Mountain Goat Man!

Mountain Goat Man!

The True Wilderness! Mostly Utah's Backcountry and South Asia.

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David's Passions

Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

David's Bio

I'm currently serving in the Military as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a twelve man "A-Team" designated as a "Mountain Team". My team and I are all senior climbers and avid mountaineers. I have worked with allied forces in several mountainous environments to include Nepal, Afghanistan, Alaska, Washington, and Argentina. We also train conventional U.S. Army units in basic and advanced mountaineering tasks and serve as an emergency response team for the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah. In my free time I continue to enjoy the outdoors and true wilderness.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

4 5

I've had these boots for almost a year now. I've done everything in them from hike the Uinta's in late spring snow, summit every Flatiron in Boulder, Colorado, and frequent many bars in the late evenings. First off they look great and fit like a pair of custom made gloves. The soles are extremely sticky and allow maximum agility on steep terrain. I was able to climb up to a 5.7 - 5.8 YDS with confidence in my foot holds thanks to these babies! They are great for long climbs in the easy to moderate ratings (Class 5 to 5.7). My best description is they feel like mountain ninja boots! They are light, agile, and sensitive! Now for the downside... the are well made but they have a few flaws. The orange cushion between the sole and bottom of the boot degrades rather easily and causes the sole to separate from the shoe. This problem can be fixed with "shoe goo" but doesn't solve the problem. Also, the two nylon bands that retain the laces on the upper portion of the shoe frays over time and will break before the shoes possible life. Lastly, the tongue is only connect near the toes and thus provides no protection from dirt/debris from entering the shoe. This creates a problem when negotiating any loose soil/rocks due to the fact that you'll wind up with debris in your shoe. Other than that they are bad ass! They just need a little work and they could be perfect!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on December 12, 2009

3 5

This has the potential to be a great lightweight jacket/hoodie but I just dont think the quality is any where near the price. I paid $185 (50% off) for it and I still think that is pricey. The soft shell is very light and loose feeling. The stitches and the seems are rippled, creased, and I just feel like it was sewn with little care for quality. It's a good jacket but I'm very dissapointed with it considering the price and the brand. I'm 6'4" 185 Ibs with an Athletic build and an XL fits fairly well. The sleeve length is good but it is a bit bulky in the torso. The hood is pretty good. I really like the furry lining on the interior of the jacket. I bought my father the Arc'Teryx Gamma SV Hooded Jacket (same price $350 w/50% off for $185) and it seemed to be thicker and higher quality. I would have returned the Hercules for the Gamma SV but they don't have my size currently. Hope this helps! Oh ya! One more thing. I love the look of the Arc'Teryx upper arm pocket but it's so damn small I can't fit anything in it! Come on!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on July 9, 2009

3 5

I ordered these in a 32 long and the waist was more like a 34 and the inseam was way short! I was hoping it was going to fit like a normal 32x35 pant but it was more like a 34x32. Beware when buying these! Unless your an overweight dwarf, then the sizing may fit. Otherwise the material and quality seemed superb! I just wish I could get a pair that fit me! I guess being 6'4" qualifies you as being a freak when it comes to buying pants!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on July 9, 2009

3 5

I ordered these in a 32 long and the waist was more like a 34 and the inseam was way short! I was hoping it was going to fit like a normal 32x35 pant but it was more like a 34x32. Beware when buying these! Unless your an overweight dwarf, then the sizing may fit. Otherwise the material and quality seemed superb! I just wish I could get a pair that fit me! I guess being 6'4" qualifies you as being a freak when it comes to buying pants!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

This is a very good hoody! I'm 6'4", 185 Ibs with an athletic build. I ordered a Large in Graphite and it fits very well. It hugs my body snugly and the sleeves are the perfect length. It looks great and I receive lots of compliments on it. Its also very warm and well built. My only quips with it is the hood is a little short and the inner cuffs in the sleeves are a bit bulky. I'm a tall guys so the hood may fit others a bit better and inner cuff isn't that big of a deal. I bought mine on Steep & Cheap for $89 and I'm pleased with what I paid. I wouldn't pay over $100 unless money isn't an option.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

I've had these boots for over 4 years now and they have performed very well as an all around mountaineering boot. The Pros are... Very very durable, stick to rocks like a mountain goats hoof, work well with crampons, they keep your feet warm in freezing temperatures (with a Gobi Liner, thick Cold Weather Sock, and a Vapor Barrier Sock if its really cold) but can also be worn in warmer temps without over heating your feet, and they keep your feet dry in wet conditions. The Cons are... 10 to 20 hour break in period, heavy boot weight decreases endurance, and my biggest gripe about this boot is the poor ankle support. I'm not able to get these boots tight around my ankles and my lower leg. I'm able to fit 2 to 3 fingers in between my ankle and the boot and that has always bugged me. I'm 6'4" and 185 Ibs so I have pretty skinny legs so this little problem may not be as big as a deal for the average person. Overall, a very good all purpose mountaineering boot. Just be sure you like the fit. I'm going to try the La Sportiva Lhoste GTX for my next boot. It looks like it has a little more upper ankle support.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

