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Grant Kates

Grant Kates

Gearhead

Wasatch Range, UT | City of Rocks, ID | Lake Tahoe, CA

Grant Kates's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Grant Kates's Bio

I was raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Salt Lake City, UT when I was 21. I love to be outdoors - whatever that entails. From backcountry skiing to rock climbing and camping. Any excuse to get out there and be active. I enjoy learning new things and activities - my main pursuit is photography.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This vest is awesome. .Light weight, compressible. I do with it had a double zipper for stowing instead of a separate bag that is why it gets 4 stars in my book.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you ski tour and you do not have these paired with a nice pair of softshell pants... youre doing it wrong!

Seriously, these were a game changer for last season. True to size, I have a 30 inch waist and got the mediums

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Essential to have in the pack. Especially when spring months roll around with icy skin tracks. A must buy if you plan on squeezing the last bit of the season out.

the 105mm size does fit over the 107mm waist of my Boundary skis.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 19, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I have a narrow heel and wider forefoot. I bought these in my street shoe size and couldnt even get past the balls of my feet. Super narrow fit. If you have a narrow foot, you should be able to enjoy these. Otherwise see the Five Ten Moccs.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on April 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

There is a reason these sandals are the industry leader. They are amazing for multiple activities. I try to have them with me at all times if I am in the outdoors during warm months.

I wear a 8.5/9 and bought a size 8 due to other reviews I read, they fit perfectly so I would have to say overall they fit large.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on February 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought them specifically for ski touring. After reading reviews and loving Windstopper, I pulled the trigger. After touring in these for about 5 days. I also had some great days on resort with a mitten shell in 25 degree weather and just the Backstop gloves in 32 degree weather with sun.

I have also used them in the car at colder temps and while shoveling snow. It is safe to say that the glove that I bought with intention for one activity actually has use in many.

SUPER stoked on this item and will be recommending it. I bought a size medium and they fit pretty snugly - but a large would be too long.

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Grant Kates

Grant Kateswrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x30

Hands down the best denim jean i have ever owned. The spandex gives you just enough stretch to be comfortable anywhere. It took a few uses to stretch them out around my skier legs but now they are super comfy and i love wearing them.

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Grant Kateswrote a review of on August 12, 2016

5 5

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

One of my customers, Dan, sent me this input on the helmet so that you may get a first hand opinion he gave me permission to post it. Thank you, Dan!

"I used the Bell Super 2R MIPS helmet yesterday to ride Falls Creek Washington. It was very comfortable, and the chin-bar is easily attached/detached quickly and securely. There are some scary possibilities on that particular trail to end up over the handlebars, so the added safety features, combined with comfort of this product were great.

Three adaptations that new users will need to address with the addition of using a chin-bar.
1. Be careful how you choose to spit that errant bug out as you are bombing downhill….the bug and the saliva may end up on the inside of the chin-bar if your projection angle is not just right .
2. No more of those on-the-fly nose blowing procedures that runners and bikers use to clear their airways to improve oxygen/air flow .
3. How the heck do you manage your hydration tube without totally distracting yourself from paying attention to the next root/rock/drop while desperately trying to moisten your parched throat? I am still working that one out!

Overall, love the product…..love the service…..love the company,"

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