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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

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Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing

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

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are dabbling into skimo racing, or just need a boot to take laps up your local resort in the morning before work, this boot is perfect. The removable tongue gives you more range of motion than any other boot on the market and the "frictionless pivot" cuff system makes for smooth and effortless tour.

I have a pair of these to supplement my Backland Carbon's - carbon's for beefier missions or where i need the stiffness, and these when i am just out for a lap. They will keep both my boots in top shape for longer and because the parts on both boots are the same - they will be great interchangeable part boots.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super jacked up about these skis. I had a chance to demo them last season and really glad that Atomic decided to make a "everyman's" bentchet.

Super nimble, extremely playful, and perfect for almost any day raging around the mountain. Light for their size and unbelievably versatile.

I'll keep it short - One of the top 5 skis for 2018 in my opinion for overall performance and skiability. and they won't crush your wallet.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As I started to attempt more far off ski mountaineering objectives, I decided to upgrade from my old 2 antennae, heavy, outdated beacon, for the Pieps Micro - and my impressions are only positive.

My first decision was first on weight - which shouldn't have been but knowing that the guts of the micro are on par with the guts of Pieps DSP I went with the Micro for the weight. And this thing is light, small, and compact. I have been rocking my beacon in a "pieps" pocket for awhile and this thing feels like there is nothing there. A 25% reduction in weight from the DSP Pro - but it MUCH smaller in volume, about half as big, roughly the size of the iPhone 5.

I really like the automatic search function. At first it seems a bit odd for the beacon to automatically flip into search, but it reverts back to transmit when its motionless for a set number of seconds (which can be adjusted using the app). The beacon automatically throws into search using a proximity sensor on the front of the beacon. All you have to do is remove it from your pocket or its harness and you are searching. Throw it back into the harness/pocket, and you're back to transmitting. It indicates these changes through both a tonal and vibration signal - 3 beeps and vibration and your back to transmit --- this function, at first, seems complicated or odd, but after practicing for a few minutes and doing some beacon drills i've become accustomed to it and actually now believe it's a more efficient way to utilize the beacon.

This beacon also uses only 1 AA battery instead of most other beacons which use 3 AAA batteries. it has about 200 hours of life, compared to 400 hours. but i usually switch my batteries out every 2 months during the season and having to only dump a single AA is actually quite nice.

I've been super happy with this beacon and the weight and size savings is a big plus.



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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeah, these things are just a grand ole time. Not only do they ski well in soft powder, throwing baby roosters (harder than you think) - but they absolutely rip for all mountain. The swallowtail allows the ski to be carved nimbly and gives the ski an unprecendented agility.

The shovel shape of the tip is perfect pairing with the shifty swallowtail and allows for smoooooooth arcing turns and seamless transitions through snow types. Keep the ski floating well in a myriad of conditions.

105 underfoot is perfect for all snow depths.

Can not be overstated how crazy these things ski. The swallow is not a gimmick, and the shape is awesome.

10/10 stars for all around performance and fun-ability.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on September 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tecnica did some amazing things when they updated the Zero G boot line up. Not only is this boot stiffer, but it comes in at an overall weight that rivals the Maestrale/Atomic Hawx XTD.

I grew up ski racing and always reach for a stiff 4 buckle - and for a few years now, a number of brands have offered up their best version for a 4 buckle overlap boot that can not only ski, but tours great. Tecnica nailed it with this update.

Some things that are clear updates from the older model.

- Updated walk mode that is simple, stiff, and doesn't ice up of stick. A full lever mechanism that is a simple flick to switch between tour and ski. It also features a "level lock" that keeps the spine of the boot from having much play.

- Range of motion. For the stiffness and weight of this boot, the range of motion may be unparalleled among the current touring boots on the market. It's more than enough range to make kick turns seamlessly.

- Buckle and straps design. Still with 4 buckles - these sleek/light yet seemingly fool proof buckle system utilizes loops of cable to cut down on weight. I honestly think that all light alpine boots should switch over to these buckles as they are less likely to break, ice up, or bang around when not buckled. The buckles on the forefoot are offset and allow for a nice precise fit - i have a wider foot, but need my arch to be supported - so i can keep loose the front buckle, while ratcheting down the second one. The power strap is nice and wide to tension down and achieve stiffness yet made of lightweight material. The strap is fastened using a loop and hook which makes taking on off the boot much easier.

- The upper and lower cuff interface features a softer plastic at the entry point which makes it much easier to get in and out of this boot.

- The liner has improved and has a much nice "out of box" feel. I often replace my liners with after markets, but these i have really liked.

-Improved rocker profile +range of motion makes walking/climbing in this boot feel way more natural than the previous model.

TLDR: The boot skis awesome, as true as a 130 touring boot gets, and the range of motion, weight, and fit make it a great uphill boot. For someone like myself who can't make up there mind between a cabrio/overlap boot that needs a stiff flex - i really like the simplicity and overall performance of this boot.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Dynafit threw it back (sort of) with this binding. OG Radical set up - no rotation - just a bomber tech binding at a solid weight/price.

