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Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Tetons and Wasatch

Dan Gates's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Snowboarding
Running
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing

Dan Gates's Bio

| Mediocre Mountain Enthusiast |

| Customer Account Manager |

| dgates@backcountry.com |

|801.746.7582|

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Dan Gates

Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using the Stealth series hip pack for years. When my beloved stealth got stolen out of the car earlier this year, Patagonia was kind enough to hook me up with this new version to test out. I have a few days of guiding on it, as well as a lot of personal fishing.

The main update is the fabric material. Bringing in tech from their Ascenionist/Descensionist pack line the outer fabric is a tough and lightweight Cordura that keeps the weight down, but is really tough. For me the biggest benefit is it makes the pack more pliable and I find that it hugs the body a bit more. I don't like wearing the shoulder strap with these packs so this is a huge advantage to keep the pack in place.

The pocket configuration is more streamlined and all you need for a day on the river. The hip pockets hold strike indicators or floatant for quick access. I have tried so many packs and vest over the years. While I haven't found the perfect pack, this one is really close for a day of fishing.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: small

There is no better lightweight GoreTex jacket on the market. You get full Goretex Pro protection in a minimal and sleek package. I use this for everything; hiking, fly fishing, climbing, splitboarding, and mountaineering. It has withstood deluges of rain, horrible blizzards, and been with me to the summits of several mountains.

The fit is a bit unique but not unlike the rest of the Alpha series, although the torso fits a bit more slim. Don't worry about not having pitzips, you don't need them. I regularly wear this on the skin track up and it breathes just fine. For the price I cannot find a better jacket and have tried many. Be aware that it is not cut for the ski resort, but if you need a four season jacket for every type of alpine adventure this is the ticket.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 18, 2018

5 5

In the never ending search for a good hardboot for splitboarding, this boot is awesome. Super comfortable with amazing touring function. For riders over 160lbs are so no mods are needed to make this a great riding boot for splitboarding. For skiing this means a bit on the softer side; but if you are looking at a boot of this caliber, you already know what you are getting in to.

The BOA system is awesome and the boot literally fits perfect right out of the box. Crampons fit well and the durability is great compared to some other boots in this weight class. Fischer has hit a home run with this boot, especially if you have a wider foot.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first set of splitboard skins was the old purple Voile skins. Man I miss those. I then switched to g3 which worked well for a few years, and then the skin glue issues started followed by the weird sizing issues as of late. I returned to Voile after years of thinking they were too heavy and had too much traction. However the new weave of the skins are nice! Much more glide than the original Orange Voile skins and more pliable as well. If you need a skin that can take abuse all season long and you are touring in a variety of conditions these are perfect. Tail clip design works well and is durable.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ever since I was a kid, flying has been one of my favorite things. One of the highlights was waiting for the Flight Attendant to wheel the magic cart down the aisle and deliver me a delicious Ginger Ale. Nothing like enjoying a premium beverage at 30,000 feet. This board is Ginger Ale.

Skins super well and the shape is awesome for Backcountry conditions. If you aren't riding a board with at least 10mm of taper when touring, you are doing it wrong. Taper drops the tail a bit and helps carry speed in the flats. Since splitboarding is 90% skinning, this board is great on the up. Kick turns are easy thanks to lowered swing weight and the balance point is nice. Once you are all back together enjoy a playful yet stable ride on the way back down. There a lot of splitboards on the market these days, and unfortunately a lot of them just are not that fun on the way down. This is not one of them. Shred pow, conquer the steeps, and boost some backcountry kickers. This board can do it all.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been great for walking the dog and driving the car in the morning. I also have been using them for some late season fly fishing trips and the flip down mitten is awesome. Flies hang in the wool quite a bit, but they are great when walking to and from the river. Well made and they look pretty good for men or women.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome sock for around town winter use. Also does double duty as a killer hut sock. I took these on a hut trip and after spending a long day touring, nothing felt better than pulling my feet out of my ski boots, peeling off my gross ski socks, and slipping into these socks. Kept my feet super warm at night as well. I did tour in them one day and they are a bit thin and not supportable, but worked ok when double bagged with a thin ski sock. Durability seems to be good if used as a casual sock.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

4 5

I have tied with Anvil scissors for years. After finally wearing out a pair of those I replaced them with these. I really like the scissors but they seem to be dulling fairly quickly. However I have been tying a bunch of Bombers for an upcoming Atlantic Salmon trip. For general purpose trout fly tying these are awesome. I would recommend them and am thinking about picking up a second set.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

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

I had my fly fishing pack stolen out of a car back in the fall and have been piecing all of my gear back together. I previously had two Tacky boxes that I loved. I got this as a replacement and have to say I am really impressed. More burly than the Tacky boxes, and I like the dark color. Hinges seem strong and material is durable. This box is great for dry flies. Especially bigger mayfly patterns that get crushed by the lower profile silicone boxes. Can't wait to pick up a few more of these.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

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

I had my fly fishing pack stolen out of a car back in the fall and have been piecing all of my gear back together. I previously had two Tacky boxes that I loved. I got this as a replacement and have to say I am really impressed. More burly than the Tacky boxes, and I like the dark color. Hinges seem strong and material is durable. Can't wait to pick up a few more of these.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice rod for the price. It's a bit thick and heavy even for glass. However the color is really cool and the action is nice enough. The hardware on the rod is pretty good looking. Super fun for swinging soft hackles on, or close presentation dry flies. If you have fished a lot of fast action rods this is a really fun change of pace.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs

I needed some new boxers for an upcoming trip. I picked these up and they performed well surviving airports, remote huts, and days of splitboarding. They seem to be good enough to use year around. Comfortable and breathable, with just enough material to keep the important bits warm when moving around in cold temps. I would be these again.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on December 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This piece from Mammut is awesome. It is super warm and wicks moisture really well. Since we don't have any snow in the Wasatch so far, I have been using it for winter running. For high aerobic activities it is super hot. I look forward to using it for some ice/alpine climbing. I also think it would be great for resort skiing.

The fit is probably great for someone not shaped like me. I am 5'8 and 155lbs. My belly is the product of a summer spent rowing a drift boat around and crushing beer. This top clings in all the wrong places and I find the armpits a bit tight. In a size medium the arm length is nice, but the torso is tight. Maybe after a few months touring and ice climbing the fit will be better, but for now i'm not thrilled about walking around the ski lodge in this thing. If you look more like Ryan Reynolds you just found your new Tech Baselayer.

Excited to try this out once the temps drop and the snow and ice seasons get going a bit more.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

All of my friends make fun of me. One of the many reasons is my Euro tight pants I wear splitboarding. I end up wearing a harness enough times a year splitboarding that I have adopted a pretty alpine/euro look. It doesn't help that I ride hardboots either. It's been years since I have found a touring pant that has all the features I want and have a "cool" looking fit. Enter the Descensionist.

Super breathable on the up and sheds moisture very well. Fit is relaxed enough that I can actually blend in at the resort on the few days that I ride chairs. Material is really comfortable, and few days last spring I just wore boxers underneath and was a perfect temperature all day.
If you have any questions on fit or want to see product photos, please let me know.

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