and so should you.

These have an awesome retro look and fit, and my knees/lower thighs have never been more happy to see the sun.

I'll be happily sporting these at music festivals this year!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on April 13, 2014

4 5

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

Why would you need to spend $300 on another camera?
You've probably quit using digital cameras all together since you've gotten an iphone, so why not just turn it into a bad ass POV cam?

This Outride case comes with everything!!!
It comes with two cases. One allows for touchscreen use, while the other completely seals the phone off to protect it from snow and water. It also comes with the following attachments:
2 flat sticker mounts
2 curved sticker mounts(good for helmets)
1 tripod mount
1 board mount
1 handle bar mount(can be used on a stick)

Super happy I never bought a go pro, these Mophie cases are great!

Unfortunately the ski season is over, but I'll definitely be getting some great footage of our summer shenanigans!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on April 5, 2014

Hey Jack!
Both the Volt and Kestrel are excellent packs! The big question to ask yourself is how much gear are you bringing? There's a little difference in size, and where the Kestrel is 48L and will hold up to 35lbs comfortably, the Volt is 12L bigger, and will carry up to 50lbs comfortably!

Other than the carrying capacity, the Kestrel has a few extra features that the Volt does not have. The most significant feature that the Kestrel has over the Volt is the Airscape back panel. It will allow for better ventilation, so if you're hiking during the summer, it might be worth the extra breathability.
The Kestrel also has an integrated rain cover, for when the weather gets a little nasty.

One last thing to point out is the weight difference. The Kestral carries 48L while weighing 3lbs 5 oz. The Volt, which carries 60L weighs in at 3lbs 9oz.

Hope that helps!

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