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Garrett Peterson

Garrett Peterson

Colorado/Utah/Wyoming

Garrett Peterson's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Biking

Garrett Peterson's Bio

Founding member of the most intense ski/adventure team in the West...the Flying Mooseknuckles

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on December 4, 2017

Hestra nails it again
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You are not going to find a more versatile glove out there. I wear these 75% of the season....a little warm for spring and I need something a bit warmer for the bitterly cold days...otherwise they are my go to glove. The leather is great for dexterity, will last you for many seasons (I am on 4 seasons with mine), and just like a fine wine they get better with time.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

If these were just plain sandals they would still be great. They are well constructed, the climbing sole rubber on the bottom works, and they look great. Throw the heel strap on (I thought this was a bit of a gimmick at first) and these sandals can go anywhere. It really does work and it makes hiking/long walks with them very comfortable. I have taken these on a few vacations and couldn't be more impressed with them. Throw the heel strap on and do a bit of hiking/scrambling, take the strap off and wear them to the pool, clean them up a bit and wear them to a casual dinner....they are worth the money.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Full face helmets used to be incredibly heavy and breathed terribly....the Bell Super 3 changes all that. You can easily detach the lower portion of the helmet for a climb, attach it for the descent, and add protection to your face. I have had a few spills that could have been much worse if I was not wearing the face guard portion of the helmet.
I use mine for enduro racing and big rides like Monarch Crest and the Whole Enchilada. The added protection is a massive benefit and you sacrifice very little weight when the face guard is in your pack for a big climb.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on September 13, 2016

Great Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I would give this rack 5 stars for value (much cheaper than a Kuat) but 4 stars for overall performance.

Thanks to Backcountry Gearheads for prepping me ahead of time for the assembly...it takes a little while to put together. Additionally, Thule factory assembled one of the major parts backwards so I had to take it apart and fix that part way through my build of it.
The pin that holds the rack in place on your trailer hitch is a bit unusual as well. One of the sides is threaded to hold the pin (1/4" diameter) in place and this threading completely fills up the hole on one side of the trailer hitch. The other side of the rack does not have threading so the 1/4" diameter pin sits loosely in the 1/2" or larger trailer hitch hole. This causes some imbalance with the rack when you hit a bump, but isn't noticeable when traveling down the road.
The rack works great for two bikes and the feature to drop the rack down to allow your tailgate to open is a huge help. Overall I would recommend purchasing this over a more expensive rack and saving yourself some money in the process.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on September 13, 2016

Great Headlamp
5 5

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

At first I was skeptical about the reactive lighting and having a headlamp that you can connect to your computer....dead wrong. This headlamp simplifies everything and gives you a ton of options when you are out in the backcountry. The reactive lighting allows you to turn the light on when it begins to get dark and the headlamp will gradually increase output as it gets darker (and saves your battery). This is a great function for trail running or alpine starts as the light will get lighter or darker depending on the situation.

My wife & I both used these in the Leadville 100 and couldn't be more impressed. The little strap on the back also makes the headlamp sit on your head much better and wont let the headlamp shift around due to motion.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on September 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This piece of gear from POC may be a little costly but is well worth it. You hardly notice that you have it on during a descent, however it is not necessarily the best for riding uphill.
I wear mine for enduro racing, and while it probably makes you sweat a bit more on the uphill climbs, the added protection on the downhill is awesome. I took a spill in a race and took a bounce off a large boulder with my chest. The VPD padding worked great and I walked away from that with a bruise rather than something that could have been much worse.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

Impressed
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Cosmos is light enough for a long tour and strong enough to drive some big skis on the descent. For a boot that weighs a few ounces more than some of the ultralight 3 buckle boots out there it skis with some legit power. I am skiing the Cosmos with Kingpins and Kastle BMX 195's and feel incredibly comfortable on the entire set up.
I bought this boot because I have a wide forefoot and wanted a little bit more space when touring. The 103 last is much wider than a Scarpa or other AT Boot and is a huge factor on a long tour. Overall I have been very impressed...the buckles are solid and have a good amount of fine tuning on them. The walk mode is simple and the range of motion is great. I have not looked into crampons yet for them...if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket for my wife who is always cold. She absolutely loves it and says that it is like wearing a sleeping bag. The jacket is nice enough to wear to work and is especially nice for walks on cold mornings & evenings.
It is a little bit heavier than some of the other long down jackets out there but it is not a technical piece of gear so this shouldn't be a big concern.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on April 15, 2016

Great touring/spring pant
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

I picked these up for spring skiing and long hut tours. They are a fantastic pair of pants for high output activities and spring time skiing. My favorite part about the pants is that the bottom is expandable, almost turning into bell bottoms, to fit over ski boots. I personally like this because I think the tight soft shell/mountaineering pants squeezed over top of ski boots looks ridiculous. After you are done skiing you can zip the legs back up and they don't look like super baggy ski pants when you are wearing street shoes or hiking boots.

