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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.

Grant Kates

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 Kates

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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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on December 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought this for my brother in law. The minimal nature of it caught my eye, very simple. I think it is a great gift given the price.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on September 21, 2015

5 5

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

I brought this up to the Gorge Amphitheater this Fall and it performed very well. About exactly as I thought it would. We charged iPhones about 5 times and a speaker once. Using airplane mode on your phone to speed the charge up will help conserve the power pack and maximize the amount of charges you will get. I have only used it for the 5 days we were gone - so if I need to add anything I will edit this review.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on August 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

These are killer shoes. They look as good as they feel on the foot. The suede upper I still have to treat but lets face it these 'dirtbag' shoes are destined to get dirrrrrrty!

My foot runs a 8.5-9.0 I bought the 8.5 and they fit great!

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on August 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This sleeping bag has it all. The first selling point for me was the sleeping pad sleeve so that I no longer have to worry about slipping off the pad causing and uncomfortable night's sleep. The second selling point was the mid wide shape. This is not a traditional mummy which is great for side sleepers or those who tend to roll around. Third and fourth, the stuff size and weight are perfect for backpacking. Not the MOST ultra light bag but for the price and with all the bells and whistles I truly believe this is one of Big Agnes' best sleeping bags in production today.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

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

I bought these since they were at a nice price point - it seemed the way to go since i was unsure on how I would catch on to fly fishing. I am satisfied with my decision and would recommend these to anyone that is entertaining the idea of getting into fly fishing. I will definitely wear these until they get a hole or something but for now they fit my needs perfectly.

Size chart is spot on. 5'9" 150lbs 32" waist 30" inseam 38" chest.
Bought Small.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a month of fumbling around and getting used to clipping in - I am finally fully converted and love these pedals. I paired mine with Shimano SH-RT82 Shoes (SHI0418). On my Scott Sub 30 commuter bike they are perfect for riding to work or downtown!

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 42.0

Shimano does the cheap SPD shoe thing really well!

I am impressed with these even at their low price point. I do have one gripe - my ankle bone is getting pinched on both sides. I might have to cut out some of the rigid material from the edge.

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