Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, Hood River, Bellingham

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Reid's Passions

Alpine Touring
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Sport 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 ski\ride all year long on the glaciers in the PNW. Splitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Shoulder seasons I can be found ripping single tracks and bike parks or sending routes.

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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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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 21, 2014

You can use any bladder with it. 2L fits best. I did replace the valve with the camelbak set up.
http://www.backcountry.com/camelbak-ergo-hydrolock?ti=UExQIENhdDpXYXRlciBCbGFkZGVycyAmIFJlc2Vydm9pcnM6MjozOmJjc0NhdDcxMTAwMDIyNg&skid=CAM0026-OC-OS

http://www.backcountry.com/camelbak-big-bite-valve-mouthpiece?ti=UExQIENhdDpXYXRlciBCbGFkZGVycyAmIFJlc2Vydm9pcnM6MTozNjpiY3NDYXQ3MTEwMDAyMjY&skid=CAM0001-OC-OS

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 21, 2014

I wear a size 10.5 boot and have gone back and forth on the wide vs regular board. No, at even an 11 you do not need a wide board. Yes this board will work for you! The difference you will notice will be on groomers, hardpack and deep snow. Wide boards offer more float and thus a surfier feel will on new snow.
A narrow board will be much more nimble, easy to initiate turns on.
Never summer boards feel bulky in wide. Personal opinion! Granted I love to take out my Raptor X on good days. But I wasn't a fan of the Heritage X or Revolver.
Hope that helps!!

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 20, 2014

Not long at all. I went on a 10 mile hike out of the box and I re adjusted the laces a few times that hike. Feel great. Are they tight across the toebox (last) or heel to toe? I like the supportive heel and ankle but I've read that doesn't work for some people's feet. If thats not the case a half size up might work out better for you. All in all its my favorite hiking boot I've used yet, softer and lighter than most.

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 14, 2014

Hey David, just throwing in my 2 cents. First off go with osprey! I'm a huge fan of their packs from day packs to climbing.
So for long trips I prefer comfort over weight for the pack and lightweight gear. The Aether 70 will carry everything under the sun comfortably. It compresses fairly small but you still have the option that extra layer\meal.
If you're just getting into backpacking and picking up all new ultra light gear a smaller pack will workout for you, but if you're like I was when I started out, using the bulky sleeping pad\bag, stove, puffy. Well a larger pack will help. After you're all geared up with lightest and smallest its quite easy to get away with a smaller size. Like Jared stated, its easy to pack light and right. Its just not cheap! Happy trails. Have fun!

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Reid Pitman wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Hey Richard, Bill is spot on with that answer. It can really boil down to how you like the jacket to fit. Since you're in the mountains with changing weather the jacket does spend a lot of time in your pack I've found. For that purpose alone you don't need extra pockets and do want to save weight and bulk.
At the same time if you're going to be using it for resort snowboarding an equal amount you'll want vents and some pockets.
The I prefer the Theta line because I'm tall and need the length. When splitboard mountaineering I take along the lightest hardshell I have because its going to be in my pack the whole way up unless it gets nasty out.

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