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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Skiing

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...

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

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.
When warn standalone it keeps me warm even when drenched. I prefer to layer over a light compression shirt to speed up the wicking.
1\2 length zipper is great for venting.

I really miss the thumb holes the old funnel top had!

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 Pitmanwrote a review of on April 3, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With boasting a alpine glove with dexterity I was all about this glove at first. The fit was good, dexterity is awesome and the materials top notch. I'm a standard Large in all gloves from OR.
But the features of the glove fall short of their advertised use. The cuff is ok, granted its hard to get over a wide sleeve. But does seal out snow and drafts.
What made me return the glove was that while there is enough insulation on the back of the hand and nothing on the palm and fingers. For a glove designed to use ice tools, handle ropes, ice axes and ski poles you need some insulation on the palm.
After some high teens\low 20s mixed climbing I went back to my Warrant glove to keep my hands warm on the ice tools. Skiing was the same, the palms and fingers were so cold holding poles.
In high wind I could feel it as well.
Please insulate the glove better and it will be perfect.
The OR Southback and Warrant are both much warmer alternatives to this. I opted for the Baker Modular mitt for the Alibi.


This the first pair of gloves from OR I've not liked.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I've read some mixed reviews. I apparently couldn't even get the bindings mounted.
Pretty basic out of the box, clean lines and simple to adjust features.
But even after swapping out the included screws for longer ones I couldn't get the binding plate to match flush on the board. Removing the bushings I could, thus defeating the purpose. With the longer screws it pulled the base of the snowboard in to the point I was afraid I was going to break it and still had a mm before the plate was against the topsheet. I tried on 3 different boards before getting overly frustrated.
If anyone has sound advice on how to mount them with out modifying bushings or my board I'm all ears. Otherwise these are going back Tuesday...

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

Less than expected but a keeper
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

With synthetic over the shoulders and hood where my puffys always seem to get damp in the PNW I was all about this piece from OR.
The fit is about the same as the incandescent jacket and maybe the old Choas jacket, with the roomy body and sleeves. Very long, actually longer than both those jackets. Keeping the hips warm and easily accommodating a thicker layer underneath.
This thing is feature packed which I love! huge "stuff it" style pockets inside,higher hand pockets, fully adjustable hood and velcro sleeves. Double seperating zippers are a subtle but key feature for me.
Admittedly those features made me keep the jacket cause I am very let down in its actual warmth.
Having owned the Incandescent, Choas, superlayer, and transcendent jackets over the years I was lead to believe this would be in the thicker "expedition" style or belay jacket. But its only about as warm as a Transcendent, other mid layer puffys.
I think OR should throw double the weight of down in this thing to bring it to the level of being used as a stand alone piece or real cold weather jacket.
Will work for the PNW to about 10k or 20 degrees.

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

How do you review underwear?
Simply put, the cut and fabrics are top notch. After using all kinds of techy blends and wool "outdoorsy" brands boxer briefs I found these to be my favorite.
The wool poly blend is perfect amount a of stretch and warmth.
I've had other OR Sequence shirts, tights etc. and really love the fabric.
The fit is perfect, not too tight around the legs yet still trim.
Get them.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on January 6, 2016

Hard charging on the uphill
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on the prowl for this board for a while. I picked up the 166cm. This board was to be my backup, epic long day and mountaineering board. Going from a 167 Rossignol XV, the shape was similar and the weight was just right.
After a few long tours, some fine tuning resort laps and tons of hot laps it is now my everyday driver with a few quirks.
The ride: Like any other directional free ride board, this rips. Charges through crude. Floats in the light stuff and can still lay a solid carve down. Long taper makes the board manuverable and wide nose keeps it afloat. Its wide in the 166 compared to my XV its over 1cm wider from nose to tail but same shape. Less playful and doesn't charge as hard.
Touring: Its light! stupid light! The board mounted with Karakoram Prime1 bindings weighs as much as my GNU Billy Goat 165 with Ride bindings.
Good float and lift when breaking trail. G3 high traction skins fit nicely with a long tail in the

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on December 17, 2015

All round goodness
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Well after a solid month of use and abuse I'm still stoked about the Basin and Range Empire. Admittedly cautious about new brands this jacket surpassed my expectations. 3 layer shell jacket weather proof to a point. I have yet to take it out in a PNW snowstorm to test its water proofing. All other ski conditions the jacket as crushed! 40mph winds touring up ridges, cold weather splitboarding, resort laps from sun to snow.
Soft fleece lining is warm and traps heat while the pit vents dump it right back out.
Pros, fully featured resort and side country jacket. powder skirt media ported chest pocket, inside security pocket, helmet compatible hood, vents and tough material.
Cons, inside pocket is too small for larger smartphones, Powder skirt isn't removable. DWR didn't last long.
All in all this is a great stand alone ski\snowboard jacket. Handles backcountry adventures variable weather very well.
The sizing is perfect, not boxy in the body, long in the arms.
Only things I would change about the jacket would be larger pockets inside and lycra wrist gaiters, cause I like those!!
I'm excited to see what else Basin and Range crank out.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on November 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

My initial impressions are that these rock.
Softshell feel with seemingly hardshell durability.
The pocket layout is awesome, low profile cargo pockets and lower set hand pockets so things don't bunch and can be accessed while sitting. The fit is similar to Flylow\Norrona. Wide and long legs, true to size waist.

The inner vents have a fine mesh to keep snow out Personally I don't like mesh cause it can get stuck. But these haven't yet!
The waist adjustments are kinda maxed out out of the box and don't do much that a belt can do better.
Very sleek styles and subtle logo gives them a nice look also. I don't think I've ever had a compliment on a pair of ski pants before today... Well besides that yellow one piece suit....

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