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Daniel Goodman

Daniel Goodman

Gearhead

Utah

Daniel Goodman's Passions

Skiing
Biking
Yoga
Climbing
Snowshoeing

Daniel Goodman's Bio

I am truly passionate about climbing and splitboarding, and living here in the Wasatch, how could I not be? Typical days for me consist of a morning dawn patrol, time spent at the office, and then climbing or training for climbing after work. If you have any questions related to either of those activities, I've probably checked out the piece myself and would love to give you my two cents.

Feel free to contact me at any time:

Direct Line: 801-204-4680
Email: dgoodman@backcountry.com

Daniel Goodman

Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cord is great for anchor building, cutting up into smaller sizes for prusik loops, etc. As others have stated, many uses particularly in climbing. Probably my favorite out there for climbing and mountaineering.

Don't get caught without it.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on June 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these in place of my G10 crampons for a little bit more committing terrain and have to say I couldn't be more pleased. Naturally, the steel made by Grivel is wonderful and makes it so that you know that you'd have to take a jackhammer to them to actually damage them. The anti-balling plates are a must in my opinion to keep snow from balling up and ruining your day. And for those interested in progressing their ice skills, it is handy that the front points can be swapped out and turned into a mono-point.

I have taken these up Mt. Hood and onto Rainier this year and couldn't be more stoked on how the performed, definitely my go to when the terrain gets spooky.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on June 12, 2017

5 5

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

I don't usually camp with a sleeping pad, but when I do, I go to Big Agnes to make sure I have the right pad for my needs. This pad was lightweight, easy to blow up, and insulated me up on Mt. Rainier quite well. It was amazing to see the difference between when I was up on the pad and when my foot or hand slipped off the pad and touched the frozen non-insulated ground of the tent. Needless to say I would have frozen without it!

The regular size pad handled my lanky 6-foot frame with ease and made it easy to sleep tight without slipping off. What's more, is that now when you blow up the pad, there is a one-way valve to capture your progress so you no longer have to manually block the air from coming back out, making everything more simple, and believe me, when you're tired, you'll thank Big Agnes for that.

The only thing I would have liked to have had would be the Pumphouse bag, which has been mentioned in other reviews. I used one when I got back and realized how nice it would have been to have one up on the mountain. So seriously, grab this pad and the Pumphouse, and go try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the most part it is hard to say why to pick one nut tool over another. Some people focus on weight, some on durability, but what it comes down to for me is the added features (if any).

Fortunately, this one is not only handy to had while out placing your own gear, but also while sport climbing. Ever run into a bolt that you really wish you has a wrench for? Well it just so happens that the different notches in the tool can be used to wrench down that janky bolt on your sport climbing project!

So grab the Torque nut tool and fear no more whippers on your cams, nuts, or even your bolts!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 31, 2017

5 5

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

I have only had a chance to use these a few times so far, but absolutely love them. So far they have proven to be plenty waterproof and great even as a glove to use while ski touring, as I typically run pretty cold. The leather palm helps you keep a nice grip on your ski pole, ice axe, or ice tool and the softshell finger sidewalls help keep my hands from going numb. As an added bonus, they work well with touch screens also!

Although they started out a little on the small size for me, they have stretched to be more comfortable so I would recommend going with your normal glove size, for me size L.

Definitely give these gloves a shot. They're incredibly well designed and look sleek while you're out there!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As other reviewers have mentioned, this axe is great for low angle terrain. With an aluminum lightweight shaft and steel head and pick, you can be sure that you won't break the pick during a mixed climb and still aren't going to have to lug around too much weight.

I wouldn't want to use this as my only axe on steeper terrain than say roughly 40-45 degrees , but of course that isn't what it is designed for. Great for self arrest and belaying, it is definitely a worthy consideration for when you are out on the mountain.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm always interested in trying new crampons and the Sarkens did not disappoint. For me, anti-balling plates are a must, which the Sarkens have and they work quite well. Although slightly on the heavier side for some 12 point crampons, it really isn't that noticeable of a difference.

Overall, they work really well are certainly worth taking a look at if you need a solid mountaineering crampon that will work with a boot with a heel welt and no toe welt.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

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

As a person who generally likes to travel as a minimalist (low weight, low bulk), when my girlfriend suggested we take the Big House on our recent climbing trip I was skeptical. I love Big Agnes tents, but a 6 person tent seemed over the top for the 2 of us. Nevertheless, we took it out and I have to say I was incredibly impressed.

Setting the tent up with just 2 people was as easy as pie. It took about 2 minutes or so to get it up and staked in and the fly was a cinch to throw on top. Then I stepped inside...

