Grant Kates

Grant Kates

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

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Grant's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

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

Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 13, 2014

Hey Debra,

This jacket is not really an appropriate choice for hiking. This is for casual street wear. For an insulated down jacket that is great for hiking I would look to a different option. I have pasted some links below as suggestions.

http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-cerium-lt-hooded-down-jacket-womens?ti=UExQIENhdDpXb21lblwncyBEb3duIEphY2tldHM6MTo0OmJjc0NhdDIxMTAwMzY&skid=ARC3636-SEA-XS

http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-down-sweater-hooded-jacket-womens?ti=UExQIENhdDpXb21lblwncyBEb3duIEphY2tldHM6MToxNjpiY3NDYXQyMTEwMDM2&skid=PAT00HZ-COCRD-XS

http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-quasar-hooded-down-jacket-womens?ti=UExQIENhdDpXb21lblwncyBEb3duIEphY2tldHM6MToxMzpiY3NDYXQyMTEwMDM2&skid=MAR2847-ATOBL-M

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Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 10, 2014

CoastalDreads228,

This shelter is built wide enough to accommodate a wide variety of SUVs. I would think that a Jeep Wrangler will be a nice fit. keep in mind that there will most likely be a small gap between the shelter and the SUV.

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Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 10, 2014

Hey sam5399928,

This would be a solid choice if you are looking for 100% watertight options. I would like to point out that with a laptop and riding a bike it would be on the safe side to wrap the laptop in a jacket or something to keep it from bumping around in the bag which could potentially damage the computer. You could also use a rain cover on an existing backpack that you have with a laptop sleeve to keep the computer secure while you ride. It wouldn't keep the straps dry but anything in the interior of the body of the backpack will remain dry. http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-pack-rain-cover?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cmFpbiBjb3ZlcjoxOjQ6cmFpbiBjb3Zlcg&skid=TNF7296-TNFRD-L

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Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 3, 2014

S. Lee,

I would suggest The Grivel Salamander helmet, http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-salamander-helmet?ti=UExQIENhdDpDbGltYmluZyBIZWxtZXRzOjE6ODpiY3NDYXQ4MTExMDAyMQ&skid=GRV0082-BK-REG. The XL size measures 58cm-66cm so it would accommodate your head circumference at 62cm OR the regular maxes out at 62cm so if you are comfortable with being at the very largest setting you will be fine. I hope this helps.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 3, 2014

Hey badp1148379,

I would suggest you check out the Grivel Salamander helmet (Item # GRV0082). The XL size can fit heads that measure 58cm-66cm in circumference. Have you measured the circumference of your noggin with a tape measure? I would think that it would fall under the XL variant of the Salamander. I hope this helps, the link below will send you to the helmet I am suggesting.

http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-salamander-helmet?ti=UExQIENhdDpDbGltYmluZyBIZWxtZXRzOjE6ODpiY3NDYXQ4MTExMDAyMQ&skid=GRV0082-BK-REG

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Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote an answer about on September 2, 2014

Hey Jaideep Roy,

I would suggest getting a rain cover if you anticipate getting caught in rain storms frequently and will be carrying valuable things inside your bag. Check out the UL rain cover that Osprey makes. For this pack you would want to get the small size.

http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-ul-raincover-osp0131?ti=UExQIENhdDpXaW50ZXIgUGFjayBBY2Nlc3NvcmllczoxOjM6YmNzQ2F0NzExMTEwODc&skid=OSP0131-TIT-XS

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