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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Skiing
Biking
Climbing

Reid Pitman's Bio

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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...

Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to ride up, put my hard shell knee pads on only for the descent and kick them down for long stretches of pedaling. Even with the lighter knee pads I'd still wear them around my ankles for long climbs. Those days are gone!
The Fox Enduro Pro knee guard are super breathable and light! The venting through the foam pad is amazing. Now, like an avalanche beacon, they go on and come off at the car.
Cons: there is no padding on the side of the knee and the fabric is thin so that even branches and pedals can give ya minor scratches. I still wear a burlier knee pad for full on Enduro and DH riding!
Sizing can be weird. I'm normally on the small end of large and these I feel like a sausage link. Think about sizing up! That said, its only difficult to put them on and take them off. I forget they're on as soon as I'm riding.

These are great minimalist pads

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Admit it, you hate bear canisters and having rodents eat your snacks.
So far I can't tell if anything has even tried getting into it.
Its light and has a supple smooth fabric that feels amazingly strong. I was able to stash my 4 bagels, jars of PB, 2 bananas, coffee, 4 bars, toothpaste\brush inside no problem.
Despite hearing and seeing small critters running around, I can't tell if any even tried to get into the Ursack. I could have gone with the smaller one as most of my trips are solo but the size doesn't matter much.

FYI, I don't live in bear country and probably would not depend on the Ursack as my sole means of food protection if I were to travel there.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm surpised these are on sale because of how awesome it is.
What can be said about something you just put your butt on? Well its compact, easy to set up and comfortable!
It stowes away perfectly in my rig for either a road side snack or putting my bike shoes on. Yet its comfortable enough to sit in around the fire for a few hours.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on July 27, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really liked these shoes. I did size down like other reviewers have said.
They were amazing until I broke the shank.... I might have had a bad shoe or have landed very incorrectly but either way.
Super nice enduro\DH shoe right up until that point.
Five Ten replaced them with the Hellcat

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on July 27, 2019

All mountain shredders
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't think the Maltese Falcon shoes could be topped for an all round freeride clipless shoe. But the Hellcat does it. The cleat is a bit recessed to not interfere when riding unclipped or hiking the bike.

They have a fair amount of flex and feel more like a regular "flat" shoe than other clipless shoes I've used.
I love these shoes for enduro and trail riding but also I wear them when riding my roadie or touring bike with hybrid pedals around town as I can actually walk around in them

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on July 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its got all the allen drivers my splitboard bingings need. A big plus is the bits are long enough to adjust ski tech bindings as well.
I've used the file to smooth metal edges after hitting rocks.
All in all this tool does a lot more than just assist ice climbers.
I carry this and a pair of pliers and feel good about being able to repair most things in the backcountry with the combo

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

Resort pack or quiver of one
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Filling a hole in my pack quiver for a comfotable resort and gear intensive backcountry days.
The key features that made it attractive apart from my go to style of "fast and light" and ski mountaineering pack are: Dedicated "wet" pocket with sleeve for avalanche tools. Full back access. Snowboard and ski carry. Zippered access to the main compartment. Hip pockets. A slim profile for riding lifts.

The good: The fit! Its "one size fits" rarely ever fits me. Its every comfortable even with 8 cans of La Croix and skis on it. The multiple pockets are great for keeping gear organized which expedited many transitions. The volume was great, I was able to fit my BD Z-folding poles, and skins inside with zero trouble. The back-access zipper is awesome, making those items buried in the bottom super-fast to access. The layout of zippers and access is spot on. The padding under the hip pads was nice for bulky items to not jab into my hips which has for years stopped me from keeping anything in hip pockets. The removable pad is awesome for sitting in the snow!!! The helmet carry was easier to use than I was thinking it would be. I love that straps and ice axe loops are stashable, keeping the pack nice and sleek. The location of the water bladder pocket and hydration sleeve are perfect for using BCA radios.
The bad: The fixed loops for the A-frame carry are too narrow to fit a splitboard or fatter ski (120mm max). The frame of the pack is stiff and rather tall, for myself it’s not a problem, my touring partner noted it hit her in the back of the head when looking up, could be annoying for some people. The straps that stash away meant to fix a snowboard on could be vastly improved by swapping buckles, so they can be used in more combinations.
All in all, I love this pack. The layout is very optimized, and I feel it makes backcountry travel more efficient. I added a length of shock cord to the daisy chains for a fast option of stowing a layer or climbing skins. Being able to carry a heavy load so comfortably is important. With its size various attachment options, I can see this is a great quiver of one style pack for a lot of people. Anyone that does some gear intensive backcountry days or has long days in the ski area.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Timpanogos is more jacket than midlayer which I like a lot. The look is great as a stand alone jacket without looking overly "outdoorsy" like some tech fleeces. I really like this piece for everyday wear at the ski resort, on the hill as a midlayer and around the base area at work. With all the features I like from so many companies packed into one. The hood fits nicely under a helmet, thumb loops are out of the way when you don't want them and don't pull down on the arm when you use them. Pockets are in perfect location and all large enough to hold a phone (S9). A face fabric that doesn't catch on everything and inner fabric thats soft against the skin.
Its been perfect for backcountry touring over just a baselayer and fits nicely under a puffy and shell for resort snowboarding.
I'm excited to put this to the test alpine climbing this spring if it ever stops snowing.
No pilling yet might be too soon to tell for long term durability.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Uinta jacket surprised me for with how comfortable the fit and feel of the fabric is for a jacket in the "light rain jacket" class compared to others I've had in the past! While it fits a bit baggier than most which is a huge plus for me, this gives me more options to layer under and helps regulate temperature with the space. I was able to comfortably fit my light puffy under it without feeling like an overstuffed burrito (as much as I love burritos!)
This jacket has more wearability than most other light shells as well. While it does pack down small, its not a piece ya take for those "just in case" moments, its a piece you can leave the house in.
Pros: Lightweight. Easy to stuff into its own zippered pocket. Well ventilated with easy to reach pit zips. Versatile, its been nice for quick protection from A to B at the resort but also a nice jacket for skiing in!
Cons: A bit heavy to compete with the Helium II and Minimalist shells. Pit zip pulls are hard to grab with gloves due to the smooth fabric.

