Grant

Grant

Idaho and Utah

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Grant's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Grant's Bio

I have spent most of my time around Boise, Idaho. My family wasn't much more then car campers so I have had to teach myself most of what I know concerning the outdoors. This has lead to some rather unfortunate decisions but I'm still alive.

I usually try to climb one bigger peak in the lower 48 each year. Hopefully some climbs a little further abroad will be coming down the pipe.

I just graduated with a degree in Accounting/Finance and a minor in economics. I admit this isn't a field pact full of excitement so that is why I am trying to find the coolest place possible to work at. That's what brought me to Backcountry.com. I split my time between the accounting department and customer service.

Just moved to Park City from Boise. Hopefully lots of riding, climbing, running, and Biking.

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Grant wrote a review of on December 8, 2009

5 5

This is my primary peace of footwear job or snow allowing. Mine have the Vibram sole on them. I'm going to be pretty bummed when they finally wear out. I'm all for green but is that really the primary reason Wolverine - oops - I mean Chaco gave up on Vibram for the flips?

I've sold the flips since the EcoTread conversion and the buyout by Wolverine and they do seem to be fairing better then the Z series.

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Grant wrote a review of on December 8, 2009

5 5

I don't exactly know how it happened. I didn't wear socks for a long time and then it was a mild winter so I didn't see the point in wearing socks then either. Then it dawned on me I hadn't worn socks in over a year. Well I couldn't easily break the traditions so now I'm going on my third year without socks.

Over those years the Keen Newport has been the footwear of choice when I needed something with a little more protection. This has often meant it is the shoe I wear in the snow. The quality is good, it dries fast and the foot bed is much better quality then most water shoes.

Remember when sizing any Keen water shoe that you want your toe to come to the line in the rubber (arch of course comes first).

I just went on a quarter mile walk in 6in of snow in these... I may have to buy some socks.

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Grant wrote a review of on December 8, 2009

1 5

I do have some trouble with circulation so my hands tend to get extra cold. Of you have better circulation than me perhaps these could be great for you. For some reason I have had 2 pairs of these, luckily they are all lost now or I might be tempted to try them again. I would rather not wear gloves then use these, because then at least my fingers can derive a little warmth from each other. If I made a top 10 list of when my hands have been coldest every time I have warn these gloves would probably be on the list. On one trip I switched to a pair of fleece liners and hour into the climb and was much happier.

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Grant wrote a review of on December 8, 2009

3 5

I've had my z2 for three years now. I where them year around. I can do an 8 hour shift on on concrete no problem, or hike 20 miles in them with a pack. I fear mine are rather different then the new ones. They are the old formulation of the mid-sole with the Colorado sole and one of the last to be made in Colorado. I just need to find the time to shorten the strap by about an inch.

I have sold Chaco's for awhile now. Main thing people should know is to fit the arch not the toe. The Z series is designed to extra room at the toe so you don't stub your toe. So many customers wanted there toes to come right to the end. If that's what it takes to get the arch to fit then fine, but most of the time people just couldn't understand the concept it seemed.

We were all sad to hear of the Chaco being bought out by Wolverine International (same company that owns Merell). To be fair I felt the quality of Chaco started declining before the buyout when they reformulated to mid-sole (to make them lighter...) and moved production to China all on there lonesome. Since the buyout it seems to have gotten worse. I have seen many Chaco's come back with rather egregious quality control issues. The sole separating like on mine I understood, a bad batch of glue can do that. But I have seen the nylon heal straps rip within a couple of week and mid soles tare in half. The only time I used to see this was when a dog got to someones Chacos. It is truly depressing to see this happen to Chaco. I'm happy the founders made out with a lot of money, but sad to see this awesome brand go down hill. Hopefully Wolvarine wakes up and fixes this stuff.

One a side note I was perusing jobs in the outdoor industry a few months back and came buy a PR position for Chaco/Merell on Wolverines site. I'm guessing your primary job if making sure as few people as possible realize that Chaco is associated with Wolverine and Merell. My Chacos get 5 stars the newer ones not so much.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

I love it, and everyone who goes on walks with me loves it
5 5

I can't remember when I got this headlamp. Probably 4-5 years ago when I started peak bagging. It has been with me on every major peak I have done including Gannett, Rainier, Hood, and Shasta. The one draw back of this light is I always get placed in the back of the group because when this little guy is on no one else needs to use a light. It can light up the whole side of a mountain. On almost every trip a stranger has commented on how bright it is and said they were going to get one.I have also used it in some spelunking and it has performed beautifully.The only real problem I have had is the ring that keeps it waterproof has a habit of coming out when you replace the batteries so you have to somewhat tediously put it back in place. While it has never been and issue this would be no bueno with freezing hands.Always use lithium batteries if you are going to be using this in the cold. It will prolong the battery life.It fits on the Petzl Ecrin Roc Climbing Helmet nicely.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

I have been using this goggle with my Smith Variant Helmet for about two seasons now. All around I have liked these goggles. The fan is so quiet that I forget to turn it off sometimes so I have a dead battery the next day I go out.

