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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavin

Gearhead

Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the San Rafael Swell.

Greg Gavin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Greg Gavin's Bio

What drives me to be so active outdoors is the never ending pursuit to find my own limits. Many times I have set out on a journey to find my limits, and have repeatedly surpassed them without realizing it. Never second guess yourself, and never stop pushing the envelope!

Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Hiker Pro for about 6-7 years now, and am so psyched these filters are still around. The filter pumps about 1L/min if you're cranking on it, and really does improve the taste of questionable water. I'd recommend this to any friend looking for a work horse water filter.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these things for light weight camping missions where a pour over is just to much weight and space in my pack. For years I used starbucks instant coffee, and suffered through it for the coffee buzz (pure addict status) but with Alpine Start I can actually have a legit cup o joe in the mountains or desert. Additionally this company is owned and run by a few climbers from Boulder, and I love supporting independently owned companies run by real people not a CEO answering to the board.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on June 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs

Bought these things as they look so sick. Fact is they're even cooler looking in person. However I had to return them as they're a bit narrow for my face. I would recommend these to anyone with a small to medium face.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I own the original Helium which is great in and of itself. However This hybrid updates really shine where the original lacked luster. I really like the stretchy side panels for rock climbing, and using my hands over my head. The articulation is fantastic. Additionally I enjoy the upgraded zippers on this piece. I feel like that addition will really make this piece last longer than my original.

Would recommend!

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on May 18, 2017

4 5

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

Crazy Creek crushes it yet again with an affordable aluminium camp table. I hesitate to give this item 5 stars due to it's feel right out of the box. It feels somewhat less burly than my old aluminium camp table (RIP), but to be honest I've yet to put it through its paces.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

5 5

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

I gave these to my lady as a gift, and she loves them. They are thick enough to keep your feet warm, but thin enough to fit well with all your normal shoes. The new knit of the Smartwool socks is also much longer lasting than previous generations. Meaning you'll get years of wear and tear out of these bad girls!

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've owned this shoe for a few years (the older orange and off white velcro), and the newest iteration is slightly tweaked. Compared to the older generation the new model appears to have slightly more down turn, and more rubber over the big toe. This so far has translated into a more powerful feeling shoe compared to the previous generation. I still go with the same size I've been using for years so the fit hasn't changed only the shape and performance.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on March 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty hard to mess up a simple cookie right? WRONG! I've done it, and my lady won't let me forget it whenever I get the itch to bake something delicious. Why not take out the guess work, and let Skratch Labs do the hard part for you?

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on February 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The trend lately with alpine packs has been to create a light weight comfortable pack with minimal bells, and whistles. This pack satisfies all those needs, and does a great job in the mountains. However I wouldn't suggest this pack are your daily driver as it just doesn't have the burliness in the fabric you need to last a long time.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this beacon for ~3 seasons now, and love it. It's not a million dollar beacon that can order a cheeseburger for you at the bar, but it gets the job done. Single beacon search function is super straight forward, but I advise you to really practice the multiple victim burial mode to learn the nuance of that function.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are light on the uphill, and ski awesome on the downhill. They're the only ski I use here in the Wasatch, and they shine in all conditions.

I've paired them with:

bindings - Plum Guide's
boots - Scarpa F1 Evo

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A good thai meal in the backcountry is hard to come by. Is this meal as good as your neighborhood thai spot? Hell no! But does it provide a good sustaining, flavorful, and quick meal when you need it? Hell yes! I wouldn't recommend getting more than one of these per man on a trip, but ymmv.

Don't forget these need more steep time at higher elevations.

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