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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavin

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 December 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the second pair of the F1's I've owned. The first being the older teal color. These boots at the same last width, but have a stiffer liner, stiffer buckle strap, and power strap. I somehow cracked the tongue on my brand new boots on day 2 of the season. So either the plastic used on the tongue is different this year or I just had bad luck that day. In contact with Backcountry.com right now about a warranty.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is tough as nails, and the perfect fit for any river rat. It is slightly longer than the co-pilot so if you're in the market for a shorter blade for for the co-pilot. Other than that they're exactly the same construction. The sheath is perfect as well.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ever gotten pinned between rocks, or wrap your raft on a boulder? Well it's no fun, and difficult to self rescue from. This kit eases your pain and contains all the essentials for extraction.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are the real meal deal. No one is lying when they say they'll hold ice for 5+ days in the blazing sun on a river trip. I've put my first one through the ringer and went as far as buying myself a second one for extended river trips/bbq parties.
If you haven't yet gotten one you will soon!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on July 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing clips onto your harness/chalk bag strap securely + it has the capability to tighten those pesky spinners. This isn't rocket science so don't overthink your nut tool selection to much. Just get the one that fits the bill for your purposes, and saves you a few bucks.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on June 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this harness to replace my old Metolius Safetech. I like the swami suspension system in this harness as it distributes the load more evenly on my hips for a comfy catch. I do wish the gear loops were just 1 carabiners width wider, but it's not deal breaker.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on June 13, 2018

Easy breezy for juggin
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the best set up for a dedicated follower. Simply adjust to the length of your liking, and tighten the foot strap and you're off to the jumaring races. I recently used these on an ascent of the Nose, and I can honestly say it would've been harder without these things. The "set it and forget it" use is the best! I would NOT recommend these for direct aid climbing however. There are much better options out there for aid ladders such as BD Etriers or Metolius aid ladders.

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on April 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

My wife came across this shirt at the store a few weeks ago, and loved the look/cut/feel. So here I am 3 weeks later with my new shirt. The feel of the shirt is light. The hem and center back length are shorter so it looks good untucked. The pattern is rad, and I'll be rocking this thing all summer.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on April 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chalk is great, and definitely lives up to the hype. If you're confused about the three different kinds it's simply their texture that is different. The Bam Bam is super duper chunky, the Gorilla Grip is Semi Chunky, and the Unicorn Dust is the finest chalk I've ever felt.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on April 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: extra small

I bought this for my wife, and she loves it. The material has that "technical apparel" feel to it without being overly heavy. So it'll dry quickly in a summer shower or wear lightly when warmer out. She had to exchange it out from a small to an extra small so take that into consideration (she's normally a size Small in everything). Size down.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

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

When I walk in the door at home I slip off whatever I'm wearing and slide into these bad boys. These are the most comfy slippers I've ever owned and seem like they will last for an incredibly long time. They are super cozy and warm but surprisingly breathable, so my feet don't overheat or sweat. Worth the $ for sure!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

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

I was a huge fan of the Hyper Mid GTX boot from Sportiva for big alpine approaches in places like the Cascades and the Sierra, and this boot is the answer now that Sportiva no longer makes the Hyper Mid. The TX4 fits similarly to the TX3—which is my go-to approacher for warm, dry approaches—and adds a mid-top and Gore-Tex for added protection. These climb great on moderate scrambles, and protect against moisture when crossing snowfields or creeks. I dig the extra support when I'm carrying a heavy pack.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are my go-to sport climbing rigs for nearly everything - they feel like a softer Solution, with the sizing/fit being very similar. I wear a 9.5 street shoe and I run a 41 a tight yet not overly aggro fit. They have enough structure for vertical pocket and edge climbing, while soft enough to paw and claw on severely overhanging boulders and sport routes. My favorite Sportiva shoe by far.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chalk isn't always "just chalk". The Metolius chalk is a pretty "dry" chalk compared to the petzl or BD brands of chalk. Meaning is has more drying agent in it. So if you tend to hand sweaty hands this stuff will suit you better.

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Greg Gavinwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

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

My wife used to rock the G3 split skins but complained about them constantly. After upgrading to these things she loves how easy on and off they are in addition to their superior glue, and traction on the skin track. Voile invented the splitboard so you know they're gonna make an awesome skin to go with that!

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Greg Gavin

Greg Gavinwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

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

These slippers are very nice! Great fluffy fur, and a supportable sole makes for a great everyday house slipper. The sole on these is a little more burly than your average cheaper house slipper. The fit is slightly smaller so take that into consideration.

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