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Dan Gates

Dan Gates

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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|

Dan Gates

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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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

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

I had the chance to use this jacket touring around the Wasatch last winter. I had moved away from softshells in my touring but this has brought me back. It has a great fit, amazing flex, and is super comfortable. Relaxed enough to easily transition from the backcountry to the lifts and not look like a dork. Let's get real, super tight skimo clothing is about as cool as Docker stain defenders.

On cold days the knit back was nice, and I found it was the most pleasant on spring days after a warm boot pack up several thousand feet, it was surprisingly refreshing to slip into a soft jacket. I'm used to putting on my alpine hardshell when soaking wet from sweat and instantly getting the gargabge bag effect.

Taped seams make a world of difference, especially during winters like we had last year. I don't think I toured in the sun for 30+ days and the jacket held up well in the moisture. Is it goretex pro? no. But it well out performed every other softshell I have used. In cold-moderate temps I could keep this on while touring which is rare for me. The breathability is awesome.
In the resort the powder skirt and Recco are nice features and match the pants well(I am beyond stoked on them!). Layer with a puffy on the coldest days and you can ride/ski through the worst of the winter.

If you are looking for a do all, minimalist jacket with serious protection, you just found it.
Let me know what questions you have on fit and performance.
801.746.7582

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome line for Skagit casting. Turns over sink tips with unweighted streamers like a dream. I recommend going with the a Mow-Tip with a 2.5ft floating section to help get a proper anchor point on the water if you are using a rod longer that 10ft.
If you have tired Trout Spey, do it. There is nothing like bombing an 80ft cast on a 3wt.
Contact me with any Trout Spey questions and let's get your set up dialed.
801.746.7582

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Killer Trout Spey Rod. Swing, skate, and dredge flies for big fish. Bobbers are boring, keep your fishing interesting with a trout spey rod. Watching a trout rocket out of the water chasing a skated caddis, or having the rod jerked out of your hand swinging a soft hackle will change the way you approach your local water. This rod is a great place to start. Nice flex and absolutely throws bombs.

Let's chat about Trout Spey set ups. Give me a call at 801.746.7582 if you have questions about setting up a Trout Spey system.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been my go to pants of the fall.
Overall these pants are a bit thicker than the average pant I wear, and I have really enjoyed that. They have survived coffee spills in the office, hiking around the foothills, and multiple weekend road trips.

The perfect pant for a weekend trip to Yellowstone. Comfortable in the car, great for hiking around the geyser basins, warm when in waders chasing fish on the Madison, and perfect for sipping a cocktail in Old Faithful Inn thinking about fish lost earlier in the day.

If you are looking for a sturdy pant that can go from campus to the trail look no further.
Sizing is true, however I found these to run a tad long.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a backpack whore and have never been satisfied...
That is until now. The Descenionist 40 is the ultimate pack for ski mountaineering. Simple design, all the features you need, and none of the bullshit.

A-frame carry is great for the splitboard and the tool holders work well. I can fit a rack, crampons, all the food/clothing I need for the day, plus two tools and a rope and still feel comfortable. That is a rare thing.

It's big enough for a night or two or if you are going for a quick down patrol it compresses down nicely.

I can't wait to use mine on more adventures.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on September 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these for my GF as she picked up fly fishing this summer and needed an upgrade from her sandals. These boots fit well and look great. Grip is good on everything. She used them to hike up some small streams in the Idaho backcountry and logged several miles without any blisters or rubbing. For how light they are, they seem to be well built and durable.

It's a great wading boot for the price and you don't look like a total nerd wearing them.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this rod in the 5 wt 11ft size and it is a killer switch rod for all trout. From swing streamers to skating caddis this rod can do it all. The 6wt version would be great for heavy sink tips and bigger streams as a size 4 sculpzilla is about the heaviest you can throw on the 5wt. I can't think of a better rod in the 6/7wt for summer steelhead and big trout. Beautiful rod, and great action.

If you have any questions on matching reels and lines I would be more than happy to help out.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

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

I love this pack. If you need more than you can carry in this, you're doing something wrong. Comfortable without being bulky. I think it looks nice too. Can holders are nice and I end up keeping most of my tippet spools in one of them. I hate shit dangling off my pack thus I don't like most tippet spool holders. Really happy with how well this works on this pack. It dries relatively quickly after a deep wade, or bouncing around in the bottom of the boat. I have tried most of the hip packs on the market and this is the only one I really enjoy using.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of my least favorite trends in fly fishing is seeing a herd a buff clad anglers marching off to their favorite thingamabobber flogging spots with nets big enough for catching Tuna. However I have to admit having a big net can be really nice and makes it easy to work with fish in a safe manner. After losing my last net( I seem to do this once or twice a year), I broke down and bought this. It's huge and orange and hard for me to leave on the bank. It also is USA made and very high quality. The dry storage makes for a nice surprise when the fishing is good or bad. Overall i'm really stoked on this product and look forward to having it for a long time.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After using several coolers over the years, this is hands down the best. I resisted getting one for a long time, but finally bit the bullet and haven't looked back. This thing lives in my driftboat and is awesome for multiday trips on the river. Keeps drinks and food cold for days. Makes a great platform to cast from as well. Which I use a lot if I'm taking the boat out solo. Durable as a tank and if you don't have a Yeti stick on your brand new truck are you even really a fly fisherman?

I would love to talk specifics on the product or pricing if you have questions.
801.746.7582

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on February 23, 2017

3 5

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

I had another review up. No clue where that went. I have crushed these pants this season. They work great! Perfect thickness for touring, cold on chairs. Fits under a harness, comfortable, and the fit is ok. The weak link is the zippers. I ripped the cargo pocket zipper out on the second day. I have been scared to use the other zippers since then. I keep a small roll of duct tape with me just in case a side zip blows. YMMV.

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Dan Gateswrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my 7th season using the tough guy glove. Just got a new pair after the duct tape wouldn't hold out any longer. The new gloves are noticeably warmer. Dexterity is still good and quality is great for the price. They are $35, keep your hands warm, and last forever.

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