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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavin

Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the San Rafael Swell.

Greg Gavin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Greg Gavin's Bio

What drives me to be so active outdoors is the never ending pursuit to find my own limits. Many times I have set out on a journey to find my limits, and have repeatedly surpassed them without realizing it. Never second guess yourself, and never stop pushing the envelope!

Greg Gavin

Greg Gavin wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Stiff platform with a goretex membrane makes these boots mountain crushers. I wish they had a slightly softer heel cup so the break in time wasn't so long (I have roughly 25 miles in mine). Definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a mountain boot that can take a pair of strap on crampons.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

What makes these babies so great, huh? Well let me spill the beans to this mystery of the world.

They're light, but not so light you think you're wearing full blown running shorts.

The waist band is 100% the most comfortable waist band of any short I've owned.

They're light, and pack super small for backpacking missions.

They're short, but not crazy short. Keeps ya cool in the summer heat!

A bunch of different colors to match your style.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on June 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The cotton on this shirt is a heavier weight type, and as such gives a great feel of quality. This shirt is definitely something I'd recommend. I have the Magma color, and it's pretty much as bright as it looks on here. Maybe just a little less so at the most.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on December 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this thing! Really... Super comfy, super well built, super spacious gear loops, and super safe. Metolius over builds every aspect of the harness to full strength specs with the exception of the rear bungee leg loops (I think) to 22KN. So you can accidentally clip your gear loop, and live to tell the tale! Seriously they do a great job, and this sucker is made in the good old U-S-A! Quality craftsmanship goes into everything Metolius makes, and it's apparent with this harness. Doubt I'll ever buy anything else for sport/trad climbing.

The twin belay loops work pretty well, and for the majority of my climbing I use them in unison. Used as such they're the same thickness of a normal BD belay loop so it's all the same to me as a user. However when rigging rappels or aid climbing they come in super handy. Having your rap set up on one side, and your personal on the other gives you a little extra play and flexibility in your set up/break down time when rapping long routes.

One caveat is that this thing doesn't have any ice clipper slots on the sides which is a huge bummer. I ice climb in the winter, and really need those. So my back up harness is a BD I've had for a few years, and only break out in the winter.

Regardless of this one small thing I would recommend this harness to anyone for any reason having to do with climbing.

I own a size Medium, and have a 32" waist with large skier thighs. She fits like a dream!

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Greg Gavin posted an image about on August 26, 2013

Epic Drom Bag Pose

Here I am in southern Utah enjoying a swig from my bag! I use the 4L year round for hiking, skiing, climbing, and camping. It's the only one I own, and the thing is TOUGH! Highly recommended for people who like compact, lightweight stuff!

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on March 27, 2013

5 5

The slings are by far the best on the market right now. The sewn in stitch gives them a smooth handling feel unmatched by competitors. Not to mention the exposed ends of competitors slings I've owned in the past have been subject to fraying whereas the sewn protected ends of the Mammut 8mm do not.

These slings are my standard trad sling whether it be over the shoulder or racked on my harness. The obvious downfall of using Dyneema is it's inability to hold a knot well, but there are easy fixes around there using other tools on your rack.

Overall I would recommed 10 60cm slings and 2 120cm slings for any climber looking to build their first trad rack.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on February 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is everything I hoped, and more. It's lightweight has all the bells and whistles. Detachable hood is a feature I haven't used yet, but can envision the pro's of having that option. Stuff sack is a great size, and once stuffed the jacket can double as a pillow.

All in all I would recommend this jacket to all my friends, and even my enemies.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

4 5

Wasn't to sure what to expect when this thing came in, but I'm pleasantly surprised. This pack is extremely well built, and even without the ABS system would be one of The North Face's better ski touring packs. The only thing keeping this from being 5 stars is it's weight. Until we in the USA are allowed lighter weight bottles then we are going to have to deal with heavier ABS packs.

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Greg Gavin wrote a review of on January 4, 2013

3 5

Having used previous years ascension series skins I bought these wanting to get something that glides better and packs down smaller. These skins glide great, and pack down small enough to fit into my theta ar jacket pockets. However the glue does not perform as well as years past.

By this I mean once you are running multiple laps your skins inevitably get wet by ice and snow. After which they'll lose a lot of their holding power. If you're out on a super long committed tour this can really screw you!

Overall good design, but poor glue choice.

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