I will use these as 3 season pants for skiing, touring, hiking, and camping. These can be used on any day except the coldest and wettest days.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on April 15, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

I bought two pair of these jeans - same size (34x34) but ordered two different colors in the hopes that I would like both pairs. There was a big difference in how the two pair of jeans fit. One pair fit as expected and the other pair was far more "skinny jean" feeling and looking.
First off let me describe the fit of these pants. They are meant for guys with bigger quads and backside....if you are running/biking/lifting you are going to have a hard time fitting into most jeans. The jeans taper heavily after the knee towards the ankle. This is good if you are looking for a pair of dress style jeans but don't expect these to fit over a pair of hiking boots.

My advice: Due to the stretch of the denim, order two different waist sizes and see which pair fits best...and expect them to be a bit more of a dress jean.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on February 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This foam roller is a must have for any athlete....hurts so good, but it is worth it. Everyone knows the benefit of foam rolling, but the best part about the STK Foam Roller is how easy it is to take with you when traveling. Going on a ski trip....fits perfectly in a duffel bag. The STK Foam Roller accompanied me on my last hut trip....took up hardly any space in my backpack and was a life saver at the end of the day after long tours.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

Great Value
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good:
I bought these after putting 3 seasons on a pair of BD Skins and watching them fall apart. This is a great skin by G3 with the Backcountry logo (and cheaper than the G3 version)....whats not to love?
The part that surprised me most about these skins was not the uphill traction but how well they glide on the flat and going down hill. For the price you cannot beat these skins. Just make sure you have the exact measurements of your skis when ordering.

The semi - bad:
I purchased two pairs of these - one of them came with a skin cutter and one did not. Not a big deal but if you bought one pair and didn't have a cutter this would be a bit of a pain.
These skins do not come with a protective mesh for storage like many other skins. You can purchase the G3 skin savers on Backcountry but they add $ 18 dollars to your order. They are well worth the money but just be aware of this when you buy.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on January 24, 2016

Perfect Do-It-All Boot
5 5

My wife bought these boots after she got tired of having a very AT specific boot and an old alpine pair of boots with no walk mode. These are light enough to do an all day tour and stiff enough to ski hard in at the resort.
You also have the option of the Scarpa interchangeable sole blocks which allow you to ski in a traditional alpine binding with these boots. If you have an AT specific pair of skis with tech bindings and a pair of skis with alpine bindings for the resort these boots will cover you on both fronts.

Email Bill Porreca (bporreca@backcountry.com) to get all the info on these.

Boots in action (on the right) on Buffalo Pass outside of Steamboat.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on November 6, 2015

Best glove for the $$$
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

I bought a pair of these two years ago, wear them all winter long, and they are still holding up. I wear them skinning, on the resort in everything but the coldest temps, and as my normal winter gloves in the city. Throw some snow seal or Hestra leather treatment on them and you will have an awesome pair of gloves that will last you a long time. The light tan looks really great once broken in.
FYI - there is no wrist cuff on these so I wouldn't wear them on a powder day, but they are good for about every other condition.

For the money you cannot beat these gloves.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a review of on September 10, 2015

Sharp looking shades
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220 lbs

I needed a pair of shades for dress occasions where my skiing/biking sunglasses were not exactly appropriate.

I bought the dark tortoise shell color with green happy lens and couldn't be happier with these. They look great when you are dressed up, but are also really cool looking casual sunglasses.

Two things to keep in mind with these:
1. The sunglasses are BIG - if you do not have a large head/face I would look for something that is slightly smaller. This is not a knock on Spy, more something you should be aware of when ordering
2. The "leather strap" that comes with these is really a fake leather string with some rubber loops. It looks like something my grandfather would use to hold onto his reading glasses. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of Croakies to hold onto your sunglasses instead of what comes with these.

I wore these on my wedding day (on the left) and now wear these almost every day. My little brother (right) coincidentally has a pair of Spy glasses on as well.

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Garrett Petersonwrote a question about on September 2, 2015

Is the body armor on this removable?
Could you ride with just the spine protection and have the option to add the chest and shoulder protection?

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