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Brett Garrett

Wasatch Mtns

Brett Garrett's Bio

Utah powder, red rocks, golden aspens, cold mountain streams: all things needed for survival of the soul.

Brett Garrett's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping.
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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on January 26, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the damper, slightly heavier version of black diamonds 105 width touring skis. Although the carbon helio version is lighter with the carbon contruction, I like how this build feels better. I like the shape, it is easy to carve turns at the resort, if necessary, and skis powder pretty well. Even in heavier, wetter, consolidated powder, it does just fine. I have a fritschi vipec binding on it and I love the combo. I mounted 3cm behind the recommended (BC) line and I am very happy so far.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on December 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Perfect pants for any ski activity. I've used them touring and at the resort, and they work great for both. Very light weight, which helps when skinning and hiking. Pocket placement is perfect, side zips work well to disipate heat. The cut is perfectly articulated while not being either too baggy or too tight. As far as durability, we will see how well the fabric holds up over time.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on October 29, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had 2 sets of G3 skins in which the glue failed and globbed up into a mess after a bit of use. The skin design (material, tip/tail attachments) works well. The skin is reasonably flexible and light. Compared to my BD ascension skins, they do not grip as well on some types of snow/ice, but they are adequate. The main problem I have had is the glue failing. It turns into a overly, sticky mess and is unusable. I'll be sticking to BD or others.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on October 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this pack for bootpacks and sidecountry trips. The pack is well though out, built with stout materials and should last a long time. The diagonal ski carry works well and is easy to deploy. It does not allow A-frame ski carry. The pack carries well when loaded. The pack opens wide for easy access and is a good shape. It has just enough room for avalanche tools and extra gloves, hat, jacket, water and food. I bought the rust color and it is very sharp looking. All in all, very happy with the pack and have enjoyed using it.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on September 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a few rides, I really like this tire on the rear of my bronson. I have been using an aggressor (which is excellent), but wanted to try something different. This tire rolls very fast compared to a minion dhr and a bit faster than the aggressor. It has good traction, but not as good as a minion dhr. Corners well, feels great. Very happy so far.
One negative note: I think bc.com has the two versions of this tire priced incorrectly. This version is the exo casing and should be priced less according to maxxis (and all other maxxis tires on this site) than the dh casing (item MXXE01I). When I inquired to backcountry they couldn't help me figure that out.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on November 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I am very happy with this fleece so far. It is very soft and comfortable. It breathes very well. It provides good warmth when you need it. The hem and sleeve length are perfect. The hood fits great and works under helmets. The fleece is very thin, but the warmth to weight ration is high. I have used it ski touring, hiking and mountain biking. For ski touring I use it as a midlayer. For hiking/biking more of an outer layer unless it is really cold. The fit on me is close, but enough room for any thickness base layer. Only has one pocket (chest), but it has a nice stretch inner pocket in that pocket to keep a phone secured. The lack of hand pockets leaves the waist area less bulky for technical uses.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a pair of heavier duty mtb shoes for rougher trails that might involve some hiking. These fit the bill. Rugged construction and a beefy sole with good grip. I have a hard time finding mtb shoes that fit me due to my oddly shaped feet, but these HV fit pretty well. I only have a few rides on them, but they are breaking in well. I also tried the Code HV (and a bunch of other brands) and the Code are more sculpted in the toe box and don't fit me as well. The shoe upper seems pretty durable; time will tell. Not sure if the perforations in the upper will be enough ventilation in the Utah summer. So far, so good. Normally wear an 11 shoe and the 45 fits great.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on April 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Been needing to replace a jacket and had my eye on this for some time. I have a high opinion of this jacket after using it for awhile. The material is very thick and bombproof. The fit is a little big, so I went with smaller size of the 2 that I fit into. The jacket is put together well. The hood is nice sized for covering ski helmets. Adjustment on the hood is nice. Pockets are well placed and plentiful. The pit zips are pretty standard, but a bit hard to reach. Everything is almost perfect for a freeride ski jacket. My only complaints are the colors and the powder skirt. I didn't really like any of the colors, but went with the adriatic. It is kind of a blueish gray. The powder skirt is weird and I may cut it out, since I really never use one anyway. It is lower in the back and I guess is supposed to go under your rear.
Overall, a well designed and made high quality jacket that should last a long time.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on February 7, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Owned these gloves several years now. I love the fit and styling. Very dexterous. They were never going to be my really cold weather glove, but they were pretty warm to start out. I used them for 10-32 deg days. They performed great the first year. I treated with hestra's leather balm. The second year, the insulation got packed out or something because they became much less warm. I don't use them for anything below 25 deg because my fingers get cold and stay cold. Otherwise, they are still great. Still fit and grip good. The leather and stitching is holding up great. Just not as warm as they used to be.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I am really enjoying this pant for ski touring.
Pros: Quality seems high, but time will tell. Fit is spot on; not too baggy, but fits my larger legs well. I like the pocket size and location; comfortable while walking and skiing. I am fine with the leg zips; I can adjust my boots thru the opening (scarpa maestrale RS). The suspenders are great and stay up. The material is nice and stretchy and breathes pretty well. It repels snow and light precip well.

Cons: nothing really, except it would be nice to have a D-ring in one of the pockets to attach a beacon.

All-in-all a great pant.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Love this jacket. Adapts to any activity. So far, I have used this jacket resort skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, & backcountry skiing. It does well all the time. It is stretchy and moderately wind repellent (enough to keep you comfortable while moving). It breathes great which is my favorite feature. It doesn't repel rain well, but it is not designed to. It also dries fast.
Best of all, it is comfortable to wear.
I wish the hand pockets were a little higher for better fit with a pack.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easy installation on my 2008 Impreza with landing pad #11.
Looks good on the car and very little wind noise. So far it looks like a good base system. Only unknowns are how strong it is (each control tower is held to car by one bolt only), and we'll see about durability.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I wanted to like this shoe. The construction is top notch and the boa system is cool, but ultimately had to return because of fit. The ankle area was too high and too far back for me due to the boa spool and cut into my ankle bones. Excellent shoe if it fits.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I am happy with this shoe after about a dozen rides. It is well made and has quality construction. The shoe is plenty stiff for me and the tread is pretty grippy when walking those hike-a-bike sections. The shoe seems to breathe well so far. I originally tried both a 45 and 44 (I normally wear size 11 shoe) and settled on the 44 which is pleasantly snug.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Very versatile jacket. I have used it hiking and ski touring so far and it works great. I tend to sweat alot and the non-insulated side panels help shed heat when going uphill. The material blocks the wind ok, but you need a shell when it is really blustery. In light dry snow, the jacket repels the moisture pretty well, but of course it is not waterproof. I have heavier insulated jackets that are too warm to hike or skin in, and this one is perfect for under a shell, or warmer days, or traveling uphill. The green/yellow color is very bright, almost neon.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Been using these all summer and I am happy. Low profile pads are placed well and keep my hands comfortable. The material on the back of the hand breathes well even in hot weather. The gloves seem to be holding up well, but time will tell. I can even use a smartphone screen with them on. Nice gloves.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on January 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

High quality ski jacket. The material is soft and not crinkly. It also has some stretch to it. The torso vents seemed like a gimic, but they actually work well. The arms are pretty long, could be an inch shorter for me, but not a big deal. There are plenty of pockets. My only complaint (typical of OR jackets) is the hand pockets should have longer zippers to make it easier to get stuff in and out. All in all, a well built jacket.

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