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Grant Kates

Grant Kates

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

Grant Kates's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Grant Kates'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.

"What would you attempt, if you knew you could not fail?"

Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 30 x 32

I wear these pants every week. Whether I am climbing, hiking or just going to work. They are extremely comfortable and fit true to size. They come in great colorways and are really breathable if you are doing high output activities like climbing.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on March 18, 2015

5 5

For ski touring I have found that this is the perfect match for me and a day tour. There is plenty of room for an extra layer, food, water, cornice cutter, shovel, probe, an extra camera lens, knife, leatherman, walkie talkie and goggles in a fleece lined pouch - there is also a pouch on the inside of the back panel i like to put my skins in.. Very comfortable on shoulders and the hipbelt is burly enough to carry the load capacity but still low profile to save weight. Overall the bag has very little swing weight which is one of the reasons that i love it besides it's perfect volume capacity.

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