Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Reid Pitman'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 December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Pretty darn nice flannel!
Thick fabric has a heavy "feel" to it and very soft against skin.
Fit is better than some other OR long sleeve shirts I've had.
I'm 6'2" 175lbs, long arms, tall torso. The large fits perfectly down to the wrist and isn't boxy or baggy in the body.
The stitching is also better than I expected. There's a few loose threads at first but all button holes are good.
The weight of the shirt makes it warm but its very breathable too!
Subdued colors make it fitting for apres, cool hikes and stealing from your boyfriend...

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

Wool puffy!!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Lofted merino wool used as insulation?
Pros: Well its wools so warm when wet feature is a must have for damp PNW conditions. Wrist gaters keep breeze and snow from creeping up the sleeves. Hood is just large enough to fit over a helmet albeit tightly. Its warmer than I thought it would be for its thickness! Breathes well.
Cons: Fit! I'm tall and thin 6'2" 175lbs got the large. The sleeve length isn't as long as my OR Trancendent and Neoplume. The XL fit like a tent on the body but arm length was much better.
Hood is loose fitting and needs to be adjusted during strong winds. Zipper is euro so on the left side which isn't a problem but odd. Doesn't compress like down or zip into a pocket for easy storage.

All in all I'm stoked about this piece. A great midlayer. that can be worn also as an outer in dry times.
The quality is top notch!
I will update this review after a few more trips!

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

Wool puffy!!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Lofted merino wool used as insulation?
Pros: Well its wools so warm when wet feature is a must have for damp PNW conditions. Wrist gaters keep breeze and snow from creeping up the sleeves. Hood is just large enough to fit over a helmet albeit tightly. Its warmer than I thought it would be for its thickness! Breathes well.
Cons: Fit! I'm tall and thin 6'2" 175lbs got the large. The sleeve length isn't as long as my OR Trancendent and Neoplume. The XL fit like a tent on the body but arm length was much better.
Hood is loose fitting and needs to be adjusted during strong winds. Zipper is euro so on the left side which isn't a problem but odd. Doesn't compress like down or zip into a pocket for easy storage.

All in all I'm stoked about this piece. A great midlayer. that can be worn also as an outer in dry times.
The quality is top notch!
I will update this review after a few more trips!

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

4 5

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

Thanks so much to XSories and Backcountry for sending this to me this to sample for the backcountry community.
I too have the old Gopro hero2 so this didn't fit over the case regardless of how hard I tried. Its very stretchy!
Personally I think the gopro community needed something like this for a long time. Being able to personalize your camera with a touch of style.
I love the idea of a case to protect the hard plastic case, scratches and hitting rocks can damage the hard plastic but not silicone.
I got the camo green which would be perfect for Mt bikers that don't want to advertise they're "goingPro"
I'm bummed that the case isn't universal for all gopro models.

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

Electro gear protection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I want to thank Backcountry.com and Xsories for picking me review this case for the backcountry community!
With premolded slots for you the Xsories U-shot, gopro, power bank and extra pocket in the lid this carries all your camera accessories in a protective casing that can survive just about any backcountry situation. The pocket is large enough for my point and shoot camera, small tripod and extra gopro batteries. Handle for easy carrying when not stuffed into a pack.
Pros: Holds more gear than expected! Solid hold on equipment so it doesn't fall out of place to get damaged. Bright colors, its easy to see in "black hole" style packs. Slim design doesn't take up much pack space.
Cons: The soft casing has on a few occasions turned the power on my gopro. Carabiner holder isn't all that useful for clipping on the outside of a pack, it just bounces around.
Overall: I love it. I can pack it in with any climbing\backcountry gear with out having to worry about damaging my equipment. Its gone with me on rock and ice climbing trips, backcountry skiing and hiking. Granted I still forget to take shots..
Running a compression strap through the handle carries the case very well on the outside of a pack for quick access.

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Reid Pitman wrote a review of on November 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having a phone\camera\gps battery die when on an adventure sucks! Carrying extra batteries for all your devices can get complicated. The sneaker power bank though stores enough for about 2 full smartphone charges which should be enough for nominal backcountry use.
Pros: Size, about the size of a smartphone. Its durable! well I haven't dropped from more than 4 ft up... The rubberized case prevents it from slipping either out of a pocket or off a rock.
2 usb ports is enough for me to charge all my electronics I take with me.

Cons: Can't tell how much juice is left without plugging in something. Charges slower than another device I had.

Over all this is one of the coolest devices I've used yet for mobile power! Either plugging in a phone with a dead battery to make a quick call to recharging your headlamp while its still light out. This has came in soo handy!

Has anyone used a solar charger with this yet?

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman wrote a review of on November 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me and the other folks to check this out for the community.
Overview: Collapsible design is better than most I've seen and makes packing a breeze. Wrist loop and a carabiner (removable) attach to gloves to prevent losing it in the deep. Adjustable tripod mount will hold all types of cameras except my 1st gen Contour.
Pro:Storage, very compact. Adjustments are quick. Foam handle works great with gloves even when its iced up. Bright colors! The outdoors tends to eat things that are hard to see.
Cons: Length, its a little short for some applications (and I also listed size as a plus). Like other reviews have said, the adjustments can be difficult with gloves on. Removing the camera mostly. Wrist loop is too small to fit a gloved hand into.

All in all I really like the Ushot, Its small enough that I can take my video kit with me and not have to worry about space for my coffee thermos. I will most likely use the keyring the 'biner is on to attach some cord for an adjustable wrist loop. For now its nice to clip it to my pack instead of setting it down.

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman wrote a review of on November 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a big fan of bringing real food on hikes and into the backcountry. Why eat something outdoors you won't eat at home?
This is said after eating waaaay too many clif bars and trying every kind of protein\energy\granola\flavored cardboard bar I can get my hands on. These are more of a "meal replacement" than an energy bar. A perfectly sealed and portioned snack rather than a electrolyte chew. Like others have said and as logic would dictate, if you're skimo racing, endurance running or on you time trials bike these aren't what you're looking for. But for long days in the outdoors these fill a void.
I love the flavor! Its rich and juicy. Its actually complex and has a hint of mint right at the end.
I cook for a living and I'm a fan of what Epic is doing!

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