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Alex Quitiquit

Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Bio

Born and raised in the Wasatch, I'm a creature of rock, ice, and air.

Follow the shenanigans on instagram - @alexquitiquit

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

  • Skiing,
  • Climbing,
  • Fly Fishing.
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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on June 15, 2020

8.9mm is the new 10mm.
5 5

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

This cord is amazing.

Skinny, yet durable. The aramid weave in the sheath adds a lot of protection and makes this rope roughly as durable as any 9.8mm, but without the weight.

Packs down to roughly the same size as a 50m, 9.8mm cord - and is especially light feeling on route.

The handling is super nice, soft, and with a great hand feel. The aramid gives the rope a really nice look and feel.

Took it out into Little Cottonwood for some pitches and put it to full use with a wandering pitch of roofs where the rope had to run and rub across the edges. Held up like a champ.

At first look, you may do what i did, and go "Woah, this thing is skinny" - but after a few pitches on the rock, I am sold. My partner and I both took a few small falls and didn't notice the difference in elongation and felt like the rope provided soft catches regardless.

I will update this review the more that I climb on it - especially if I take it into the alpine. More to come!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The green and red size are amazing. Super small, fit where most other cams don't (for 4 lobed units) and are still in the 5kn/6kn range - AKA can actually be fallen on without the fear of ripping out every time. I wouldnt suggest that you do that, but they are definitely more confidence inspiring than other smaller cams in the 4kn range.

The extendable sling is super nice and allows you to save on some runners.

So far, really impressed for the smaller sizes.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

GRANDstone.

Very stoked on the update to a legacy model from 5.10. I've been climbing in a myriad of stiffer trad climbing shoes for years and have never really found a pair that has felt perfect for the type of climbing i most enjoy. Alas, the grandstone.

Impressions after roughly 30 pitches on mostly granite and sandstone-
1. They are quite comfortable. The toebox is mindful for all day trad climbing, but not loose or baggy. They actually feel quite precise in the toe box and the rubber on the upper keeps things tidy both from a structural standpoint as well as a feel in cracks. They aren't as flat in the toebox as a slipper, but they perform super well in both straight in cracks as well as pin scar pods/flares etc.
2. They are stiff but not overly damp/dead feeling. They edge on a dime but can also smear, or be precise on small footholds. The profile of the shoe is actually a bit down turned - fresh out the box. But they fit pretty flat. It sort of feels a little like camber in a ski and gives some feedback when pressing into the shoe. I'm sure it will wear out, but so far so good.

3. The lacing system is great! when i first got them - I am usually a 9.5 (9.35 really) and downsized to a 9 - I started with the laces not going through the last eyelet. I was able to break the shoes in with minimal discomfort, and now I can lace them all the way up and they are perfect. Great feel on slabs too.


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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis are beast mode but very light for the size and caliber. The asymm construction really adds a unique nimbleness as it shortens the effective turning edge and narrows the turning radius.

As a switch hitter big mountain pow ski, perhaps paired with a shift binding, these would be an amazing sidecountry charger. I skied about 5 days when I demo'd these back in 2018 and they blew my mind how fun they are.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very, very, very impressed and stoked on these boots.

The Hoji Pro changed the way I thought about walk modes and ski performance - they absolutely crush on the way down, but they go above and beyond on the skin track.

The only thing missing was the toe welt. I have Shift bindings on my hybrid (inbounds/backcountry) set up, and could never use the Hoji Pro because of the lack of welt.

Enter the Hoji Free. Works with the binders, also takes an automatic crampon for those more technical missions.

We live in a wonderful time of backcountry ski equipment. You can most definitely have your cake, and eat it too.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on August 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got a pair of these boots to supplement my alpine skis that are a bit on the softer side. I've been zipping around in Panterra 130's for a few seasons and i always felt, especially for my softer flex skis, that the 130 was bit unnecessary and impacted my ability to press into the skis consistently. The boot was just a bit too stiff for those skis. So - i got a pair of these to temper everything back and love riding them on casual days, especially soft snow.

The ID liners are incredible - super cozy and give the boot that extra progressive flex.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

These are my new favorite boot for pretty much everything that isn't cold temp, ice climbing, or pure winter mountaineering.

The first thing you will notice when you put these boots on is the fit - they are not only comfortable, but the heel feels solid, and the toe box is roomy, but not oversized.

The other thing i have noticed is how low profile they appear on foot. They are slim - and coupled with the weight of just 1lb, they are super agile.

They are stiff where i want them - right under the mid sole - but have a rocker to them that makes hiking feel natural.

They are essentially a technical hiking boot, with the stability and feel of a 3 season technical mountaineering boot. They take a semi-auto crampon beautifully and have a very burly vibram outsole for their weight class.

If you are looking for a boot that is more than a hiker - where you will spend some time crossing snow fields, or meandering through some boulder fields - especially with a heavier pack on, these are a killer boot.
I am a 9.5 street shoe and these were perfect right at the 9.5. so True to Size.

I am definitely planning a cascades trip to climb a volcano now that i know what these boots are about.

And did i mention how LIGHT they feel?