3 5

I've had this watch for over 5 years now and I would only recommend it for $200 and below. It's a good watch but I've had problems with it. First, the wrist band sucks! The titanium attachments fall off and the rubber corrodes like a cheap piece of plastic. Second, the alarm is very quiet and will not do anything but act as a reminder for someone who is wide awake. Third, the functions (Barometer, Altimeter, and Compass) are not very precise. They are more like general guide lines to go by. It also requires monthly to quarterly calibration. Oh ya! One more thing. The Mineral Crystal scratches very easily. I had mine replaced with a sapphire crystal at a watch store for $100 and haven't had a scratch since. On a positive note it's battery last forever and warns you when its getting low. I've scuba dived with it and haven't had any problems. Overall this has been a decent watch and a loyal friend but with many flaws.... Update! My wrist band just broke for the second time! Put my hand into my packet and the next thing I know my watch is on the floor. Looks like the rubber just cracked apart. A replacement band is around $100. I'm so fed up with this damn thing I may just retire it. Or maybe I'll just get the cheapest band for it and suck it up. Hope this helps!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

Have these glasses for a few years now and have circled the globe with them. They fit very well and the hydrophobic nose & ear pieces stick well to my face, even when sweaty. The ZB-13 lenses are a great color for bright & sunny conditions and work well in dark overcast conditions. They are almost photo-chromatic. They work very well. I would have given them 5 stars but I've gone through two pairs and haven't bought a third. They just aren't extremely durable! Both mine have broke at the hinge point and from looking at it it seams like Zeal could have made it a little more durable. I'm pretty hard on them so if your a little more laid back than me then you may not have a problem.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

5 5

This is a great hard shell. It's very well made, fits very well for an athletic build but has enough room to allow layering, and it's extremely lightweight yet durable. I'm 6'4" and 185 Ibs and a Large fit me good. I've worn this in brutally cold and soaking wet conditions and remained dry and toasty (with a good insulating layer). I've also worn it as a rain jacket back packing through the Pacific Northwest during the early summer and stayed dry and didn't over heat. It's withstood 100's of miles through rough terrain and abuse and has yet to rip or tear. The price is fairly steep but its priced within its competition and equally on par. I got mine of Steep & Cheap for $170 and it was a steal! I would've been very happy paying $250 -$300 Great Hardshell!!!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

This is a great base layer! Its very warm, comfortable, very odor resistant, and wicks moisture very well. I wouldn't say its better than Patagonias Capilene or any other well built base layer but I would say its exceptionally good for cold weather expedition. I've worn it several times for days at a time in harsh cold weather environments and its always served me well. My only complaint is I wish the sleeves were longer. I'm 6'4" & 185 Ibs and I ordered an XL. It fits well but the sleeves are shorter than I like. If it had thumb loops it would be legendary! Regardless, I highly recommend adding it to your base layer collection.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

3 5

This is a high quality, comfortable, hoody for casual wear. Good for Fall & Spring weather as a casual sweater around town. I'm 6'4" and 185 Ibs with an athletic build and a large fits me pretty well. I wish my sleeves were about an inch longer but they're not bad. When I first got this hoody I was a bit disappointed. It's quite thin and seemed like a regular cotton hoody but with a better look and fit. After wearing it for a few days in SLC's January weather I began to notice how warm it really was. It offers little wind protection and minimal protection from precipitation but is about 2 to 3 times as warm as a cotton hoody. The two front pocket are nice and decently insulated. The arm pocket is so small it can't even hold my IPhone but it does look cool. I also wore this as a layer above a Smartwool Micro weight base layer and below my Marmot Exum hard shell in the Wasatch Mountains on a partly cloudy day with temps in the 20's and I was fairly comfortable as long as I kept moving. Lastly, the $200 price tag is way too much. I paid $120 for mine and I think it was a little too steep. A reasonable price is between $70-$100. If you get it for that much you'll be happy.

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

I've had this jacket for almost a year now and I would highly recommend it! I've used it in all different types of environments from trekking the windy Annapurna in Nepal, snow shoeing in 4ft of snow in Utah's backcountry, and bombing down the mountain on my mountain bike in the summer. It offers excellent wind protection for such a light softshell, it blocks light to medium precipitation with no trouble, its kept me warm in 0F weather with a synthetic down under it for insulation, and it is as durable as a rhinos hide! My only quarks with this jacket is that the zippers can be a little bit of a pain. You need both hands to use them. And it doesn't have a hoody. Great Softshell!!!

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Mountain Goat Man! wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

I've had this jacket for almost a year now and I would highly recommend it. The pros are as follows... very light and very warm, can compress down to easily fit into a Nalgene bottle, perfect for wearing under a hard or softshell, dissipates moisture fairly well, and blocks the wind pretty good too. The cons are... Not the best for outerwear, offers little protection from precipitation, can tear or snag pretty easy, and it doesn't have a hood. That's about it! As long as you use this jacket properly I think you'll have a warm and loyal friend for a long time!

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