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Grant Kates

Grant Kates

Gearhead

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

Grant Kates's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Grant Kates's Bio

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 - my main pursuit is photography.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I bought these as a cheaper alternative to the Smartwool ultra lights that i have been buying. A fraction of the cost with very similar wicking ability. I am loving them and will be buying more! Size 9 ordered large.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only 4 words i would use to describe this shovel. It gets the job done and it fits in all packs that i have put it in (even a 11L osprey carve).

Very fast to put together so in a rescue situation you know you have a reliable shovel to lean on in a time of need and speed.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Going along the same lines as most reviews here. These bindings are just too heavy for my use. If you are are on a budget they are great. But otherwise I would urge you to go with a full tech set up. You will be happy you made the choice - even though it is a stout investment, it is all worth it in the end.

I used these for two seasons until getting Kingpins in October '15. I am very glad I made the switch/investment and I wish that I had done it from the start!

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 26, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs

This liner will get the job done. But not for a very long amount of time. I would get these if you are looking for a budget pair of liners but do not have a very long life expectancy for them.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have come to really love these poles. I knew going in that I expected the high quality that Black Diamond is known for. They certainly did not cut corners in designing these poles. They are a touring dream! Since I am a two planker I decided on the 2 piece, no need to have a smaller size to pack away.

I love the grips, they are not ergonomically fit for each finger like i have seen with other poles but they are very comfortable. The foam grip does really well at regulating temperature to ensure you are not freezing your hands against cold aluminum. I love the powder baskets and the flick lock is easy as pie to release and lock when you are changing your pole length from ascent to descent.

I would suggest these to anyone looking for an adjustable pole that is skiing. If you are looking for poles to use while splitboarding i would check out the Compactor poles or the Expedition 3 piece pole - both of those can collapse small enough to be packed away for the ride out.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 25, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually aim to get lighter carabiners for my quick draws. These are pretty heavy compared to some other competitors. If you are looking for a workhorse carabiner that can take a lot of heavy falls, this is your guy!

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Out of all the harnesses I have tried on and put through abuse. This one is my favorite. It is simple, lightweight, and compresses down to be stored away very nicely. I have used this for indoor and outdoor, both sport and trad. It is so comfortable that I forget I have it on!

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this belay device - even more than my GriGri2. It feeds really nice and has versatile use. When belaying from the top sometimes the auto block lays sideways but it can be redirected if it really is impeding use. I have 2 of these in my gear bag.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With the amount that I sweat I really need to stay hydrated. With such a high metabolism it seems like the biggest challenge to keep up with my friends on the skin track is hydration.

This mix ensures that i have everything in me necessary to complete the day's objectives.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs

If you are looking for a low budget vest that can do it all - look no further. This vest is very simple, no thrills - but it has everything you need as a beginner angler.

That is precisely why I bought it. I just started fly fishing last Spring so i wanted to find a vest that would cover all bases but not break the bank!

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

But these skins go way beyond my expectations. I bought them strictly for their price. Simple, no thrills tip and tail attachment.

These skins grip and glide very well. I have not had much trouble with traction. Weight wise, they are heavier than a mohair but their gliding performance is very high for a synthetic.

Installation of the rivets was easy as well as cutting to fit.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this because my ABS pack does not have a hydration bladder sleeve/port. The 1L option with the handle is the size I went with. It is the perfect amount of water to bring on a day tour - not too much, not too little water.

So far I am loving it.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this mainly for scoping out some backcountry skiing terrain. This monocular is fun to use outdoors in general. At 10x it is very easy to use. Zoomed in at 30x it is a little harder to spot and focus where you are intending to look.

Very excited to add this to my pack as i will be using it year round incorporating it with many different activities.

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