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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
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 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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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Thanks to Backcountry for letting me check these out.
So the fit reminds me of CWX baselayers without the stability support. Which I like. Hey guys like tights to.
Pros: The material is awesome! Great next to skin feel and highly breathable. I like the slight body mapping the legs have, breathable behind the knee and on the calves. They ran a little short on me fitting more like a 4\5, also a plus cause they is more room for socks without being doubled up. Flyless, these will also make great running layers and perfect for long splitboard approaches when I don't feel like wearing pants.

Cons: The fit could be a little Taller from the inseam to waist.
Key pocket? The legs are tight, which might not work for the burly type. But I like it.
They are lightweight but feel comfortable down into the low 30s with just a shell pant over them.

Another piece thats very well rounded and multisport. Any fast paced activity these will be able to handle.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 1, 2015

All about that base
4 5

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

Big thanks to Backcountry.com for selecting me to try out this piece!
The lightweight baselayer has a really smooth feel and looser fit. The different material over each shoulder is seemless and smooth even wearing a heavy pack. The black does pick up solar very well so even on a cool hike the sun and breathability kept me comfortable.
Pros: Materials are nice and breaths well, and yet holds heat if layered with a wind shell. Also its fairly abrasion resistant I found while rock climbing.The fit is good around the neck (a common problem I have) and with the sleeve length.
Best of all, it doesn't smell... yet..
Cons: The fit could be longer in the body for tucking into ski pants and perhaps longer in the arms.

All in all a well built piece that serves a lot of different activities.
Its nice for a cool day at crags with varying temps, ski touring, getting lost in the desert and wearing for 3 days in a row while camping...

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