For those of us who just need a binding without a lot of features, they brought the new materials to this binding, with the simple and trusted Radical design.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years, my greatest fear has been the fear of stabbing myself in the leg with my whippet. Fear no longer. This updated whippet features a removable whippet head that screws into the pole. When removed the pole looks and acts as a normal ski pole.

The whippet drops into the top of the ski pole and is screwed into place. There is ZERO play when tightened down.

The benefit of not having to tour for thousand of feet, or miles, unnecessarily with the whippet on the top of your pole is the simplest achievement with this update. Throw the whippet head in your pack and pull it out when you need it.

I put this thing through the works at the end of last season and can say i have yet to find a downside.

Whippet, whippet good!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Often, when wearing a collared shirt, and mostly due to poor design and stiff fabrics, I feel as if I am slowly being squeezed to death. And if I need to raise my hands above my head for any reason, that stiff, grabby shirt restricts my movement completely.

I can say, unequivocally, this is the best shirt I have ever owned. From first taking it out of the bag I knew this was going to change my perspective on all casual collared shirts. The fit is really nice, not baggy, not tight, and I assume it's mostly due to the lightweight stretchy material the shirt is made of.

I've even taken it bouldering. It's that mobile. The fabric has an extremely nice feel and the color is this kittable off-grey that works with jeans, khakis, shorts, whatever.

I have climbers shoulders and chest, and the large fits me perfectly. The sleeves seem a bit short but because the fabric they are not restrictive in the least bit.

I seriously can not say enough good things about this shirt. I am hoping they make this shirt in a long sleeve.

TLDR - if you don't like feeling like you're being attacked by your collared shirt and want something casual that you can wear anytime, for any reason, this is your shirt.


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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

Reeving Slacklines and Catching Falls
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to device for reeving my longline slackline as well as my belay device for long sessions toproping or chilling at the gym.

The way the device orientates itself when you reeve the tensioning system for a slackline makes it superior than a grigri or another device. Easily to unload the line as well.

If you are looking to build yourself a slackline system longer than 20m, this is the go to device. Feel free to hit my up in the comments here for more information on building up a longline kit!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The number 3 is a really nice piece at 8kn rating it fits just where my old stopper set ended on the low end, and is stronger than the BD 4.

The 1 and 2 are definitely more body weight only pieces, but i have used them at belays to hang gear from to keep stuff out of the way where only a seam crack is present close by.

It's a nice set that gives you every stopper choice you need - add a set of offsets and you'll be slamming nuts like its 1973. Clean is key!



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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my opinion, offset stoppers are the new standard. They just tend to fit in places more securely and easier than normal nuts. The offset shape makes dropping them into pin scars, tapers, and oddly shaped cracks much simpler. The size range of this package is perfect for supplementing onto a rack, and two of them would replace your current set.

I've found myself trying these first before my standard nuts on most routes (i climb a lot of granite and weirdly fissured quartzite)



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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cast out, across that blank sea of granite, high stepping from edge to chicken head, until you look down and realize your 15 feet above your last piece, with miles to go before that seam opens up. Thankfully you are packing the Thor hammer, a hand drill, and a couple of 5 piece power bolts.

Light enough to not feel like a burden, but packs a mighty head weight punch. Ergonomically shaped, great for bashing pins as well as hand drilling on lead.

I have this version as well as a really old one of these pups, and the old one is still in kicking condition - will last indefinitely.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on May 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having picked up Skate skiing last winter, and only get a taste for the fitness it offered, I was stoked to grab a pair of these to continue training in the summer.

Coupled with the Fischer Rollerski NIS binding, these roller skis have a great flex pattern. mimic the action of a skate ski, and provide a great LOW IMPACT high intensity workout.

I've had a hard time with road running the last few years due to injuries and general fatigue/soreness. Rollerskiing provides a full body workout, minimal impact on my joints/bones and drives strength in my muscles both upper and lower body.

They work best on bike paths, loop roads in parks, and low traffic neighborhoods. I took them down to Moab and rode on the bike path next to the river below the towering walls and it was a great way to get a workout in between climbing objectives.

If you have a disdain for running, want to get into skate skiing, and enjoy moving efficiently in your workouts, i'd give rollerskiing a try. As far as drylan training go, it's improved my times for ski touring, hiking, trail running, and keeps my upper body fit.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on March 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Surprisingly nimble for both their weight and size, these skis are BOATS. Definitely not going to be the pair of sticks for ripping cordouroy in the morning, but they are extremely damp for their size.

They are all Rocker, and just blast through soft snow. The swallow tail gives them a bit of a dynamic stiffness in the tail that makes them a bit nimble on hopping from turn to turn. They are a bit on the heavy side, but that's what they were built for. A would say they also feel a bit unstable when going slow - they wash a tiny bit at low speeds, but when you throttle up and lean in, they RIP.

Gandalf, Dumbledore, Merlin, and even Voldermort himself pick these as their PRO models.

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