I've not tested it out in a full on down pour, which like all "waterproof" jackets will still wet out eventually, but I'd not shy away from it with the Uinta.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34"

While not as trim as too many of the climbing pants out there the fit is nice for mobility. With a fabric thats a nice blend of OR Ferrosi and Arc'teryx Fortius in terms of stretch and durability.
I really like the fit! As a taller person its hard to find pants that have a long enough inseam while still fitting at the waist. These are going to be a great pant for all season climbing while being stylish enough that they don't stand out like some climbing pants stand out.

Pros: Large pockets that don't get in the way while wearing a harness. The cinch on the leg is great and easy to use.

Cons: The rear pockets could really use a zipper for a climbing pant. Could use an additional belt loops.

The Steort pants are a good option for folks looking for a well featured climbing pant that stand out for casual use also.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I received this pack for testing and review from Backcountry but all opinions are my own.
As kinda a gear nerd with a back pack problem I'm overall stoked on Backcountry's Adventure pack. Usually "onesize fits all" doesn't fit me but this does. Every time I use it I find another pocket thats perfect for gear storage and organization. Much different from my usual "Black hole" style mountaineering packs. Its like the Transformer of day packs how it can be a sleek carry-on travel bag to a burly (that fabric could stop a cougar) backcountry ski pack.
Pros: Super easy to pack with the main compartment's massive zippered opening! The fit is easy to adjust. Waist belt can be easily stowed away for travel. The internal pocket organization is perfect without being awkward or bulky. I love the padded sleeve which can hold sensitve electronics and avalanche probe\shovel (Not at the same time, silly). Shoulder straps are wide and well cushioned.
I like the robust handles at the side and top.
Cons: Personal preference I'd like to see the side buckle straps with the buckles swapped so they can be clipped across the back for more carry options. The stiff outer fabric can make pulling the zippers a bit tough when the bag is loaded or pulling from an odd angle.

All in all this is an awesome backpack! Easy to use and durable for nearly all sort of adventures!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34"

With a tough yet stretchy fabric and athletic fit, these are going to be great for warm days on PNW rock.
The fit is perfect with plenty of mobility in a harness. More of a "board short" fit without being baggy.
I'm stoked the Steort shorts have zippered pockets! Nothing worse than dropping something on your belayer.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on April 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Out of the box I was impressed with the quality and feel of the fabrics. Which was a thing I didn't like about some previous Arc ski packs since the end of the Silo series.
I love the history of the design, Taking a proven pack and making it sport specific to skiing. It didn't take long to get familiar with the opening of the lid and how best to organize gear inside.
The Alpha SK 32 wears like a climbing pack and moves with you while skinning and riding. While keeping the features to a minimum yet all the features most people want in a BC ski pack. The expanding lid is great for stuffing puffies and helmet inside for quick transitions.
All in all this a great backcountry ski and splitboard pack exceeded my exceptions.
These are some things I believe could be improved, but in no way negatively effect the pack as it is.
Add a few more slots for adding ski straps to be able to carry ice axe\tools.
Adding a single loop inside the pack to hang a stuffsack to help organize small gear.
Include some more straps with the pack..

All in all this pack is perfect for backcountry users that like quick access to gear and will put they're gear through the ringer.
After 100 days of use this winter, mine barely has signs of use.

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