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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 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 Gavin

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 Gavin

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 Gavin

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 Gavin

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 Gavin

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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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

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

I've owned these gloves for 3 seasons now, and they're in great shape. The leather does need to be re-treated with snoseal every winter so that they retain their water repellancey, and wind resistant properties. I highly recommend these!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

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

I've wanted a pair of these for years now, and finally after the right number of hints were dropper I received a pair for christmas. I've pretty much only worn these pants for the past month, and with this snowy and cold winter we've been having I couldn't be more psyched. I highly recommend these pants!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the dexterity of these gloves. I use them primarily for ski touring, and ice climbing. Thus far the palm has worn well through rappeling, and the index fingers are intact after countless applications of my climbing skins to my skis. Highly recommend.

Fits true to size.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned a few iterations of a plaquette guide style belay device, and this one has become my favorite. My biggest gripe is that is doesn't accomodate smaller diameter ropes as well as the petzl reverso 2. I think this is due to the Petzl Reverso 2 having a deeper and steeper angled friction section in comparison to the BD ATC guide. But I have found that the BD outlasts the petzl, and it's high wear zones do not get as sharp as the petzl.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

I got these for my fiance as a xmas gift, and she likes their responsiveness for riding along with negative flex for touring all day. So far her biggest gripes are their dual speed zone lacing system that is not as intuitive as she'd like them to be. She's yet to get them heat molded so I can't speak to how comfy they are, but so far no major blisters or hotspots.

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