Harrison Gatos

Harrison Gatos

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Harrison's Passions

Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Harrison's Bio

Skier first, everything else second.

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Harrison Gatos wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

Good for touch ups, can use for reglue
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this glue for touch ups and for reattaching the skin tip loops on the older BD skins (before you had to screw the tip loop into the skin and instead folded the top of the skin onto itself). The glue does those very well, obviously.
The other use is to reglue the entire skin with this tube. Although the strips may work better, I was able to successfully reglue my BD mohair mix skins after removing the old dirt/glue mixture. The most important thing to do is to apply several thin coats instead of 1 thicker one. I completely used 1 tube to reglue a pair of skins that measure ~185cm long x 110mm wide. Make sure you have a source of fresh air...it got pretty stinky in the room as they I was working and gave me a headache. The photo was taken as the reglue was drying.
I used this link as a guide, but adapted as needed:
http://www.skiingthebackcountry.com/skiing-resources/reglue_climbing_skins

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Harrison Gatos wrote an answer about on February 20, 2014

Unfortunately the hole pattern is not the same. I do not own either binding, so I checked with the paper template thread on TGR forums (link below). If you want to double check, go to the page and download .pdf files of both and compare. You might be able to print them separately and find a place where the holes do not match up.
Otherwise, you can try using helicoils or inserts if the holes are too close together. Depending on where you live, there are shops that can help with either.
TGR thread: http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/153971-Binding-Mount-Paper-Templates?highlight=salomon%20template

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Harrison Gatos wrote a review of on February 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While not a perfect bowl, here's why I like it over other options:
-Aluminum is more delicate
-Titanium is more expensive
-Better to eat out of than plastic, which is also less durable

I have a few negatives, though. The shape is a little too deep for me to lick clean though, but if you have an exceptionally long tongue it shouldn't be problem. It also conducts heat very well so I have to be careful with hot meals and drinks.

Having said that, they are very durable. I ran over my first one with my truck and it only bent in the center. I was able to punch it back out and it makes a pretty good dog bowl. Since it's under $5, it wasn't a big deal to buy another, which has lasted beautifully since.

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Harrison Gatos wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very comfortable chair. It works inside or out, is sturdy, folds nicely, and is pretty much the most rad chair you could want. It takes a little getting used to because of how far back it reclines, but It's not unstable by any means. I used this chair for a couple weeks while staying at a friend's in Jackson and it became my favorite thing to sit on.
The only downside is the lack of a beer holder, but if I owned this chair (which I might end up doing soon) I'm sure I could modify it to mend that problem.

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Harrison Gatos wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a knife for everyday use so I didn't have to carry my Leatherman around all the time and finally decided on this one. This is a very sturdy little knife that has proven very useful. I bought the Tanto blade because that's what I found a deal on, but I could easily see myself picking up one of the other blade options in the near future. The opening assist is pretty well dialed, too. I never have an issue opening the knife with gloves on or cold/numb hands. While the notched handle seems like a great idea for line cutting, I have yet to really need to use it so I wouldn't call it a reason to buy this knife over one of the other fine SOG offerings.

Bottom line though is that this is a solid knife that you will find a use for on a daily basis.

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Harrison Gatos wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shovel combines several features that I find key when looking for a backcountry shovel:
-Small, light blade
-Removable shaft that easily slides into the blade
-Telescoping shaft with T-handle

Overall really, really like this shovel and because of those features I find it perfect for backcountry skiing. It easily fits in my pack and assembles very quickly. The shaft is small when collapsed but extends so that the user is not constantly bending over, and I prefer the T over a full handle. The blade is strong enough to make snow shelters or dig out plowed-in cars, whichever one floats your boat.

The single reason why it is not rated 5 stars is because the button that holds the shaft into the blade has a bad habit of rotating inside the shaft and disappearing when the shaft is shoved into the blade too quickly. This renders the shovel useless as the shovel won't stay together anymore. It is a relatively quick fix but is annoying and prevents it from being flawless. As long as the user is gentle the problem should be easily avoided.

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Harrison Gatos wrote a question about on October 16, 2013

This isn't a question but rather a statement I wanted to share but I didn't want to skew the rating.

After seeing the SIA release of these bindings I was curious if they would be tech sole friendly (like the Marker Lord) so I emailed 4FRNT in the spring. The response was that "The Attack binding will not accommodate a tech sole," but upon my reply of disappointment I was told that "They would fit, but you can't be guaranteed that it will release." I interpret that as basically saying the binding will work, but 4FRNT isn't willing to be liable for it releasing consistently when using a tech toe in the binder. So if you're like me and want to use your tech soles for daily skiing but don't want to shell out an extra $180 for the Lords (not to mention avoid screwing a pair of Marker bindings to your skis) than this COULD work.

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