The fact that I could walk upright in the tent was unbelievable to me as that is something I have never experienced in a tent before as someone about 6 feet tall. There were mesh storage pockets everywhere for all of your important items and as previously mentioned, even without the fly, it afforded a significant amount of privacy.

What really impressed me though, was how well it held up to bad weather, specifically high winds. One of the reasons I have avoided large tents in the past is because of the number of times I have seen them blow over or break poles due to high winds. The second night of our trip was a blustery one, but even so, I didn't even have to think about getting out of the tent to reinforce it, and I was sold on how structurally sound the tent was overall.

Ultimately, if you're looking for a tent to take out with a large family or group of friends, I would highly recommend this one. It is spacious enough for 6 and roomy enough for two with everything you could ever imagine needing to bring into your tent. 10/10 would recommend.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

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

This kit is fantastic! The instructions are great and easy to follow, the equipment comes in a nice, well thought out package, and I can't going into glacier travel without it.

Rescue scenarios can be hard enough as it is, make it easier on yourself by having the right equipment, it might just save your life.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a light weight knife for multi-pitches in case of emergency and I found it in the Piranha. A nice serrated edge would do the job if I needed it and the bottle opener doesn't hurt either.

As a note though, if you keep this are for climbing, there is no cover on the blade, so be aware of where you are keeping it. While unlikely, it would be possible that something could slide over the top of the closed knife and be compromised by the knife's edge.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well if the others reviewed hadn't tipped you off, this bag is really well designed: Plenty of room for chalk (even enough for those of us with sweaty palms), zippers and pockets galore, and yes, it does fit a beer.

Multiple pockets store everything from car keys to a topo map or a small first aid kit. Personally, I put a small knife, first aid kit, emergency headlamp, and phone in mine, with a lightweight windbreaker attached to the bottom. The best part is that I have probably only used up 1/3 of the total available space at that point.

Needless to say, this bag is amazing. I never thought a particular chalk bag would make it into my list of items that I couldn't leave behind, but here we are... Thanks Mammut.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I snapped 6 different ski poles this season so I picked these up at the tail end of the year as an inexpensive replacement. Turns out, they have so far be more sturdy than any of my other poles.

East to replace the baskets that come on these with powder baskets, they break down pretty well (not small enough to fit into my touring pack which is 27 L), and don't weigh a terrible amount.

Great product depending on what you plan on using them for!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I actually bought this shirt and had gotten a couple of others by the time it had arrived and I was planning on returning it. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as I put it on, I decided that I liked it so much, I would be wearing it to a wedding I was going to attend the following weekend.

Sleek, comfortable, and breathable.

Who can ask for anything more.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seriously, if you don't have this tape, buy it. Or you won't make it to the top of that crack without major loss of skin.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is incredible. Now, maybe I am over the top about it as it replaced a much smaller, sport climbing harness that I had recently been using for long multi-pitch days, so this thing feels like a dream. The waist belt is really comfortable and forgiving, they put on ample gear loops for those of us that like to have double the gear that the route calls for, and the 2 belay loops make it really easy to manage a lot of rope work when you're getting rowdy up on the wall.

Can't say enough great things about this harness, just don't forget to double back those buckles!

Love it!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well, if you've ever used the Petzl Ange quickdraw, you know how awesome the carabiners and slings are. This is a basic piece and in time as I have to replace old dog bones, I will be buying many more due to their light weight, great price, and ease of use while clipping.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Seriously, these shirts are great, just like everything else Stoic ever made. I hate to say it, but I found the shirt to run Large. I usually wear a size L and picked up a Medium size which was a perfect fit.

Simple and easy, the shirt is comfortable, clean looking, and a great price!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Yeah, you were right, 100% merino here to save the day. it is lightweight in name, but a heavy hitter for me, keeps me plenty warm walking around in the early spring temperatures with a t-shirt underneath. My favorite layer currently. Warm, super comfortable, and breathes incredibly well!

True to size definitely, purchased a M and it is a little small on me, but I usually wear a L.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a long time I thought these were the answer for splitboarders everywhere. We could finally stash our poles before riding down the mountain, enjoying a hands free descent.

After 3 pairs breaking on me, generally while walking on a flat skin track, I think next time I'll go for something else. To Black Diamond's credit, their warranty is awesome and they have taken care of me every time, I just can't trust these for long tours. While I'm all for rolling with the punches and skinning with 1 pole or grabbing a tree branch, at the end of the day, I need something more reliable.

Purchase with caution.

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