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The beautiful function of the Giga Jul is to easily swap from a traditional tube style device, over to geometry assisted braking device. I have found having the dual options has been great for a few reasons -

1. The security of the geometry assisted braking for when I am belaying my partner on a pitch that I know they are putting in the effort. If they do peel off, I have that extra peace of mind knowing the geometry assisted is there to brake it all up.

2. Having the ability to belay as a tube device for very smooth feeding and keeping me honest at each belay is awesome. I learned on a tube device and they are easier to feed slack quickly - so on easier pitches where my partner may be climbing low 5 grade, I prefer the tube side. It also lets you belay with twins a bit easier/smoother.

3. The updated geometry of this devices is much smoother while belaying from the top in guide mode. The rope has an easier time pulling through.

4. Rappelling - I find myself always rappelling in geometry assisted mode. I like the psuedo "back up" - but it does come at the cost of a little bit of a learning curve and can be "Sticky" - if you are seasoned, want to use a prussik/kleimheist as a backup - then the tube side for rappel function the same as a traditional tube device.

The size range this thing fits is fantastic.

My favorite new do everything device by a long shot.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The reinforced sheath on this rope is what makes it a must for gym climbing. I usually replace my gym rope probably more often than is necessary, but I find myself taking more lead falls and my rope sees a lot of work in the gym - Having this Boa Gym now for a few months - i have found that it's already showing its up to the task and will definitely last me longer.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the best fitting helmet i've ever tried on. Sits down on the head with a narrower profile but good coverage not only for the top of the head but the side and back as well.

I have a bigger size head and got the large size and it fits great. About as light as you can get and makes wearing a helmet a no brainer - pun intended.

And its pronounced -
Sal - la - they (sort of)

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on April 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Got this as an additional layer for spring time climbing, but when it showed up I realized I can probably wear this everyday for work as well.

I got a Large size, I’m 5’10 and weigh 175lbs with slightly broad shoulders and chest from climbing - and it fits beyond perfect. Not baggy, but comfortable.

I’ve had a tough time finding a stretchy layer for climbing that actually had some wind blocking properties without being weird in the shoulders or length. This jacket nailed all of these for me. The pockets are also nice and big, which I’m finding is coming in handy while traveling.

I got the granite/pavement color, and the gold hits are really nice with the grey.

The hood is fairly large and fits over my climbing helmet. It also zips up above my lips when I have my helmet on which has been great for the wind.

Honestly have yet to find a bad thing about this jacket. The versatility is quite nice. Zero regrets.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on March 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Couple of first notes -
1. Lighter than the previous Zero G 95 (EDIT - slightly lighter (50g-100g), some pairs are coming in close to last years weight, but the overall construction has changed and material has been removed, so they should not be heavier). But skis better. (i'll get into that more)

2. Where the previous model was stiff and at times a bit unforgiving, this new updated profile and construction provides a more reliable flex pattern, more releasable in the turn from the tail, but still hard charges like its predecessor.

I have been a very big fan of the Zero G's since they were first released. They were the first pair of touring skis that truly redefined my understanding of what a touring ski could really be - they were stiff, stable, charged hard on multiple types of snow, and were so light that none of it made sense.

I had the opportunity to attend a session in which the engineers of this new model showed me the construction layout - and now it all makes sense. With over 13! layers that go into making this ski, there is a lot that you can't see from the outside that goes into making this ski nothing short of a magic trick.

From a skiability standpoint - this new profile and construction just overall is more approachable and fun. You still get that solid camber profile, but the ski just goes from turn to turn with such ease. But when you need to throw them on edge in the steep - they are all as reliable than the previous model.

Blizzard partially achieved this by milling the woodcore dimensionally. This was not only done to save weight (which ultimately makes this ski lighter than last year) - but it gives the skis new platform a truly designed core shape. The instant feel from the tail when engaging on some crude and then releasing to the next is evident in the shaping of the wood.

I've put about a dozen days on them this season. Sometimes when my favorite stuff gets updated, it gets updated in a not so great way, these are the example of a very nice improvement. At first it felt subtle, but over time, especially on longer slopes with changing snow conditions, these skis are just a bit easier to ski, more fun, but the same hard charging.

Defy gravity, again.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ski Blades. The most fun you'll have on two tiny sticks. These things are a blast for any day, but when it hasn't snowed in a while and you just want to mess around, these are great to have.

Saucer boy rises again.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simply put - the Camalot C4 has been the standard on everyone's rack for a decade now. And they have never let me down. They are the cam i have always reached for, whipped on, and consistently trust.

These NEW C4's are the next generation on a legacy cam series - and they are a clear upgrade. As soon as you hold one of these up to an old C4 - you might do what i did and think "yes, it is 2018". Beyond the lighter weight design, the change in the stem stiffness, the lobe pattern, and the color mark on the sling - they just look and feel sleeker, and more modern.

And the trigger keeper on the large sizes is game changing. The number 4 racks about as small as a #2 with the trigger keeper. Wouldn't be surprised to see this update come to other cam manufacturers.

The new platinum standard.

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