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!

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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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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is awesome--like really really awesome! I have a crappy van I use to tool around the west on climbing trips, and the stereo sucks. So I just plop this baby on the dash board, and it never dies while blasting tunes all day long. Like Lexi say's below it also doubles as a sweet stash spot for your goodies if you take it into the backcountry.

Music is a huge moral booster on long hikes, and this baby really brings the tunes to life right when you're bonking.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on February 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Need something tasty, and small for a day out? What about a fueling meal before that big birthday challenge? How about a recovery meal for your big training ride? T

This book has all those recipes, and more for you to choose from. I definitely recommend this book for you, your family, and your friends. It makes a great gift or an addition to your kitchen cook book arsenal.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 13, 2016

It's the real sticky icky!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These babies are great. They're affordable, and probably the easiest to cut skins in the history of touring. I've put maybe 100-120 days on my first pair before the plastic couple between my tip hooks, and skin material cracked. But even after I noticed this they still held on great for an all day ski tour here in the Wasatch. I've also noticed that the glue can become extremely gummy overtime. I'm not entirely sure why this happens, but I've begun to start putting my skins on "cold" at the trailhead instead of at my house to reduce this overstick symptom. Other than that these things are way better than the BD glidelite mix mohair which I thought didn't provide the same uphill traction as the G3 Backcountry.com colab skins.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 6, 2016

3 5

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

This vest has a rather boxy fit that I like for cruising around town, but not so much for the mountains. The materials are nice albeit thin, and the insulation is a good weight. I'd recommend this for a more stout man as the overall fit would compliment their larger frame better than a skinny guy.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You want to bring that #5 don't you? You don't want to lug it up that approach though, right? These things are the lightest MOST STABLE big cams on the market. They have a wider stance than the BD 5 or 6, and a higher spring tension. This all means they walk less!

Plug and chug

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