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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

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Reid's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Reid's Bio

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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...

Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman wrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

For fit, I am 6'2" 170lbs, Long torso, arms. I wear Medium. Larges are just too long and don't give the "next to skin" feel.
I love this shirt. I own 3 of them only because I use them nearly everyday from november to april.
Stretchy, wicking, warm and breathable.
1\2 length zipper is great for venting.
I use the thumb holes with undercuff gloves, no problems with fit.
Now this is the most important feature I look for in a base layer:
It doesn't stink even if you wear it for a week straight. I know some people like the "feel" or the "warm to weight" ratio. But as a semi pro ski bum, I don't need to smell bad after touring day in and day out without the ability to do laundry.
Take that capilene!!

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on September 15, 2014

I'm 6'2" 170lbs. Wide shoulders, long arms, long torso and short skinny legs...
I wear this in a medium. The large is too big, fitting more like an outerwear piece than a mid layer. The medium for me has a next to skin fit that I like. Fits over base layers and down to my waist. If you plan to wear this adventuring as a mid layer, go with a medium. If you plan to wear it around town without a shell piece. go large

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on September 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Well I bought a new pair, same size 10 that my last 2 pairs have been.
The shoe is roomier in the toe box and puts little tension on the heel. Which I'm not a fan of.
So even though I'm tightening the shoe to the point I can almost step on the velcro, I can pull the shoe off by the heel.

So be warned if you're buying your "old trusty anasazi" You will need to try on the new ones and either downsize a half or get the LV version.
For reference, I wear FiveTen bike shoes in a 10.5, the Chase in 11. The Arrowhead in 10.5. Anasazi VCS (old version) size 10.
Sportiva Mythos 42, sportiva, scarpa approach shoes in 43.5.

Not stoked that I couldn't find any information about this and ended up buying a new pair. (online, so yes its my own fault)
So off to the big city to try on some shoes!!!

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on September 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I answered my own question. Well I bought a new pair, same size 10 that my last 2 pairs have been.
The shoe is roomier in the toe box and puts little tension on the heel. Which I'm not a fan of.
So even though I'm tightening the shoe to the point I can almost step on the velcro, I can pull the shoe off by the heel.

So be warned if you're buying your "old trusty anasazi" You will need to try on the new ones and either downsize a half or get the LV version.
For reference, I wear FiveTen bike shoes in a 10.5, the Chase in 11. The Arrowhead in 10.5. Anasazi VCS (old version) size 10.
Sportiva Mythos 42, sportiva, scarpa approach shoes in 43.5.

Not stoked that I couldn't find any information about this and ended up buying a new pair. (online, so yes its my own fault)
So off to the big city to try on some shoes!!!

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on September 14, 2014

From what I've heard, Fiveten changed the fit of the shoe. I could be wrong but it sounds like they both fit the same but use a different rubber.
I've had 3 pairs of the Anasazi and the new ones do not fit, the heel pulls off without the extra tension. The dredges of online shopping.

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on September 11, 2014

I've found the wash in type water proofing to either effect the breathability or not be water repellent enough. Never both just either. I"ve started using spray on style. Especially for a softshell where breathability is important.
http://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-tx-direct-spray-on-5oz?ti=UExQIEJyYW5kOjoxOjI6OTZfbnVsbA&skid=NIK0076-ONECOL-S10OZ

Or MCNETT ReviveX Spray-On Water Repellent.

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on September 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My grandfather taught me, a man must always have a knife that can be opened with one hand at all times. The "Vertical Limit: Guide to climbing" Rule one is "always be the one with the knife" The CRKT folder is a solid built, high quality steel front lock style. The spear tip and deep belly of the blade make it a well rounded utility and hunting knife. With the autolocks on the spine to prevent accidental unlocking and thus folding. Very smooth operation. No spring or screw assisted opening but well balanced and will flip open easily with just momentum. The clip can be removed and set at the base or right hand side for you lefties.
At over 9" and weighing 5.5 oz its the type of knife you carry because you will need it, not just in case.
Pros: I like the locking system to prevent accidental folding. The spear tip is thicker which is helpful for prying. the belly of the blade really helps to prevent slipping while say shaving wood chips where most serrated blades will get stuck. A big plus for me, like Gerber, Kershaw, and Shun these knives are made in Oregon!
Cons: On the heavy side. Spear point blades don't penetrate as well as clip points. Wider blades are strong but heavy. The Autolocks can be difficult to fold the knife using one hand.

I'd like to see Backcountry carry some variations of this knife, such as serrated tanto blades.

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 27, 2014

Hey Johan, So I'm in that same weird size range to. I wear a 10 - 11 depending on the manufacturer but I've found I wear a pretty strict 43.5 in the La sportivas. 44 they consider to be 10.5+ while 43.5 is about that 10+ size. I've not tried the xplorer, The boulder x, Scarpa Crux and Five Tennie guides are nice shoes but I wouldn't want to hike more than 10 miles in them. Five ten's preformed better (almost a trailer runner) but the sportiva's climbed better. Crux is a good all rounder.
The best all round approach\climbing shoe I've used yet is the Salewa Trainer, just the most expensive. The Sportiva Xplorer looks like it would be comparable. The quality is top notch. Like Scooter said, see if you can get a few sizes shipped of which ever you do choose.
Climb on!

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 27, 2014

Yes. They are open at the top so it does not matter what side your bag zips. These liners are a great addition to any sleeping bag. Keeps them clean and adds a little extra warmth. Best part is that you can have your bag unzipped to breath when in warmer temps with out getting darn right cold. Hope that helps!

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