I can't say that these goggles are impossible to fog. I have done it on a number of occasions. Usually a couple spots here and there. I contacted Smith warranty about this and they told me to put them under a blow dryer after every use. I was a little peeved by this answer as I expect better from these goggles. All around it's never kept me from riding.

Another issue I have had with the goggles is when the wind is really blowing (40-50mph winds) I have had snow come through the fan port and hit me in the eye. It wasn't a huge problem it was just a little annoying.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

Use this helmet with the Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Goggle for two seasons now. One of the best feeling in the world is after that hard fall on ice and your head slams against the ground and you just lie there for a second repeating over and over again how much you love your helmet.

I have worn this helmet in temps ranging from -20F to 45F and been comfortable.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

I have had a pair of these boots for a few years now. I needed a waterproof boot for Hood so I grabbed a pair of these from a garage sale. I have many freinds and acquaintances who us this boot. They do everything from mountaineering to snowshoe in them. It is probably my favorite mid-weight boot.

These are a mid-weight hiking boot. They are not a full on back packing boot and they are not a light hiker. They are designed to fill that niche in between. It not meant to be used if you are bounding out mile after mile with an 75lb pack and it will probably be overkill if you are just doing day hikes.

They put a pinch in the lace fastener after the last eyelet so you can get different tensions on the upper and lower parts of the boot. A very cool feature.

Remember when it comes to blisters and boots. Boots are made on different lasts and all our feet are different. Asolo may just not be the right last for you. One person the boot fits great another the boot will not. Just keep this in mind when trying on boots.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

O was traveling the world and found a pile of hats and I absconded with this one. My roommate really wants it but it's mine ALL MINE!

As is obvious from the pic this is a deep hat. It's a loose weave so the wind will go through it. It's more of a style hat then a tech hat but it will get you through the fun times to be had during the winter.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

I've had my pair of Caribous for around 6 years. My father has had his for something like 30. They are a big warm boot. Great for all around winter use. Keep in mind they are not the most technical boot out there. I wouldn't recommend snowshoeing in them as they are just too sloppy. Same thing goes if you need a boot for really long hikes. It's just not what these boots were designed to do. They keep me warm and comfortable when I'm having fun in the snow and that is all I can really ask.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

Had this pack for about 5 years now. Taken me up a few big hills and many a hike. It's very comfortable, doesn't get too hot, and carries 40-50 pounds well. It did develop an odd squeak the second season I had it, but that went away about 2 years ago.

A buckle broke on it about 3 years ago. I took a picture of it and emailed it to osprey. They overnighted me a new buckle no questions asked.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

The bottom line is the price is right. If you're just getting started this is a great harness that will last you years, and after you decided to upgrade keep it around so you can take freinds out. It isn't the most comfortable harness but it is not meant to be. If you are spending hours on a wall then you already know that this is not the harness for you.

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Grant wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

This seems to have been the go to light weight rain jacket for a long time now. I've had mine around 10 years now. It must have been huge when I first got it. It's been a great emergency rain jacket on all my mild season trips.

I see some pretty bad reviews for this jacket. Maybe there was a quality change but I doubt it baring a few people who got a defective product (backcountry has a 100% satisfaction guarantee for a reason). I have a hunch people are not grasping what this jacket is designed to be. It is a light weight rain jacket. Key term there being "light weight."There is a reason why there are Gore-Tex pro shell jackets that sell for $600 dollars. This jacket is designed to keep you dry until you get to shelter. You are at a soccer game, it rains, you put the jacket on, the game ends, and you go to your car. You are hiking, it starts to sleet, you find a site, and you pitch a tent. The description is exactly right. It is a "just-in-case shell." Of course you are going to wear out the laminate if you wear it with a pack. Of course it's not going to breath fantastically so it is going to get clammy. This is often time what is happening when people think the jacket it leaking.

If you boys want a jacket that will perform like an Alpha SV then you're just going to have to pony up the 600 bucks for an Alpha SV and stop expecting a $100 light weight rain jacket to perform miracles.

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