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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavin

Gearhead

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 Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the dexterity of these gloves. I use them primarily for ski touring, and ice climbing. Thus far the palm has worn well through rappeling, and the index fingers are intact after countless applications of my climbing skins to my skis. Highly recommend.

Fits true to size.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned a few iterations of a plaquette guide style belay device, and this one has become my favorite. My biggest gripe is that is doesn't accomodate smaller diameter ropes as well as the petzl reverso 2. I think this is due to the Petzl Reverso 2 having a deeper and steeper angled friction section in comparison to the BD ATC guide. But I have found that the BD outlasts the petzl, and it's high wear zones do not get as sharp as the petzl.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

I got these for my fiance as a xmas gift, and she likes their responsiveness for riding along with negative flex for touring all day. So far her biggest gripes are their dual speed zone lacing system that is not as intuitive as she'd like them to be. She's yet to get them heat molded so I can't speak to how comfy they are, but so far no major blisters or hotspots.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these as a gift for my fiance, and she likes them so far. They do fit a bit big so size down if you're petite. Also the material is a little less durable than other shell pants because they're more backcountry oriented. She put a hole in them on day 1 (it's only about 1cm long), but other than that they're great. Hip ventilation is a big win, and they fit over any ski/snowboard boot!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

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

These puppies are built for big days in the alpine. The higher ankle provides great support for those wearing packs or if you need the extra leverage. I used these on a 3 day climb in the Tetons, and could easily climb 5.7 all day wearing these things. Absolutely will buy again.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

Light is Right
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this cord on the grand traverse in the tetons this summer for it's maiden voyage. She survived with only one soft spot on the shealth after 2.5 days of alpine bliss. Highly suggest this cord to anyone looking to lighten their alpine kit.

For reference I used this rope with a BD ATC Guide, and rappelled backed up using a sterling hollow block. I highly suggest using a similar system for people interested in this or any other thin cords.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on December 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These babies are awesome! I only have 4 days on them, and so far have been impress with their stiffness when locked down. They skin like a dream, and have plenty of articulation to get you up the skinner in no time flat. My biggest gripe is is they're a little hard to get in and out of, but that's it. So far so good!

I'm skiing them on a pair of 180 Voile Vector's with Plum Guide bindings, and I'm 5'11" @185lbs.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on August 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the force XL cargo box as supplemental storage for my families honda CRV. With this bad boy we no longer have a completely full vehicle which makes driving way safer, and finding our stuff in the car much easier. The XL is big enough to fit all types of skis/snowboards/camping gear, and can also fit bouldering pads in it as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 21, 2016

4 5

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

The bag protector is a really good design, and from my initial impression well worth it. You do need to practice setting this thing up once or twice before your trip, and time is of the essence. I found that once you learned how to set it up, and the small nuances that deploying it became quick/easy but still a little bit of a pita. That said I'll take a little bit of struggle to protect my belongings when I'm traveling abroad.

Would recommend to others for sure.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What makes these poles so great is.

A) They're super light
B) They pack to 15" making packing them in you bag a cinch
C) The grip is perfect for summer hiking

My only gripe is the non replacement basket design. If you could replace the little trekking basket with a larger powder basket for ski touring these would be 5 stars.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Firstlight Tent is the alpine standard (if you couldn't already tell by the other reviewers). What sets this tent apart is it's ease of setup, and how light/small it is. I prefer to simply pack it in the base of my pack without using the stuff sack. This way there is no dead space in my pack, and it provides a nice squishy zone on the bottom portion of my alpine pack making it more comfy.

Always seam seal it immediately after you receive it.
Guy line it tightly
Wash it with Nikwax techwash
Crush it!

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