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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

Employee

Wasatch Range, Sierra Nevada, Mt. Shasta, Chamonix

Andrew Wike's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Andrew Wike's Bio

Originally from Southern California, I learned to love the outdoors while attending college in Northern California. I cut my teeth on overly ambitious climbs and ski descents in the Sierra and Cascades before moving to Utah. Climbing and skiing big lines is my favorite passion. Shooting photos of the aforementioned activities is a close second.

Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

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

Until now, I've never been able to find a gaiter that would fit tightly around my calf and also fit my boot snugly. These fit perfectly and appear to be extremely well made. I like the zipper/buckle closure combo. Gonna take them out in the snow as soon as we get a few inches on the ground!

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a must have with the smaller Goal Zero solar panels. Because you're charging to a battery, it will charge in minimal sunlight or with intermittent clouds . If you try to charge your phone directly, you'll find that the charge cuts out if anything blocks the panel. This allows you to store a charge and enable much faster recharging. Great little tool.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you don't have it, you'll inevitably need it. I bought the Orange one for use during hunting season. Does double duty meeting the hunter orange requirements as well as keeping my pack dry. Works well.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are not for daily use. Lay your skins on these at the end of the season, fold them up, and store them in skin bag. They'll be dry and sticky and ready for next season. Don't be the chump at the top of the hill trying to line up your skins on the skin saver, that's not what it's for.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on September 10, 2017

5 5

Indispensable piece of gear for those spending time in the sun. Best way to avoid sunburn is to keep your skin covered. I use these for almost every outdoor activity. Get a couple so you have one ready when the other is in the wash.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on September 10, 2017

5 5

I've been without a hydration bladder for years after falsely believing that bottles were superior. Well, unless it's below freezing, bladders are the way to go. I never drink enough when my water is buried in my pack. Now I'm well hydrated and feeling much better on bigger days in the heat.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on August 20, 2017

5 5

Bought a pair of these, one for the car, and one for everything else. This is a good offering from Petzl. Seems plenty bright. The red light setting is great for saving your night vision or for when you're trying to avoid illuminating the entire camp while finding a tree in the middle of the night.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on August 20, 2017

5 5

Tested these out by leaving them in a Yeti cooler alongside some regular block ice I made in large plastic containers. Came back 3 days later, these were still mostly solid, and the water ice was completely melted. Durable and reusable. I'm a fan.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

My girlfriend has been hesitant to try out HOKA trail shoes because of the bulky moon-shoe stigma, but finally caved and is stoked about it. She says that the shoes tank over rocks that would normally cause a trip or misstep. They offer comfort and a bit more room in the toe box section than other trail shoes, which is particularly helpful for long runs.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

My girlfriend's feet easily blister, particularly around the toes where sweat accumulates. She recently tried these socks, and has had positive results in reduced blistering. The "fits like a glove" took a minute to get used to, but the result is well worth the effort.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

Just pulled the trigger on these for day hiking in hot weather. The lack of ankle support isn't missed on well maintained trails, and the improvement in ventilation is very welcome in the summer months. The sole is grippy and works well on a variety of trail conditions. Love the Solomon quick lace system. I'd buy them again for sure.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

It's been years since I bought a boot for anything other than alpine climbing or skiing. With hunting season just around the corner, I decided to pull the trigger on something that would be appropriate for hiking long, loaded miles on trail, and scrambling around in the deep nasty corners where elk live. I've only worn them a few times, but I'm happy with the fit and comfort while hiking. No hot spots or problems so far. I'm a fan.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on May 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis are the perfect lightweight ski mountaineering or long day mission ski. They are stiff enough that I felt in control on everything from hard frozen corn to chalky crud to lightly breakable crust, while the tip rocker also kept things fun when we found boot deep fresh snow. At 87mm underfoot, and without too much side cut they are very predictable on steep firm snow. 1kg per ski doesn't feel like they are even there for booters. Highly recommended.

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