Grant Kates

Grant Kates

Wasatch Range, UT | City of Rocks, ID | Lake Tahoe, CA

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Grant's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Grant's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gear Gurus are the fount of knowledge that Gearheads routinely tap when the questions get tough and the resources scarce. We are a small but passionate team of experts tasked with doing the research in order to get you the information you need to make the right decisions about your gear. Whether we are getting in touch with the factory that made your skis, counting those essential grams, or making sure everything will work how it is supposed to, the Gear Guru’s leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your next adventure. Follow our adventures and exploits as they unfold.

I was raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Salt Lake City, UT when I was 21. I love to be outdoors - whatever that entails. From backcountry skiing to rock climbing and camping. Any excuse to get out there and be active. I enjoy learning new things and activities. Challenging the mind and body is something that I strive for everyday.

"Fear of the unknown, is the greatest fear of all."
-Yvon Chouinard

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Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote an answer about on July 5, 2014

Hey alo4695499,

At this time we do not have any plans to replenish our inventory in the Vice Ski. I would check back around August or September when the new winter '15 inventory comes in.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote a review of on July 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After demoing these headphones in the office I am a big fan of SOL Republic and their products. The technology involved and price point you get it all for is amazing. Why would you spend double for the brand name in Dre Beats or even Bose when SOL Republic has brought these to the market? The Master Tracks are the most comfortable over the ear headphones I have ever worn in my life. The sound quality is terrific as well. Booming bass and clear, crisp mids creating the best sound no matter what type of music genre you are into. Even tested out the headband to make sure it in fact was as 'indestructable' as Sol Republic claims. It passed the test. I plan on buying these in the future before I hop on a plane for some vacation time in Hawaii. The noise cancelling performance of these headphones will help me battle the blaring sound of the plane engine as well as those crying babies you always seem to sit close to. :-]

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