Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Skiing
Snowboarding
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...

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 22, 2016

2 5

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

This pack has all the features I wanted just fell a little short in the execution.
Pros, sizing is nice. At 6'2" 180lbs I got the large, it fit well. The chest bottles were low on my ribs not in front of me. A good amount of storage and all pockets are easy to get to. Found some great videos for the various ways to carry poles (I don't) and options for running a hydration bladder. Hip pockets were large enough for lunch and Samsung Galaxy S6. A big bonus was the zippered "pack" section has nylon backing and not mesh so your gear doesn't get sweaty.
Cons. Rough mesh fabric with not much stretch. The chest holsters overlap the hip pockets making it difficult to fit soft bottles inside of them while on the move.
Velcro pockets in the main compartment are only good for light, large items, so not your keys...
Some features I would like to have removed were stitched to the pack ( trekking pole carry system.
Which leads me to why I'm returning the pack and poor review. The shock cord system on the top section of the pack is very VERY abrasive and cannot be removed. Why such a rough patch of material against your body? the housing for the shock cord wore a hole in my Zoot vest and badly irritated my shoulder.
Also the buckle on the lower section of the front scuffed my vest badly right below my chest.
If the fabrics were a softer and those 2 major problems fixed I would have rated this pack at 4.
One run, 2400' vert 10 miles.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on June 3, 2016

4 5

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

I've been using this hoody for glacier travel for the last month which it may not be designed for but it crushes!
The fabric is light and breathable while still can keep the chill off.
Nice fit, not trim like it says but its just loose enough to breath and keep the torso cool.
The hood is a great feature and stays in place better than I expected and better than more trim fitting stretchy hoods.
the small pocket fits keys, GU, and the jacket.
I'm sure I'll love using this for running also.
One con though.. The hoody will get a funk even if worn over a layer faster than expected.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on June 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34 regular

Perfect spring season touring pant. The coldblack finish is nice for being in the sun without over heating.
The fit is the best part for me! Finally a ski pant that wears like a pair of loose fit jeans! Great range of motion, not too baggy and not euro trim either.
my new favorite for sure!
Long term durability will hopefully be the same Mammut quality as many of their other products.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on June 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Originally I picked this up for my solo thru hikes but decided to try it out for lightweight overnight mountaineering trips.
Just a few things I've learned.
Its light and compact. a 115mm pole won't hold it up. Guy line.. and more line..
It vents great with all the mesh and yet didn't get a bad cross breeze.
Its very roomy!
Set it up a few times before heading out and just be sure to be protected from the wind.
Enjoy

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I picked these up to replace my old Keen Newports. I really like the design of the shoe for a lighter version of the newport. Yet after a few uses they still don't seem to fit my last.
The opening takes me 2 hands to get my foot into the sandal, which is a first. All in all this is an awesomely built shoe but not as wide as the Newport so perhaps size up?
I'm a 102mm last

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 21, 2016

No more lobster paws..
5 5

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

Meant for running I use these for mountaineering. For spending long hot hour on snow where the UV is coming at ya from all sides the Chroma glove keeps my hands cool.
They compact so well that I don't mind the tiny bit of extra bulk in a pocket.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 20, 2016

5 5

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

So I picked up the Realm only after one of the local reps was overly excited about how the jacket is made (engineers...) and I figured I'd try it out. Best impulse gear buy of the year. I'm not the type to buy something by the looks but this does have some unique style and looks really good!
Its crazy light and so far very waterproof. I have yet to wear the jacket in an all out rain storm but so far some light cold snow, "wintery mix snow, sudden rain and a lot of wind have put it up to the test.
I own a Helium II jacket which has been my goto "just incase" jacket but its now replaced.
The Realm is only 4oz heavier and fits over layers better. The fully adjustable hood is nice over a helmet better than even the Axiom jacket. Still enough pockets in the chest to house some light gloves, a phone and snack. The jacket is easier to stuff into its own pocket than some others I've used.
A big plus is the one chest pocket is mesh backed and can be used as a vent when its just too warm
If I could add one feature it would be one "stuff it" or goggle pocket to the inside for climbing skins. Thats just me..

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 20, 2016

This stove wins
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up this stove system in lieu of just getting the 1L pot for my Reactor stove and I am happy with the decision!
For backcountry ski missions where gear weight and water consumption are an issue this stove tipped the scales (see what I did there?) for bringing less water and going lighter.
If a day was going to warrant more than 2L of water the Windburner was coming along.
Its so compact, light and easy to use that it was a no-brainer to just stop and take a 10 minute break to refill bottles.
I love how the easy and stable pot to stove integration. There is enough room inside the pot to house a small lighter just incase ya drop yours. (guilty..)
The plastic bowl on the bottom of the stove is very durable and the measuring lines are a huge yet subtle plus
All in all this is the best stove system I have used yet! I still use my 1.8l Reactor but the Windburner is my goto for backpacking and mountaineering adventures.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 20, 2016

Holds it down.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was reluctant use a snow stake for a long time. But after a few windy nights in the backcountry I opted to adding a few of these to my pack. A huge help!
Normally I use a combination of ice ax, shovel handles and my skis to hold down the tent. These made it a snap to add some guylines and set up the tent faster.
Be sure to stamp down the snow before setting them as they can rip out of loose soft stuff.
They match up very nice and neat so they don't take up as much space as I originally thought they would. Throw a few in your winter camping kit and cut down on the flap.

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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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