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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

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 June 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 43.5

Sweet light weight shoes.
The tread really stands out with these over my other trail running shoes. Lightweight and minimally supportive.
Pros. The tread, its bomber! sticks to slabs, loose gravel and roots.
The upper is stretchy which I can see how someone might not like but it fits the way I run. Easy to get a nice snug fit.
The firm plastic heel I feel adds major support for a lightweight shoe with minimal cushioning.
Cons, the upper is breathable mesh that lets fine dust in, which over long miles gets muddy between toes.
I've found myself retightening the shoe after about an hour of use, I think thats most runners though...
And as others have pointed out, it doesn't offer much protection along the toe region. Which if you have multiply shoes and get used to kicking rocks off trails, can be painful.
The stiff heel doesn't let you fold the shoe to pack it down.

All in all I really like the Anakonda. its burly where I want it, light everywear else. Very comfortable.
Sizing, I wear La sportiva in 43.5, they fit like the Quantum, Electron, wildcat. Only in Mtn boots do I size up to 44.
enjoy!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Big thanks to Backcountry.com and The Grayl for letting me test this filter out for the community.

A simple move to replace the filters in the Grayl cups added some piece of mind when the only water sources you come across are questionable. After one or two of those kinda run ins with drinking out of creeks while running and one ruined hydration pack from bad water I filter everything I can. Side by side the taste was the same using both the Tap filter, the trail filter and my Platypus gravity works filter.
Pros: The whole system is easy to use and compact. The price, most replacement are double. Storing water with out an extra bottle helps reduce pack clutter and organization.
Cons: Long term durability of the lid perhaps, but we'll see in the long term. So far no leaks, no problems with the seals\threading.

All in all a great system.
The size of the cup helps remind me to drink more. With long hours on trails its easy to zone out and forget. I go with a "filter and drink one cup every hour" routine while running\splitboarding. Keeps me hydrated and going.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2015

Clean water on demand
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big thanks to Backcountry.com and The Grayl for selecting me to test out this gear for the community.
A simple and innovative design with solid construction. The inner filter\cup seal in very well!
So far I've used the cup on a few ski tours, overnight hikes and many trail runs! I love that not only is it a filter but a means of storing water. And for me, the less gear I have to take key.
Pros: Easy to use and fast. In under 30 seconds you have have that questionable stream clean and drinkable.
I love that I don't have to hook a filter up to a bottle and thus have more things I have to worry about.
It has not leaked on me even during some long trail runs and being stuffed carelessly into a pack. It works great as a stand alone filter, ski touring I know there isn't much running water once I hit snow so I used the Grayl to fill up collapsible bottles I brought at my last water source.
Cons: Not so much negative just things to be aware of. I am afraid at some point I'll damage the stopper.
So I'm a chef and am hyper aware of germ spreading\dirty hands.... I don't like that in order to get clean water I have to push with my dirty hand where I'm going to put my mouth. Maybe thats just me.
All in all I really love this product. I found out they're a Seattle based company which is also awesome.
Not having to carry 2-4 liters of water when I can just carry a pound of filter and empty bottles helps me keep my packs light and adventures long

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having used the aluminum version of these for 2 solid season (100+days) I opted for the carbon upgrade.
At roughly 3oz lighter in the 115mm length I wasn't going for really saving weight.
I love the snappy feel carbon poles have. They also feel much stronger when weighting them.
I use these for resort skiing, splitboarding, long heavy hikes and alpine climbing. When strapping poles on your pack is awkward.
I love how the carbon shafts don't stick when stored wet like aluminum. They've got some reflective logos which has been very handy in the dark already.
All in all I do believe these are an upgrade to the original Compactor poles. They do shave some ounces for the gram counter type. And they're strong.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

Finally one that fits
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What to say about this helmet that hasn't been said already? Well for starts, its the first climbing helmet that I feel fits me.
Going through the gambit of "one size fits everybody else" helmets out there I'd actually started wearing my bike helmet on alpine climbs and splitboard mountaineering.
I have higher crown and so lot of helmets sit too high on my head.
The fit is similar to the Vector but its deeper, sitting lower on the forehead and at the base of the skull.
Pros are its major light, to the point I've forgotten its on until I looked in the rearview mirror..
Its very breathable and thus nice to wear on approaches where pack space is limited. Also lowprofile enough to fit under most hoods. As well as google straps can go over it like a ski helmet.
Cons are well, its light, could easily be broken if sat on or smashed in the back of a car\pack. that place right into long term durability. So far so good.

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