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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 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 Pitman

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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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

From the mountains to the sound
5 5

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

An rugged softshell with downtown style?! Yes please.
I love finding pieces that I don't feel like I stick out as "Overly Outdoorsy" when I do have to venture to the city.
The jacket is a heavier softshell than a windstopper type and so its easy to wear as a stand alone piece but also makes a great mid layer with its trim fit.
The fit is kinda euro in that its trim in the chest and body yet still long enough in the arms. Think Mammut\La Sportiva...

The pros are that its tough (so far) enough for ski touring. Repels light rain and mist very well. Nice DWR finish! Breathable enough that I wasn't begging for a venting option too!
Its nicely styled. As in it looks good everywhere from jazz bars in Portland to 10,000 feet on Mount Rainier.
The soft fleecey inside is nice against the skin when worn with just a T-shirt and insulates well. Subtle, but I really like the pocket location, the right height for wearing a hipbelt and still a comfortable to warm hands.
Cons are that the sleeve cuffs don't have any adjustment. for tightening over a glove, not an issue for me but something I noticed. The opening was difficult to pull my clunky watch through. Its heavy, not ideal for stuffing into a backpack for a long day in the mountains.
The front doesn't seem to sit flat, where the zipper housings are stick out a bit. I know I know!! lots of negatives there... ha.
All in all I am pleasantly surprised and stoked about the Basin and Range brand and looking forward to more.
This piece would be a great "all mountain" softshell. Does everything you expect a softshell to do without lacking too heavily for activities that usually call for a specific style of jacket.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Lets just say, these are awesome!
The web that CWX uses is hands down the best I've came across yet for supportive base layers.
The 3\4 length are perfect for me as I have very long legs, bad knees and my calves run hot..
The web around the knee is very comfortable, keeping the joint warmer and supported. Not quite a knee brace but keeps my wondering patella in line.
The fabric is also quite breathable but keeps enough body heat in that I can see myself wearing these into the fall for sure!
Can't wait to pick up another pair already.
Sizing! I went with medium even though I fell into the large category of the sizing chart. I do have skinny legs and didn't need them to be long.

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